LANCASTER — Fisher Catholic provided some offensive warmth on an otherwise cold Monday evening. Connecting on five of eight shots in the fourth quarter, the Irish handed the visiting Amanda-Clearcreek Lady Aces a 44-33 non-league loss.
“Eventually we started to do some of the little things,” Fisher Catholic coach Steve Petros said. “We battled for rebounds and made some open shots and free throws down the stretch.
“Ultimately that was the difference.”
Katie Griffin led game-scorers with 13 points and added five rebounds in the second half for Fisher Catholic. Lena Barrows followed with 12 points, including two triples.
Amanda-Clearcreek was led by Gretchen Meyer and Cara Thaxton each scoring eight points. Aimee Hall followed with seven points.
Both teams struggled from the field offensively in the first half as Fisher Catholic carried a 17-11 lead into halftime.
The Lady Irish (9-6) scored on three of its first possessions coming off of the break, capped off by a three-pointer off the hands of Barrows to put Fisher Catholic ahead 24-15.
Amanda-Clearcreek (8-6) responded with its best spurt of basketball on the evening.
The Lady Aces pulled together for an 8-0 run, led by Thaxton hitting a trey and collecting an old-fashioned three-point play to bring the Lady Aces to within a point.
The point deficit proved to be the closest Amanda-Clearcreek would come to Fisher Catholic for the rest of the night. Fisher extended its lead to five heading into the fourth quarter and outpaced the Lady Aces 16-10 in the final period, led by Griffin scoring five and Barrows adding four.
Amanda-Clearcreek also went cold from the field during the fourth, connecting on only three of 16 shots.
“I was disappointed in our shot selection,” Amanda-Clearcreek coach Butch Kobel said. “We need to make a decision to play harder and more intense for the total 32 minutes.
“Our defense was okay at times, but we didn’t execute on offense. We didn’t run our offense well and a lot of times we’d just pass the ball once and fire up a shot.”
The Lady Aces return home Wednesday to face Logan Elm in a Mid-State League Buckeye Division contest. Fisher Catholic hits the hardwood Friday at home against Grandview Heights in MSL Cardinal Division action.
“I’m disappointed and I think the girls are too,” Kobel said. “Logan Elm is a very good basketball team and we need to bring more intensity or it’s going to be a long night.”