NEW BOSTON – Monday night was a great night for offense at the Glenwood High School gymnasium in New Boston. The Glenwood Lady Tigers and the Green Lady Bobcats put up a lot of points in their SOC matchup. Both the Lady Tigers and Lady Bobcats had significant offensive production from multiple players.
In the end, Green was bested by Glenwood 58-41.
Despite the loss, Green coach Melissa Knapp had a lot of positive remarks about the way her girls played Monday evening.
“We’re getting better every game,” Knapp said. “We scored 41 points tonight, and that has been my biggest complaint, that we have to have more people score, and score more points.”
The Lady Bobcats certainly scored more points Monday night, in their loss to Glenwood. The 41 points put up by Green was the highest point total thus far in the season for the young team.
Green also had a nice spread in the number of players scoring, as seven members of Knapp’s team put points on the scoreboard for the Lady Bobcats.
Kaylynn Blizzard led Green with 17 points Monday night, followed by Megan Johnson, who finished the evening with seven points.
“We’re getting there,” Knapp said. “We’re taking baby steps. We’re young and inexperienced, and just getting better with every outing.”
After one quarter of play, it didn’t look like the Lady Bobcats were going to pull off a 40 point night. Glenwood led Green 21-8 after the first eight minutes of play, however, the Lady Bobcats would have a very productive second quarter.
Trailing by 13 points, Green limited Glenwood to only seven points in the second quarter. The Lady Bobcats cut the Lady Tigers lead to only eight points, 28-20 by halftime.
Lady Tigers coach Kayla Wiley said Green did a great job in the second quarter to take Glenwood off their gameplan.
Knapp said things began to click for her team on offense and defense, but severely cutting Glenwood’s ability to score in the second quarter was essential for her team.
“It was starting to click for my team defensively,” Knapp said. “We had a lot of things we needed to fix, and it started to fix, and we started to shut the middle down.”
During the second half, Glenwood switched up their play, and used a press to put more pressure on Green’s ball handlers.
“In the second half, we kind of turned it on when we went to our press,” Wiley said. “In time we will get better at playing our game as opposed to playing our opponents’ (game).”
Green’s momentum fizzled in the third quarter, as Glenwood took a 39-22 lead over Green about halfway through the third quarter.
“We gout ourselves a little better lead and a cushion,” Wiley said. “I think we did a good job with our press. Defense leads to offense, and that’s the most important part of the game in my opinion.”
Wiley said it was important for her girls to take away Green’s inside shot in the second half. The increased defensive effort inside the paint stifled Green’s offense in the third quarter, forcing the Lady Bobcats to shoot closer to the perimeter.
Knapp said her team came out cold in the third quarter.
“We’ve done that a lot this year,” Knapp said. “That’s something we have to work on.”
Glenwood controlled the second half of the game. At one point Green trailed by more than 20 points, but the Lady Bobcats refused to go away quietly.
Early in the fourth quarter, Green made a short run to cut the Glenwood lead from 22 points to 16 points. Blizzard and Johnson hit back-to-back threes for the Lady Bobcats, which put a little more life into the team.
“That gives my kids confidence,” Knapp said. “We’re getting better every game.”
After the final buzzer, Glenwood defeated Green 58-41.
Glenwood will face Portsmouth on Wednesday, and Eastern on Thursday evening. Both games are scheduled to tip at 6 p.m.
Green will host Western Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
New Boston – Buckley 8-8-24, Stone 5-2-13, Hamilton 6-1-13, Howard 2-0-5, Day 1-1-3
Green – Blizzard 6-4-17, Johsnon 2-2-7, Hall 2-0-5, Gallion 1-2-5, Davis 1-1-3, Jones 1-0-2, Derifield 1-0-2
3-point field goals – New Boston 2 (Stone, Howard) Green 4 (Hall, Blizzard, Johsnon, Gallion)
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