Local Pictures
Classified Ads
 Announce Births
Email Us
Buy A Copy
Local Links

click here to
The Daily



12-23-03: Rangers drop game


NEW KNOXVILLE — Spencerville was able to deal New Knoxville its second loss of the season last night when it knocked off the Rangers 56-28.
New Knoxville struggled to get its offense flowing all night, and the Rangers were unable to score double digits in any quarter.
“They outplayed us in every aspect of the game, their guards were quicker than us, their inside people were more skilled than we were and they finished more shots than we did,” said New Knoxville coach Dwain Meckstroth.
The Rangers dug themselves a hole every quarter, as Spencerville scored first in every quarter, and in three quarters the Rangers gave up 6-0 or larger runs to start the quarter.
“We came out and kind of frustrated them defensively, our goal tonight was always to have a hand in their face, because I know New Knoxville has some great shooters, and I know New Knoxville is used to averaging 50 or 60 points a game,” said Spencerville coach Jim Baumgartner.
The Bearcats crucial run came in the second quarter when they went on a 9-1 run to go ahead 18-9.
From that point on the Rangers never got closer than six points.
Spencerville extended its lead in the second half when it outscored New Knoxville 32-13.
Spencerville’s defense held New Knoxville to nine-of-40 shooting from the field (23 percent).
“We weren’t patient, we didn’t work the ball along and there were times when we shot the ball too fast,” Meckstroth said. “We’ve been talking about that because the first five games we shot the ball fast but the ball went in the hoop and that makes a big difference. When they don’t go in the hoop you have to work the ball a little longer so when you take that next shot you’re more in the flow and you have a chance to get the rebound. That’s what they did to us, they broke us down.”
Spencerville won the rebound battle 35-23, and the Bearcats were tenacious on the offensive glass where they snared 13 rebounds.
Jessica Vorst led the way for Spencerville with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Rochelle Croft grabbed a lot of attention for the Bearcats as well.
Croft was the smallest player on the floor at 5-3, yet she grabbed six rebounds to go with five points.
“She is a go-getter,” Baumgarner said with a laugh. “She is our utility player and she plays great defense, she knocks down a shot occasionally and she’s not afraid to get in there and bang with the big girls. We’re starting to gel a little bit more, we weren’t gelling at the beginning of the season.”
Those offense boards helped the Bearcats shooting percentage, as they knocked down 19-of-45 shots for 42 percent.
Nicole Wright led the way for New Knoxville with nine points and eight rebounds while Katie Pfenning added seven points and three boards.
Spencerville was also productive at the foul line as it made 15-of-22 foul shots.
New Knoxville falls to 5-2 on the season while Spencerville was able to up its record to 4-3.
The Rangers are back in action Saturday when they travel to Wapakoneta.


Phone: (419)586-2371,   Fax: (419)586-6271
All content copyright 2003
The Standard Printing Company
P.O. Box 140, Celina, OH 45822