ADA - Host Ada jumped out to a big early lead and rolled to a lopsided 66-47 win over Perry in non-league girls basketball action Monday night.
The Lady Bulldogs led by as many as 32 in the fourth period before Perry put on a late 14-1 flurry that made the final score more respectable.
Ada improved its record to 6-8 with the convincing makeup win, while struggling Perry fell to 2-13.
"Lindsay (Walden) was very active," Bulldog veteran head coach Neal Dumbaugh noted. "We talked about getting on the offensive boards and she did. We needed a game like this."
Walden tallied a career-high 19 points to pace four Bulldogs in double figures. Juniors Alexis Amburgey and Tori Wyss each netted a dozen points, and sophomore Sidney Faine added 11.
"Tori and Alexis are unselfish players," Dumbaugh added. "We are going to try and play a more up-tempo game to get easy baskets."
The Bulldogs jumped to a 6-0 lead and never trailed or were threatened. Amburgey and Rachel Wildman each netted a pair of early baskets to lead the onslaught. Faine canned a right wing 17-footer and junior post Walden also sank a basket to make it 14-2.
Wyss scored a layin off an in-bounds pass to complete a 10-0 flurry. The Ada press forced numerous turnovers and led to many easy baskets throughout the first half.
Perry senior Lexis Davis converted an old-fashioned three-point play to stop the run. Amburgey nailed a pull-up lane shot to put the hosts on top 18-5 after one period.
Wyss drained a pull-up shot answered by a Davis lane jumper. Ada then reeled off another 10 unanswered points. Faine hit two foul shots, and Amburgey canned consecutive fast break layups off unselfish feeds by Faine.
Walden then hit two foul shots and a short banker to build the lead to a commanding 31-8.
Alexis Young got hot for Perry, nailing two free throws and a pair of putback goals. But a left wing trifecta by Haley Wyss swished through just before the halftime horn to give Ada a 36-15 intermission cushion.
Walden scored off a press-breaker to open half two, countered by a Davis bucket. Tori Wyss drained a short banker, followed by a Davis layin.
Walden splashed a pair from the stripe and Davis responded with a putback inside. Wildman drilled a right side 14-footer followed by a right corner trey by Commodore Katie Cox.
Walden came right back with a traditional three-point play inside for a 47-24 margin. Walden continued her strong play with an offensive rebound basket, followed by a Tori Wyss breakaway layin.
Wildman split a pair of foul shots, followed by a short Young shot that crawled in over the rim. Tori Wyss tallied inside, and Davis answered with an interior basket to cut it to 54-29.
Brittney Archer scored in transition off a steal from Amburgey, but Davis again tallied on a stickback. Archer split a pair at the line. Faine then drained a left wing trifecta late in the period to make it 59-31.
Faine opened the final stanza with consecutive baskets. Davis again responded with a bucket and Walden splashed two foul shots. LaTrisha Edmonds netted a putback for Perry, followed by a Davis three-point play.
Davis nailed a 14-footer to shorten the margin to 25. Wildman stopped the 7-0 Commodore run with a foul shot. Courtney Fowler nailed back-to-back jumpers to pull within 66-45, and Cox added a late stickback to provide the final margin.
"We wanted to win the second half," said Dumbaugh. "I haven't forgotten the Spencerville game. The season has been a rollercoaster."
The athletic 6-2 Davis topped all scorers with 24 points and recorded several blocked shots, but no other Commodore hit double figures.
Ada knocked down 17 of 21 from the foul line (82 percent) while Perry hit on just eight of 21 (38 percent).
Bulldog sophomore Carlee Marshall played briefly late in her first action since coming back from a concussion over five weeks ago.
The Lady Bulldog reserves won easily, 41-13. Morgan Sutton led Ada with 16 points and Alyssa Vore added 11.
Ada 66 (6-8)
Gonzaga 0, Amburgey 5 2-2 12, Faine 4 3-4 11, Walden 6 7-7 19, H. Wyss 1 0-0 3, Wildman 2 2-4 6, T. Wyss 5 2-2 12, Archer 1 1-2 3, Marshall 0. Totals: 24/17-21/66. 3-pointer: H. Wyss 1.
Perry 47 (2-13)
Davis 11 2-9 24, Phillips 0 2-4 4, Young 3 2-2 8, Fowler 2 0-0 4, Trent 0, Cox 2 0-0 5, Watson 0 1-4 1, LaT. Edmonds 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 19/8-21/47. 3-pointers: Cox 1.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 18 18 23 7 66
Perry 5 10 16 16 47
JV score: Ada 41, Perry 13.
Ada hosts another former league rival in scrappy Lima Central Catholic Thursday, Jan. 23. The Bulldogs then visit tough local foe Waynesfield Jan. 25 to finish a busy schedule of five games in nine days.
"They are small and quick, they shoot the three and press full-court buzzer to buzzer," said Dumbaugh of LCC. "They will extend the floor the whole game."