Purchase Line defeats Harmony for third place in Portage Tournament|
Monday, December 10, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
PORTAGE - The Purchase Line girls basketball team played what head coach Rebecca Hudak called "a much-improved" game in Saturday's consolation contest of the Art Burkett Memorial Tournament.
Karli Rorabaugh scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Melanie Hilliard had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lady Dragons over Harmony, 46-30.
"I'm just happy to come away with a win," said Hudak. "I think the game gave the girls some confidence. We didn't execute very well in the first half, but in the second half they did exactly what I wanted them to do to execute the offense. They did much better running it today than they did yesterday."
Rorabaugh made her presence felt early, scoring nine points in the first quarter.
With the Lady Dragons up three late in the first quarter, Rorabaugh was sent to the line for free throws. After making the first, Rorabaugh picked up her own rebound and put it in the net for a three-point play. Rorabaugh was 3-for-4 from the charity stripe in the game.
"Karli definitely pulls everybody together," said Hudak. "She makes sure when she's out on the court that she lets everybody know what they have to do and how we can be better as a team. Not necessarily what she has to do, but what everybody has to do to win."
"She's a good player, but the other girls did this just as much as she did," said Harmony head coach Ralph Butterworth. "If we shut her down, it's still a close game. It's their whole team. If we covered one person, another girl would pick it up. We just have to step it up a little bit. We have the talent. I just have to get it out of them."
In the second quarter, Hilliard scored six of her points. However, the Lady Owls hung tough and kept their deficit at six at the half due to the 3-pointing shooting of junior Lindsay Welteroth. Welteroth had three treys on the night, with two of them coming in the first half.
"We kept saying you just have to keep getting your hands in her face," said Hudak of Welteroth. "She was putting them up there, and they were going in there."
Purchase Line came back in the second half scoring early and often. After a pair of Rorabaugh free throws, Jaycelyn Fleming put the Lady Dragons up 12 after two buckets to start the half with just what Hudak wanted.
"We talked about executing the offense (at halftime)," said Hudak. "We wanted six quick points after halftime and that's exactly what they gave me. In order to build the lead, we had to get quick points and execute the offense."
Purchase Line outscored the Lady Owls 17-7 in the third quarter to lead 39-23.
With some fight left in them, the Lady Owls cut the deficit to 11 early in the fourth quarter. Welteroth hit her third 3-pointer in the period, but a pair of Rorabaugh buckets sealed the deal for Purchase Line in the fourth quarter.
Welteroth finished with 11 points for Harmony, while Joleen Brink picked up seven points and Shannon Dyda chipped in with six.
"I feel that we're a better team," said Butterworth. "We play them a few more times. We play them on Friday. Hopefully the girls will respond to this."
"They didn't quit. They played their hearts out. Turnovers are killing us. Until we reduce the turnovers, we're not going to win. That's the main thing. We have to follow the ball into our hands. We're trying to do something before we get the ball. We're making bad passes."
"You can't use the young and inexperienced excuse. They're good girls and they shouldn't be making the mistakes they're making. They'll get better. We showed improvement from yesterday. Hopefully we can show improvement on Tuesday and Friday and hopefully get some confidence in them."
Portage defeated Penn Cambria in the championship game, 61-44.
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday. Purchase Line (1-1) travels to Marion Center while Harmony (0-2) visits Glendale.
Rorabaugh 7 3-4 17, Greene 2 0-0 4, Hilliard 5 0-0 10, Fleming 2 1-3 5, Riva 1 0-0 2, Prugh 0 0-0 0, Stover 2 2-5 6, McCullough 0 0-0 0, As. Goodlin 0 2-2 2, McCoy 0 0-0 0, Al. Goodlin 0 0-0 0, Lazor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 8-14 46.
Woodley 0 3-4 3, Woodward 0 1-2 1, Welteroth 4 0-0 11, Dyda 2 2-4 6, Brink 3 1-1 7, Wortman 1 0-2 2, Stiver 0 0-0 0, Raho 0 0-0 0, Hull 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 7-13 30.
Three-pointers: Welteroth 3.
Score by Quarters
Purchase Line 11 11 17 7-46
Harmony 6 10 7 7-30