WELLINGTON – “Sloppy” would be an understatement to describe Wellington`s 47-22 victory over North Ridgeville in a non-conference game Monday night.
North Ridgeville committed a whopping 45 turnovers, with double-digit totals in every quarter, while Wellington added 26 of its own. That means 71 possessions resulted in a traveling call, bad pass, fumble or some other way to hand the ball over to the other team. Most were unforced turnovers, though both teams used a full-court press most of the game, trying to pressure the other into mistakes.
With all its turnovers, North Ridgeville (1-1) was able to get off only 37 field-goal attempts, hitting just nine of them for 24 percent. The Dukes (2-0) were able to get off 53 shots, making 19 for 35 percent.
The only bright spot for the Rangers was rebounding. They dominated the boards, 46-33, led by Jessica Reed`s 10 rebounds.
The first quarter was a comedy of errors for both teams with North Ridgeville committing 11 turnovers and Wellington seven. As a result, only 12 points were scored, with the Dukes up 8-4.
In one stretch of the second quarter the Rangers went nine straight possessions without getting off a field-goal attempt, and they trailed at the half, 17-8.
North Ridgeville showed some signs of life late in the third quarter when it scored on two straight possessions and only trailed 20-14. But the Rangers started throwing the ball away again, on three straight possessions, enabling the Dukes to build the lead back up to 10.
In the fourth, Wellington stopped giving the ball up, committing only four turnovers in the period, which led to a 21-point total.
“We did our best to shoot ourselves in the foot, and we did,” said North Ridgeville coach Denise Smith. “Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
“We had a lot of turnovers also, especially early in the game,” said Wellington coach Ron Clady. “And most of them were careless mistakes. But once we got our offense going it got easy.”
“With four returning starters I`m expecting us to be good this season.”
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (22) – Kaitlyn Berghaus 2-2-6, Jessica Reed 2-0-4, Dawn Dunlap 1-0-2, Kayla Vidoni 0-2-2, Brianna Becker 1-0-2, Kelsey Swindell 1-0-2, Jenna King 1-0-2, Monae Millner 1-0-2, Paige Gorzelanczyk 0-0-0,Â Mylania Vidoni 0-0-0,Â Tess McCarty 0-0-0,Â Maggie Kachmarik 0-0-0,Â Hailey Schroeder 0-0-0. Totals 9-4-22.
WELLINGTON (47) – Emily Touma 5-1-13, Cassie Gleisner 4-2-8, Christy King 1-4-6, Jessica Frye 2-0-4, Becky King 2-0-4, Callie McConnellÂ 2-0-4, Amy Rader 1-0-2, Morgan Brasee 0-2-2, Chrissy Greer 1-0-2, Katie Stumphauzer 1-0-2, Alysaa Rangel 0-0-0. Totals 19-7-47.
North RidgevilleÂ 4Â 4Â 10Â 4Â – Â 22
WellingtonÂ 8Â 9Â 9Â 21Â – Â 47
Three-point goals: North Ridgeville 0 for 0, Wellington 2 for 3 (Touma 2).
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