Prep Girls Basketball

Turnovers troubling for Raiders in road loss

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By RYAN MAHAN
Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 1:00 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Turnovers proved to be too much to overcome Tuesday for the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team.

The Raiders turned the ball over 14 times in the first quarter, 20 in the first half and 33 times in the game in a 71-41 loss to Springfield on Tuesday.

Senior guard Ozzy Erewele provided the early spark for Springfield, junior forward Nicole Swehla provided the muscle, and the Senators' defense gave the team plenty of easy looks.

"We mix it up with the zone press and the man press," Springfield coach Brad Scheffler said. "We have good numbers this year of different lineups we can run out. We can go small or go big.

"We still didn't match up as well as I would've liked in the second quarter. We left some open 3s, but overall I thought it was pretty good defense."

Despite all those lost opportunities, QND trailed just 39-28 at halftime. The Senators (7-1) quickly ended any doubt with an 8-0 run to start the third quarter.

Swehla finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Senators. Erewele had 10 points after scoring eight in the opening quarter. Springfield got 12 points from Devyn Heard off the bench and 11 from senior guard Ashley Robinson.

It was a closer outcome than last year's matchup at The Pit, which the Senators won 80-27. Tuesday's game was still not competitive enough for QND coach Eric Orne.

"It's always been a good rivalry. We've got to get back to being a little closer," Orne said. "We're a year away, but I'd like to get back to Springfield like the games we had a few years ago."

The Senators' defense hurried the Raiders into making risky passes. Just 86 seconds into the game, QND already had turned the ball over four times.

"What haunted us was (that 20) first-half turnovers just destroyed us," Orne said. "We had an opportunity to maybe play even with them but we tried to play at Springfield's speed. They're better at that speed. They caused us to create turnovers. (The turnovers) changed the game."

The Senators out-rebounded QND 36-30 and had 16 offensive rebounds.

When the Raiders set up their offense, sophomore forward Sydney Hummert exploited what Orne thought was a mismatch and scored 14 points on her first seven shots.

"We're trying to make strides, but at the same time, we're trying to understand the game. It's a difficult game to play," Orne said. "When you get sped up like we did and you don't have the confidence ... at times, you've just got to breathe and slow things down. When we slowed things down, I thought we got a good high-low look.

"It's going to be a good game film to watch from a coaching standpoint. We just have to learn and get better."

Springfield 71, Quincy Notre Dame 41

QUINCY NOTRE DAME

Hummert 7-8 0-0 14, ML Meyer 4-7 0-0 9, Penn 4-9 0-1 8, Eaton 1-5 2-4 5, Peters 1-2 0-0 2, Ray 0-1 2-2 2, MK Meyer 0-1 1-2 1, Eversman 0-2 0-0 0, Lepper 0-0 0-0 0, Little 0-2 0-0 0, Reed 0-5 0-2 0. Totals 17-42 5-11 41.

SPRINGFIELD

Swehla 9-11 1-2 19, Robinson 4-13 0-0 11, Erewele 5-10 0-0 10, Ratsch 2-6 2-3 6, Schoeben 2-9 2-2 6, Heard 4-10 0-0 12, Dumas 1-2 2-4 4, Doty 1-3 0-0 3, Grubb 0-0 0-0 0, Guard 0-0 0-0 0, Harney 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 28-64 7-11 71.

QND 13 15 10 3--41

Springfield 21 18 16 16--71

3-point field goals--QND 2 (ML Meyer, Eaton), Springfield 8 (Heard 4, Robinson 3, Doty). Fouls--QND 12, Springfield 13. Fouled out--none.

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