Swanton had an off night offensively and Springfield countered with seven made three-pointers, all coming in the first half, to help them defeat the Bulldogs in non-league girls basketball action Thursday, 45-33.
The “three fest” for the visiting Blue Devils began near the halfway point of the second quarter. Swanton’s Sidney Taylor had just made a shot to pull Swanton within 13-10 at the 4:36 mark.
Both Nia Johnson of Springfield and Swanton’s Haley Nelson then traded threes, and Martaisha Hawkins hit another for the Blue Devils to extend their lead to six.
Skyler Rose would tack on one from beyond the arc for Springfield with 1:03 left, and just over a minute later, she drilled one at the halftime horn to make the margin 25-13 at the break.
“Game plan at first was to key on not letting them penetrate the paint. Wanted to make them shoot over us from the outside,” said Swanton coach Eric Oakes. “They (Springfield) did that last night better than they have so far this year.”
The Blue Devils pushed their lead to 16 in the start of the second half on buckets by Rayonna Armstrong and Shiasia Gregory.
However, the Bulldogs still had some fight in them.
Taylor knocked down a pair of free throws, then both Averie Lutz and Bridget Harlett split a pair, and Averie Lutz scored off glass which made the score 29-19 with 1:50 left in the third.
Following a putback hoop from Armstrong, Cydney Christensen scored inside for Swanton, but that bucket was quickly answered by Armstrong and the Blue Devils led 33-21 heading into the final period.
Taylor got the Bulldogs off on the right foot to begin the fourth when she buried a three to get them within nine. However, Hawkins answered with a pair of free throws, Tia Crape went 1 of 2 at the line, Gregory hit on a pair and added a bucket the next time down the floor to make it 40-24 with just 3:39 remaining.
“We are making some bad decisions on offense right now but (I) did see some positives in the second half,” concluded Oakes. “Better effort defensively and got better looks offensively in second half, just not getting some shots to go down.”
Christensen led the Bulldogs with 13 points while Taylor chipped in with 12. Armstrong was Springfield’s leading scorer with 16 points.
Swanton is at Rossford Monday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010
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