NEW BOSTON — Business as usual.
At least that’s what it felt like following Notre Dame’s 47-31 road win over New Boston in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
The Lady Titans, now winners of six-straight regular season conference crowns, carried their long-running streak into Thursday’s game versus the Lady Tigers and were able to escape ‘The Den’ with another SOC title in tote.
“To get a win on the road, win the SOC again for the sixth-straight year,” Notre Dame coach J.D. McKenzie said. “It makes everything easier when you can accomplish that first goal. Hopefully it’s one of the few more to come.”
The total points scored in Thursday’s game between Notre Dame and New Boston were 40 points fewer than the first time these two teams met in a 66-52 decision for the Lady Titans back on December 19th, 2019.
While each team combined for 12 three-point field goals in the first meeting, both sides managed just five combined made threes in Notre Dame’s 16-point win.
Coach Kayla Wiley’s Tigers were forced to play the entire second half without senior point guard Sammy Oiler who sustained an injury during Thursday’s game while McKenzie blames his team’s offensive woes on poor shot selection.
“Losing Sammy for the second half really hurt, and we didn’t hit any outside shots,” Wiley said following Thursday’s loss. “We really struggled at making any shots and at line. I thought our defensive effort was there, but really missed Sammy who runs our offense. Although we had a lot of defensive intesity, we struggled getting into our sets.”
“”Our shot selection was terrible,” McKenzie said. “We shot 17% from three, shot 30% from the field. We missed a bunch of buckets inside, and I thought we took some poor shots from the outside. Some quick shots, and sometimes those shots go in which makes your shooting percentage better. That’s kind of been our achilles heel as of late, and it’s something that can come back and hurt you.”
Notre Dame did most of their scoring damage in the first and third quarters, combining to score 39 of their 47 points in the two frames combined. Their defense and New Boston’s own shooting woes held the Lady Tigers to under ten points in all quarters but the third, which is also when the Lady Titans had their highest scoring quarter of the night (20 points).
Ava Hassel led all scorers with a game-high 20 points on eight-made field goals. New Boston’s Lexus Oiler scored a team-high eight points.
With tournament seeding being released this coming Sunday, signalling the nearby start of postseason play, both McKenzie and Wiley are hoping their teams are able to click at the right time and make a run.
Before that, though, each must finish their regular season slate.
Notre Dame has three games left in their schedule with a neutral site game versus Ashland (Ky.) this Saturday at Ironton in the Tackett Auto Body Shootout, a non-league home game versus Minford on Monday, and a senior night home game for the Lady Titans versus Green which closes their SOC I schedule for this season.
Ashland enters Saturday’s contest versus Notre Dame with a 12-6 record, second best amongst teams in the 16th region of the KHSAA.
“They’re real, real good,” McKenzie said. “And if we show up like we have the last couple of times, we’ll get our doors blown off. They’re a physical team, they’ve got girls that can score, and they move the ball really well. It’s going to a really good test for us. If we can show up, we can play with them. But right now, we’re not.”
New Boston awaits their sectional seeding this Sunday with a home senior night game versus Western next Thursday to close out their regular season.
“Our mindset is to continue to put in the work to survive and advance,” Wiley said. “We have three seniors who have each played four years of varsity and have done a lot for this program, so I don’t think they are going to go down without a fight.”
ND 19 5 20 3 — 47
NB 6 9 12 4 — 31
Notre Dame 47 (18-1, 13-0 SOC I)
Taylor Schmidt 3 0-2 7, Ava Hassel 8 2-4 20, Cassie Schaefer 1 1-2 3, Olivia Smith 1 0-0 2, Annie Dettwiller 0 1-2 1, Claire Dettwiller 2 1-3 5, Isabel Cassidy 2 0-0 5, Lauren Campbell 1 2-2 4;
TOTALS: 18 7-15 47; Three-point field goals: 4 (Hassel 2, Schmidt, Cassidy 1 apiece)
New Boston 31 (14-7, 10-3 SOC I)
Lexus Oiler 2 4-6 8, Cadence Williams 1 1-2 3, Shelby Easter 1 1-2 3, Kenzie Whitley 2 3-3 7, Dylan O’Roure 0 0-0 0, Taylen Hickman 0 3-6 3, Sammy Oiler 3 0-0 7; TOTALS: 9 12-19 31; Three-point field goals: 1 (S. Oiler 1)
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