MCMECHEN - With three girls contributing double-digit scoring and an effective trap press forcing struggling Bishop Donahue into 37 turnovers, Tyler Conslidated moved its record back above the .500 mark Thursday night with a 72-25 runaway victory at the Fr. Raymond Jablinski Memorial Gymnasium.
Torrye Cline tossed in 20 points, including nine in the first quarter, as the Knights jumped out to a quick 20-7 advantage. Sydney Reed added 19 points and Sophie Kinnard hit for 17 as the visitors improved to 4-3 overall. Kinnard also pulled down 13 rebounds while turning in a double-double, helping the visitors to a 44-32 rebounding advantage.
The overmatched Bishop girls did not have a double-digit scorer while dropping to 1-5 on the season. Kat Polinski's seven points led the scoring for the hosts,while Ali Bauer added six, all of her total coming from the foul line.
Bishop Donahue’s Jenny Hull fights for possession with Tyler Consolidated’s Megan Carpenter during their game Thursday night in McMechen.
''It took us a couple of minutes to adjust because this is a much smaller court than we are used to playing on," Tyler Consolidated Coach Matt Kinnard said. ''We made a couple of early adjustments on the press that really helped."
Coach Kinnard also noted that Tyler Consolidated's balanced scoring has been a constant plus early in the season.
''We have four girls that generally score double figures," he said. ''Torrye got hot in the first half, and our kids know to feed the girl that is hot. Sydney and Sophie also got open for some nice shots. "
Although the Silver Knights controlled the game from the start and led 34-13 at the break, Kinnard wasn't all that pleased with their total effort.
''I told them that we did not box out well in the first half but they came out and did a better job in the second half.
''Their basketball IQ is improving. They are learning to make those adjustments on the floor. We have options for them and they are starting to see things like maybe I can make a back cut here and rotate on defense. I want our kids to think the game of basketball and play it the way the game should be played."
The score was tied just once at 1-1 when Donahue's Polinski made the back end of a two-shot foul to match Cline's previous effort for Tyler Consolidated. On the next possession, Reed got open behind the arc at the top of the circle and drained the first of seven 3-pointers the Silver Knights hit during the game.
After Jenny Hull took a pass from Selena Ghaphery and put a short turnaround shot off the glass to pull the Bishops within 4-3, Cline got the next five points. She scored off a well-executed inbounds play and then got free on top for a trifecta that gave the Knights a 9-3 advantage.
Ghaphery, running the offense for Donahue in the absence of the injured point guard Kelsey Schau, dropped off another see-eye pass inside to Polinski for a layup that was countered a few seconds later by Cline's second 3-pointer, this one extending the Tyler advantage to 12-5.
Later, Kinnard scored on a stickback and a short baseline jumper for the 20-7 margin the Knights carried into the second quarter.
The Bishop girls managed just five buckets in 21 shots in the first half and had even worse luck the rest of the game, finishing with an 8-for-43 shooting night.
''It's not getting any better," sighed Donahue coach Don Gillis. ''We get (Schau) back on Saturday, but who knows what is going to happen?
''We go over everything in practice but we just don't execute. It's just a frustrating time for everybody."