Swanton jumped out to a 10-0 lead a little over three minutes into the contest, led by 16 at half and cruised to a 48-23 home win over Maumee in non-league girls basketball Tuesday.
“Was happy with the effort last night from everyone,” said head coach Eric Oakes. “We knew Maumee was (a) young group and improving, and we wanted to make sure we played good solid defense early…wanted to try and keep them away from the basket and make sure we didn’t make any bad fouls. Thought we did a great job doing that early to get us out to a 10-0 lead. We wanted to go with some different groups throughout the game and work on a couple of different defenses also.”
The Bulldogs started fast using an Aricka Lutz basket plus two free throws, a pair from the foul line from Frankie Nelson, and four points by Morgan Pine to build the aformentioned 10-point lead in the early minutes.
“Our outside shooting has gotten better the last couple of weeks. Frankie has put some nice games together both offensively and defensively. Pine has done a great job for us early in games crashing the boards and making some steals with good anticipation on passes,” said Oakes.
A Nelson three-pointer, wedged between 1 of 2 free throws from Maumee’s Brynn Brown and a Taylor Westrick jumper, made the margin 13-3 after one quarter.
They outscored the Panthers 10-4 in the second for a 23-7 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the Dogs used the three-ball to push their lead past the 20-point threshold. Triples from Averie Lutz and Nelson gave them a 29-7 lead at the 4:12 mark of the third quarter.
Jessica Dohm and Averie Lutz each registered buckets for Swanton in the final 3:35, while a pair of threes from Maumee’s Jessica Roper – including one at the quarter buzzer – got it to 33-13 after three.
A long deuce from Roper in the first minute of the fourth, plus two triples from Brown around an Alexis Sarvo bucket for Swanton, pulled the Panthers within 14 at 35-21 with 5:38 to go.
However, it felt like the nail in the coffin 34 seconds later when Aricka Lutz’ corner trey bumped the difference back to 17 points.
They would continue to add to it from there as a Nelson bucket, Kara Truckor’s three, and Averie Lutz’ drive and score made it 45-21 with 3:34 left.
“Maumee did a nice job later rotating the ball and hitting some open threes. Our girls responded well to make some good defensive plays and Kara, Averie, and Aricka hit some nice shots from outside to pull away,” said Oakes on his team closing out the Panthers.
Nelson paced the Bulldog offense with 13 points, while Aricka Lutz tallied nine.
For Maumee, Brown had 11 points and Roper 10.
Swanton (11-4) next travels to Wauseon (13-3) Thursday for a NWOAL matchup.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010