Saturday was about as good of a day as the Adams Central girls basketball team has had this season. The Patriots were in complete control of just about every facet of the game, and they even got a school record performance from Bryn Lang.
All in all, AC’s 59-27 victory over Doniphan-Trumbull was a complete game for head coach Evan Smith’s squad.
“I thought it was a really well-rounded game, one that’s kind of been a long time coming for us,” Smith said. “I thought defensively we did a good job of shutting down Roach and helped and recovered everywhere else on the floor and forced some tough shots. Offensively, we got things going on the outside, which helped our game inside. And we were able to push the ball well. It was a really good total team effort, for sure.”
Offensively, the Patriots were making shots from all over the court, especially beyond the arc, thanks to Lang. The AC senior hit five of her first six treys in the game, finishing with eight 3-pointers to set a single game school record. She was nearly automatic, making 8-of-13 attempts en route to a game-high 24 points.
“It’s been fun watching her progress, even from last year to this year, and her confidence is just building,” the AC coach said. “When she’s in rhythm and she shoots the ball well, she’s good; like, really good. It was fun watching her. She stroked it (Saturday) and we’ll keep feeding her as long as she’s doing that.”
The Patriots’ defense was on its game, stifling the Cardinals’ offense in the first half. D-T was held to 5-for-22 shooting (22.7 percent) in the opening two quarters, with seven of their 12 points coming from Katie Roach. Maddie Smith had the other five.
Adams Central jumped out to a 16-6 lead after the first and extended it to 33-12 by halftime. The Patriots virtually sealed the game in the third quarter, when they outscored D-T 17-6, taking a 52-18 advantage into the final period.
AC was especially dominant inside the paint, where it had a size advantage. Adams Central out-rebounded the Cards 48-18, led by Rachel Goodon’s 13 and Lauryn Scott’s eight. Goodon completed the double-double with 10 points.
“We do such a good job of looking for each other and feeding each other when we’re on offense,” Smith said. “Doniphan has struggled with their height, so we were able to find that mismatch quite a bit (Saturday).”
Roach, who leads the Cardinals in scoring on the season, finished with 18 points, eight of which was scored late in the fourth quarter. Madison Shimmin grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Doniphan-Trumbull, which has lost four of its last five, will travel to play Gibbon on Tuesday, while the Patriots will hit the road for a tough test with Class B No. 4 Northwest. Both of those games were originally schedule to be played Friday before being postponed due to weather.
After competing so well in all phases of Saturday’s game, Smith said his team is starting to see its potential and how good it can be.
“I think once we get everyone back and healed and playing well together, (Saturday) is a good example of what we have the potential to do,” he said. “We have a good inside-out game, and defensively, we’re pretty strong too. We like where we’re headed, but obviously we still have a lot of work to do.”
D-T (7-6)......................................6 6 6 9 — 27
AC (8-5)................................16 19 17 7 — 59
Madison Shimmin 1-3 0-0 2, Grace Schultz 0-6 0-0 0, Katie Roach 7-14 2-3 18, Maddie Smith 2-14 0-0 5, Sophie Fitch 0-0 0-0 0, Ariana Baland 0-5 0-0 0, Kendyl Brummund 0-5 2-6 2, Carley Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Danae Rader 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 10-49 4-9 27.
Jessica Babcock 1-5 0-0 3, Bryn Lang 8-13 0-0 24, Caitlyn Scott 1-6 1-1 3, Cami Wellensiek 2-5 0-0 4, Kylie Dierks 3-6 2-2 8, Rachel Gooden 3-7 2-2 10, Lauryn Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Abby Stroh 0-2 0-0 0, Brianna Stroh 1-1 0-0 2, Sadie Loehr 0-1 0-0 0, Corrine Choyeski 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 22-52 5-5 59.
Three-point field goals — DT 3-25 (Schultz 0-4, Roach 2-3, Smith 1-11, Baland 0-3, Brummund 0-3, Rader 0-1); AC 9-15 (Lang 8-13, Loehr 0-1, Choyeski 1-1). Rebounds — DT 18 (Shimmin 6), AC 48 (Goodon 13). Turnovers — DT 5, AC 14.