After Anna’s dominating 63-35 performance Wednesday in the regional
semifinals against previously unbeaten Georgetown; if the Lady Rockets
aren’t the top team in the state, then this reporter is 6′ 7″ tall, can
elevate over the hood of a SUV, and slam dunk it.
SPRINGFIELD – After Anna’s dominating 63-35 performance Wednesday in the regional semifinals against previously unbeaten Georgetown; if the Lady Rockets aren’t the top team in the state, then this reporter is 6′ 7″ tall, can elevate over the hood of a SUV, and slam dunk it.
The game plan was simple. Pound the ball inside to Megan Fogt. And “like a good neighbor” she was there, delivering a game high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She added 12 rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Talk about model of consistency. The senior post player recorded eight points in the first, five in the second, and six in the third and final quarters.
Credit Anna coach Jack Billing for going to the “well” often. The third-year coach recognized the mismatch from scouting reports and took advantage.
Billing said, “Our game plan was to get the ball inside to Fogt. Let her work down low and take advantage of her length.”
Give credit to the girls for executing the plan with patience and discipline, not wavering from the task, evident by 16 assists and 30 points in the paint.
Said Billing, “I thought our guards did a nice job of feeding the ball down low. They showed discipline.”
The game plan was simple. Apply full-court defensive pressure. And the Lady Rockets responded with a 1-2-2 press, forcing 26 turnovers with 12 steals, resulting in 23 points off turnovers. In addition, the defense held Georgetown to 26 percent shooting.
“I thought our defensive intensity was great,” said Billing. “We are not going to lose because we are out of shape. We like to wear teams down. Championships are won with defense.”
Georgetown led once 2-0 on a Jesse Kidwell 15-footer from the elbow. After that brief lead, Anna fashioned an 11-2 run, forcing 11 turnovers along the way for a 11-4 first quarter margin.
Anna padded the lead 27-11 at half with a balanced attack. Fogt scored five points, Ashley Frohne added four, Rebecca Burch a three-point-play, and Natalie Billing and Morgan Huelskamp each scored a bucket.
Despite the effort, Billing wasn’t satisfied, “I told the girls at half, we are only up 16. We need to get it up to 30 and we need to score 60-65 points. They are 24-0. Let’s make a statement.”
Yes, indeed. The Lady Rockets answered, outscoring Georgetown 36-24 in the second half.
Carrie Watkins led the charge with seven points, including a three. The senior guard finished with seven points and six assists.
Hannah Zurbuch nailed a three from the corner and was fouled. She made the free throw for a four-point-play and Georgetown trailed 43-31 with 5:16 remaining.
Time Out Anna.
The Lady Rockets returned to the floor and pounced with five consecutive steals en route to a 20-0 beat down. Voila! Anna was up 32 points after Frohne capped the run with an inside bucket. Frohne played a steady game with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Zurbuch led the Lady G-Men (oxymoron) with 13 points. Anna held Georgetown’s top two scorers, Casey Carter and Kristen Grant, to just five points a piece.
Billing finished with nine points and Burch added eight points for Anna.
Anna held the rebound edge 34-27 and shot 44 percent from the field.
There is still unfinished business for the 24-1 Anna Lady Rockets. They meet Richwood North Union (24-1) in the regional final Saturday at 1:30 PM.
And Billing added, “We aren’t satisfied. We want to get to Columbus and win it.”