PLYMOUTH-The Lady Pilgrims improved to 4-1 last night with a convincing win over non-conference rival South Bend St. Joe (1-4), 56-38. Plymouth provided a well balanced performance of offense and defense throughout the contest.
In the first quarter, Plymouth had a great transition game going while pitching a shutout in the process. It was 22-0 at the end of one quarter.
“It was a really good start for us”, said Head Coach Dave Cox, “We were working hard for transition baskets, which were sparked by our rebounding, which were keys in what we talked about before the ballgame.”
The second quarter was a tad bit different. The Lady Indians found their transition game and cut into the Plymouth lead to within 10 points at one point, outscoring Plymouth 16-9 in the quarter. But by halftime, Plymouth still had a comfortable lead 31-16.
“It’s hard to explain what happened in the second quarter. Trying to keep your focus up 20, is not an easy thing to do. When you let up just a little, you run the risk of getting sloppy. That’s what happened. We had 9 turnovers in that second quarter. Good thing was we just didn’t stop offensively, that salvaged some momentum that St. Joe was trying to steal from us.”, added Cox.
Another good start for Plymouth coming out of Halftime. The Lady Pilgrim defense created 9 turnovers on St. Joe, scoring 6 points from them.
“We kept rebounding which was crucial. St. Joe may be undersized but they still crash the boards and we were starting to feel that. We knew Coach Mauch would have his girls more aggressive on the boards to start the third quarter.”, said Cox.
Both teams traded scores to finish out the ballgame, 14-12 in favor of St. Joe. Plymouth finshed shooting 39% (17/45) for the night, 70% from the line (19/27) and out-rebounded the Lady Indians by 10 (32-22).
Plymouth was led in scoring by Senior Merissa Green’s 12 points with 5 rebounds.
St. Joe’s scoring was led by Sarah Hall’s 11.
Plymouth (4-1) hops on a bus tonight to face Tippy Valley (1-4) for a 6:00pm JV start.