The simple answer to explain how the Goshen girls basketball team lost to Southern Buckeye Conference American Division foe Western Brown last Thursday night was that they turned the ball over too many times.
A more detailed explanation would probably go on to say that the Lady Warriors struggled against the Lady Broncos because they are simply a young team that is dealing with injuries to several key seniors and had a hard time adjusting to the experienced Western Brown squad’s pressure defense.
But a more appropriate reason for the Lady Warriors 65-44 loss was most likely a combination of the two.
“Too many turnovers. Definitely too many turnovers. That affects you,” first-year Goshen coach Dave Mason said. “We’re still coming back. We just got one of our seniors back tonight, her first game back (was) tonight, (that was Allie) Jeandrevin. That’s a plus. We’re still young. A lot of freshman and sophomores.”
Early on the Western Brown pressure got the Lady Warriors (1-4, 0-3 SBC American).
Several of their 13 first half turnovers led directly to Western Brown offense.
That was particularly true as the second quarter got underway.
Though the Lady Broncos had jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Warriors fought back to make it a 12-7 game as the second quarter began thanks to a long jumper from Kelly Parriman and late 3-pointer from Jeandrevin.
But as the second quarter got underway, Western Brown began to open their lead.
The Lady Broncos went on a 13-2 run over a little less than three minutes to jump out to a 25-11 lead with 3:34 left in the quarter.
Six of the points on the run were scored directly off of Goshen turnovers including Hannah Wiesenhahn’s easy layup off a steal as the Lady Warriors tried to inbound against the full court press.
“It shocked us that it hurt us,” Mason said of the Lady Broncos press. “We worked on it but when you get out in the limelight it makes it a little different.”
Though the Lady Broncos continued to put pressure on them, the Lady Warriors were able to stay within striking distance thanks to the play of Parriman as the half was nearing its end.
Her persistence on the offensive glass paid off as she scored five points in the final 2:10 of the quarter — all off of offensive rebounds — to keep Goshen within 14, 33-19, as the half came to an end.
Parriman scored all nine of her points in the first half and grabbed seven of her 10 rebounds.
“We moved Kelly from the wing over the summer to a post player,” Mason said. “It’s tougher on her because she used to be a wing but she gives us a little more athleticism in the post.”
The second half opened nearly identical to the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Using their defense as the catalyst, the Lady Broncos converted missed Lady Warrior shots and turnovers into easy offense to open their lead to 46-21 with 4:15 left in the quarter thanks to another 13-2 run.
However, the Lady Warriors refused to go down without a fight.
Senior guard Jeandrevin — playing for the first time this season — went to work. She scored six straight points, the last of which was a 3-pointer with 1:50 left in the quarter, to close the Western Brown lead to 46-27.
Then teammate Kelsi Steele followed Jeandrevin’s 3-pointer with one of her own to bring Goshen within 16, 46-30, with 43 seconds left in the quarter.
But Western Brown’s Morgan Wright hit a short jump shot to push the Lady Broncos lead back to 18, 48-30, as the fourth quarter began.
Once again, however, the Lady Warriors struck back.
As the final quarter got underway, Becca Davidson converted in the post to decrease the deficit to 16 again.
Then Jeandrevin — who scored a team high 13 points off the bench — hit one of two free throws before she drilled another 3-pointer.
Suddenly the Lady Bronco lead was only 48-36 with 5:56 left in the game.
“Great effort,” Mason said. “I’ve never been able to knock the effort.”
The Lady Warriors quick 6-0 run was answered by Western Brown guard Kylie Garrett’s 3-pointer. Garrett scored a game high 24 points.
Davidson then converted again in the post to bring the Lady Bronco back to 51-38.
But that would be as close as the Lady Warriors would get.
Western Brown answered Davidson’s bucket with nine straight points — several of those off of Goshen turnovers — to put the game away.
“Western Brown, give them hats off,” Mason said. “Very good athleticism. They stepped up and when we turned it over they took advantage.”
Seniors Steele, who added 11 points, and Courtney Taylor, who grabbed eight rebounds, stepped up to help out classmates Jeandrevin and Parriman.
Though Jeandrevin returned for the Lady Warriors, key senior post players Jessica Wilcher and Kaitlyn Tucker are still out for the Lady Warriors as they continue to battle injuries.
Freshman Courtney Turner chipped in with five points while sophomore Davidson scored four points and classmate Hannah Owens added a pair.
“They fought until the final horn,” Western Brown coach Kyle Fender said, “so all the credit in the world to them for their effort tonight.”
Goshen (1-4) – Steele 4 0 11, Turner 1 2 5, Tarriman 4 1 9, Jeandrevin 3 2 11, Davidson 3 0 6, Owens 1 0 2. Totals: 16 5 44.
Western Brown (4-1) – Dowd 1 2 4, Carter 4 0 8, Seigla 3 1 7, Wiesenhahn 1 0 2, Henry 2 0 4, Garrett 6 9 24, Wright 8 0 16. Totals: 25 12 65.
Halftime: Western Brown 33-19.
3-pointers G 7 (Steele 3, Jeandrevin 3, Turner); W 3 (Garrett 3).