SYCAMORE — Before Buckeye Central could even get off its fourth field goal attempt, Mohawk already led by 12 and things did not get any better from there as the Warriors’ pressure defense led the way in a 60-29 blowout victory on Tuesday night.
The Bucks had six turnovers before they had a point and had no answer for the Warriors’ Kasey Adelsperger, who finished with 19 points, and Julie Adelsperger, who scored 18, including 16 in the first half.
“The kids did a great job in our trapping defense and it led to some breakouts early, and any time you get some easy offense, it sure makes your offense look a lot better,” Mohawk coach Mike Beck said. “We had a really good day of practice (Monday) to prepare and we were working on some things. We were playing some matchup and then we went to some trapping defense and I thought the kids responded very well.”
Ally Weinandy scored Mohawk’s first basket, Kasey Adelsperger scored after a turnover and then Kasey and Julie Adelsperger each completed three-point plays. Kasey knocked down a jumper to put the Warriors (9-8) up 12-0 midway through the quarter.
“We’ve got to give them credit,” Buckeye Central coach Greg Moore said. “They came out and half-court trapped us. You’ve got to do the little things fundamentally. You’ve got to get the triple threats. You’ve got to rip the ball and we talked about those things.”
Kilee Kimmel and Maddie Fagan scored eight points each for the Bucks (8-11).
Buckeye Central briefly recovered from the bad start, playing even for about the next quarter, but things fell apart in the final four minutes of the half when Julie Adelsperger, coming of a 25-point effort with six 3-pointers, connected on three in a row from downtown to push the Mohawk lead to 33-11. She added a basket inside after a steal.
“That was pretty timely and extended the lead even more,” Beck said. “We got good looks on that. What set that up was her getting herself in position and on two of the three, the ball actually was on the other side of the court and we were able to reverse it to her to that spot.”
The Warriors led 37-13 at halftime and added 10 more points to their advantage in the third quarter, limiting the Bucks to just 17 points through three quarters.
“We came out and beat a pretty good team (Monday) night that was 10-6, Northmor, and (Tuesday) night we took two steps back and I’ll take the blame for that,” Moore said. “We’ve just got to learn how to handle pressure”
Buckeye Central finished with 26 turnovers to only 11 by Mohawk, while the Warriors also dominated the boards, 42-33, with 17 offensive rebounds. Kasey Adelsperger and Megan Cleveland had seven rebounds apiece.
Mohawk made 24 of 65 (36.9 percent) shots from the field and 9 of 15 free throws. Buckeye Central was 8 of 37 (21.6 percent) from the floor and 11 of 17 at the foul line.
“We’re real excited with the defense, pleased with how hard they worked on our team defense,” Beck said. We were going to make an adjustment to this particular game and the kids played it hard and they also executed what we worked on.”
Taylor McClain and Brooke Weinandy had six assists each and Weinandy had a game-high five steals.
Katie Pinkston scored 12 points to lead the Mohawk junior varsity team to a 45-34 victory.
The Warriors host Old Fort at 6 p.m. Thursday.
BUCKEYE CENTRAL (8-11): Fagan 2-4-8, Kimmel 3-0-8, I. Biglin 1-2-4, Delarber 1-1-3, Ollis 1-0-2, Heydinger 1-0-2, Karl 0-1-1, Wurm 0-1-1. Totals 8-37 11-17 29.
MOHAWK (9-8): K. Adelsperger 8-3-19, J. Adelsperger 6-3-18, C. Adelsperger 3-0-6, A. Weinandy 2-1-5, Cleveland 2-1-5, McClain 1-1-3, Moes 1-02, Luhring 1-0-2. Totals 24-65 9-15 60.
3-point goals: J. Adelsperger 3, Kimmel 2.
Score by quarters
Buckeye Central 4 9 4 12 — 29
Mohawk 16 21 14 9 — 60
Junior varsity: Mohawk won, 45-34.
By LONNIE McMILLAN