In the movie “Let the Right One In,” a young, bullied 12-year-old boy befriends a young girl, who turns out to be a vampire. Hence the title referred to the myth that vampires must be invited in before they can wreak havoc.
The Garaway Lady Pirates will pay close attention to an upcoming film, one that saw them let the wrong one in, over and over, as Buckeye Trail abused them in the paint in their Wednesday, Jan. 4 contest in Sugarcreek.
Despite allowing Buckeye Trail bigs Jenni Carmichael and Sam Canner to dominate in the paint, the Lady Pirates were able to force enough turnovers and rule the game outside the paint to collect their seventh win to go against two losses in a 62-50 win.
“This is going to be an interesting film to watch,” Garaway head coach Dave Shutt said concerning the game film. “This is one where we can learn a lot from our mistakes.”
Carmichael dominated the game inside in the first half, scoring 14 of her 22 points, while the Warriors pounded the ball into the block to the towering Canner in the second half, resulting in her scoring 10 of her 16 points. But aside from that, Garaway simply shut down Buckeye Trail’s outside presence.
“I don’t think defensively we played well at all, whether it was the way it was called or whether we didn’t trust what we were trying to do,” Shutt said. “The next time that can’t happen. We made them look like all-stars.”
Shutt said they knew coming in that the height deficit would be something they’d have to contend with. All night they provided help on the back side; however, Shutt said they simply didn’t do a good enough job all the way around in the paint.
“We got sealed off to easy, and other times our back-side help didn’t get there in time,” Shutt said. “And some of the issue was allowing them to have too much of an open look to lob passes inside. That is on our guards for not getting up on them enough.”
Garaway jumped out to an early lead, and the Warriors never once held the lead in the contest. Sydney Mullet saw to that by starting the game with a 3-pointer. Carmichael would score inside, but Maddie Steiner buried a three and then scored again on a nifty assist from Mullet for an 8-2 edge. Leading 13-6, Garaway was on the precipice of putting up a big lead, but Buckeye Trail rallied to tie the game at 13 with an 8-0 run. Only a Haley Shutt free throw kept the Lady Pirates on top 14-13 heading into the second period.
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Again, Garaway leapt in front as Mullet’s trey and two points apiece from Shutt and Zoe Johnson pushed the lead back to eight. However, the Warriors kept fighting, and when Carmichael scored on an inbound play just as time to the half expired, Garaway’s lead was only 31-25.
Steiner hit a three, but Buckeye Trail kept pace until Garaway put them in their rearview mirror for good with a 16-4 third period run led by Shutt and Kallie Regula, which gave the Lady P’s a 50-33 cushion. Mullet popped in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 53-35, and Buckeye Trail was reeling.
Zoe Johnson caught fire in the fourth period and twice was able to push the lead out to 20 points. Coach Shutt unloaded his bench for much of the fourth period, and the Warriors were able to make a late run to make the score look more respectable.
“I thought overall our balanced scoring and our defensive pressure was able to get us a win,” Shutt said. “We ended up holding [Hunter] Smith to two and [Ashleigh] Wheeler to five points, so we did a good job of defending a couple of good guards. Defending them was one of our big concerns coming into the game.”
Shutt said it seemed as though his team struggled through the first half, but the third quarter turned out to be the difference in the game.
“We stressed in the locker room at half that those first three minutes of the second half were going to be key, and we really did a nice job of dictating what took place during that run,” Shutt said. “I felt like we kind of wore them down a little bit.”
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Garaway was paced by Mullet’s 17 points and Johnson’s 16-point effort while Shutt added a dozen and Steiner chipped in with 10, making it a nice balanced attack for Garaway.
In its contest with Cardington-Lincoln at the Mansfield Christian School Holiday Showcase, Garaway suffered its second loss against a Cardington team that boasts just one loss this season.
Shutt said his crew actually played pretty well in that game and put itself in position to win late but couldn’t pull it out.
“We were ahead by a few points with about four minutes to play, but we missed some free throws, and the game ended up going into overtime,” Shutt said. “Once we got into overtime, we really struggled to make anything happen.”
Cardington-Lincoln took an early 8-4 edge after one quarter, but the Lady P’s got it back to within 22-19 at the half and actually took a 36-33 lead into the fourth period. Garaway got a huge lift from Shutt in the second period, where she drained three treys en route to a 10-point second period. Shutt, who led all scorers with 20 points, was an MVP of last season’s MCS Holiday Showcase win over Orrville. However, halfway through the final quarter Garaway’s offense went stagnant, and Cardington rallied to send it to overtime.
In that extra period Garaway managed just one 2-point bucket from Shutt and fell to defeat. Mullet added 14 points while Regula knocked down a pair of 3-pointers for her six points.