Turnovers Doom Linsly Vs. Warren
Young Cadets still trying to find identity
WHEELING — Linsly girls’ basketball coach Rebecca Upton admits that her Cadets are still a work in progress and trying to figure out just exactly what their identity will be.
Those answers did not appear Monday night as Linsly shot 30 percent from the field and turned the ball over 25 times against visiting Warren Local.
Molly Grayson fired in a game-high 17 points to lead three double-figure scorers and the Warriors did a good job of turning Cadets turnovers into points in cruising to a 53-37 victory at Stifel Fieldhouse.
“We are a young team with some young leaders and we are still learning and growing,” Upton said. “And we are really just trying to figure out who we are at this point.”
Linsly (1-2) survived six first-quarter turnovers while Warren committed five, however, the Warriors (2-1), who trailed by four early on, managed to escape the first eight minutes with a 12-11 upperhand.
Each team made a field goal early in the second, with Linsly sophomore Charlie Allison scoring her eighth and final point of the night at the 6:12 mark. Trailing by two, Cadets turnovers began turning into points as the visitors used an 11-0 burst to turn the lead into a 26-13 margin, before settling for 26-16 at the break thanks to a Molly Heron 3-pointer.
The hosts managed to pull to within nine twice early in the third before Warren used another run, this one a 10-0 march that was keyed by eight points from Olivia Alloway, who finished with in 10 the game. That run pushed the count to 41-22.
Linsly was not able to get any closer than 15 the rest of the way.
“The story of the game was our turnovers,” Upton said. “I told the girls during a timeout that we were doing the big things but giving up the little things. Unfortunately, all the little thing started turning into bigger things.
“We would make a little run then foul someone or turn the ball over. Every time it looked like we might start doing good things to help get back in the game something bad happened.”
Carleigh Grimm scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Cadets, while Heron added 10 to share team honors. Allison finished with eight but managed only eight shots after the first 10 minutes of the game, including just one in the third quarter.
“We had a little talk about shot selection after the game,” Upton said. “Charlie is a great player, but sometimes she wants to do everything, and she needs to funnel her productivity in different directions.
“She has matured so much, and every day is a learning experience, but she just wants to win so bad and lead this team in every way. She is a very special player.”
Abbie Smith added 14 points for the Warriors, including eight in the four quarter. Linsly grabbed a 30-24 edge off the glass but turned the ball over six times more than their visitors.
“We did a pretty good job in transition on their turnovers,” Warren coach Amy Colgrove said. “And we struggled a little with our man defense early on but got a lot better when we went to the zone.
“Things began a little slow on offense for us also but once we started getting the ball inside and moving the ball around things began opening up. We did a good job knocking down the open shots we were getting.”