By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
ADA - Juniors Alexis Amburgey and Lindsay Walden combined for 40 points as the Ada girls basketball team tipped off its season opener with an impressive 73-50 home victory over non-league local rival Cory-Rawson Tuesday night.
Amburgey netted 18 of her game and career-high total of 22 points in the first half as Ada built an eight-point lead. Walden picked up the slack in half two by tallying 16 of her 18 points inside and at the charity stripe.
Amburgey also dished out eight assists while classmate Tori Wyss contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
"How about Alexis...she also had a nice floor game," said Lady Bulldog head coach Neal Dumbaugh of Amburgey's big night.
"I thought Wyss was very unselfish and Walden played well," he added. "If she brings that type of performance consistently, she can get us to the next level."
Cory-Rawson dropped to 0-3 with the loss.
Ada was on the verge of blowing the game open at several points, but C-R stubbornly stayed in the game with accurate outside shooting until the final quarter.
The Hornets pulled within 49-43 with 3:14 left in the third period after Kiley Scott buried consecutive three-pointers.
Wyss then went coast to coast and scored on a nice drive to start what would be a game-clinching 14-0 spurt.
Wyss canned a short banker seconds later at the 1:22 mark. Amburgey followed with a steal and driving left-handed layup to put the Lady Bulldogs in front 55-43 after three quarters.
Walden extended the lead to 16 with two foul shots and a stickback to open the final stanza. Next, senior Alexis Gonzaga stole the ball and drove downcourt for a layup and a 61-43 margin with 6:16 to go.
Junior Rachel Wildman buried a 16-footer from the right baseline to cap the run and give Ada a 20-point cushion with 5:44 remaining.
Megan Ritter stopped the 6:25 Hornet scoreless drought with a pair of foul shots but it was too little, too late.
Walden answered with another putback and two free throws. Sidney Faine then stole the ball and converted a southpaw breakaway layin. Faine added a pair of free tosses to make it 71-48, and Wyss finished the scoring on a pull-up 10-footer to provide the final margin of 23.
"I thought Faine played well," Dumbaugh noted. The hard-driving sophomore scored a dozen points as the balanced Bulldogs placed four players in double figures.
The purple and gold outscored C-R 36-21 in the second half, including 18-7 in the fourth period and 24-7 over the final 10 minutes.
Ada led 6-4 early before a Scott triple gave C-R a 7-6 edge. A left elbow shot by Mariah Burkholder provided the Hornets with a three-point lead, their largest of the night.
Faine responded with a leaner off glass, followed by a 17-footer by Amburgey from the left wing that put Ada back on top. Amburgey then canned a 14-footer off a Wyss feed.
Scott tied it on a right corner trey. But Amburgey put the hosts ahead to stay by splashing two foul shots. Freshman Haley Wyss swished a left wing trifecta with four seconds left in the opening stanza to give Ada a 17-12 lead.
Amburgey's 11-footer and a fast break layin by sophomore Carlee Marshall extended the lead to 21-12.
Hornet Kendra Tuttle ended the 9-0 Ada run with a pull-up jumper from 16 feet. Amburgey canned two more foul shots and Faine tallied a transition layup from Tori Wyss.
Faine then posted up and scored off glass for a 27-16 bulge. Yet Cory came back with seven unanswered points, capped by another Scott triple, to creep within 27-23 with 4:20 left in the half.
Tori Wyss converted a short bank shot and a left wing 19-footer to put the Bulldogs back in control, 31-23. Tuttle and Amburgey traded mid-range jumpers, followed by a fast break layin from Tuttle.
A pair of foul shots by Amburgey topped off her 18-point half, and Walden knocked down a 10-footer with 44 seconds left to make it 37-27.
Scott stole the ball and made a lefty layup to bring C-R within eight at the halftime break.
"I thought our offense was good in the first half, but we gave up too many points," said Dumbaugh.
Amburgey continued her hot night by scoring off an in-bounds step in play to open the third period. Ritter splashed consecutive outside shots to slice the Hornet deficit to six, but Walden took over then.
The 5-11 post scored on a layup, then bounced in a 10-foot runner. After another Ritter jump shot, Tori Wyss tallied on a pretty give and go dish from Faine.
Ritter canned her fourth field goal of the period to keep Cory within eight, yet Walden hit two free throws midway through the third quarter to make it 47-37.
Scott then canned her consecutive treys sandwiched around another Walden layin before Ada went on its decisive 14-0 splurge.
"We got some baskets off in-bounds plays, which is something we didn't get much of last season," Dumbaugh observed.
Scott topped C-R with 21 points on the strength of five treys, while Ritter added 12 points and Tuttle eight.
The Bulldogs canned 28 of their 29 baskets from two-point range, and converted 14 of 17 at the charity stripe (82 percent). Cory made 19 field goals yet hit on just seven of 16 at the foul line (44 percent).
Both offenses were sharp and the Bulldogs looked in mid-season form behind solid shooting, good ball movement and fluid passing.
Ada also won the junior varsity contest handily 43-15 as new coach Morgan Dumbaugh won her debut. Haley Wyss and Grace Nelson each scored 11 points while Alyssa Vore contributed nine markers.
Ada 73 (1-0)
Gonzaga 1 0-0 2, Amburgey 8 6-6 22, Faine 5 2-2 12, Walden 6 6-7 18, T. Wyss 6 0-0 12, Marshall 1 0-0 2, Wildman 1 0-2 2, H. Wyss 1 0-0 3, Sutton 0, Archer 0. Totals: 29/14-17/73. 3-pointer: H. Wyss 1.
C-R 50 (0-3)
Roth 1 0-0 2, Ritter 4 4-4 12, Burkholder 3 0-2 6, Scott 8 0-1 21, Tuttle 3 2-5 8, Von Stein 0 1-4 1. Totals: 19/7-16/50. 3-pointers: Scott 5.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 17 20 18 18 73
C-R 12 17 14 7 50
JV score: Ada 43, C-R 15.
Ada (1-0) next plays when it hosts arch-rival USV (0-1) in a non-league bout Tuesday, December 3. The first three games of the Lady Bulldog schedule are at home. The Bulldogs entertain Paulding in the league opener Thursday, Dec. 5.