Friday, January 11, 2013BVC Girls Basketball: Arcadia hands McComb first conference loss
MCCOMB -- McComb's Emily Clymer hit a free throw midway through the third quarter Thursday, and brought the Panthers to within a point of Arcadia after the Redskins had led by as many as eight points in the first half.
McComb even forced a turnover and had the ball with a chance to lead, but that's when it all fell apart for the Panthers.
Arcadia forced turnovers in three of McComb's next four possessions, converted on all three miscues and ran away with a 59-46 Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball victory.
Just past the halfway point of the BVC schedule, Arcadia handed McComb its first loss to force a four-way tie for first place in the league. Arcadia (9-3 overall) and McComb (9-3) are tied with Liberty-Benton (9-3) and Arlington (10-3), all at 4-1 in BVC play.
Arcadia's Regina Fox followed a pair of McComb turnovers with a 16-foot jumper and a 3-pointer. Courtney Cramer then hit a 3-pointer, and the Redskins blew open their one-point lead.
"We stress that when we force turnovers, we don't give it back," Arcadia coach Randy Baker said. "We have to make every offensive possession count, we need to hit a shot or get a good look. We're getting better at it."
Clymer stopped the bleeding with a layup to cut Arcadia's lead to 40-33, but Miranda Palmer drained one of her four 3-pointers to take the lead to double digits.
"I think turnovers are kind of like the flu that's going around the state of Ohio right now," McComb coach Jeremy Herr said. "We've caught that viral disease.
"It comes down to decision making. We're a fairly veteran team, we have experience. I think they know better, and we talked about that at the end of the game. We talked about it a little bit at halftime, too."
McComb turned the ball over six times in the third quarter. That kind of defensive effort allowed the undersized Redskins to thrive.
"It's hard to get inside position on them," Baker said. "They're just so long, you can't really say anything about it."
Arcadia responded with its shooting -- the Redskins hit seven 3-pointers -- and its ability to set the tempo and hang on to the ball. Arcadia had only eight turnovers, with just three in the second half.
"Our perimeter shooting was good, we handled the ball well without too many stupid turnovers, and when we got to the line we iced it from there in the fourth quarter," Baker said.
Arcadia was 12 of 12 from the free-throw line.
McComb's Alison Beverly hit a 3-pointer with just more than a minute remaining to cut Arcadia's lead to less than 10 points, but the Redskins sealed the deal with a pair of free throws from Palmer and Fox.
Palmer led Arcadia with 24 points. Cramer scored 16 with six rebounds, and Fox added nine points and four assists. Rebecca Kirian grabbed 10 rebounds for Arcadia, which played much of the first half with Fox and Molly Glick (eight points) on the bench with foul trouble.
"They're both key to what we do here, but we get more experience for Abbie (Dauterman) and Maddie (Mock) coming off the bench," Baker said.
"It will be nice to go a solid seven strong, and they're giving me more confidence to be able to do that."
Clymer scored 12 points to lead McComb. Kristen Buck and Briana Herr each had 10 points, with Herr grabbing 11 rebounds.
"We didn't control the tempo like we wanted to," Jeremy Herr said. "They did, and it played into their hands. We rushed some possessions, and didn't take advantage of our height advantage.
"It came back to haunt us. We know what they've got. Palmer's an excellent athlete, and Cramer hurt us tonight. They executed their game plan better than we did tonight."
Arcadia (9-3, 4-1)
Palmer 7-6--24, Fox 3-2--9, Kirian 0-0--0, Glick 2-4--8, Cramer 7-0--16, Mock 1-0--2, Dauterman 0-0--0. TOTALS: 20-59 12-12--59.
McComb (9-3, 4-1)
Reed 2-0—4, Newcomer 0-0--0, Herr 5-0—10, Dee 1-0--2, Huffman 2-1--5, Beverly 1-0--3, Clymer 4-4--12, Buck 3-2--10. TOTALS: 18-49 7-12--46.
Arcadia 20 8 19 12 -- 59
McComb 14 12 11 9 -- 46
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 7-21 (Palmer 4, Cramer 2, Fox); McComb 3-12 (Buck 2, Beverly).
rebounds: Arcadia 32 (Kirian 10); McComb 37 (Herr 11).
turnovers: Arcadia 7, McComb 15.
junior varsity: McComb, 37-20.
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