Chippewa gave a lesson in defensive basketball Saturday at Our Lady of the Elms’ Hoops for Habits girls basketball holiday tournament in Akron.
Ellet provided the reluctant students as the Chipps methodically pulled away for a 62-32 victory in the final game of the fifth annual event.
Chippewa (10-1) also exhibited a nifty inside-outside offensive attack and joined Woodridge as the only two-time winners among the eight teams in the two-day tourney.
The Chipps’ full-court pressure and one-on-one, trapping, half-court defense held Ellet (4-6) to 13 first-half points and gave the Orangemen fits all day, causing 24 turnovers.
With only three seniors on his roster, veteran Chippewa coach Denny Schrock can only expect continued improvement from his talented team.
“I told the girls I don’t think we played very sharp,” Schrock said. “Particularly in the first half, I thought we played pretty sloppy at times and we were still winning by 18. Sometimes kids don’t have the understanding you can still be winning and still not be playing up to what my demands are.”
But Schrock said his players got the message at halftime.
“In the third quarter, I thought we got back out, hustling a little bit more,” he said. “Getting more steals, and got the ball more inside-outside and then we kind of took more control of the game.”
Two sophomores had much to do with that. Ashley Richardson, a 6-foot post player, scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots to virtually shut down Ellet’s inside scoring attempts.
Carly Koncz, a 5-11 wing, scored a game-high 20 points with five rebounds and a pair of blocks. She made 3-of-7 shots from 3-point range.
“We came out a little slow with our effort, but we came back,” Koncz said. “We finished good.”
Chippewa’s Izzy Farmwald, a 5-9 junior, added six points, six rebounds and five steals.
Three follow-up baskets by Richardson and two 3-pointers by Koncz helped the Chipps to a 16-8 lead after one quarter. Those two combined for nine points in an 11-1 run to build a 28-11 advantage. Junior Maegan Storad’s 3-pointer made it 31-13 at the half.
An 8-2 spurt to start the third quarter quickly increased it to a 40-15 lead and the Orangemen trailed 49-23 after three. Reserves saw most of the action after the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Ellet’s senior point guard Kendra Love scored 13 points but none of her teammates scored more than four.
“If nothing else, it’s good to watch a good team play,” Ellet coach Tina Wallace said. “And Chippewa is a very good team. They’re young but you can tell they’re well coached. That’s why I love playing them. I’ve known Denny for a long time and I have a lot respect for him.”
Wallace said it was a good experience for her team in preparing for the rest of its season.
“They pressed us, anywhere and everywhere,” she said. “We’ve just got to be ready for that and make good decisions. We have some young talent. We just hope to get better every game.”
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