was simple enough Tuesday – contain Greenville’s Macie Blinn, but
shutdown the rest of the Wave. It worked to near perfection as Butler recorded its first win of the
season 72-42 at Greenville. Blinn penetrated, shot and flopped her way
to 28 points, but her teammates managed a mere 14 points.
It worked to near perfection as Butler recorded its first win of the season 72-42 at Greenville. Blinn penetrated, shot and flopped her way to 28 points, but her teammates managed a mere 14 points.
“We came off two tough loses last week and I wasn’t sure what to expect on our side,” commented Schmidt. “Blinn was even a better player than I expected, she was just unbelievable. We wanted to guard her close and make everyone else beat us.”
With the defense working as planned, the Aviators turned to the paint for offense. Vandalia dominated inside finding the holes and scoring the points.
Butler was led in scoring by Jaimme Hulsmeyer (18 points), who discovered a lot of room to work in the post. Kacie Cassel kept the Wave defense honest from the perimeter knocking down 13 points. Brianna Innocent also added 13 points and five rebounds on the evening.
“I have been telling the girls since day one that we are going to live and die in the post and it is very important that we control the post,” noted Schmidt.
In the first eight minutes of the contest, Butler neither contained nor slowed down Blinn. Demonstrating why she will be playing for Illinois next winter, Blinn attacked from areas of the floor.
The senior point guard spearheaded her team to a 14-9 early advantage by doing it all. But, the lead had a short shelf life as Vandalia wrested away control and never gave it back.
When the buzzer sounded on the first period, Butler was up 18-15. Down three points things only got worse for the Wave.
Hoping to create turnovers and havoc Greenville jumped into a full court press in the second period. Turning the plan upside down, Butler ran around and through the press finding easy baskets at the other end.
Butler went on 5-1 spurt opening a 25-16 advantage. After trading points, Butler’s Lauren Cassell hit a three pointer, giving the Aviators a ten point lead at 30-20.
The play deflated the Wave and from that point on Butler dominated the action.
After a minor burst by Greenville closed the deficit to 38-31 the two teams played to a stalemate right before the half. The Aviators headed to the locker room with a 41-34 lead, but they had even more than that.
Working for every inch, Blinn was beginning to wear down while her teammates continued to search for their offensive games.
During the break the Wave scrapped the press in favor of a collapsing defense.
“We took the press off because we didn’t want to give up 41 points like we did in the first half,” noted Greenville coach Tom Rettig “Instead of it being to our advantage it ended up really hurting us tonight.”
What Greenville learned in the second half was nothing could slow down the train on this night. With so much size and strength the Aviators took advantage of the smaller Wave, pounding the ball to the post.
Ripping off a 10-2 run to open the second half, Butler built a commanding a 51-38 lead essentially delivering a knock out blow.
Just three minutes into the third period Greenville was on the mat. Butler never let up and when the buzzer finally ended the barrage it was 61-40 Butler.
The third period spurt made the fourth stanza nothing more than academic as the Aviators soared to a 72-42 victory.
“We played well tonight,” noted Schmidt. “But we are still so young that we are just trying to build chemistry and teach the girls that you can’t just show up when playing varsity.”