CLINTON — Prince of Peace couldn’t find an answer against Camanche’s zone defense Tuesday night.
The Indians weathered a scoring drought of their own in the third quarter as they held the Irish scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the second half of a 38-26 non-conference girls basketball victory at Central Catholic Auditorium.
“Our defense has been very good in the 2-3 zone,” Camanche’s Kylie Vogel said.
“The zone hurt,” said Prince of Peace coach Scott Maddasion, who didn’t see the final 3 minutes after receiving his second technical foul, earning an ejection. “The shots we took were not going down. We should have been patient and looked for the better shot.”
The Irish tried to find cutters and attack inside, but each time they completed a pass they found a Camanche defender who shut things down.
“We were running the play correctly,” Maddasion said. “They did a good job of packing in. We need to work on getting an open look.”
The defensive lift was timely since the Indians (6-2) had their own problems on the offensive end.
“They couldn’t (get any offense going),” Camanche coach Danny Vogel said. “They had a hard time scoring in the second half, but neither team could get anything going offensively. We were very stagnant offensively.”
Fortunately for the Indians, they reached the halftime break with the lead after a back-and-forth first 16 minutes. Kylie Vogel capped a first half that had two ties and 10 lead changes by putting the Indians in front for the sixth time, 20-18, on a runner in the lane as time expired.
“That means a lot,” she said of taking the lead into the locker room. “It means not creating so much pressure and we can just play our game.”
Vogel, who led all scorers with 14 points, scored Camanche’s last seven in the first half, including a driving layup for a 15-14 lead with 2:09 left and a 3-point basket from the top of the key for an 18-16 edge with 59 seconds remaining.
“She hit a couple of big shots there,” Danny Vogel said.
“I need to step up,” Kylie Vogel said of being a senior point guard. “I know when the right time to shoot is, the right time to dribble-penetrate and the right time to lead.”
Julia Moore (nine points) pushed the lead to 22-18 early in the third quarter, but Prince of Peace got those points back when Karli Atkinson found Jackie Kokjohn on a cut into the lane and she scored with 6:36 left in the quarter. Atkinson led the Irish with seven points, while Kokjohn added six.
But nobody scored again for the Irish (2-7) until Andrea Aquilani scored at the 4:34 mark of the fourth quarter. They still were within striking distance then, though, mainly because the Indians went scoreless for almost eight minutes after Lindsey Grams buried a 3-pointer for a 25-20 lead with 5:49 left in the third quarter.
After Aquilani’s basket, Libby Schnoor scored on a rebound follow for Camanche for a 30-22 lead, then Kokjohn and Moore traded baskets. But, the Irish couldn’t close the gap, and the Indians pushed the final margin into double digits after Maddasion drew his second technical foul, one that surprised him.
“I yelled to a player to take a charge, ‘she’s lowering her shoulder into you,’ “ Maddasion said, adding that he didn’t disagree with the official’s call. “It was a blocking foul (which was called), but for some reason he (the official) didn’t like me talking to my player.”
The ejection means Maddasion won’t be able to coach Friday when the Irish head to Miles to face Easton Valley.
CAMANCHE 38, PRINCE OF PEACE 26
CAMANCHE (6-2) — Jordan Goldbeck 0 0-0 0, Kylie Vogel 4 4-6 14, Jordan Nissen 0 2-2 2, Brettan Hilgendorf 1 0-0 2, Libby Schnoor 3 1-2 8, Lindsey Grams 1 0-0 3, Julia Moore 4 1-4 9, Maddie Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-14 38.
PRINCE OF PEACE (2-7) — Lauren Pittman 1 2-2 4, Andrea Aquilani 2 0-0 5, Jackie Kokjohn 3 0-0 6, Hunter Chapman 1 0-0 2, Karli Atkinson 2 3-4 7, Sydney Laufenberg 0 0-0 0, Halee Vicks 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 5-6 26.
Camanche 8 12 5 13 — 38
Pr. of Peace 5 13 2 6 — 26
3-point goals — Camanche 4 (Vogel 2, Schnoor, Grams); Prince of Peace 1 (Aquilani). Total fouls — Camanche 14, Prince of Peace 11. Fouled out — None. Technicals — Prince of Peace bench 2.
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