Louisville Falls Just Short Vs. New Philadelphia 45-43 – Girls Basketball
New Philadelphia 45, Louisville 43
The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Basketball Team came up just short against the visiting New Philadelphia Quakers 45-43 Thursday Night at Louisville High School. With the loss, Louisville falls to 0-2 on the young season.
Junior Kelsey Adelman scored a team-high 12 points and senior Sherilynn Mullett dropped in 10 points to lead the Lady Leopards. Freshman Brooke Haren also tacked on 9 and senior Paige Cole added 7 for Louisville as well.
Leopards Early Lead Erased By Quakers 15-1 Run
Junior Maddie Dyer hit a wide-open three-pointer from the right wing on the game’s opening possession to give the Lady Leopards their first and only lead of the contest. They would go on to extend that advantage to 12-6 midway through the first quarter.
The Lady Quakers answered back with 11 straight points as part of a 15-1 first half run. Louisville was held scoreless from the floor for a period of 8:39 during that stint. New Philadelphia would go on to take a 26-19 lead into the half.
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Louisville Rallies Back to Tie the Game
The two teams battled back-and-forth at the start of the second half and the Quakers maintained a seven point lead five minutes into the third period. Cole helped match New Philadelphia point-for-point as she scored all 7 of her points in the quarter. The Lady Leopards would then turn to a trio of others during their 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 32-31 with 1:43 to play in the third. Junior Kendal Loy, Adelman, and Mullett each added buckets during the stretch.
The Quakers took a 34-32 lead into the fourth quarter and eventually pulled ahead 40-35 with 4:50 to go in the game. Adelman went hard down the lane and scored off the glass to cut the deficit to three. A few minutes later, Haren posted up and scored over the tight New Philadelphia defense to knot the game at 40-40 with a little over two minutes to play.
Mullet Hits Game-Tying Three-Pointer with 1:12 to Play
Louisville got the turnover they needed on the other end, but then surrendered the ball right back to the Quakers as junior Audrey Harr intercepted the pass attempt at mid-court. Harr dribbled to the left elbow before bouncing a pass to senior Lily Goodwin who laid it in to give New Philadelphia a 42-40 advantage with 1:44 to go. LHS came up empty on the other end and the Quakers added to their lead on the ensuing possession when junior Ajia Schreffler split a pair from the line.
The Lady Leopards had a pass batted out of bounds on the next possession which forced them to inbound the ball on the baseline. Louisville made the most of the opportunity as Cole passed to Mullett behind the arch. With two defenders closing in, Mullett caught the pass and immediately threw up a shot fading away in the right corner. BANG! The trifecta hit its mark and the Leopard bench erupted in ovation. The game was tied 43-43 with 1:12 to play.
Miller Scores Go Ahead Layup for the Quakers
The Quakers patiently worked the ball around on the following possession before settling for a wide open shot in front of the arch on the left wing. The ball grazed the opposite side of the rim and the rebound was pulled in by Goodwin. She dribbled once in the lane through a lot of traffic before bouncing a pass to junior Alyssa Miller who laid the ball in with her left hand to put New Philadelphia in front 45-43 with 43 ticks remaining.
Out of a timeout, the Lady Leopards looked for an open shot but the Quaker defense stiffened. Miller deflected a Louisville pass into the hands of Schreffler with 16 seconds to go and LHS was never able to get a shot off as a result.
Leopards Don’t Get the Call on Final Chance
The Lady Quakers missed the front end of a 1-and-1 after a Leopards foul in the backcourt. Mullett pulled down the rebound, but New Philadelphia’s defenders closed in forcing a jump ball with 8.3 seconds left. The arrow proved to be in Louisville’s favor and they called timeout to setup their final opportunity.
There was quite a bit of contact as the Leopards made a pair of passes in the backcourt. The contact modified the trajectory of the second pass as it drifted into the hands of Goodwin giving the ball back to the Quakers to seal the game.
Leopards Vs. Quakers Game Stats
New Philadelphia (2-0) was led by Schreffler who posted a double double with a game-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 steals. The Quakers recorded 19 steals as a team for the evening. Harr finished with 9 points and 5 steals, Miller scored 8 points and had 3 steals, & Goodwin tallied 7 points and 4 steals. Senior Carly Pry led New Philadelphia in assists with 4, while Harr and Goodwin also added 3 each.
The Leopards out-shot the Quakers from the field for the game 44% (18 of 41) to 40% (19 of 47) and also out-rebounded them 28-21. But New Philadelphia’s ability to force more takeaways allowed them more shot opportunities which proved to be the narrow difference in this sectional final rematch.
Louisville Vs. New Philadelphia Girls Basketball Series
The Lady Leopards are now 6-9 against the Lady Quakers all-time, but the series is an even 3-3 in their last six meetings since 2016. Thursday’s contest was very similar in score to their last meeting in February. LHS won that sectional final contest 46-45 at NPHS.
New Philadelphia now holds a 5-1 edge when playing at Louisville in the series. The Leopards have not defeated the Quakers at home since a 30-29 victory back on February 1, 1977.
QUAKERS 45, LEOPARDS 43
New Philadelphia 15-11-8-11–45
QUAKERS: Schreffler 9 3-6 21, Harr 4 0-1 9, Miller 4 0-0 8, Goodwin 2 2-3 7. TOTAL 19 5-10 45.
3-Pointers (2): Goodwin, Harr
Team FT: 5-10 50%
LEOPARDS: Adelman 5 2-6 12, Mullett 4 1-1 10, Haren 4 1-2 9, Cole 3 1-2 7, Dyer 1 0-0 3, Loy 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 18 5-11 43.
3-Pointers (2): Dyer, Mullett
Team FT: 5-11 45%
Fouls: 11-10 New Philadelphia
Records: Louisville 0-2
JV: New Philadelphia 33, Louisville 15
QUAKERS 33, LEOPARDS 15
New Philadelphia 10-6-8-9–33
QUAKERS: Daniel 6 2-2 14, Barker 3 0-0 7, Robinson 1 2-2 4, Kaiser 1 0-0 2, Stokey 0 2-2 2, Young 1 0-0 2, Zadra 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 13 6-6 33.
3-Pointers (1): Barker
Team FT: 6-6 100%
LEOPARDS: Gonzalez 2 0-0 5, Ramsey 2 1-2 5, Orin 1 1-2 3, Sypolt 1 0-0 2, Popa 0 0-2 0. TOTAL 6 2-6 15.
3-Pointers (1): Gonzalez
Team FT: 2-6 33%
Fouls: 8-7 Louisville
Records: Louisville 1-1