WAPAKONETA — After giving up a season-high 92 points to Ottawa-Glandorf on Saturday, Lima Central Catholic head coach Frank Kill was not looking for a repeat performance of that defensive effort against another Western Buckeye League foe Wapakoneta on Thursday night.
The Thunderbirds responded with one their best defensive efforts of the season by holding the Redskins to a season low offensive output to record a 66-41 win in a non league affair.
Lima Central Catholic improves to 5-2. Wapakoneta suffers its first loss of the season and slips to 4-1.
Coming into the game Wapakoneta was averaging 67.25 points a game.
Kill called this a total team effort on both sides of the court.
“When you get beat the way we did last weekend and the way we countered this week in practice made me so proud with the great effort they gave tonight,” Kill said. “They followed the scouting report to the tee. That shows growth in a really young team. We had nine guys we threw at them and they played well.”
Redskin head coach Doug Davis said LCC’s defense got the job done.
“We didn’t play well against their quickness,” Davis said. “On defense they just made us shoot a little quicker and move a little quicker and didn’t handle it very well.”
Signs of the Thunderbirds’ stellar defensive outing were evident in the first two quarters. Despite holding a slim five-point advantage at halftime, 30-25, the Thunderbirds were effective from the Redskins gaining any foothold in the paint despite having a size disadvantage against Scott.
But every time Scott touched the ball he was swarmed by a host of Thunderbirds.
The Redskins stayed close with some tough defense of their own in the first two periods and offensively utilized the 3-pointer to score. In the first two quarters, Wapakoneta hit six treys and two 2-point field goals.
Lima Central Catholic gained control of the game when they opened the double-digit advantage after opening the second half with a quick 6-0 run.
The Redskins looked to try and go back inside but the Thunderbirds were having none of it and maintained the double digit cushion that would reach 15. Going into the final period, LCC owned a 47-32 lead.
Things never got better for Wapakoneta in the fourth quarter and never found a consistent rhythm all game and could not close the gap on the lead.
In the final two periods, Wapakoneta, who utilizes the trey, hit its only 3-pointer of the second half with 3:13 left in the game and finished 1 of 8 from behind the 3-point arc in the final two stanzas.
Aaron Good was the lone Redskin to score in double digits with 12. Scott was held to eight points.
“I thought for 32 minutes we keyed on Scott and Good and they were two guys that we knew could score at any point of the game and I knew could wear them down if we put two or three guys or four different guys with fresh legs and it worked,” Kill said.
While Wapakoneta never found their touch offensively, the Thunderbirds shared the wealth as nine different LCC players scored points. Biggz Johnson led the way with 15 points and De’Montre Garner chipped in 14 points.
Kill said because of their defensive pressure he felt that it also played a role in wearing done the Redskin defense.
“We call it flow for a reason and I thought we had a lot of movement from everybody,” Kill said. “Biggz was our leading scorer tonight but he also distributed and got Garner going inside,”