BRADFORD – The Arcanum Lady Trojans returned to action after a two week layoff to defeat the Bradford Lady Railroaders 36-25 in a CCC game.
“First time we’ve played since the 28th so a little rusty to start,” said Arcanum coach Matt Grote. “Got things together and just glad we were able to hang on and put them away.”
“We know we have plenty of capable girls,” Bradford coach Patrick McKee said. “It’s just doing a few things right, hitting some open shots. We had some girls take some open shots tonight that just didn’t go and that is one thing we just continue to work on – our shooting.”
Arcanum led 9-6 after one period of play led by five Camille Pohl points and four Kayla O’Daniel points while Skipp Miller was accounting for all six Bradford points.
The second quarter had Gracie Garno and O’Daniel each hitting a three pointer and a basket to lead the Lady Trojans with 10 points while holding Bradford to a basket and two free throws to lead 19-10 with the teams heading to the break.
Period No. 3 was the big offense period of the night for both teams with O’Daniel pacing Arcanum with 11 of the team’s 15 points. Miller had the hot hand for the Lady Roaders accounting for eight of Bradford’s nine points sending the teams to the final period of play with the Lady Trojans holding a 34-19 advantage.
The final quarter of action had the Lady Railroaders taking the period by a 6-2 score to make it an Arcanum 11 point margin of victory.
“Early in the game we weren’t patient,” noted Grote. “We had a lot of turnovers in transition trying to force things but then as the game went, ran some possessions down. They did a good job. We just got a little sloppy at the end and turned it over a little more than we should have.”
O’Daniel led Arcanum and all scorers in the game with 22 points and Miller’s 18 points was tops for Bradford.
“Kayla (O’Daniel) has been playing well,” said Grote. “She runs the floor well, she gets around the rim. She started knocking down some outside shots too. The kids shared the ball, they passed it, they weren’t selfish – it’s good to see the ball get moved around.”
“We struggled with two things tonight and that was taking care of our defense responsibility and O’Daniel did a nice job of taking advantage of that,” said Coach McKee. “She got in the middle of the paint a lot.”
“They shot 50 percent, they made 14 shots in the paint, that was a lot of their offense,” continued McKee. “O’Daniel got into the middle – when they got in the middle, not only did they score, they did a nice job of passing. That really got us in trouble and the other thing that got us in trouble was just turning the ball.”
Arcanum improved their season record to 7-7 and 5-2 in league play. Bradford drops to 6-7 overall and 3-5 in the CCC.
ARCANUM 36, BRADFORD 25
LADY TROJANS – K. O’Daniel 22, G. Garno 7, C. Pohl 5, M. Hartman 2 – TOTALS 14 2-7 2 36
LADY RAILROADERS – S. Miller 18, C. Gill 3, E. Canan 3, B. Keener 1 – TOTALS 9 4-9 1 25
Arcanum 2 (K. O’Daniel 1, G. Garno 1)
Bradford 1 (C. Gill 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
09-10-15-02 36 Arcanum
06-04-09-06 25 Bradford
PHOTO CAPTION: Arcanum’s Kayla O’Daniel (dark uniform) battles the Lady Railroader’s Skipp Miller (white uniform) in Thursday night CCC game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)