Sheffield battles in loss to J’burg

After going toe to toe with Johnsonburg for a majority of the game, host Sheffield ran out of gas late in Tuesday’s 50-40 loss in AML girls basketball action.

“Going in we knew we had some match-up’s that favored us, but knew their speed would give us a little trouble – early on our work in exploiting the mismatches that favored us went about as well as we could have wanted,” said Sheffield coach Brandon Troutman, “late in the game we got away from our bread and butter, got a little frantic on the offensive end, and it was a major factor in the outcome.”

Sheffield was able to move the ball well early, getting a lot of looks from all over the floor, especially inside.

“We were able to use Lexi (Lyon) and Eliza’s (Davidson) height to our advantage, and we got a lot of nice looks inside,” Troutman added. Lyon had 12 of her team high 22 in the first half.

Sheffield’s ball movement was evident on the stat sheet, as they had 11 assists on 15 total field goals for the night.

The Lady Wolverines got 3-pointers from Davidson and Mya Grubbs in the first half, which helped stretch Johnsonburg’s 1-3-1 zone enough to free up Lyon more in the middle.

“Those long balls were huge, it was enough to keep them honest and have to respect us on the perimeter,” Troutman said.

Johnsonburg’s Cassidy King had a monster night with 23 points, many off of drives and fast breaks.

“We knew their speed had the potential to offset our size, and it did just that,” Troutman explained, “we were poor in our close-out’s, got burned off the dribble, and we had to rely on our help defense, which was pretty weak throughout the game. The bigger issue in first half was that we gave up a lot of transition lay-up’s – we got toasted in transition, and it allowed them to be right at our heels at the half.”

With Sheffield up 24-23 at the half, Johnsonburg outscored the hosts 27-16 in the second half, including a 13-5 fourth quarter.

“Getting away from what worked hurt us. We rushed when we should have been patient, we were patient when we should have had a little urgency. 10 second half turnovers were tough to overcome,” added Troutman.

“I’m proud of the effort. We played four quarters, with heart. We left some plays out there which hurt us, but in no way can I fault the girls effort,” Troutman added.

There was no JV game.

Sheffield, who is now 2-16, 0-8 in AML action, hits the road Friday to close out their road schedule, traveling to Curwensville.

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JOHNSONBURG (50)

C. King 10-3-7-23, Williams 1-3-4-5, Casilic 2-3-4-8, Jones 4-1-2-9, Stauffer 2-1-2-5, Jacobs 0-0-0-0, E. King 0-0-0-0, Zimmerman 0-0-0-0

SHEFFIELD (40)

Mya Grubbs 1-2-2-5, Marissa Grubbs 1-2-2-5, Davidson 3-1-6-8, Lyon 10-2-6-22, Schmader 0-0-0-0, Wynn 0-0-0-0, Nelson 0-0-0-0, Lauffenberger 0-0-0-0, Leichtenberger 0-0-0-0, Pierce 0-0-0-0, Dunham 0-0-0-0, Bailey 0-0-0-0

By Quarters

Johnsonburg 14 9 14 13 – 50

Sheffield 16 8 11 5 – 40

Three-point FGs: Johnsonburg (1) – Casilic; Sheffield (3) – Mya Grubbs, Marissa Grubbs, Davidson

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