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Indians hold off Bobcats at line
The St. Vincent girls defeated Delta 55-42
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Chelsie Boxdorfer knocked down both of her free throws to give St. Vincent a comfortable lead in the closing minutes Tuesday.
The Indians swatted away pesky Delta by hitting their free throws in the closing minutes of their 55-42 victory.
"Worried a little bit, but I knew if we continued to do what we had been doing and just relaxed and continued to play our game, we'd be all right," St. Vincent coach Terry Wengert said. "We hit our free throws and that made the difference."
Delta had closed within four points when the Bobcats' Samantha Bartels stepped to the free-throw line for a pair of attempts with 1 minute, 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But she missed both tries and St. Vincent's Kayla Seabaugh hit one of her two attempts to give her team a 47-42 lead.
Delta's Kendra Burnett immediately drew a foul but missed the front end of her one-and-one.
"That pretty much sucked the air out of us," Delta coach Mark Verticchio said of the miss. "We'll get there. I'm not worried about it."
Boxdorfer extinguished the Bobcats' hopes for a rally when she hit her two attempts. She finished with 15 points.
St. Vincent enjoyed a 28-21 lead at halftime and never trailed in the second half. Every time Delta (0-1) would make a run, the Indians answered. St. Vincent (1-1) took advantage of Delta's press to score layups.
"We were ready for it," St. Vincent's Kali Wingerter said. "We were prepared for it from our last game. We had someone in back all the time. We went back and forth and tried to stay open all the time."
Wengert was pleased with her team's composure against the Bobcats' press.
"We talked about getting the ball to the middle of the floor," she said. "When we did, it seemed to open it up. The girls moved the ball very well against the press."
Verticchio installed his press defense for this season and said it's going to take time for his players to adjust to the change.
"They don't have any confidence in it," he said. "It takes a long time to learn that press. We got beat deep too much. I think the fact they played last night helped a lot.
"We're going to have to get more out of our defense. We don't rebound well and we're not going to. The only girl with any size is a sophomore and she got hurt."
Delta's shooting fell apart late as the Bobcats went 2 of 16 (13 percent) from the floor in the final quarter. That included going 0 for 7 on 3-pointers. The Indians went 5 of 9 (56 percent) from the floor in the final quarter.
The Indians exploited their height advantage, especially Wingerter. The 5-foot-9 junior scored a game-high 20 points.
Senior Taylor Smith led the Bobcats with 18 points, including five 3-pointers.
"We're going to be a 3-point shooting team," Verticchio said.
Delta (42) -- Taylor Smith 18, Katie Brucker 4, Kendra Burnett 3, Machela Gibbons 5, Tori Burton 7, Samantha Bartels 5. FG 17, FT 7-15, F 14. (3-pointers: Smith 5, Burton 1, Bartels 1).
St. Vincent (55) -- Chelsie Boxdorfer 15, Courtney Heberlie 4, Kayla Seabaugh 5, Storm French 2, Kelci Besand 4, Ashley L'Hote 5, Kali Wingerter 20. FG 11, FT 11-17, F 11. (3-pointers: Boxdorfer 2).