By Alyssa Wing
For the Herald
CLINTON — Prince of Peace earned a victory against the Cedar Valley Christian Huskies, overcoming them 67-40 in its Friday night girls basketball game at Central Catholic Auditorium.
The Irish began with a slow start, trailing the Huskies 9-0 early on. Coach Maggie Furlong called a timeout that changed the Irish girls play.
“We were dead,” she said. “We were expecting to come out and not work very hard considering our record. I told them they needed to pick it up and start working harder.”
They did. The Irish scored right after play resumed with a layup from Julia Isenhour. Isenhour scored 12 points. Continuing to build momentum, the Irish outscored the Huskies 15-6 to take the lead at the end of the first quarter at 17-15.
Beginning the second quarter, the Irish began to put even more pressure on the Huskies. With Prince of Peace focusing on defense and moving the ball around, the Huskies defense could not stop the Irish offense. The Irish defense never let the Huskies score more than five points in a single run for the remainder of the game.
Jackie Kokjohn, the Irish’s leading scorer, scored six of her game-high 14 points during the second quarter. By the end of the first half, the Irish still kept the lead with a score of 30-27.
The Irish began to change their defense for the second half. Furlong had the Irish play a box-and-one defense against the Huskies leading scorer, Shelby Hembera. Lauren Pittman really stepped up her game.
“I was focusing on shutting her down so the rest of my teammates could make progress,” Pittman said. “It was my job to really focus on No. 3 (Hembera) with my defense.”
Along with Pittman’s defense, Megan Mulholland stepped up her offense, scoring nine of her 12 points in the second half. With that, the Irish began to make some runs in the third quarter. Right away the Irish outscored the Huskies 7-2 and finished the quarter by outscoring the Huskies 12-5 to take a 49-34 lead.
The Irish didn’t stop just yet. They began the fourth quarter playing just as hard as they did in the third. Moving the ball around and driving to the basket worked to their advantage. The Irish girls were unstoppable all the way until the finish; scoring a run of 18 points, compared with the Huskies’ six and ending the game at a score of 67-40.
Furlong seemed pleased with the way the girls pulled out the victory.
“Our defense went well,” she said. “We moved the ball around a lot. Our offense went well, too. Once we figured out our defense, our offense came together.”
PRINCE OF PEACE 67,
CEDAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN 40
CEDAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN — Hembera 7 6-8 21, Mc Elree 0 0-1 0, Slagle 1 0-0 3, Hoffman 0 1-2 1, Cach 4 2-2 11, Emiola 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 9-13 40.
PRINCE OF PEACE — Krista Atkinson 1 0-0 2, Jackie Kokjohn 3 6-8 14, Andrea Aquilani 3 0-1 8, Megan Mulholland 5 0-2 12, Aaliyah Chapman 0 0-0 0, Erin Kuehn 0 0-0 0, Karli Atkinson 3 0-0 6, Halee Vicks 1 0-0 2, Isenhour 6 2-5 14, Pittman 3 3-4 9. Totals 25 11-20 69.
CV Christian 15 12 7 6 — 40
Prince of Peace 17 13 19 18 — 67
3-point goals — Cedar Valley Christian 3 (Hembera, Slagle, Cach); Prince of Peace 6 (Aquilani 2, Kokjohn 2, Mulholland 2). Total fouls — Cedar Valley Christian 16, Prince of Peace 15. Fouled out — Cach.
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