Glendale girls down Harmony, 58-35|
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
FLINTON - In the Glendale girls basketball team's first two games of the season, the Lady Vikings showed that they have the ability to score points in a hurry.
Katelyn Matthews reassured everyone of that statement on Tuesday evening.
Matthews scored 27 points on the night and went 5-for-5 from the foul line to help Glendale drop Harmony, 58-35, at the Donald A. Kitko Gymnasium.
"I think we're starting to get into a little bit of a groove now," said Lady Viking head coach John Matchock. "In the first game, we had the jitters. In the second game, we played against Juniata Valley, which is a tough team. Harmony is a scrappy team also.
"We're starting to get into that groove now where points and plays are coming a little bit easier. We're starting to get more comfortable."
Glendale opened the game outscoring the Lady Owls 13-4 in the first quarter. Matthews, establishing her dominance early, had 10 of the Lady Vikings' 13 points with the other three going to Caitlin Kimberly.
"She's starting to find her groove, too," said Matchock of Matthews. "The first two games, she was missing a lot of easy shots. Yesterday at practice, we worked on shooting underneath with contact. Hopefully it's paying off and she continues doing that."
Harmony scored its only points of the period on a free throw each from Nikki Wortman and Lindsay Welteroth and a bucket from Alyssa Raho. The Lady Owls hurt themselves early with turnovers and spent much of the first quarter in Glendale's end of the court.
"We just have to eliminate turnovers," said Harmony head coach Ralph Butterworth. "The girls played their hearts out. They didn't give up. They kept fighting back. They did the things that I wanted. It's just turnovers. If we eliminate the turnovers, we're going to start to win. But I think we have gotten better."
The Lady Owls started the second period on a good note with a free throw from Joleen Brink and a layup from Santana Woodley, but Matthews stepped up again and was fouled on a bucket inside the paint. Matthews scored 15 of her 27 points in the first half.
Matthews got some help off the bench from Shannon Ricketts. Ricketts got eight of her 12 points in the second quarter on clutch shooting. The Lady Vikings entered halftime with a 31-16 lead.
"We ran into foul trouble in the first half," said Matchock. "I knew at some point in our season, I was going to start using (Ricketts). Tonight happened to be the night and she came out and she played pretty well. That just makes our bench even stronger."
"It seemed like when we wanted to hold somebody down, somebody else would pick it up," said Butterworth. "If that's my team, that's what you want. If somebody wants to shut Lindsay down, I need somebody else to pick it up. Then they'll focus on her and somebody else has to pick it up. Glendale did that tonight. When we closed one door, they opened another one. They played a good game."
In the second half, Matthews picked up 12 more points before being sent out of the game early in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Owls got their lone three-pointer from Welteroth late in the third. Welteroth scored just six points due to tight defense from Matthews and the rest of her teammates throughout the contest.
"Welteroth is a good player," said Matchock. "She can shoot. She can dribble. That's one of the things we talked about before the game. We were putting Matthews on her because she is one of our best defenders. Her job was to not let her get the ball. Welteroth is still a good girl. She got her points, but luckily our other girls played good defense and held the other girls in check."
Brink led the Lady Owls with 11 points off the bench.
"We're getting there," said Butterworth. "We're only three games into it. We'll come around."
"As soon as they get the taste of what victory is like, we're going to be unstoppable. They're a good bunch of girls and they don't quit. That's what I want."
The Lady Vikings also won the junior varsity game, 30-22. Ricketts led the Lady Vikings with 12 points, while Shannon Dyda scored six points for Harmony.
Both teams return to action on Friday. Glendale (2-1) travels to Mount Union, while Harmony (0-3) visits Purchase Line.
Welteroth 2 1-2 6, Woodley 2 0-0 4, Wortman 1 3-4 5, Woodward 0 0-0 0, Dyda 0 5-6 5, Brink 4 3-5 11, Raho 1 0-0 2, Hull 0 0-0 0, Stiver 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 12-17 35.
Peterson 0 1-2 1, Potter 2 0-2 5, Noel 2 0-0 4, Kimberly 3 1-2 7, Matthews 11 5-5 27, Reed 0 0-0 0, Kutruff 0 0-0 0, McMurray 0 0-0 0, Ricketts 5 2-3 12, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Witherow 0 0-0 0, Plummer 0 0-0 0, Johnston 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 9-14 58.
Three-pointers: Weltheroth; Potter.
Score by Quarters
Harmony 4 12 7 12-35
Glendale 13 18 16 11-58