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01-09-04: Defense triggers Celina win


A tenacious defensive effort allowed Celina to make quick work of Kenton on Thursday at the Fieldhouse in Western Buckeye League action.
Celina held Kenton scoreless for the whole first quarter and the Bulldogs continued to pour it on the rest of the way resulting in a 59-25 victory.
It’s the sixth straight win for Celina which improves to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the WBL while Kenton falls to 4-6 overall.
“We’re getting better as the season goes on and we figured that would happen with some of the younger girls that play major roles for us,” said Celina head coach Jack Clouse. “We’re seven-deep right now and I think that this team will do nothing but get better the rest of the year.”
The outcome was never in doubt from the opening tip as Celina built a 14-0 advantage after the first period.
Defense keyed the quick Celina start forcing five turnovers while Kenton was zero-for-six in the first frame.
Kenton was finally able to dent the scoreboard with 7:30 to go in the second quarter, but Celina didn’t let up building a 31-13 lead at halftime.
The Celina defense continued to make things miserable for Kenton in the second quarter as the Wildcats shot just 3-for-18 in the first half of action.
“Our defense played well the whole game and shutout their leading scorer Lauren McKinley. “We saw while scouting them that their guard pick up the ball in bad places on the floor so we went into the game knowing that we wanted to pressure their guards and we were able to do that. I was very pleased with our defensive effort and just impressed. We kept them from running anything that they wanted to run and they couldn’t find their shooters.”
The lead just grew in the second half as Celina walked away with a convincing win.
“We’ve had some games this year where we build like a 15-point lead and then we just let the other team get back into the game,” said Clouse. “ We talked about that all week and then at halftime tonight and the girls responded and never let them (Kenton) get back into the game. Once we built a big lead we were able to finish the game.”
The defense overshadowed a solid offensive effort by Celina which shot 23-of-49 from the field (47 percent) and 8-of-18 from beyond-the-arc (44 percent).
Kelli Williams and Kara Osterfeld paced a balanced offensive attack by Celina with 17 and 14 points. Williams added a game-high nine rebounds while Osterfeld canned a game-high four treys.
Betsy Hone and Jenna Schleucher also contributed solid all-around play while adding nine and eight points, respectively. Hone also grabbed eight rebounds to help Celina win the rebounding advantage, 39-28.
“We got some key contributions from several people,” stated Clouse. “Andrea Bryan was sick all week long and didn’t practice with us this week and we had girls like Osterfeld, Schleucher and Hone pick up the scoring tonight.”
Celina was also able to win the junior varsity contest, 42-33.
Celina is back in action on Saturday at home against Greenville.


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