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Stults scores 17, helps Argos overcome slow start vs. Rochester

Holloway scores 13, Howdeshell adds 11 for Lady Zs


Sports Editor, RTC

ARGOS — Bella Stults scored 17 points, and Emma Dunlap hit two 3-pointers during a

Bella Stults

13-1 run in the third quarter to lead the Argos girls basketball team to a 42-37 win over visiting Rochester at Phil Weybright Gymnasium Dec. 8.

Dunlap had nine points, Baleigh Binkley had seven, Ava Stackhouse had six, and Morgyn Barcus had three for Argos, who overcame an 11-0 deficit to start the game and then had to hold on after building a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Rily Holloway scored a team-high 13 for Rochester, including nine in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Emma Howdeshell added 11.

Argos improved to 4-4. Rochester fell to 5-6.

Rochester scored the first 11 points of the game, but Argos outscored Rochester 28-4 in the middle two quarters and led 30-17 going into the fourth quarter.

Argos coach Scott Jennings said he adjusted to a switching man-to-man defense in the second quarter after playing zone in the first quarter. He said the team had been showing improvement playing the man-to-man in practice, so he decided to make the change.

“That’s a tendency for us,” Argos coach Scott Jennings said. “We like to get down early, and then we fight our way back. So I’m trying to get the team over that. I don’t know if we need to change our warmups or what we do differently or if I just need to yell and scream at them in the locker room first instead of having to take a timeout and do that. … I thought in the second quarter we came out like we needed to in the first quarter.”

The Lady Zs went with little used sophomores Darah Strasser and Mia Howdeshell in the fourth quarter. Strasser hit four free throws and provided pressure on top of coach Joel Burrus’ 2-3 zone. Mia Howdeshell, who is Emma Howdeshell’s younger sister, hit her first career 3-pointer.

Rochester would get as close as 38-35 on a Holloway 3-pointer with 2:21 left, but neither team recorded another field goal. Stults and Binkley each hit two free throws to keep Rochester at bay.

The 42 points allowed by Rochester were their most in eight games and their second most in any game this season.

Argos was hanging within 20-17 on an Emma Howdeshell free throw with 1:27 left in the third quarter, but Dunlap hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and Emma Howdeshell was called for a foul away from the ball as Dunlap made her shot.

Stults hit a 15-footer to complete a five-point possession, and when Dunlap hit another 3 on the next possession, the lead was 11. A Binkley layin in transition off an Ellie Bollenbacher assist stretched the lead to 13.

Coming off a 34-31 loss to Southwood in its previous game, Rochester started with a cutting layup from Emma Howdeshell, a Kallie Watson 3-pointer, a transition bucket from Sydney Haughs, two Holloway free throws and a Holloway steal and layup made it 11-0.

It was 13-2 after one quarter.

“If we get up 13-2, the game should be over,” Burrus said.

Stults hit a 13-footer off a cut to end a 7:04 drought to start the game and then added six more points in the second quarter while patrolling the high post against Rochester’s zone. Barcus added a 3-pointer, and Stackhouse knocked down a midrange jumper from the left baseline as Argos earned a 13-13 tie at halftime.

“Second quarter, we let our offensive woes go to the defensive end, and we are not a good enough basketball team to do that,” Burrus said. “We have to guard every possession like it’s the last possession of the season, and you saw us completely lose it defensively because it wasn’t working out offensively. That second quarter was probably the most frustrating quarter of the year for me, to be honest with you.”

Stults said the team came out “very nervous.” She said that if she has that confidence that she can be an effective scorer.

“We cracked under their defense a little bit,” Stults said. “Their pressure, we couldn’t handle it for a little bit, and then we finally figured out the game, and we ran our play like we planned on the whole week.”

Argos 42, Rochester 37

ROCHESTER (37) (5-6)

Rily Holloway 4 2-3 13, Rylee Clevenger 0 0-0 0, Kallie Watson 1 1-2 4, Sydney Haughs 1 0-0 2, Emma Howdeshell 2 7-9 11, Maddie Heinzmann 0 0-0 0, Mia Howdeshell 1 0-0 3, Darah Strasser 0 4-4 4

TEAM: 9 14-18 37

ARGOS (42) (4-4)

Baleigh Binkley 2 3-6 7, Emma Dunlap 3 1-4 9, Morgyn Barcus 1 0-0 3, Ava Stackhouse 3 0-0 6, Bella Stults 7 3-6 17, Ellie Bollenbacher 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 16 7-16 42

Three-point field goals:

Rochester 5 (Holloway, Watson, M. Howdeshell),

Argos 3 (Dunlap 2, Barcus)

Total fouls: Rochester 16, Argos 16

Turnovers: Rochester 14, Argos 11

Score by quarters

Rochester 13 0 4 20 – 37

Argos 2 11 17 12 – 42

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