The Delphos St. John’s girls cagers have shaken off a season-opening loss to Lima Bath and have evolved into a team that could very well contend a Midwest Athletic Conference title and make a deep run in the postseason.
we have more on the team as the season gets underway.
DELPHOS – They have shaken off a season-opening loss to Lima Bath and have evolved into a team that could very well contend a Midwest Athletic Conference title and make a deep run in the postseason.
Without question, the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays girls basketball team is flying high early on, riding a three-game win streak heading into its MAC opener against Coldwater in which the Lady Blue Jays cruised to a 50-33 win.
The Blue Jays (4-1) have improved significantly since that 75-45 loss to Bath in late November.
“We are doing a much better job of executing and have been playing well together,” St. John’s head coach Dan Grothouse said. “We have a lot of work to do but we are improving.”
In St. John’s 54-39 victory over Van Wert, a game in which junior Lindsey Reindel and senior Brittany Miller showed why they are being counted on to help pave the way for the Blue Jays success this year.
Reindel dropped in 16 points and Miller added 15 as the Blue Jays led 29-20 at halftime before putting the Cougars away. Miller was a long range threat in the win, burying three treys.
“Our girls stepped up against a very physical Van Wert team,” Grothouse said. “We hit some big 3-pointers and did a good job defensively.”
St. John’s nailed down its first win of the year when it beat Elida 49-42. The Blue Jays then came through with a convincing 52-30 victory over Lima Central Catholic as it displayed the kind of defensive effort that will play a pivotal role in its success this season.
DSJ held LCC to 11-of-42 shooting from the field, a 26 percent clip.
“We set the tone with our aggressive play on defense,” Grothouse said. “Our girls understand the importance of playing good defense and it showed. Hopefully, we can continue to improve in that area.”
Reindel scored 15 against LCC and Zefiryn Bryan, who is off to a hot start, dropped in 18 after clicking for 21 against Elida. Victoria Recker scored 11 against Elida and scored a season-high 16 against LCC.
“We have a lot of different players that can step up and score for us,” Grothouse said. “They are playing with confidence and we expect them to play a big role in our offensive success. The big thing is they have been consistent. That is important.”
Still, it is a long season the Blue Jays will have their work cut out for them if they hope to make noise in March.
“I feel like we have steadily improved,” Grothouse said. “It was tough losing that first one but we responded. The girls are working hard and as long as we work on getting better every week, we will be in a position to win a lot of games.”