Lady Quakers hold on to beat John Carroll

WC wins, 61-58

February 11, 2012

Chelsea Meckstroth (at left) scored four points and pulled down seven rebounds in Wilmington's win over John Carroll. (John Swartzel photo)

Chelsea Meckstroth (at left) scored four points and pulled down seven rebounds in Wilmington's win over John Carroll. (John Swartzel photo)

Wilmington College held off a furious John Carroll comeback in the final 4 minutes of play to edge the Blue Streaks, 61-58, in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Fred Raizk Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Quakers snapped a two-game losing streak and are now 7-9 in the OAC, 12-11 overall. John Carroll drops to 4-12 in the conference, 7-15 for the season.

“We were coming off two really bad games where we didn’t play well. In our loss at Muskingum Wednesday, we didn’t play very hard, and that is unacceptable,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “We needed to play with some energy today. We told them that if they are hustling and running around and trying to do things; that even if you are not doing them right that usually good things result. I think that’s what we did today.”

Wilmington led, 31-26, at the half and extended its lead to 53-36 when Brianna Peters (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) scored with 9:51 to play.

The lead remained in double figures as Wilmington scored in the paint and from the perimeter. With 4:09 to play, Makenzie Wippel (Orient/Westfall) scored off an offensive rebound to push the Lady Quakers ahead, 60-45.

The Blue Streaks turned up the pressure and clawed away at Wilmington’s advantage. When Missy Spahar connected from deep with 45 seconds to play, the Lady Quakers’ lead was reduced to 60-58.

Wilmington, which committed 16 of its 29 turnovers in the second half, held on for the win as the Blue Streaks missed a pair of shots in the closing seconds.

“We did a lot of things well today. When you turn the ball over 29 times and win, there has to be some things you’re doing well. I thought we played with a lot of energy, took good shots, rebounded the ball well and hit some key 3-point shots,” Scheve said.

Wilmington’s play in the paint was central to the win. The Lady Quakers out-rebounded John Carroll, 49-30, and scored 22 second-chance points.

“That’s where playing with energy shows up,” Scheve said. “We have done a good job of that all year, and we were good on the boards today.”

LeAnn Topp (New Bremen) hit 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc and finished with 14 points.

“We moved LeAnn back to the guard position, and I think she played her best game of the year,” Scheve said. “She always leads us in effort, but she was off the charts today.”

Bethany Ahrens (Versailles) and Chelsea Meckstroth (North Bend/Mercy) took advantage of their first starts of the season. Ahrens scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Meckstroth added four points and seven rebounds.

“We played some different people today. Bethany started the year with an injury and wasn’t ready to play, but she has worked hard all year and she gave us a huge performance today,” Scheve said. “Chelsea has been fighting injuries all year, but she also played very well today.”

Peters finished with six points and game-high 11 rebounds. Shelby Kies (Maineville/Kings) contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists from her point guard position. Courtney Tucker (Cincinnati/Sycamore) scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds.

Wilmington, which remains in sixth place in the OAC standings, will host Ohio Northern at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Wilmington vs. *JOHN CARROLL

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Final
Saturday, February 11, 2012
3:00 PM until 4:30 PM