Casse Mogan connected on a trio of three-pointers and poured in a game high 28 points, leading the visiting Circleville Lady Tigers past the Fairfield Union Lady Falcons 59-44 in a Mid-State League Buckeye Division contest.
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WEST RUSHVILLE – Casse Mogan doesn't typically shoot very many three-pointers.
It was hard to tell the fact Tuesday evening.
Mogan connected on a trio of three-pointers and poured in a game high 28 points, leading the visiting Circleville Lady Tigers past the Fairfield Union Lady Falcons 59-44 in a Mid-State League Buckeye Division contest.
“This was a game we wanted after losing to Logan Elm last week,” Mogan said. “The Logan Elm loss was kind of a wake-up call for us.”
Mogan scored 14 of the Lady Tigers' 30 second half points.
“I was just kind of feeling it,” Mogan said. “I normally don't shoot three-pointers, but they were playing a zone and I had to shoot more jumpers because you can't drive as much against a zone.”
Circleville senior Kaitlin Graham scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds. Megan White also tallied eight points and Liz Scudder chipped in seven.
The Lady Tigers (6-1, 4-1) struggled offensively during the first half against the Fairfield Union zone defense.
“This was the first time this season we've faced a zone,” Circleville coach Steve Kalinoski said. “We didn't move the ball well in the first half.”
Ashley Bope hit a jumper for Fairfield Union (3-4, 2-3) to tie the game in the second quarter, and Carolyn Milbaugh hit one of two free throws to give the Lady Falcons what turned out to be its only lead of the night.
Amanda Wade began a 16-5 Circleville run with a layup with 29 seconds left and Scudder banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to put CHS ahead 29-25 at halftime.
“I knew time was running out, but I was able to get up the court and put up a shot,” Scudder said. “Fortunately it went in.”
“The shot at the end of the first half shouldn't have happened,” Fairfield Union coach Gary Burke said. “We didn't pick up the ball handler coming up the court and we let her shoot it.”
The streak of offense continued in the beginning of the second half. Mogan tallied five points during the stretch, while Graham, Scudder and Megan White each added a bucket to put Circleville ahead 40-30.
“We did a better job in the second half of playing good defense and running our offense press break after we got turnovers,” Scudder said. “It didn't seem like everyone was on the same page in the first half, but we were able to get everything going in the second half.”
Circleville also used energy from its defense to power the run, forcing Fairfield Union into five turnovers over the first three minutes of the second half.
“The first four minutes of the second half was the key to the whole game,” Burke said. “We turned the ball over three straight possessions.
“They had a few problems with our zone in the first half, but we didn't do a good job with the ball or guarding the ball at the beginning of the second half. You can't allow good teams like Circleville to stretch out a lead.”
Fairfield Union trimmed the lead to 42-36 entering the fourth period, but Circleville responded with a crushing 15-2 run, fueled with nine points from Mogan to ultimately finish off the Lady Falcons.
“We found spots in their zone where we could put the ball in the second half,” Kalinoski said. “Abbey Palmer did a good job of penetrating and kicking the ball back out for better shots.
“Our adjustments at halftime helped us to play much better.”
Kaity Wyeth led Fairfield Union with 17 points and seven rebounds. Ericka Adcock had eight points and Bope gathered six.
Circleville shot 21 of 50 (42 percent) from the field, while Fairfield Union hit 15 of 43 (35 percent) shots.
The Lady Tigers won the rebounding battle 29-25.
Circleville returns home Saturday evening to face county rival Teays Valley at the Mill Street Gymnasium. Fairfield Union remains at home to play Hamilton Township the same evening.
Note: Before the game, Burke was honored with a plaque for his 200th win last week against Bloom-Carroll.