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Girls basketball: Griffith’s defense takes over after first quarter to beat Andrean

Updated: January 9, 2013 6:12AM



GRIFFITH — The joke before the Andrean-Griffith game between longtime friends Andrean coach Tony Scheub and Griffith coach Tom Golumbeck was that the first team to score 21 points would probably be the winner.

Oh, how dead wrong they were.

Both teams put on an offensive display, shooting better than 70 percent from the field as the 59ers scored 19 points and led by one after one quarter.

Things got back to normal from that point and the Panthers’ defense proved to be too much as Griffith knocked off Andrean 49-41 in Northwest Crossroads Conference action Friday night.

The Panthers (6-3, 1-1), who allow 30 points a game, held the 59ers, who allow 42 points a contest, to five points in the second quarter and two points in the fourth quarter.

That was the ballgame.

But it was bittersweet, according to Golumbeck because Scheub was an assistant coach at Griffith for 10 years.

“Obviously, I want to see Tony win every game so he did a great job getting his team ready,” Golumbeck said. “They shot lights out in the first quarter. Every other game I’m a big Andrean fan except this one. We made a couple of adjustments on (Brenna) Boyle. I thought Taylor Austin did a good job on her. Maybe we wore them down a little bit because they’re not very deep but we’re not very deep either.”

Boyle knocked down a pair of 3s and had eight points for Andrean (2-4, 1-1) in the first quarter alone. But she only scored two points in the last three quarters to finish with 10.

Griffith sharpshooters Emma Blackard and Sammi Adams didn’t slow down after their hot first quarters, however, as both players finished with 18 points.

“That was a lot of fun,” Scheub said of the contest. “We’ve been struggling scoring and they’ve been struggling scoring and we almost had (21) at the end of the first quarter. Our team was ready for this game and I know they were too. I coached those seniors and I thought they were pretty amped up too.”

Griffith led 31-24 at halftime and extended its lead to 36-26 in the third quarter but the 59ers went on an 8-0 run to make a contest again. That’s when Adams found Blackard open for 3 and nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the night.

Andrean fought back and cut the Griffith lead to 41-39 with less than a minute to go but Adams knocked down the dagger at the buzzer from 3, swishing through the rim.

Lauren Stazinski finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 59ers, while Madison Lesch added eight points and four assists.



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