By TED RADICK
PANDORA — After building an eight-point halftime lead Thursday, Arcadia started the third quarter by coughing up the basketball on three of its first four possessions.
Pandora-Gilboa capitalized with three quick baskets. Frustrated, Arcadia coach Randy Baker called timeout to settle his squad.
It worked. The Redskins went on a 9-2 run right after that timeout and pulled away for a 60-44 victory in a Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball game.
“We were overplaying early, focusing on the corner too much and leaving the middle open,” Baker said. “We were letting (Megan) Maag seal us under the bucket; all she had to do was catch and turn and shoot.
“All three buckets we gave up were inside. So, we had a little discussion about how we had to shore things up in the post a little bit. The kids responded, and we were OK.”
Molly Glick scored 11 of her 19 points in the third quarter and Courtney Cramer added seven of her team-best 21 in the third quarter as Arcadia (11-3, 6-1 BVC) widened a 26-24 advantage at the time of Baker’s timeout into a 44-31 lead by the end of the quarter.
Pandora-Gilboa (8-7, 4-3 BVC) never closed within single digits.
Converting turnovers into transition baskets and crashing the offensive boards were key to Arcadia’s win.
After a 9-9 first quarter, the Redskins hit the glass for seven offensive rebounds in the second quarter to take a 26-18 lead into halftime. Given the Rockets’ quick spurt to start the third quarter, building that lead was huge.
“We did get a couple there,” Baker said of his team’s effort on the boards. “We gave up a few, too, which was a little upsetting. There was that one stretch there in the second half when they got three or four offensive rebounds on one possession and scored.
“We work on rebounding quite a bit in practice on both ends, both offense and defense. That’s where you box out, or on the offensive end you don’t accept the checkout.”
Arcadia wasn’t accepting any boxouts. Rebecca Kirian, who finished with a game-high 10 rebounds, grabbed an offensive rebound that Glick converted with a short jumper midway through the second quarter, and Arcadia went up 16-13. Glick and Cramer each got an offensive board on one possession that Maddie Mock finished with a layup and a foul shot.
Cramer grabbed an offensive rebound for a put-back late in the first half.
“I’m lost for words,” Pandora-Gilboa coach Jessica Liedtke said. “Our girls love basketball, and they love to work hard. But it seemed we didn’t have five on the court all at one time. We had girls that gave it 110 percent every single second, but we didn’t have all five at one time.
“That one weak link hurt us. Arcadia’s offensive rebounds, again, that’s a weak link. Somebody’s not boxing out and it hurts us.”
Turnovers hurt the Rockets as well. Pandora-Gilboa had 17 miscues in the game, not an absurd total, but Arcadia converted four of those into layups in the third quarter and three of them were conventional three-point plays.
“We try and score on our transition off of turnovers,” Baker said, then gave a wry smile. “You don’t have to run your offense that much if you can score in the open court.”
Baker had a point as his team started the game ice cold, missing its first six shots. Mock came off the bench and sparked the Redskins with all 11 of her points coming in the first half.
“We struggled early,” Baker said. “Maddie had a nice game for us to get us started, and that was huge. We were flat in some other areas and weren’t shooting the ball well, and she stepped up for us today.”
Megan Maag scored a game-high 22 points to pace Pandora-Gilboa, and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Maag was 10 of 15 from the floor; the rest of the Rockets were 8 of 23.
“We go up from here,” Liedtke said. “Like I said, my girls give it all they have. They have heart and they have dedication, and I believe that we’ll go up from here. I think we can, and I think the girls think we can. Now, we have to prove it.
Arcadia (11-3, 6-1 BVC)
Kirian 0-1–1, Pina 0-2–2, Glick 8-3–19, Cramer 6-8–21, Dauterman 0-0–0, Mock 4-1–11, Ball 0-0–0, Ware 2-2–6, Coward 0-0–0. TOTALS: 20-49 17-19–60.
Pandora-Gilboa (8-7, 4-3 BVC)
McCullough 0-1–1, Hermiller 3-1–8, O. Maag 2-1–6, M. Maag 10-1–22, Abelovska 2-0–4, Bre. Hovest 0-0–0, Bri. Hovest 0-0–0, Watkins 0-1–1, Swary 1-0–2, Macke 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-38 5-10–44.
Arcadia 9 17 18 16 — 60
Pandora-Gilboa 9 9 13 13 — 44
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 3-11 (Mock 2, Cramer); Pandora-Gilboa 3-10 (Hermiller, O. Maag, M. Maag).
rebounds: Arcadia 27 (Kirian 10); Pandora-Gilboa 29 (M. Maag 6).
turnovers: Arcadia 9, Pandora-Gilboa 17.
junior varsity: Pandora-Gilboa, 35-18.
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