DELPHOS — Delphos Jefferson wants to get out and run.
In Thursday’s Northwest Conference girls’ basketball opener at Delphos Jefferson, visiting Allen East tried its best to keep up with the fast-pace Wildcats.
However, Delphos Jefferson got out quickly and was never seriously challenged, en route to a convincing 55-35 victory over Allen East.
Jefferson (4-1, 1-0 NWC) had four players score in double figures. Sarah Miller led the way for the Wildcats with 14 points and eight rebounds. Macy Wallace poured in 13 points and pulled down six boards. Addy Stewart nailed three 3-pointers and ended the game with 11 points. Alli McClurg, a 5-foot-9 post player for Jefferson, added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Tori Newland led Allen East (1-2, 0-1 NWC) with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds.
“We shot the ball really well, and we were able to get some numbers going down the floor, and were able to get into fast breaks,” Delphos Jefferson coach David Hoffman said. “We got good scoring across the board. Of course, that’s what we need.”
Delphos Jefferson pushed the tempo, going on a 9-0 run to start the contest. Miller led the way for Jefferson, scoring six first-quarter points, as the Wildcats pulled out to a 16-4 lead by the first stop.
In the first eight minutes of action, Allen East struggled from field, making just 2 of 13 of its shot attempts.
Jefferson kept pushing the pace. The Wildcats’ defensive pressure helped force seven Allen East turnovers, with many of those miscues resulting in fast-break baskets for Jefferson.
Stewart canned two 3-pointers in the second quarter to help push Jefferson’s lead to 31-15 by the halftime break.
Allen East was just 5-of-25 shooting from the field in the first half. The Mustangs ended the game shooting 27 percent. Jefferson shot 49 percent from the floor on the night.
For the game, Allen East committed 27 turnovers, while Jefferson turned the ball over 26 times.
Jefferson led by as many as 23 points in the second half.
However, Allen East did not fold.
The Mustangs cut the deficit to 14, 39-25, by the end of the third quarter. Jefferson was just 2-of-11 from the floor. Newland led Allen East with eight third-quarter points.
For the game, Jefferson controlled the boards, 34-28.
“Their post player (Newland) worked really hard inside and caused us some issues, and we didn’t take care of the ball,” Hoffman said. “Sometimes we don’t run the offense as well as we want to. Sometimes we’re more in an attack mode, when we need to run it (the offense).
“But, I was pleased overall. We’re getting better. From the start of the year, we’ve progressed. … Every game it’s a little bit more, a little bit more. I thought we hit the boards really well. The defensive boards really helped us keep it to one shot.”
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