CLINTON — Kylie Vogel was sick Friday night, but not in the way commonly used in basketball. Following Camanche’s 52-31 handling of Prince of Peace in the River Queen Classic opening game, Indians coach Dan Vogel said he was nervous for how his starting point guard would perform after battling the flu the day before.
“I think she was a little timid, a little out of sorts today,” Dan Vogel said. “Physically, she was a little weak, trying to finish around the rim. I’m honestly a little worried for her tomorrow.”
Illness aside, a feeble Kylie Vogel had enough in her to drop six points while leading the Indians in assists. She was part of a well-rounded night for Camanche, which had four players score eight points and one — Julia Moore — lead the way with nine. The Indians even showcased some able bodies off the bench with Jordan Nissen and Maddie Parker wreaking havoc on defense and converting tough baskets in the lane. They scored 16 of Camanche’s 18 points off the bench.
“They played really well tonight,” Kylie Vogel said. “They surprised a lot of people, I think, with how much they were able to help us. If we’re in foul trouble or something, it goes to show we can count on people from our bench.”
Despite the lopsided score, the game wasn’t out of reach until late for the Irish. Jackie Kokjohn led all scorers with 12 points and played a pivotal role in keeping Camanche’s offense at bay early in the second half. Although the Indians led 34-18 entering the fourth quarter, they’d managed only seven points, thanks to a bolstered defensive effort from the Irish.
“A little bit of a deficit didn’t really scare us at the beginning,” Prince of Peace first-year coach Scott Maddasion said. “Unfortunately, our shots just weren’t falling, and that’s kind of why we hung back there.”
Kokhojn started her game on a good note, taking the opening tip for a routine layup. Camanche answered with a 7-0 run, with five points from Libby Schnoor.
The Irish had opportunities to cut the early deficit, drawing the Indians into fouls on four straight possessions. But Prince of Peace was unable to convert its free throws until Haylee Vicks drained 1 of 2 midway through the first.
“We’ve got to make free throws every chance we get them,” Maddasion said. “One of our goals is to attack the basket. We want to make our living at the free-throw line. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for us tonight.”
Camanche shot 14-of-27 from the free-throw line while the Irish converted only 5 of 21.
In the second quarter, Sydney Laufenberg chipped at the Indians’ lead with three straight buckets in the paint. With 2:25 left in the half, she’d cut Prince of Peace’s deficit to 22-11, and by the end of the half, Camanche had a sizable but not safe 15-point lead.
Following the halftime break, Kokjohn started shooting from downtown, accounting for all six Irish points with two 3-pointers.
Kylie Vogel answered with a relentless attack of the basket to maintain Camanche’s lead.
“I knew I had to create space because they were guarding me pretty hard,” she said.
Both teams will look to improve their marks today as the Classic continues at 1 p.m. They’ll face host Clinton and Central DeWitt as the round-robin tournament concludes.
CAMANCHE 52, PRINCE OF PEACE 31
Irish (31): Lauren Pittman 2, Andrea Aquilani 3, Krista Atkinson 0, Jackie Kokjohn 12, Hunter Chapman 2, Sydney Laufenberg 9, Halee Vicks 3. 10 2 5-21 31.
Camanche (52): Jordan Goldsmith 2, Kylie Vogel 6, Jordan Nissen 8, Brettan Hilgendorf 8, Libby Schnoor 8, Lindsey Grams 3, Julia Moore 9, Maddie Parker 8. 16 2 14-27 52.
Prince of Peace 4 8 6 13 -- 31
Camanche 14 13 7 18 -- 52