By seasons end, there are games your bound to remember and say “Wow! That was a good game to watch!”. Saturday afternoon’s game at Elkart Memorial might not have been one of those until midway through the third quarter for the Plymouth Lady Pilgrims. Trailing 33-23 with just undre two minutes left in the third quarter, Plymouth got a big three pointer by Andrea Shook…and erased a 9 point deficit to get a 45-40 win over Memorial.
“That three by Andrea was crucial. It sparked us late in the third”, said PHS Head Coach Dave Duncan. “But I think where the real turning point of this game was, is when Amber (Rettinger) was knocked down with no foul call, and got hurt. We seem to rally around that incident and just played Plymouth basketball from then on.”
That Rettinger foul happened with almost one minute remaining in the third quarter with Plymouth trailing by 9 points in the ballgame. Plymouth started applying the defensive pressure which led to several Memorial turnovers and a eventual 17-3 fourth quarter run.
“I felt our mental toughness kicked in when that happened to Amber. We ask all our kids who have to come off the bench to get out their and play hard. At halftime, we came out of the locker room talking about establishing something in the first three minutes of the ballgame. Problem was we let Memorial establish that “something”, and that was putting them to the free throw line to often. But the kids stayed their course and played better as the game went on”, added Duncan.
Sophomore Hunter Stevens was strong again for the Plymouth Lady Pilgrims scoring 18 points, yanking 6 rebounds down, getting 2 assists and 3 steals.
“This is the kind of game we expect out of her. She has the ability to put these kind of numbers up for us every game. I know is sounds like a lot of pressure to put a sophomore, but she’s a special player. She’s competitive who loves challenges. The staff is hoping this performance by her will be her break-out game. She’s a big part of what we do on both sides of the ball.”, said Duncan. “But this was a “Great” team win for our girls. It gives us a little more control of our own conference destiny. Memorial such a good team, we are hoping they have a upset game or two against the other teams ahead of us”.
The Lady Pilgrims will be in Laporte Tuesday night. WTCA’s next girls game will be a conference match against Concord Saturday afternoon at “The Rock”. Pre-Game Show begins around 1PM on AM1050, AM1050.com or 97.1FM inside the gym.