Herzog, Smethport girls earn hard-fought victory over Sheffield
Both Sheffield and Smethport entered Thursday night’s game in search of their third victory.
The Lady Hubbers, thanks in large part to the stellar play of Erin Herzog, got it.
Herzog scored all 14 Smethport points in the first half and had 20 for the game in a 37-26 win for the visitors.
“I thought we did a good job defensively, except for Herzog in the first half,” said Sheffield coach Brandon Troutman.
Herzog had a pair of buckets on offensive putbacks in the first quarter to stake Smethport to an 8-2 lead.
Lily Lauffenburger scored Sheffield’s first four points, including a jumper with 4:23 left in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 6.
An Emily Leichtenberger layup got Sheffield back to within four, but Herzog scored the final four points of the half on a putback and a jumper to give the Lady Hubs a 14-6 lead at the break.
“We’re too hesitant,” Troutman said of his team’s offense. “We got a lot of good looks tonight, but we passed up a lot because we’re not seeing the whole floor. And that’s just youth and inexperience. They had a chance to pack it in there in the third quarter and they chose the alternative and made a game out of it. It was just a little too late.”
The did indeed, as the second half had a much more energetic feel to it.
Leichtenberger came out and scored nine points in the third quarter, and an Allison Schmader 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer got the Lady Wolverines back within six, 26-20.
With Sheffield going to a box-and-1 on Herzog, Danielle Nelson and Kassidy Deyarmin picked up the scoring load for Smethport, scoring six points each in the second half.
“In the second half we had box-and-1 on her until we had to tighten things up,” noted Troutman. “We put Allison Schamder on her, just because she’s quick and aggressive. She’s giving up 7, 8 inches of height and really did a good job containing her. We wanted to make someone else beat us and give them (Smethport) credit, they made that happen.”
The Lady Hubs rattled off the first seven points of the fourth quarter, and, try as they might, Sheffield wasn’t able to rally.
Herzog had 10 rebounds to go along with her 20 points, while Leichtenberger pulled down six boards. Lauffenburger finished with eight points.
The JV game saw an absolutely thrilling ending. Trailing by 1 with just second remaining, Allison Schmader got off a shot at the buzzer and nailed it, giving the Lady Wolverines a 22-21 victory as she was mobbed by her teammates.
“I’m very proud of the kids,” Troutman said. “We’ve had a lot of issues this past month. The kids have really banded together and fought through a lot of adversity on and off the court. JV and varsity.”
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Tingley 0-0-2-0, Deyarmin 2-1-2-6, Didamizio 1-0-3-2, Herzog 10-0-2-20, Nelson 3-0-2-6, Gilbert 1-1-3-3, Sanderson 0-0-0-0, Totals 16-2-14-37
Schmader 1-0-0-3, Lauffenburger 3-2-4-8, M. Grubbs 2-0-0-4, Leichtenberger 5-1-3-11, Dunham 0-0-0-0, McLaughlin 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-3-7-26
Smethport 8 6 12 11 – 37
Sheffield 2 4 14 6 – 26
Three-point FGs: Smethport (1) – Deyarmin; Sheffield (1) – Schmader
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JV: Sheffield 22, Smethport 21
Sheffield: Schmader 3-0-0-8, K .Grubbs 2-0-2-4, McLaughlin 2-0-0-5, M. Grubbs 1-2-2-5, Lauffenburger 0-0-0-0, Totals 8-2-4-22