Scott 77-52. The game was an up and down affair with lots of scoring
burst, running, and offense. Celina managed to do the most of all
three, turning the tables on Scott.
“I was very happy with the win tonight,” noted Celina Coach Brian Stetler. “There are always things you can work on and I wasn’t happy with the second half defense, but at times it looked like a NBA game out there. This was certainly different than the teams in the MAC and WBL that we normally play.”
The host won the nightcap to the OVISCO Classic, rolling over Toledo Scott 77-52. The game was an up and down affair with lots of scoring bursts, running, and offense. Celina managed to do the most of all three, turning the tables on Scott.
Senior Liz Homan paced the Celina attack with 21 points and 18 rebounds, scoring a number of easy points after her teammates broke the Scott press. Cenzie Yoder added 15 points doing the same as Homan and Kelsey Waterman tallied 9 points on the evening.
Overall Celina had little trouble with the press or speed of Toledo Scott and will play Versailles tonight in the championship game.
Scott’s offense was led by their outstanding guard Skyler Gregory who dropped in 22 points in the contest.
In the opening minutes of the contest Celina managed to break Toledo’s press and went up 4-0. After Scott made it 4-2, Celina answered with a three point play going up 7-4 and they never looked back from there.
“We like to push the ball with our personal this year,” commented Stetler. “Our girls are very unselfish and did a great job of finding each other. Beating their press was critical because they (Scott) were big and quick.”
When the first eight minutes of play finished the hometown Bulldogs were up 15-8, but it was the second stanza that sealed the deal.
After Scott made it 17-12, the visiting Bulldogs went ice cold and consequently went six minutes without a field goal. In fact, after scoring the two points in the second quarter they were shutout for the rest of the half.
In the meantime, Celina continued breaking the press and pounding the ball inside. With a clear height advantage Celina offset Scott’s speed with power. As the half ticked away the advantage kept growing and growing.
“We felt we would have an advantage inside tonight especially with Liz,” noted Stetler.
The only thing that stopped the offensive onslaught was the clock. When the buzzer finally sounded on the first half the home team held a 32-12 advantage. The hole would prove much too deep for Scott to climb out off.
When both teams returned the third period opened like the second; Celina was hot and Scott continued to struggle. Then with 5:43 remaining in the third stanza Gregory hit a bucket for Scott and the ‘Dogs took off.
Toledo ripped off 20 points to close out the period. They were as hot finishing the third period as they were cold in the second and early moments of the third stanza.
The problem they faced was a large deficit now sitting at 63-35 after three periods of play. With only eight minutes remaining in the game, Scott faced a monumental task.
In the opening minutes of the final stanza, Celina went on a minor 4-0 run. However, that made it 67-35 and sealed the deal for the home ‘Dogs. The reserves played out the rest of the period as Celina advanced to the championship game with an easy win.