DELPHOS - It was a night of comebacks at Jefferson High School Thursday night.Comebacks were not out of the question for both Ada and Delphos Jefferson Thursday evening as both teams kept fighting back.
Ada battled back from a 26-22 halftime deficit to tie the game at 32 in the third quarter and continued into the final quarter, taking the lead 41-40. Jefferson had the last comeback as the Lady Wildcats prevailed in the end with a 54-42 Northwest Conference victory.
The first quarter was a back and forth contest with seven lead changes. The opening stanza was highlighted by senior Katie Goergens scoring five points on two long bombs (a 3 and a 2) when the Jefferson guards broke Ada's half-court press. Ada's Alexis Amburgey drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead.
Ada stayed in its half-court matchup zone press to start the second period and Goergens made them pay, drilling a pair of triples to take a 19-15 lead. Long-time Jefferson coach Dave Hoffman made five player substitutions early in the quarter to keep his defense fresh. One of the subs was Sensibaugh, seeing her first action of the 2013-14 year.
After Ada scored the next four points, junior Brooke Culp stepped up and popped a triple to extend the Wildcat lead to five. The Bulldogs got in on the 3-point action when freshman Haley Wyss hit a wide-open shot. The half ended with senior Rileigh Stockwell making a pair from the charity stripe and Jefferson taking a 26-22 lead into the locker room.
Senior post player Jasmine McDougall got the second half underway on a nice move under the bucket for a 6-point lead for the Lady Wildcats. After Ada cut the lead back to four, Goergens hit her fourth trey of the game on a shot from the deep corner. Binkley quietly entered the game, also for her first action of the year, and got the assist on a pass to Goergens on the left side for another triple.
Ada tied the game at 32 with 3:25 left in the third when Amburgey hit a pair of free throws. Ada had missed opportunities to take the lead and fell behind when Sensibaugh nailed a trey with Jefferson holding a 1-point lead into the final quarter.
Offensive rebounding by Ada finally gave them the lead with four unanswered points. But turnovers by Ada against the quick Jefferson defense made the lead short-lived. Jefferson took advantage of the mistakes by the young Bulldogs that started two sophomores and two juniors to outscore Ada 14-5 in the final eight minutes.
Jefferson was led in scoring by Goergens with six triples.
On the glass, rebounds were even at 28 each.
Jefferson visits New Bremen Tuesday, with a JV start of 6 p.m. (2 quarters).