Ada girls eliminated by NK at district
Friday, February 28, 2014 10:15 AM
WAPAKONETA - Cold-shooting Ada had its girls basketball season ended in the Div. IV district semifinals at the hands of Midwest Athletic Conference power New Knoxville in Wapakoneta Thursday night, 50-20.
The Lady Rangers won their 18th consecutive game by completely stymieing the Bulldog offense. Ada did not make a field goal in the second half until a minute remained, and sank only five baskets the entire game.
The Bulldogs finished their season 9-14, while NK advances to the district finals Saturday at Wapak with a 20-4 mark.
NK jumped ahead 12-4 as four Rangers scored, led by post Paige Lehman and Meg Reineke with two field goals apiece.
Ada freshman Haley Wyss banked in a three-pointer to pull the purple and gold within 12-7, and that is how the first period ended.
The Bulldogs turned it over on their first two possessions of the second stanza. Reineke buried an 18-footer over the Ada zone defense, but sophomore post Lindsay Walden knocked down a half hook to keep the Bulldogs within five with 5:30 left in the half.
Reineke scored inside and MAC Player of the Year Haley Horstman followed her own miss off the glass and in to stretch the NK lead to 18-9.
Ada sophomore Rachel Wildman splashed a pair of foul shots, and Ranger Madison Lammers responded by nailing a 12-footer.
Sophomore Rachel Leffel drilled a short turnaround shot as NK doubled up the score, 22-11.
Walden answered with a bank shot of her own with 2:30 left in the half that cut the deficit to nine. But it would prove to be the last Ada basket for 17 and a half minutes of play.
Horstman sank a reverse layup and after a Bulldog miss, NK held for the last shot of the half. They executed well as Horstman drained a trifecta at the buzzer to extend their margin to 27-13 at intermission.
A long triple by Reineke opened the second half on a bad note for Ada, which had switched to a man defense. Haley and Tori Wyss each split a pair of foul shots for the Lady 'Dogs, yet Horstman drove the baseline for a reverse layin.
Leffel knocked down a short banker and Tori Wyss converted one of two foul shots for Ada, which shot just 0-3 from the field in the period.
Lehman drained a driving shot at the horn to build the NK lead to a commanding 36-16 heading to the final period.
Lehman converted the first free throws of the game for the Rangers to start the fourth quarter. She then posted up and scored inside for a 40-16 cushion.
Madison Lammers canned two free throws and Horstman drilled a 19-footer. Lehman converted two more charity stripers to extend the margin to 30.
Ada sophomore Carlee Marshall ended the 12-0 Ranger flurry by canning two free throws with 3:10 remaining.
NK added two more baskets from their reserves in the final minutes. The Bulldogs finally sank a field goal when sophomore guard Morgan Sutton connected on a driving shot with a minute left to play for the last points of the 2013-14 campaign.
The Rangers outscored Ada 23-7 in the second half.
Walden led Ada with six points, all in the first half, while the Wyss sisters each added four.
The balanced Rangers put three players in double figures. Horstman topped all scorers with 13 points. "She is one of the best guards in northwest Ohio," said ninth-year Ada head coach Neal Dumbaugh.
Lehman tallied a dozen points and Reineke added 11.
For the game, Ada shot a frigid 16 percent from the field (5-31) while NK canned 49 percent of its field tries (21-43). Both teams shot 75 percent at the charity stripe, with the Bulldogs hitting nine of 12 while NK converted six of eight, all in the second half.
The Rangers held a slight 30-28 advantage on the boards. They helped force 18 Bulldog turnovers with tough defense, while committing eight miscues themselves in their patient offense.
It was the final game as Bulldog cagers for seniors Alexis Gonzaga and Brittney Archer.
The 20 points was the lowest Ada output for a game by far all season. They tallied 32 in two previous losses, and averaged 46.7 ppg this season.
Ada 20 (9-14)
Gonzaga 0, Amburgey 0, Faine 0, Walden 3 0-0 6, H. Wyss 1 1-2 4, Wildman 0 2-2 2, T. Wyss 4-6 4, Archer 0, Marshall 0 2-2 2, Sutton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 5-31/9-12/20. 3-pointer (1-6): H. Wyss 1.
NK 50 (19-4)
Lehman 4 4-4 12, Horstman 6 0-0 13, Reineke 5 0-0 11, Leffel 2 0-0 4, Ke. Shroyer 1 0-0 2, Lammers 2 0-0 4, Magoteaux 1 0-2 2, Schieterman 1 0-0 2, Miller 0, Lageman 0.
Totals: 21-43/6-8/50. 3-pointers (2-10): Horstman 1, Reineke 1.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 7 6 3 4 20
NK 12 15 15 8 50