By GREG KEIM firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — ELKHART — When a team breaks a six-game losing streak the first thing the coach wants to talk about is getting back into the winner’s circle.
That was the case with Goshen High School girls basketball coach Lenny Krebs Friday night after the Redskins defeated Jimtown, 36-28, on a cold and snowy evening when most of the games on the area schedule were postponed.
“It feels good to win again. It has been about a month,” the coach said.
Prior to the Jimtown victory Goshen last win was on Dec. 13 over Wawasee by a 44-23 score.
“When you go that long without a win it’s hard to complain about how your team played,” Krebs said. “I’m so proud of this group for hanging in there and getting this win to stop the streak.”
Krebs and the Redskins will not have long to savor the win as Goshen (8-7) is scheduled to play tonight against NorthWood (14-4) in an NLC contest.
Both teams struggled at times Friday night and seemed to have troubles finding any kind of rhythm on offense.
“We’ve struggled all year scoring points and keeping our turnovers down,” Jimtown coach Gene Johnson said. “It’s hard when we get behind in a game, because we are not a team that can score points in chunks. We have been inconsistent on offense all season. We cannot put too many possessions together on offense.”
Goshen may have had something to do with that on Friday as the Redskins mixed up their defenses between zone, man and a trapping style.
“We are having trouble being aggressive on the offensive end if we are not in an aggressive defense,” Krebs said. “The trap makes us more aggressive. We used it to prevent them from getting good looks at the basket.”
Goshen led 11-8 after one quarter and Jimtown made it 11-10 on a basket by senior Ali Brothers at 7:37 of the second period.
“Brothers hit some shots early on for Jimtown, because we let her get her feet set,” Krebs said. “We went to the trap and that put Jimtown in more of a hurry up mode on offense.”
The Jimmies ended up with 22 turnovers in the game.
“Goshen switched up their defenses and it takes us some time to transition from one offense to another,” Johnson said. “It was not a lack of effort on our part. It was the turnovers.”
The Redskins got a pair of baskets (one 3-pointer) from senior Deja Felder and a basket from sophomore Olivia Love to take an 18-12 lead with 4:38 left in the second. Goshen went on to a 22-14 halftime lead as Love scored following an offensive rebound at 1:46 and freshman Aylissa Trosper chipped in with two free throws at 1:24.
Love scored nine points in the contest to lead Goshen in scoring.
“This might be the first game all season where Felder didn’t lead us in scoring,” Krebs said. “We generally struggle when Felder doesn’t score.”
Felder finished with eight points and junior Kayci Troyer six for the Redskins.
Love and Troyer are post players for Goshen.
“We have been talking to the post players about stepping things up and we saw some of that tonight,” Krebs said.
Also for the winners, junior Leslie Vanlandingham and freshman Ashton Ellis both netted five points, Trosper two and senior Jessica DeStefano one.
Goshen took a 29-22 lead into the final period and with 3:10 left to play the Jimmies had cut the deficit to four points (31-27). Troyer’s basket at 2:18 and a three-point play from Ellis at 2:02 pushed the Redskin lead back to nine.
“We need to do a better job of learning situations,” Krebs said. “We got into a little panic mode late in the game. We need to do a better job of recognizing the kind of shot we want and of taking better care of the ball. It doesn’t matter how many points you win by.”
Jimtown got a game-high 13 points from sophomore Shawntel James and the youngster also grabbed 15 rebounds.
“She had a nice game,” Johnson said.
Brothers added six points and senior Maddi Beadles five for the Jimmies.
Jimtown (5-10) travels to Central Noble Tuesday.