LEBANON — Clinton-Massie head coach Carlos Roberts knows enough about sports to know Tuesday’s game with Oakwood was a “setup” game.
Coming off an emotional game against county rival Blanchester and a rematch with state-ranked and unbeaten Bellbrook on Thursday, the game against Oakwood was the hole in the middle of the doughnut.
The Lady Falcons weren’t at their best but they were good enough to come away with a 47-30 win over the Jills at Lebanon High School.
Up next for the No. 8 Lady Falcons (20-4) is unbeaten and No. 3 ranked Bellbrook (24-0) 6 p.m. Thursday at LHS.
“In situations like this you can, I’m not saying this is what we did, but you can look past this to Thursday,” Roberts said. “I’m hoping that wasn’t the case but we weren’t focused early.”
Bellbrook defeated Clinton-Massie 33-31 when the two teams met earlier this season.
“I think we were a little intimidated early against them the last time we played,” Roberts said of his squad. “I think we’ll step up and play better this time.”
The first time they met, Bellbrook led 23-6 at the half, Roberts said. He knows that can’t happen again if his squad is to advance.
“We have to play harder and we have to play smarter,” Roberts said.
Against Oakwood, Miquela Santoro finished with 25 points and nine rebounds. Madison Purkey controlled the boards with a game-high 12 rebounds. She blocked two shots and Johanna Theetge led all players with three blocks.
Lauren Turner led the Jills with 10 points.
Neither team shot it well. Massie was 9 for 29 from the field in the first half and 17 for 52 in the game. Oakwood was 5 for 23 in the first half and just 12 for 51 in the game.
The Jills had five offensive rebounds in the first 86 seconds of the game, prompting a Roberts’ timeout early with a 2-0 lead.
Brooke Rose had a solid first half for the Lady Falcons despite not scoring. She grabbed three offensive rebounds and come up with three steals.
Massie led 18-11 and had the ball late in the first half. However, Oakwood came up with a stop and then Lauren Hapgood drained a three to make it 18-14.
Santoro took over in the third with 14 of Massie’s 18 points. The Lady Falcons lead steadily grew to double digits. A couple of nice plays highlighted the fourth quarter.
The first came when Madilyn Newton drained a short jumper on Roberts’ “bring it out” play. Then Savannah Meyers found Madison Purkey under the basket on an inbound pass to make it 42-25.
Feb 16, 2016
@Lebanon High School
Div. II Sectional
Clinton-Massie 47 Oakwood 30
(47) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Santoro 8-1-8-25 Theetge 2-0-0-4 Rose 0-0-2-2 Purkey 3-0-1-7 Meyers 3-0-1-7 Leary 0-0-0-0 Cottrell 0-0-0-0 Fisher 0-0-0-0 Newton 1-0-0-2 Ireland 0-0-0-0 Conley 0-0-0-0 Cloud 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 17-1-12-47
(30) OAKWOOD (fg-3fg-ft-tp) McMillan 2-0-0-4 L. Hapgood 3-1-1-8 Wootton 0-0-0-0 Eggleston 2-0-2-6 Turner 4-2-0-10 Cobb 1-0-0-2 Duff 0-0-0-0 Stoecklein 0-0-0-0 Worley 0-0-0-0 Palmatier 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 12-3-3-30
FIELD GOALS: O 12-51 (Turner 4-11); CM 17-52 (Santoro 8-20 Theetge 2-5)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: O 3-17; CM 1-6 (Santoro 1-2)
FREE THROWS: O 3-4; CM 12-20 (Santoro 8-13 Rose 2-2)
REBOUNDS: O-37 (Eggleston 9 McMillan 6); CM-40 (Purkey 12 Santoro 9 Theetge 6 Meyers 6 Rose 4 Newton 2)
ASSISTS: O-4 (L. Hapgood 2); CM-6 (Meyers 2 Santoro 2 Newton 1 Rose 1)
STEALS: O-2; CM-6 (Rose 3 Newton 2 Purkey 1)
BLOCKED SHOTS: O-2; CM-7 (Theetge 3 Purkey 2 Meyers 1)
TURNOVERS: O-11; CM-5
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