PLYMOUTH – It was a triumphant return to the court after a trying two weeks for Plymouth’s Lady Pilgrims as they overwhelmed Logansport with a strong second half 47-27.
A quick adjustment on the defensive end was the difference.
“They played a five out and in the first half we had a couple of post-kids trying to play perimeter defense and we didn’t do a very good job,” said Plymouth head coach Duncan. “Our post kids in the second half did a lot better job of finding shooters and closing, helping a little better. First half we just kind of packed it in and nobody got to shooters and we finished better in the second half.”
The effort on one end of the floor led to an explosion on the other as the Lady Pilgrims found the basket consistently and put plenty of distance between themselves the Lady Berries. Logansport followed a 12 point first half with just 15 in the second.
“For us it starts on the defensive end,” said Duncan. “The second half we played better defense than we did the first half. We miss Lindsay (Janus) on the perimeter. She’s such a great defender and she changes the angles. Not having her we noticed that right away.”
Plymouth point guard Lindsay Janus was unavailable to play due to quarantine from close contact to COVID. COVID-related issues have given the Lady Pilgrims some disruptions for the past few days but some positives emerged during the win over Logansport.
“We have a lot of young kids we’re throwing into positions,” said Duncan. “I’m looking at Kaylee (Dragani) who played 27 minutes tonight and I thought she did a good job leading our team.”
Taylor Delp has been a machine on the boards for most of the season but had a break out night offensively with 16 points to complete a double/double along with 18 rebounds.
“We are running in transition and we are running her to the rim,” said Duncan of his sophomore. “She runs hard to the rim. She seals well. Her post moves are getting better by the week. She just has a desire to go get it.”
“I thought (Clare) Sheedy played a great game,” said Duncan of Delp’s running mate on the post for much of the game. “She was very active on both ends of the floor and we’ve been looking for that.”
Plymouth is 2-3 with a game at Tippecanoe Valley next Thursday night.
*PLYMOUTH 47, LOGANSPORT 27
Plymouth 10 18 34 47
Logansport 9 12 20 27
Plymouth (47) – Cook 1 0-0 3, Hunter 3 0-1 7, Delp 8 0-2 16, Dragani 1 0-0 3, Gault 4 0-0 9, Dejarnett 0 0-0 0, Sheedy 3 3-4 9. Totals 20 3-7 47.
Logansport (27) – Richie 4 1-3 10, White 0 0-0 0, Goad 2 1-2 6, Roberts 3 1-2 8, Sutton 0 1-3 1, Wylie 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 4-11 27.
3 Pt. FG – Plymouth 4 (Cook, Hunter, Dragani, Gault), Logansport 3 (Richie, Goad, Roberts).
Rebounds – Plymouth 37 (Delp 18), Logansport 17 (Sutton).
Assists – Plymouth 9 (Dragani 4), Logansport 2 (Richie, Goad).
Steals – Plymouth 7 (Delp 2), Logansport 10 (Roberts 4).
Turnovers – Plymouth 11, Logansport 17.
Fouls (Fouled out) – Plymouth 11, Logansport 8.