By Larry Heiing

DHI Correspondent

sports@adaherald.com

DELPHOS —For three quarters Thursday evening, the Allen East girls basketball team had control of their Northwest Conference game with Delphos Jefferson.

The fourth quarter was the Mustangs downfall as the Wildcats suddenly found their offense as they rallied for a 51-48 win.

Seven seniors, including Lindsay Deuel, Rileigh Stockwell, Hannah Sensibaugh, Gabby Pimpas, Makayla Binkley, Jasmine McDougall and Katie Goergens were honored before the game.

Katie Goergens scored 24 points, including six triples, and Rileigh Stockwell added 20.

After a cold shooting night from the floor in the first three quarters of the game in making only 8-of-40 shots, the Lady Wildcats made the buckets in the fourth when the game was on the line, outscoring Allen East 22-15 in the final eight of the game on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.

The home team trailed the Mustangs 35-29 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter before Goergens hit a runner in the lane to cut the lead to four. After the Delphos defense forced an Allen East turnover, Stockwell took advantage of the mistake and laid in a bucket.

Allen East responded with a fast break basket as Kaycee Rowe found Kyra Plaugher for a five point lead. As was the case all night, when the Mustangs got a lead of five points, they couldn’t put the game away as Jefferson kept fighting back. This time, Goergens hit a trey from the top of the key cutting the lead to one with 3:35 remaining. After another Mustang turnover, Jasmine McDougall banked in a runner and Jefferson led 40-37. Goergens scored the next five points for the Lady ‘Cats on a pair of free throws and a triple. Allen East battled back within two points as Lindsi Woods popped a clutch triple and Carly Clum added a layup.

Rileigh Stockwell then took over as she too scored the next five points for the Wildcats. The biggest shot of the night came with 27 seconds left in the contest and her drive down the lane for the hoop-and-foul gave Jefferson a 50-47 lead. Both teams traded free throws, setting the stage for one final shot with the Wildcats holding a three point lead. Allen East dribbled the length of the floor with only eight seconds remaining and called timeout. After timeouts by both teams, the triple shot went wide of the bucket and the Wildcats went out as winners.

“We survived a rough third quarter, scoring only four points, to win the game,” commented Jefferson coach Dave Hoffman. “Rebounds were the key to the game as we held Allen East to only one look and we hit big shots in the fourth when we needed to.

Also, our defense gets lots of credit tonight, holding Kaycee Rowe in check for most of the game.”

The game started slowly for the Lady ‘Cats as they didn’t score until the 3:40 mark in the first quarter with a steal by Stockwell and layin at the other end. Jefferson trailed only by two, 11-9, at the end of the first.

The shooting for both teams didn’t improve but Jefferson outscored the Mustangs by five for a 25-22 lead at halftime. Both Stockwell and Goergens had 11 points each, scoring all but three of Jefferson’s first-half points.

For the game, Allen East made 16-of-41 attempts from the field for 39 percent.

Allen East came into the game with only one conference loss and falls to 13-6 on the season. Jefferson is 11-11.

In JV action, the Jefferson girls defeated Allen East 30-13.

VARSITY

ALLEN EAST (48)

Kaycee Rowe 5-8-18, Carly Clum 4-2-10, Lindsi Woods 2-0-6, Aubri Woods 2-2-6, Kyra Plaugher 1-0-2, Erin Conkle 3-0-6. Totals 15-2-12/20-48.

JEFFERSON (51)

Brooke Culp 0-2-2, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 8-2-24, Rileigh Stockwell 8-4-20, Hannah Sensibaugh 0-0-0, Gabby Pimpas 0-0-0, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2. Totals 11-2-12/19-40.

Score By Quarters:

Allen East 11 11 11 15 - 48

Jefferson 9 16 4 22 - 51

Three-point goals: Allen East, L. Woods; Jefferson, Goergens 6.

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JV

ALLEN EAST (13)

Brandi Crist 0-0-0, Kaitlyn McKeever 3-0-6, Abby Burley 1-0-3, Sarah Allen 0-1-1, Alyssa Young 0-3-3. Totals 4-4/6-13.

JEFFERSON (30)

Taylor Stroh 3-0-6, Kenzie Hammons 3-2-8, Kelsey Berelsman 0-1-1, Lindsey Jettinghoff 1-0-2, Tori Black 2-0-4, Jessica Pimpas 1-1-3, Bailey Gorman 1-1-3, Shelby Koenig 1-1-3. Totals 12-6/13-30.

Score By Quarters:

Allen East 5-1-3-4 - 13

Jefferson 9-10-11-0 - 30

Three-point goals: Allen East, Burley; Jefferson, none.