WHEELING - As the temperature dropped outside Thursday night, it was even colder inside Linsly's Stifel Field House - at least in terms in shooting.
Wheeling Central did enough damage on the boards, taking control 37-22, and took advantage of second-chance opportunities for easy baskets in beating city rival Linsly, 43-19.
''A win is a win,'' Wheeling Central coach Penn Kurtz said. ''We seem to struggle every time we come over here. I don't know what it is about this gym.
PHOTO BY JOSH STROPE
Linsly’s Krista Emch (15) tries to keep the ball away from Wheeling Central’s Julia Palmer (10) as the Knights’ Colleen McCormick (3) looks on.
''What I was very happy about is that (Linsly) scored 71 points Monday (in a victory against Weir) and we held them to seven points in the first half. On a night when our offense wasn't working, we can always play defense so I was at least pleased with that.
''You are going to have nights when you aren't shooting well so you have to play defense.''
The Maroon Knights (11-2) shot 15 of 43 and only hit one 3-pointer, a shot late in the game by Bri Robbins. While Kurtz was disappointed with shooting 34 percent, Linsly coach Erica Hall would have taken that output in a heartbeat.
The Cadets (3-6) couldn't throw the ball in the ocean, finishing 4 of 42 (9 percent). A Carolyn Tolbert 3-pointer with 1:55 left to go in the second quarter was the only field goal of the first half.
''I'm most frustrated because we came out and played really hard, played great defense,'' Hall said. ''We were getting open looks on offense but we were playing tentative when we were catching the ball and not sure if we should shoot it or not.
''I think that if we would have played with a little more confidence after shooting so well against Weir, not sure why we wouldn't have confidence, but it could have been more of a game.
''We played well enough in the beginning to stay in the game, but when you aren't scoring, it's difficult to stay in the game.''
Despite managing two points on free throws in the first quarter, Linsly trailed by just six going into the second. By the time Tolbert hit her 3-pointer, Wheeling Central was in front 20-7.
While Wheeling Central had trouble from the field, from the line it was pretty efficient going 12-for-14. The Maroon Knights converted on four and-one opportunities.
''We are taller than most teams and I thought we could have gotten more offensive rebounds, but I was pleased with the way we boxed out and were able to get second shots and to the foul line,'' Kurtz said.
Leading the way for the Maroon Knights was Colleen McCormick with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Robbins chipped in with 12 points. Damonique Patterson and Krista Emch each scored six to lead Linsly.
Wheeling Central will have to have a better shooting performance tonight when it travels to the Palace on the Hill to face Wheeling Park. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
''We need to shoot a little better and we didn't shoot well from the outside (Thursday) which is odd for us because we are a good 3-point shooting team (38 percent),'' Kurtz said. ''We have to pick up the intensity on the offensive end. I will imagine we will see some zone and some man (tonight) so we will have to be ready for that.''