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01-16-04: Turnovers haunt Bulldogs in defeat


On Monday night, it seemed that Celina couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean shooting just 6-for-44 in a loss to Marion Local.
Celina returned home and shot the ball much better on Thursday (18-of-38), but the Green and White couldn’t protect the basketball and lost to Elida, 63-50.
Elida’s aggressive fullcourt defensive pressure caused fits for Celina all evening and harassed the home team into committing 28 turnovers for the contest.
Celina (9-5, 2-3 WBL) dug itself a hole early falling behind 20-13 after the first quarter of action, due mostly to Elida (9-3, 3-2 WBL) taking advantage of 12 forced turnovers in the first eight minutes.
“I thought that our kids were ready for their press but obviously we weren’t,” said disappointed Celina head coach Jack Clouse. “To me, if you have your basics, a press isn’t going to bother you but we didn’t do a good job on the basics and that gave them a lead. We aren’t a physically strong team and anytime that there’s a bump, we can’t handle it and it really hurt us tonight. You can’t give up 63 points and win a ball game.”
“Our kids came out with a lot of intensity to start the game and that allowed our defense to pressure the ball and that created offensive opportunities for us,” said Elida head coach Sue Skinner. “I think that it really set the tone for the whole game. Our kids must have been really focused tonight because they sure came ready to play.”
Jenna Schleucher, who got her first start of the season against Elida, nearly kept Celina in the game alone in the first half scoring eight points and pulling down six rebounds.
Facing an eight-point deficit entering the second half, Celina began to make its move in the third quarter.
Kara Osterfeld made two free throws and Schleucher converted on a three-point play to pull Celina to within three points with Elida still on top, 37-34.
Elida pushed the lead back up to seven points, but Kelli Williams hit back-to-back buckets to pull Celina back within three points at 41-38. Another two points by Schleucher and a free throw from Kelly Warris left Celina with a four-point deficit entering the final period.
With 6:00 to go in the game, Williams drilled a deep three-pointer from the corner and was clearly fouled on the play sending the senior to the floor but the officials didn’t blow the whistle leaving Celina down one-point.
Another obvious foul call was missed by the inconsistent officiating duo resulting in a Celina turnover and according to Clouse, was a turning point in the game.
“We had the game down to one point but we didn’t get a foul call and they instead called traveling and that was a big possession,” admitted Clouse. “That, to me, was the difference in the ballgame.”
From that point on, Elida took control of the game with a near perfect performance at the free-throw line.
From the 2:15 mark in the fourth quarter until the final buzzer sounded, Elida hit 12-of-12 from the charity stripe and converted 21-of-24 for the game. Elida’s Elise Jenkins and Carla Warren each hit four down the stretch to seal the win for the visitors.
Mallory Rentz was a perfect eight-of-eight from the free-throw line to lead Elida with 16 points while Carla Warren hit for 14 points while teammates Amanda Suever and Jenkins added 12 points apiece.
“Seeing the balance that we got tonight was exciting for me because balance like that is huge when the tournament comes around,” said Skinner. “The best teams that we’ve had at Elida have been teams with balanced scoring.”
Celina was led by Kara Osterfeld with a game-high 17 points while Williams added 15 points and Schleucher 14 markers. Despite standing just 5-6, Schleucher also led all rebounders with seven caroms.
“Jenna hit the board really well and kept us close in the first half and she did a lot of things to help our team on the floor,” pointed out Clouse.
Celina is back in action again on Thursday against Bath.


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