ZANESVILLE — You might say the Logan Lady Chiefs gave the Zanesville Lady Devils the Dickens Wednesday night.
Sisters Emmalee and Abbie Dicken combined to go 8-of-12 from the field and score 18 points as the Purple & White drubbed the Lady Devils 59-36 in Winland Gymnasium.
Emmalee, a senior, and Abbie, a sophomore, tallied 12 points (one shy of her career high) and six points (a varsity best), respectively, while senior Bethany Starlin and junior Emilie Eggleston each scored 11 in an easier-than-expected victory.
Speaking of 11, that’s the number of different Logan girls who scored, with five of them hitting at least one 3-point shot, as the Lady Chiefs (3-1) won back-to-back road games on back-to-back nights. They won 50-46 Tuesday night at Circleville.
Logan coach Jessica Harris had already told her girls that, if they could sweep two road contests in roughly 24 hours, she would give them today (Thursday) off.
Take a break, girls.
“That’s the first thing I told them: tomorrow’s off,” Harris said with a smile. “I don’t think they needed (the extra motivation), but it was nice to have in the back of their minds.”
Of course, that wasn’t the reason the Lady Chiefs returned to Hocking County victorious. It was because their full-court pressure, sheer hustle, and confidence shooting the ball — resulting in a 25-point second quarter — helped them turn what was a 15-11 game after one period into a 40-23 rout-in-the-making at the intermission.
They capitalized on their press and Zanesville’s inability to hit shots in that second period, when at one juncture they made five-straight shots and seven of eight.
“To be honest, they were supposed to be in a press right from the start but I think we kind of forgot a little bit,” Harris said with a laugh, “but once they got in it, and made some adjustments with it — denying the first pass in, or at least trying to, to make it a little more tough for them — the best thing was they would beat it past halfcourt. It would look like they would have a breakaway layup but then we’d have someone sprinting backside to take that second pass away.
“It was a team effort,” she continued. “They were out there fighting for one another. It was the hustle, the press and the knowing if one person gets beat someone was there to pick up the slack.”
It was a tough night for former Lady Chiefs coach Seth Martin, whose Lady Devils (1-3) committed 17 turnovers and shot less than 30 percent from the field.
“We didn’t come to play tonight. For some reason, tonight we looked like the team that had played a game last night instead of them,” said Martin, who was Logan’s head coach for the 2014-15 season. “We were lazy getting back on defense (and) we didn’t communicate very well. Their (Logan) defense wasn’t great so far as trapping, but we were throwing the ball all over the place and when we did beat it we missed some easy layups and had some 2-on-1 opportunities where we would miss the layup or throw it away.
“We didn’t finish well,” he added. “We don’t shoot the ball that well, and that’s one thing about Logan, they have some shooters and girls who can finish their layups. We have to play great on defense in order to compete with a good team like that and we didn’t do it tonight.”
The Lady Chiefs, who led by as many as 30 points (57-27) in the fourth quarter, had all their starters out of the game less than a minute into the final stanza — varsity newcomers Emily McGreevy, Ella Guthrie and Sydnee Breining all scored their first varsity points — and had an assist on 18 of their 22 baskets, with the other four scores coming on rebounds and steals.
Starlin dished out six dimes — giving her 15 in two games — and Avery Thompson handed out five. The Lady Chiefs did a great job penetrating the first wave of Zanesville defense and then kicking the ball out to their shooters, who went 8-for-26 from beyond the 3-point arc.
“That’s been what has been working for us, the penetrate-and-pitch,” Harris said. “Our girls have been doing a good job of finding that open person. (Just like in the Circleville game), it’s not a particular play drawn up for somebody specific: it’s for whoever’s open. Wherever we see a defender draw in, that’s where we’re kicking it to.”
Zanesville held a brief first-quarter lead before an Eggleston trey with 2:46 left in the stanza put Logan ahead for good. Emmalee Dicken followed by swishing a bucket from the short left corner off an Eggleston feed and Kaymbre Zimmerman (six points) did likewise a few moments later.
Then, in the second quarter, the Dicken girls and their teammates almost chased the Devils out of their own gym.
An Eggleston steal-and-score, followed moments later by a Lexis Fickel three and an Eggleston steal and layup, got things going. Starlin tripled and Eggleston scored off another swipe to make it 22-13.
It was 25-18 Lady Chiefs before Abbie Dicken scored all six of her points off the bench as part of a 15-5 quarter-ending run. Logan seemingly couldn’t miss, with Abbie Dicken hitting three shots, and Brooklin Harris and Emmalee Dicken both notching a 3-ball, as Logan made it 40-23 at halftime.
“Dicken had a couple good threes tonight and did a good job,” coach Harris praised. “It’s people stepping up, and a lot of it is their confidence in shooting the ball.
“Half of them would question themselves at the beginning of the season — ‘should I be shooting this, am I good enough to shoot this?’ — but now I think they’re seeing when they shoot an in-rhythm shot, it’s going to go in,” she continued. “We’re going to miss some, but if we shoot with confidence it has a better chance at going in.
“What also helps with that is we’ve been crashing (the boards) a little bit more, so the misses don’t seem as heavy because we’ve been coming up with the ball on rebounds, kicking it back out and trying again. It keeps the intensity and energy up and if we make a mistake, we just go with it.”
The Lady Chiefs, who scored the final five points of the second quarter, got three quick buckets at the outset of the third period to make it an 11-0 run in opening a 46-23 lead.
Emmalee Dicken, one of the smallest players on the floor, got underneath not once, not twice, but three times in a little less than two minutes to snare offensive rebounds, putting two of them back up and in. Eggleston later hit a three and Starlin netted a layup off an Eggleston feed and nailed a corner three off an Emmalee Dicken helper as Logan surged to a 56-27 lead after three periods of play.
“We knew coming in Starlin was a very skilled player,” Martin said. “We gave her some open looks, and when she’s open she’s going to knock it down. Emmalee Dicken plays hard, non-stop. In the third quarter there she had three offensive rebounds being 5-4 (in height).
“We knew the Harris girl had five threes (Tuesday) night and that she was capable of hitting some shots,” he added. “And Eggleston has been playing great. She’s been on fire. She didn’t hit too many threes tonight but we knew she was capable of doing it.
“They have four or five girls who can come in and hit shots and when they have transition opportunities, they make their layups… they make the easy ones and then go to the foul line and make their foul shots.”
Harris could afford to give her girls today off. They don’t play again until next Wednesday, when they visit Dublin Coffman (3-0) and Ohio State signee Jacy Sheldon, last season’s Central District Division I co-Player of the Year, who is averaging nearly 27 points per game.
“Dublin Coffman is a really good team,” Harris said. “We have a lot of to prepare for with them. But I think the girls can handle it. (They know) the second they get down is the second we start making turnovers… but they trust in each other so much. It’s cool to see they’re going to kick it out to somebody and they’re going to shoot with confidence.”
Logan 59, Zanesville 36
Logan 15 25 16 3—59
Zanesville 11 12 4 9—36
LOGAN 59 (3-1): Emily McGreevy 1-0-2, Ella Guthrie 0 1-2 1, Brooklin Harris 1-0-3, Emmalee Dicken 5-0-12, Lexis Fickel 1-0-3, Bethany Starlin 3 3-4 11, Sydnee Breining 0 2-2 2, Hannah Dixon 0, Avery Thompson 1-0-2, Abbie Dicken 3-0-6, Emilie Eggleston 4 1-2 11, Kaymbre Zimmerman 3-0-6. Totals 22 7-10 59. 3-pt FG: E. Dicken 2, Starlin 2, Eggleston 2, Harris, Fickel.
ZANESVILLE 36 (1-3): Maddie Winland 1 1-2 3, Emmah Kronenbitter 1-0-2, Chiara Black 2-0-4, Aayla Mayle 2 2-3 6, Sydney Everson 1 0-1 2, Meya Derwacter 1-0-4, Alena Mayle 4 3-5 11, Alexis Barnett 1 1-2 3, Gabby Henderson 1 1-1 3. Totals 14 8-14 36.
FG: Logan 22-58 (.379), Zanesville 14-47 (.298). 3-pt FG: Logan 8-26 (.308), Zanesville 0-3 (.000). FT: Logan 7-10 (.700), Zanesville 8-14 (.571). Rebounds: Logan 34 (Starlin 7, Guthrie 4), Zanesville 36 (Alena Mayle 8, Winland 6, Everson 6). Assists: Logan 18 (Starlin 6, Thompson 5, Eggleston 3, E. Dicken 2), Zanesville 2. Steals: Logan 12 (Starlin 3, Eggleston 3), Zanesville 6 (Alena Mayle 3). Turnovers: Logan 12, Zanesville 17. Fouls: Logan 12, Zanesville 14. JV (two quarters): Logan 18, Zanesville 14. 9G (played at Warren): Warren 44, Logan 24.