ADA - Tough defense by host Ada held Lincolnview scoreless for nearly 12 minutes over a span bridging the middle quarters, paving the way for a convincing 49-25 win in a Northwest Conference girls basketball mismatch Thursday night.
The Lady Bulldogs went on a 24-0 run to go from a 12-8 deficit to a 32-12 cushion after the long drought. Ada outscored the Lancers 33-7 over the middle two quarters and never was threatened in the second half.
The Bulldogs improved to 8-10 and 3-4 in the NWC with the win, while Lincolnview fell to 8-12 and 2-5 with the defeat.
"We had a big third quarter (16-2)," said ninth-year Ada head coach Neal Dumbaugh. "We pushed the ball upcourt and scored a lot off of our press."
Ada jumped in front 4-0 early, but the Lancers took the lead 5-4 on a trifecta by Julia Thatcher and an off-balance putback by Hannah McCleery.
Bulldog sophomore Rachel Wildman later blocked two shots on one possession, but a short bank shot just before the first period horn by Ashton Bowersock gave the Lancers a 7-5 lead.
Ada freshman Haley Wyss drained a triple to start the second stanza, yet Thatcher answered with a trey of her own. Bowersock then nailed a short baseline shot to put the visitors on top 12-8 with 6:14 left before intermission.
It was to be their last lead, and last points for almost a quarter and a half. The Bulldogs extended their defense to a halfcourt zone trap and disrupted the Lancer offense, leading to several transition points for the victors.
"I thought we were more active when we fell back from the halfcourt trap to our (1-3-1) zone," Dumbaugh noted. "We were certainly in a funk early."
Lindsay Walden ignited the decisive Ada flurry with a conventional three-point play inside. On the next play, she posted up strongly and scored again from the low right block to put the Bulldogs ahead for good 13-12 at the 4:14 mark.
Alexis Amburgey then took over by converting a drive and draining a left side trey. After a Wildman foul shot, Amburgey tallied an old-fashioned three-point play in transition for a 22-12 bulge.
Ada held the Lancers point-less for the final 6:14 of the half while reeling off 14 unanswered points to forge a 10-point lead.
After the halftime break, the Bulldogs kept the pressure on with offensive rebound baskets and fast break finishes.
Tori Wyss converted a weakside stickback to open the half. Amburgey followed in her own miss and Carlee Marshall netted a breakaway layup off a steal for a 28-12 margin.
Tori Wyss powered in another putback and Amburgey sank a layup in transition to cap the long run. Lancer Grace Gorman ended the 11:41 drought by hitting a short banker late in the period, but it was far too late to affect the outcome.
Ada ran off the next six points to end the period comfortably ahead, 38-14. Sidney Faine canned a layup off a nice long lead pass from Brittney Archer. Archer next canned a layup off a nice Tori Wyss bounce pass.
Junior Wyss then fed Faine for a short banker off a nice cut to extend the lead to 24.
Christine Stemen tallied five quick points for the Lancers to open the final quarter, while Marshall scored inside. Tori Wyss drilled an eight-foot lane shot and a free throw.
Bowersock then canned consecutive short field goals to offset a driving layup by Haley Wyss.
Two Faine foul shots and a driving layin by the speedy Archer closed the Ada scoring.
Amburgey led a balanced offense with 13 points. Walden and the Wyss sisters each scored seven markers, while Faine added six.
Bowersock and Thatcher tallied eight points apiece to pace the Lancers.
"Everybody gave us good minutes," Dumbaugh agreed. "Archer played well."
The Bulldogs converted nine of 13 from the charity stripe (69 percent) while Lincolnview hit on three of five (60 percent). Ada limited the visitors to just 10 field goals while canning 19 themselves.
The mere 25 points Ada allowed was their second-best defensive effort this season, bettered only by the 23 they permitted at Hardin Northern December 28.
Due to the weather, there was no reserve game.
Ada 49 (8-10, 3-4 NWC)
Gonzaga 0, Amburgey 5 2-3 13, Faine 2 2-2 6, Walden 3 1-1 7, H. Wyss 2 2-2 7, Wildman 0 1-2 1, T. Wyss 3 1-2 7, Archer 2 0-0 4, Sutton 0, Marshall 2 0-1 4.
Totals: 19/9-13/49. 3-pointers: H. Wyss 1, Amburgey 1.
Lincolnview 25 (8-12, 2-5 NWC)
Bowersock 4 0-1 8, Thatcher 3 0-0 8, McCleery 1 0-0 2, Stemen 1 3-4 5, Gorman 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 10/3-5/25. 3-pointers: Thatcher 2.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 5 17 16 11 49
L'vw 7 5 2 11 25
No JV game.
Ada hosts non-league foe Pandora-Gilboa (10-8) Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the home season finale. "Pandora had some big wins early," Dumbaugh noted.
It will be the last home game for seniors Alexis Gonzaga and Archer.