The Star - GHS vs. DEK
November 19, 2012By Bob Lapadot of Garrett High School
GARRETT — They were the top two returning scorers and the top two scorers in the first two games of the season for the DeKalb girls basketball team.
Not surprisingly, Hayley Martin and Baylee Rinehart had their personal space invaded by county rival Garrett Friday night. The Barons had to prove they had other scorers, and made a convincing argument.
Brooke Leins scored a team-high 16 points, and Rachel Ehmke came off the bench with four threes, and Maddy Fifer chipped in eight, helping the Barons to a 49-47 victory Friday night.
“I told the girls, ‘Stay patient. We’ll get opportuniities,’” Baron coach Nick David said. “That’s the thing I’m most proud of, there was never any panic. People stepped up — Brooke Leins, Rachel Ehmke, Maddy Fifer.
“It wasn’t just them. It was a total DeKalb team effort and that’s what it’s all about.” Brandi Dawson had 20 points to lead Garrett (2-2) and Kaitlin Wisel scored 10 to go with seven assists and seven rebounds. Ehmke turned the game by hitting three in a row from behind the line in the second quarter, just Garrett threatened to take control by opening a seven-point lead.
With teams tied headed to the fourth, Rinehart scored six of her 11 points, including a drive into the lane and her second baseline jumper in transition, helping DeKalb to an eight-point advantage.
But this was DeKalb against Garrett, and when Dawson ended a scoring drought of nearly five minutes with a steal and layin, the Railroaders took it to the wire.
Garrett had the last inbounds play with 2.1 seconds left from under the basket, but Kendall Kelley forced a held ball on Taylor Smith’s high, arching inbounds pass, and the arrow favored the Barons (2-1).
“Nick’s such a good coach, he knows everything we’re going to run,” Garrett coach Bob Lapadot said. “We’ve been running these things since Denny (Feagler) was here. We tried to draw something up where we throw it out to Brandi and Hayley might come up, and Brandi could dump it down to Taylor.
“But as we’re running it Nick’s calling out the play. We tried to spot Somers up for a three, they took that away. Taylor did the only thing she could do, she put it in play.”
Lapadot wasn’t disappointed in his team’s effort.
“We did everything we wanted to do, minus scoring 50 points,” Lapadot said. “We knew Brooke Leins was a good player, but we ran that triangle-and-two on Hayley and Baylee, and we decided they won’t beat us. You can’t say enough and about Becca and Emily chasing those two. Those two are stud players, very well-coached obviously.”
Martin, after games of 26 and 25 points, managed only three shots, and got her only basket on a rebound. She still had 13 rebounds and four blocks. “Garrett came in with a great plan. Bob did a heck of a job getting his team ready to play,” David said.
Garrett hit three threes of its own in the first quarter, then went up 18-11 after a court-length dash for a basket by Wisel. Enter Ehmke, who drilled three straight three-pointers following a three-point play by Rinehart, and DeKalb led 25-22 at the half.
DeKalb had its own defensive quandry with Dawson, dangerous outside or taking the ball to the hoop.
“We tried to keep people in front of her,” David said. “She used the shot fake really well a couple of times and knocked down some jumpers. Keeping people in front of her is not as easy as it sounds. Kendall and Brooke did a great job of making her work for her points. She’s a heck of a player.”
Both coaches felt the game helped their teams do some growing up.
“I’m excited about where we’re going, what we’re doing,” Lapadot said. “Your record doesn’t matter on Feb. 6 (in the sectional), what matters is how well you’re playing on Feb. 6.” “We had girls who had never been in a situation like that,” David said. “Garrett is an awfully tough place to play. To be able to walk out 2-1, we feel really good. Our confidence level has gone up a little bit.”
DeKalb JV 25, Garrett 17
Rachel DePew’s jumper pulled Garrett to within five for the second time in the fourth quarter, but Shade Herbolsheimer’s three-point play capped the scoring with 1:25 left. Ehmke led DeKalb with eight points, and Ashlee Wakeman and Skylar Ostrowski each had four. Bailey Sutton scored five points, and DePew and Britmarie Yarian both had four for Garrett.
DeKalb 49, Garrett 47
Players fg-fga ft-fta tp rb as st
Leins g 7-14 1-1 16 2 6 1
Rinehart g 4-5 3-4 11 4 0 0
Fifer g 3-9 2-4 8 1 6 1
Kelley f 0-1 0-2 0 2 3 1
Martin f 1-3 0-1 2 13 0 1
Williams 0-2 0-1 0 4 0 0
Ehmke 4-9 0-0 12 6 0 0
totals 19-43 6-13 49 34 15 4
Players fg-fga ft-fta tp rb as st
Somers g 3-7 0-0 7 3 0 1
Wisel g 3-8 3-5 10 7 7 0
Oliver f 0-3 0-0 0 1 0 0
Dawson f 7-19 4-5 20 7 4 2
Smith c 4-8 0-4 8 8 0 2
Yarian 1-1 0-0 2 0 0 0
Riedley 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
totals 18-47 7-14 47 33 11 5
DeKalb 6 19 14 10 — 49
Garrett 13 9 17 8 — 47
Three-point shooting — DeKalb 5-12 (Ehmke 4-8, Leins 1-3, Rinehart 0-1), Garrett 4-15 (Dawson 2-6, Wisel 1-4, Somers 1-3, Oliver 0-2). Total fouls — Garrett 14, DeKalb 11. Turnovers — DeKalb 11, Garrett 8. Blocked shots — Martin 4, Smith 2.