Tuesday, January 19, 1999

Mason topples No. 1 Pickerington


Mercy, Princeton also win at All Ohio Classic

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        PICKERINGTON, Ohio — When the USA Today Super 25 and Associated Press weekly girls basketball polls are released next week, watch for some changes.

        Converting 11-of-12 free throws in the final 3:20 of the game, Mason earned a 53-45 upset over Pickerington in The All Ohio Prep Shoot-Out at Pickerington High School.

        Pickerington was ranked No.3 by USA Today and No.1 in Ohio and Mason Mason was No. 2 in Ohio and No. 16 in the Super 25.

        “I told the girls before the game that the team that plays the best defense will win,” said an elated Gerry Lackey, the Mason coach. “Tonight I feel we were better defensively.”

        Mason became the first Ohio team since 1987 to beat Pickerington in the regular season and ended Pickerington's 26-game win streak.

        Two of the heroes were sophomore Jere Issenmann and junior Susan Lippert.

        Issenmann scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Lippert added six while also sparking the team with some solid defensive play.

        “I don't like to think when I'm on the free throw line,” Issenmann said. “After the referee gives me the ball, I count one-two and shoot.”

        Mason trailed 33-32 entering the fourth quarter. The Tigers quickly extended the lead to 37-32 on the strength of two free throws and a field goal by All-American candidate LaToya Turner, a 6-4 center headed to Ohio State.

        But Issenmann scored with 6:30 left. Then Beth Jones scored 30 seconds later and Dallas Williams added a baseline shot for a 38-37 lead.

        After another Turner basket, Pickerington wouldn't score again until the final minute.

        Jones led Mason with 17 points. Williams had only eight points but did her best work on defense against Turner.

        MASON (53) — Lippert 2 4 9, Ellis 2 0 4, Issenmann 1 7 9, Jones 7 1 17, Williams 4 0 8, Munoz 3 0 6. Totals: 19 12-15 53

        PICKERINGTON (45) — Harrison 1 0 2, Sawyer 2 0 4, Kraft 1 0 2, Gray 1 0 3, McPhatter 2 0 4, Fassbender 1 0 3, Turner 7 4 18, Young 3 0 7, Koehl 1 0 3. Totals: 19 4 45.

        Mason ....... 12 9 11 21—53
        Pickerington ....... 12 11 10 12—45

        Three-point field goals: M—Lippert, Jones 2. P—Gray, Fassbender, Young, Koehl. Records: M 12-0, P 11-1.

        Mercy 87, Alexander 53 — The Bobcats used their superior height advantage and inside scoring to hand Alexander its first defeat.

        Bridget Flanagan scored 18 points and Jen Dreyer added 14 with substitute Kim Stern coming off the bench to add a season high 11.

        “They (Alexander) were much smaller and we dominated on the inside,” Mercy coach Mary Jo Huismann said. “Jen (Dreyer) played one of her best games ever and we were able to push the ball up the floor.”

        The outcome was never in doubt after the Bobcats took a 20-12 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 46-27 at the half.

        MERCY (87) — Miller 2 1 5, Zinser 1 0 2, Clavier 1 2 4, Stern 5 1 11, Zeuch 2 0 5, Barnes 4 0 8, Jones 1 1 3, Heintz 4 0 8, Schoenfeld 3 1 7, Dreyer 5 4 14, Flanagan 8 0 18, Woody 1 0 2. Totals: 37 10 87.

        ALEXANDER (53) — West 5 4 14, Bobo 4 0 10, Angela Jewett 1 2 4, Amy Jewett 2 0 4, Carr 4 1 9, Kubachka 2 1 5, Robinson 3 1 7. Totals: 21 9 53.

        Mercy ....... 20  26  20  21—87
        Alexander ....... 12  15   9  17—53

        Three-point field goals: M (3) Zeuch, Flanagan. A (2) Bobo. Records: M 7-4, A 8-1.

        Princeton 54, Cleveland East Tech 47 — Sarah Lohmueller scored 13 points in the second half to rally Princeton.

        “The difference was the defense by Amber Sneed on Barabara Turner,” Princeton coach Jerry Stein said. “Turner averaged 19 points and 16 rebounds but Amber played her straight up.

        University of Cincinnati recruit Mardena Dozier of Tech scored nine points on three three-pointers, but was shut out the second half by Brie Bradshaw, Julie Sherl and Kori Strange.

        PRINCETON (54) — Lohmueller 3 5-7 13, Sherl 0 0-4 0, Strange 4 0-4 9, Lancas ter 4 4-6 12, B. Bradshaw 3 1-2 7, Dudley 3 1-4 7, Sneed 2 1-1 6. Totals: 19 12-28 54.

        CLEVELAND EAST TECH (47) — Dozier 3 0-0 9, Rivers 3 0-0 6, Abdul-Haqo 0 3-3 3, B. Turner 5 2-3 12, E. Garrison 5 1-3 11, D. Garrison 3 0 6. Totals: 19 6-9 47.

        Princeton ....... 12  12  11  19—54
        Cleveland East Tech ....... 12  10  4  2147

        Three-point field goals: P, Lohmueller 2, Strange. CET, Dozier 3. Records: P 12-1, CET 9-1

       



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