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Spartans' big effort cages Panthers

February 24, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — Ashley Turnbull scored her 1,000th career point en route to a 24-point performance on Wednesday to lead Bishop Walsh to a 74-63 victory over Hancock.

“(Turnbull) is our leading rebounder and scorer,” Bishop Walsh coach John Steiner said. “We designed our entire offense around her.”

But, Turnbull didn’t do it on her own against Hancock. Spartans teammate Abby Matthews also added 24 points in the win.

“Those two have played with each other for the past four years,” Steiner said. “They look for each other all the time and play well with each other.”

The Spartans routed Hancock 60-28 last month in the first meeting between the teams. This game was much more competitive.

The two teams traded leads throughout before reaching a 47-all tie entering the fourth quarter.

“I’m happy with how the girls played tonight,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “We played hard to the end.”

Bishop Walsh (5-23) turned it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Panthers 27-16 in the frame.

“(Hancock) was essentially playing a triangle-and-two and shut down some of our girls,” Steiner said. “The other girls stepped and made some baskets.”

Hancock kept pace in the game with its stellar 3-point shooting. The Panthers converted nine 3-point shots — four came in the first quarter.

“The girls did everything we talked about well; they didn’t turn the ball over hardly. (Bishop Walsh) just shot lights out,” Ruppenthal said.

Hancock shot well too, placing four scorers in double figures. Alisa Shives led the Panthers with 15 points. Sara Wagner and Maureen Leavy each posted a double-double for Hancock. Wagner scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Leavy dropped 11 points and pulled down 16 boards. Tiffany Younker also added 13 points and led the Panthers with six assists.

Hancock (7-14) grabbed an early lead and held an 18-17 advantage after the first quarter.

The Spartans outscored the Panthers in the second quarter to take a 33-31 halftime lead.

The game came down to a matter of free-throw shooting. Bishop Walsh went to the line 25 times, converting 16 shots while Hancock went 4-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Bishop Walsh 74, Hancock 63
BISHOP WALSH (5-23)

Matthews 11 0-0 24, Turnbull 7 10-13 24, D’Atri 6 2-2 14, Buser 2 4-9 8, Ruppenkamp 2 0-0 4. Totals 28 16-25 74.
HANCOCK (7-14)
Shives 6 0-0 15, Wagner 6 1-2 13, Younker 5 0-0 13, Leavy 4 2-4 11, Hull 2 0-0 4, Edgerton 1 0-0 3, Golden 1 0-0 3, Himes 0 1-2 1. Totals 25 4-8 63.
Bishop Walsh    17    16    14    27    —    74
Hancock    18    13    16    16    —    63

3-point goals — Bishop Walsh 2 (Matthews); Hancock 9 (Shives 3, Younker 3, Edgerton, Golden, Leavy).

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