By Gregg A. Sims
Washington Times Herald
Washington Catholic was hoping for a good second half offensively Monday at the Birdcage, but it was visiting Union-Dugger who scored the points.
The Cardinals trailed the Bulldogs, 24-23, at the first half¹s end, but a cold third quarter all but ended Washington Catholic¹s search for a second win as the Bulldogs defeated the Cardinals, 43-33.
The first-half¹s 23 points was quite pleasing to Cardinal coach Michael Hopkins, but that offense vanished in the third as the Bulldogs outscored their hosts, 9-2, for a 33-25 advantage.
That lead was then pushed to 13 with 3:43 left to play as Union-Dugger scored eight of the quarter¹s first 11 points.
A free throw from Hannah Sullivan boosted the Bulldogs to a 42-28 lead with
³Being down eight points in this kind of game was almost like being down 20 in a run-and-gun,² Washington Catholic coach Michael Hopkins said. ³It was taking us time to get a decent shot, let alone hitting it. Eight points was the world to us with the way the game was going. Twenty-three points in the first half was the most we have scored all season, and then we get two in the third quarter. It was like the rim closed on us.² Elizabeth Perkins paced the Cardinals with 13 points in the first half, but was held to 17 for the game. Hopkins said his team¹s offense went astray in the second half, and failed to find their center often enough.
³I think they (Dugger) kind of doubled Elizabeth in the third quarter,² Hopkins said. ³We got some open shots, but we didn¹t shoot very well. We didn¹t know when to shoot ‹ we didn¹t step into the gaps of the zone, and that¹s what we had worked on in practice.² And while the game decision was not what Washington Catholic had sought against Union-Dugger (2-5), the loss of starter Mary Anne Wichman in the opening quarter may be more important in the big picture.
Wichman hit a three before falling on an ankle that appeared to be sprained.
She was taken to the Washington Catholic dressing room where the ankle did not swell.
She was taped with the hope she would be able to walk, and possibly return to the game in the second half. But the taping wasn¹t successful, and she was taken to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment.
While Hopkins wasn¹t certain about the outcome of the injury, he noted her absence could be difficult.
³We tried to tape it real tight to see if she could walk on it, and she couldn¹t,² Hopkins said. ³She¹s been taken to the hospital, and that¹s all I know. We¹re used to her handling the ball and being an offensive threat.
That does hurt us, but we can step up and play.² Dugger led the first quarter, 16-14, and neither team led by more than two points before the half ended with the Bulldogs holding the 24-23 advantage.
The teams played to four ties, the last coming at 23, with the Cardinals holding early two-point advantages.
Conner Kendall tied the game at 23 for Union-Dugger with one of two free throws with 57 seconds left in the half, and Kendall gave the Bulldogs the one-point lead with one of two free throws with no time left on the clock.
Kendall was fouled on a shot attempt just before the buzzer. There wasn¹t enough time for the clock to be stopped before the end of the half, and Kendall gave Union-Dugger a lead it never lost, standing alone at the free throw line.
³We were sharing the ball, zipping the ball really well in the opening half,² Hopkins said. ³The second half we were just standing and dribbling instead of making people guard us. We just didn¹t meet their challenge.² The Bulldogs got the first seven points of the third quarter, including a 3-pointer from Sullivan with 3:25 left to play in the period.
Sarah Wichman scored Washington Catholic¹s only points of the quarter with three minutes remaining before Cali Hale got the last two points at 2:13.
³We need to watch some tape and illustrate this is where we need to step into some of the gaps,² Hopkins said. ³We need to be a bit more offensive minded and know when to shoot instead of passing up open looks.²
UNION-DUGGER 16 8 9 10 ‹ 43
WASHINGTON CATHOLIC 14 9 2 8 ‹ 33
Union-Dugger (43) - Secrest 4 0-1 4 8, Jobe 2 1-2 0 5, Rennick 0 0-0 1 0, Maze 0 0-0 0 0, Brenden 0 0-0 0 0, Smith 4 0-0 3 9, Hale 2 0-2 1 4, Kendall
0 2-4 0 2, Reynolds 3 0-3 2 6, Sullivan 2 4-5 3 9. Totals 17 7-17 14 43.
Washington Catholic (33) - Dunbar 0 0-0 0 0, M. Wichman 1 0-0 0 3, H. Wild 2
0-0 4 4, Abel 1 0-0 3 2, S. Wild 1 0-0 5 3, S. Wichman 1 0-2 2 2, Perkins 7
3-9 4 17, Ivy 1 0-0 0 2. Totals 14 3-11 18 33.
3-point goals: Union-Dugger 2 (Smith, Sullivan 1), Washington Catholic 2 (M.
Wichman, S. Wild).