There are two trains of thought as a team heads into a huge weekend that features a pair of challenging games.
The first is that they want a monumental challenge in the game prior to the event. The second is that they want a game in which they can play everyone and get some kids plenty of rest in anticipation of playing the stars a lot of minutes in the upcoming games.
In its warm-up game before two intriguing Classic in the Country match-ups with Magnificat and Chippewa over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, the West Holmes Lady Knights got the latter of the two. In mashing out a 53-27 victory over Clear Fork Thursday, January 12 at the Dungeon at West Holmes High School, Lisa Ogi had an opportunity to play everyone lots of minutes and give her starting crew a light load.
West Holmes’ starters jumped on the Colts 9-0 to start the game, and while the second team allowed Clear Fork to creep back into it at 10-6, once the first-teamers hit the floor to start the second quarter it was all over.
Sammie Hall started the game with a score inside as the Lady Knights ran a perfect pay to start the game with an easy score. Hall wouldn’t stop scoring in this one, as she racked up 20 points as she continued to play at a very high level when it comes to facing the Colts.
West Holmes’ defense forced four consecutive Clear Fork turnovers to start the game, and Hall scored again, Kylie Leppla dropped in a 3-pointer and Kaylor Perone scored inside before the starters went to the bench.
Leading at 10-6 to begin the second quarter, West Holmes went to a suffocating defense and that spurred an 11-3 run that pretty much ended any doubt as to the outcome.
Hall started the run with a drive down the lane, and then split a pair of free throws after West Holmes created another turnover. Leppla then made a steal and raced down the floor for a lay-up, and after Clear Fork’s Erica Robinson completed an and-one, Kacie Leppla hit two free throws to make it 17-9. Three more turnovers for the Colts ensued, and a Hall steal and lay-up led to a score, as did a Taylor Yerian steal, as she fed Hall for another easy score. After a Clear Fork triple, Hall answered with a trey of her own. Later, with the Lady Knights up 26-16, Celeste Ryman bombed in a 3-ppinter, and Maddie Woods beat the buzzer at the half with a jumper to give West Holmes a 31-16 edge at the break.
The third quarter would be a lot more of West Holmes doing whatever it pleased. Kacie Leppla scored inside, Kylie Leppla scored off a steal and after two more Colts turnovers, Hall struck again inside. The lead was suddenly 39-16, and after a Colts jumper, Alexis Hunter scored on a 15-footer, Hall scored inside and Kaylee Evans hit two free throws to make it 45-18.
The starters were glued to the bench the entire fourth quarter.
Evans scored again, and Jess Marmet began ruling the paint, and the route was complete when Kaylin Martin drove home a score.
Hall was the lone players in double figures, while Kylie Leppla had seven points and three steals, Marmet led the team with five rebounds and added four steals, Perone had four steals and two points, Evans tacked on five points and three boards, Kacie Leppla hauled down four rebounds, Woods scored four points, Ryman and martin added three apiece, while Yerian, Hunter each added two points and Sabryn Cutlip scored one.
West Holmes created a whopping 22 turnovers compared to just seven of its own, and shot 47 percent while limiting Clear Fork to just 36 percent.