LIMA — Delphos St. John’s had a fairly simple game plan against the home standing Lima Central Catholic girls team Thursday night at Msgr. E. C. Herr Gymnasium.
The Blue Jays wanted to full-court press the young Thunderbirds, and then they wanted to press them some more.
LCC struggled mightily and the Blue Jays found enough offense to leave Lima with a 53-35 victory.
The T-Birds, who fall to 0-3 on the year, committed 12 first quarter miscues and followed that up with nine more turnovers in the second quarter before ending the game with a total of 31 turnovers.
Delphos (2-0) found their shooting eye early and took an 18-5 lead after one stanza and followed that with a 13-1 second period to take a 31-6 advantage into halftime.
Taylor Zuber paced the Blue Jays with nine first half points before ending the night with a game-high 11 points. Hannah Bockey hit two 3-point buckets in the first half for Delphos. The Blue Jays connected on 5-of-12 treys in the first half.
The T-Birds managed only a single point in the second period and had three times as many turnovers as they had points in the first half.
“Most of the game we had more turnovers than points and a lot of them were we just gave it to them, they weren’t steals.” LCC coach Ron Williams said. “We have no guards who played varsity last year so we will just keep working at it. We are unable to get into our offense.”
Williams was the long-time boys’ varsity assistant on three state championship teams before taking over as the girls coach this season.
“I am still learning the girls’ game,” Williams said. “We are not going to score 50 to 60 points to win games; we have to hold them to 30 points.”
Jessica Wilker paced the T-Birds with 10 points while Josie Mohler chipped in with nine points.
The Blue Jays improved to 2-0 on the young season under first-year coach Nate Stant.
“It took a few minutes but our press got us going, we knew coming in that they had young guards.” Stant said. “We played a really good first half and built on our first quarter lead with a strong second quarter.”
Delphos placed 11 players into the scoring column as they played substitutes most of the second half.
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