ACCC women let one slip away

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Aeriss McNeese (25) keeps her eyes on the basketball as Butler Community College’s Abby Fawcett (14) dribbles. McNeese had five steals in Monday’s game but Fawcett scored 23 points leading Butler past Allen County 72-69.

Inconsistency crept into the Allen County Community College Red Devils’ game here Monday. The freshman-laden ACCC women’s squad became its own worst enemy.
The Red Devils had climbed to a 52-37 lead with 14:32 left in the game. They had visiting Butler Community College’s Grizzlies right where they wanted them.
For a four-minute stretch, the Red Devils did not make good decisions at either end of the court. The Grizzlies came out of hibernation and used a 16-0 run to take a 53-52 lead.
Then it was back and forth for the final 10 minutes. Butler walked out of the ACCC gym with a 72-69 victory.
“This is a game we should have won. Our inconsistency makes or breaks us,” said a frustrated Andy Hamilton, ACCC women’s head coach, following the game.
“This is probably the most talented group of players Allen has had for awhile. I told our players the difference between good teams and great teams is great teams put away teams when the opportunity is there. We aren’t doing that.”
Free throw shooting was a big factor. In the first half, Allen County was 12 of 20 but finished 17 of 27 from the line. Butler was 5 of 7 at the free-throw line in the first half then took control in the second half as the Grizzlies finished 18 of 24 at the line.
“We quit being aggressive offensively. We didn’t block out well and didn’t come up with rebounds when we needed them. Defense and blocking people out for rebounds are things we stress and at the end we didn’t do either well enough,” Hamilton said.
Allen County led 37-31 at halftime after falling behind 7-0 to begin the game. The Red Devils went on a 13-3 run to gain the lead early. They were up 22-12 at the 10:08 mark of the first half.
Coming out of the break, the Red Devils got two baskets from Jazmynn Johnson inside and one from Dysyan Malone.
Breanna Shaw rifled in 30 points and had eight rebounds for the Red Devils. Johnson finished with 12 points.
A free throw by Shaw followed by a basket from Kynesha Nisbett and a bucket by Shaw pushed ACCC to the 52-37 lead.
Fawcett brought the Grizzlies back scoring eight points. Five came on one possession when she hit two technical free throws then drilled a three-pointer to make it 52--51.
Allen County had several chances to keep the lead but didn’t convert. Morgan Lampe converted for Butler, twice from the free-throw line, to put her team up 53-52 with 10:10 on the clock.
Shaw sank two free throws for ACCC and the see-saw ending was off to the races. Allen County led 66-64 when Nisbett hit a three-pointer with 2:57 left.
The Red Devils didn’t score again until Shaw drilled a trey with 6.4 seconds left to make it 70-69.
“We didn’t take care of the ball very well,” Hamilton said.
Malone had nine rebounds for ACCC. Maurissa Shaffer had four steals and Lacey Thomas had four assists.
Allen County (4-3) travels to Enid, Okla., this weekend for two games.
Allen County (37-32—69) (FG/3-pt): Clark 0-2-0-2, Shaw 6/3-9-2-30, Shaffer 0-0-2-0, Malone 2-4-3-8, Thomas 1-0-4-2, McNeese 3-0-2-6, House 0-0-3-0, Nisbett 3/1-0-1-9, Johnson 5-2-3-12. TOTALS: 20/4-17-20-69.
Butler (31-41—72) (FG/3-pt): Smith 0-1-1-1, Hart 2-4-4-8, Vannaman 3-1-1-7, Sims 1-5-1-7, Egwuagu 3-0-5-6, Fawcett 3/5-2-3-23, Dean 1-0-4-2, Brair 3-0-1-6, Andrews 0-2-1-2, Henning 2/1-1-2-8, Lampe 0-2-1-2. TOTALS: 18/6-18-24-72.