Girls basketball: Griffith’s offense shuts down in regional semifinal loss
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent February 16, 2013 11:18PM
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:13AM
RENSSELAER — The most impressive part of Griffith’s game is its tough defense. In Saturday’s Class 3A regional semifinal, the Panthers held the Pilgrims to 15 points under their scoring average.
But because of injuries this season, the Panthers’ offense was not as effective and it showed on Saturday. Griffith scored 15 points in the final three quarters of a 32-25 loss.
“Plymouth is a tough team to score against, they cause a lot of problems and with their length, it was really hard to score,” Griffith coach Tom Golumbeck said. “But I’m really proud of my kids because I thought we had a chance to win towards the end but the ball didn’t go in.”
Which means a season-long problem for the Panthers (15-9) finally caught up to them. Golumbeck knew Griffith would have to shoot better than its season average of 36 percent from the floor to have a chance against Plymouth (18-6).
Griffith shot around 35 percent from the floor Saturday, but that wasn’t too bad compared to the 1-for-10 performance from the free-throw line.
“You have to shoot better against them because they are so patient on offense,” Golumbeck said. “It’s hard when you don’t have a big post presence and we’re really not deep enough to press a lot.”
The start of the game was promising for Griffith as Sammi Adams scored eight first-quarter points to give the Panthers a 10-6 lead after one. But the Panthers offense was not effective the rest of the way.
“They (Plymouth) are a very good team but we played hard today and played through injuries (the entire season),” said Adams, who scored 13 for the game, including three 3-pointers.
“But we relied too much on our outside shooting.”
Griffith scored only four points in the second quarter, which opened the door for Plymouth to take a 19-14 lead at the half, a lead it would never relinquish.
While Adams was the only Panthers player to score in double figures, two Plymouth players hit the double-digit mark with Amber Redinger scoring 11 and Haley Harrell adding 10.