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Numbers don't lie in Angola thrashing of Garrett

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Hornets pressure Railroaders early, often in sectional victory

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Sometimes statistics tell the story better than words. That was the case Friday night in the Class 3A Bishop Dwenger semifinal between Garrett and Angola.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Railroaders had more turnovers (19) than points (18).

That stat alone best explains Angola's 50-27 victory that moves the Hornets into the championship today at 7:30 p.m.

Garrett (16-7) finished with 23 turnovers.

“We knew if we kept the pressure on them they would begin to turn the ball over and be impatient,” Angola coach John Berger said. “We were a little shaky at the beginning shooting the ball, but felt like we were in control of the tempo (early) with our defensive pressure.”

The Hornets (19-3) limited or completely took away every Garrett offensive strength. Brandi Dawson's ability to get to the basket on the dribble drive was halted with the exception of two possessions as the junior finished with a team-high 13 points, the only Railroader in double figures.

Point guard Kaitlin Wisel, the catalyst for Garrett' half-court offense, never was able to get into a comfort zone while setting up her teammates, finishing with eight turnovers.

Perhaps the biggest achievement was limiting 6-foot center Taylor Smith to just two points and three rebounds with a combination of collapsing into the paint and getting the freshman into foul trouble.

All of that combined to hold Garrett to its lowest point total since a 29-25 loss to Fairfield in regionals in 2011.

“We just kept the pressure on them,” Berger said. “Things just kept escalating (defensively) and it was good to see.”

Angola's lead was seven at halftime, but 9-0 run midway through the third put the game away. All nine points came from sophomore Claire Grubb on three 3-pointers.

Grubb finished with a team-high 11 points.

The Hornets now get a shot at Concordia Lutheran once again, the program that beat Angola for the sectional crown two years ago.

“They beat us here in (Bishop Dwenger's gym), so it is exciting to play them again,” Berger said. “Concordia has all the confidence in the world since they are the defending state champions. Two years ago we didn't have the confidence, but I think we have the confidence this year.”

Tip-off for tonight's sectional final is scheduled for 7 p.m.

ANGOLA 50, GARRETT 27

Angola 8 10 17 15-50

Garrett 7 4 7 9-27

Angola: Scott 2, Grubb 11, Lopshire 3, Rachel Rinehart 10, Bidlack 9, Beard 6, Ericka Rinehart 9.

Garrett: Smith 2, DePew 2, Oliver 5, Dawson 13, Wisel 5.

IHSAA Girl's Basketball Sectional Pairings

Class 4A

Snider

Tuesday

Northrop 45, DeKalb 43, OT

Wednesday

Carroll (9-11) 65, Columbia City 57

Snider 62, East Noble 35

Friday

Northrop 53, North Side 33

Snider 69, Carroll 35

Today

Northrop (8-13) vs. Snider (19-3), 7:30 p.m.

Homestead

Tuesday

South Side 61, Wayne 30

Homestead 80, Jay County 36

Friday

South Side 50, New Haven 18

Homestead 43, Huntington North 35

Today

South Side (20-3) vs. Homestead (21-3), 7:30 p.m.

Class 3A

Bishop Dwenger

Tuesday

Concordia Lutheran 58, Leo 41

Garrett 60, Woodlan 45

Friday

Concordia Lutheran 60, Bishop Dwenger 42

Angola 50, Garrett 27

Today

Concordia Lutheran (16-6) vs. Angola (19-3)

Mississinewa

Tuesday

Norwell 87, Mississinewa 47

Heritage 61, Bellmont 49

Friday

Norwell 61, Eastbrook 40

Heritage 67, Whitko 62

Today

Norwell (20-3) vs. Heritage (14-8), 7:30 p.m.

Class 2A

Bluffton

Tuesday

Bishop Luers 69, Adams Central 41

South Adams 41, Bluffton 37

Friday

Bishop Luers 69, Eastside 37

South Adams 34, Churubusco 25

Today

Bishop Luers (11-11) vs. South Adams (9-12), 7 p.m.

Class A

Canterbury

Tuesday

Hamilton 48, Lakeland Christian 25

Bethany Christian 74, Howe School 26

Wednesday

Lakewood Park 74, Elkhart Christian 35

Canterbury 80, Blackhawk Christian 27

Friday

Bethany Christian 49, Hamilton 37

Canterbury 100, Lakewood Park 50

Today

Bethany Christian (13-9) vs. Canterbury (20-3), 7:30 p.m.