PDT Sports Writer
In an instant, all of Portsmouth’s chances of upsetting SEOAL-leading Warren disappeared.
For the final 1:52 of the third quarter, the Warriors had steals on 4-consecutive possessions and turned a 7-point lead into a 17-point advantage to end the third as they left Scioto County with a 74-43 win in Saturday’s SEOAL girls action.
“We did what we wanted to in the first half, we had the game slowed down and we were making good decisions on offense,” Trojans coach Tyson Phillips said. “But there in that stretch… we got away from doing that. We tried to force a couple of things on offense against a good team like that, you can’t be making turnovers.”
Warren, which led from wire-to-wire, jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to a couple of Jordanna Rauch 3-pointers. She made six triples in the contest for a game-high 27 points.
“It’s easy to shoot them when you’ve got nobody guarding you,” Phillips said. “We talked about moving when the ball was in the air and meeting the ball when she catches it. There were five or six times where we were a step behind and you can’t leave a good shooter wide open.”
Portsmouth fought back in the first half and brought the deficit to a point on three occasions and forced a deadlock on two more possessions. Leading that charge before the intermission was Kayleigh White, who scored all but three of her team-high 19 before the break.
“Kayleigh and Peighton both are averaging 15-20 points for us, we’ve just got to keep the game more under control and give us a chance,” Phillips said.
While White was leading the comeback for the Trojans, the Warrior defense locked down guard Peighton Williams. The sophomore was held to six points on 2-of-4 shooting and was called for two separate player control fouls.
Williams’ bucket late in the third made it a 36-35 affair, but Warren finished the quarter on 17-1 run and held Portsmouth officially to one field goal to end the frame. Rauch had nine of the 17 points in the run as the Trojans committed eight turnovers in the third.
“They went on that run and we couldn’t answer it,” Phillips said.
In all, Portsmouth committed 27 turnovers. In comparison, the Warriors had 15 miscues. Phillips admitted that in two of his team’s big losses, his troops have been flustered in one particular quarter.
“We got rattled and lost our composure in the third quarter,” Phillips said. “Of course going into the fourth quarter when you score six or seven points or whatever it was in the third quarter and you give up 20-some, you’re pretty much done.”
Phillips understands its a long season but feels his team is not able to put four quarters together. They will get their next opportunity to do so Wednesday when Chillicothe makes its final visit as a member of the league before bolting to the SCOL next fall.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 294, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warren 18 12 23 21 — 74
Portsmouth 15 12 9 7 — 43
Warren — Brooks 6-0-12, Lynch 1-1-3, Proctor 1-2-4, Fleming 2-1-5, Bartness 1-0-3, Buzzard 3-2-9, Rauch 8-5-27, Ryan 5-1-11, Totals 27-12-74.
Portsmouth — Mallory 1-0-3, Webb 1-0-2, Williams 2-2-6, Jenkins 2-0-4, Kennedy 1-2-4, White 8-3-19, Jackson 1-2-5, Totals 16-9-43.
3-Point Goals — Warren 8 (Rauch 6, Bartness, Buzzard); Portsmouth 2 (Mallory, Jackson).
Records — Warren 4-1 (3-0); Portsmouth2-4 (0-2).