By MATT NYE
St. Wendelin’s Kamryn Troike had her way inside the paint Wednesday night and dominated Sandusky St. Mary as she scored 28 points, pulled down 21 rebounds and blocked six shots in a 66-32 St. Wendelin win in nonconference play.
Troike, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, couldn’t be contained in the post. She attracted double teams and at some points even triple teams, but it didn’t matter as she shot a solid 13 of 19 from the floor. She got off to a fast start against the winless Panthers, scoring 16 points in the first half as the Mohawks improved to 11-4.
Troike’s teammates benefited from the double teams, as they had plenty of open shots. Mackenzie McAfee recorded 12 points and five rebounds for St. Wendelin, while Allie Rutter chipped in 11 points and seven assists.
“We got off to a good start tonight,” St. Wendelin coach Aaron Smith said. “We then (slowed down) for about four minutes there, but we have to continue to work through that moving forward. We need to be a little more consistent offensively. We played pretty well today, but we turned the ball over too much (17 times) and they were unforced turnovers as well. Ours are usually unforced and sometimes you can live with a couple, but not this many at this point of the season.”
Tre’Tean McCarty led the Panthers with 10 points and four rebounds as they dropped to 0-16.
St. Wendelin was all business in the first quarter as it raced out to a 16-2 through the opening frame. Troike poured in 10 points, while St. Mary didn’t score its first basket until Kaylee Bastien made a jumper with 1:15 left.
The Panthers fought back in the second period, but they were outscored 10-9. Rutter had four points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer. The Mohawks held a 26-11 halftime lead.
“We told the girls at halftime that we weren’t a great transition team, but we wanted to at least push the ball so they couldn’t get their defense set up,” Smith said. “Everything then started to pick up a little bit, including our defense. We were out of rotation defensively in the second quarter, but in the second half we picked it up and played really well.
“(The Panthers) played hard, but their problem was that they couldn’t put the ball in the basket. We had to pick up our intensity at halftime to match theirs and then I think we really started to play well in the second half.”
St. Wendelin outscored the Panthers 40-21 in the second half as McAfee scored all of her points, including a pair of treys for the Mohawks. St. Wendelin ended the contest on an 8-0 run.
“It started and ended with not being able to contain a 6-foot-3 post player, and that’s the game right there,” St. Mary coach Jim Colwell said. “When they took her out, we could then go man-to-man on them, but when she was in the post you can’t stop her unless you have someone her size.
“We knew that coming in, so we just had to come out and play hard. We told them to drive hard to the basket and try to get a pump fake in there and get a foul, but (Troike) is so tall, it didn’t matter. We are young too … we lost four seniors and have eight sophomores, so we will need to count on them in the next couple of years. I’m their fourth head coach in four years, so they are just now starting to settle in to what I’m teaching them and I told them I’m not leaving, so hopefully we will continue to grow moving forward.”
Edy Mowrey tallied eight rebounds, five assists and four steals for St. Wendelin, which outrebounded the Panthers 45-28 and forced 23 turnovers. The Mohawks shot 45 percent (22 of 49) from the floor compared to just 10 of 40 (25 percent) for the Panthers.
Sandusky St. mary (32)
Dunn 0-0–0, Bastien 1-0–2, Green 1-3–5, Murphy 0-0–0, McCarty 3-4–10, Durnwald 2-0–4, Parish 0-5–5, Christian 3-0–6, Kreidler 0-0–0, Finneran 0-0–0, Youskievicz 0-0–0. TOTALS: 10-40 12-19 — 32.
st. wendelin (66)
Wiiliams 2-0–5, Krout 1-0–2, Burns 1-0–2, Rutter 4-1–11, Reineck 2-0–4, McAfee 4-2–12, Mowrey 0-2–2, Weidner 0-0–0, Troike 13-2–28. TOTALS: 22-49 7-9 — 66.
St. Mary 2 9 14 7 – 32
St. Wendelin 16 10 18 22 – 66
3-Point GOALS: St. Mary 0-7; St. Wendelin 5-16 (McAfee 2, Rutter 2, Williams).
REBOUNDS: St. Mary 28 (Green 4); St. Wendelin 45 (Troike 21).
TURNOVERS: St. Mary 23; St. Wendelin 17.
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