YORK – The second quarter of the Giltner and Exeter-Milligan girls’ CRC title game at the York City Auditorium was a nightmare for the Giltner Hornets.
The Exeter-Milligan defense forced 22 first half turnovers, the offense for the T-Wolves went on a 25-0 run from the middle of the first quarter through the second to lead 29-9 at the break and from that point on the T-Wolves went on to capture the CRC championship by the final score of 47-34.
The Hornets scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, most of those coming against the Timberwolves bench to make the score much closer than the final reflected.
The Exeter-Milligan defense was the key according to head coach Jackson Krejci and they came through big, especially in the second quarter.
“We knew that our defensive pressure was the key and we have been doing a pretty good job of anticipating,” said Krejci. “We didn’t want to be overly aggressive and I thought we did a good job of tipping some passes away and really making it tough on them.”
Giltner could not have imagined that a 9-4 lead at the midway mark of the first quarter would be the last points they would score until the 6:18 mark of the third quarter.
Four consecutive steals by the Timberwolves in the second quarter produced a 17-9 lead and Giltner head coach Nancy Lockmon called a timeout hoping to stem the tide and slow down the T-Wolves - but to no avail.
In the second quarter alone the Hornets were charted with 14 turnovers and attempted only three shots from the field.
Meanwhile the Exeter-Milligan girls continued to live off their defense and hit 8-13 shots including 3-7 from the 3-point arc. All three of those treys were courtesy of Logan Zeleny who scored a game high 21 points. The Timberwolf senior scored 21 points in all three tournament games and was named to the York News-Times All-Tournament team along with teammates Megan Zwickl and Taylor Erdkamp.
“Logan has really been shooting the ball well and she is not afraid to drive either,” said Krejci. “She’s a shooter and when she is on she’s as tough as anyone.”
The Hornets early lead was sparked by Dani Most who scored four in the first quarter and finished with seven, while Shayne Vaught led the team with nine points. Abbey Preissler and Audra Joyce both finished with four points.
Both Preissler and Most were named to the YNT All-Tournament team.
Giltner finished with 29 turnovers, hit 13-34 from the field, added 3-7 from the 3-point arc and was 5-12 at the charity stripe.
The T-Wolves, 14-4 and the No. 8 team in Class D-1, were 18-40 from the field and that included 5-12 from the 3-point circle. Zeleny hit four of the T-Wolves' five treys in the win.
The past two seasons the Exeter-Milligan girls have been runners up to Shelby and Shelby-Rising City. This is the first championship for the T-Wolves since 2008, when they capped a run of six in a row.
Giltner ended the T-Wolves run in 2009 with a 52-41 overtime win in the championship game.
Rounding out the YNT CRC All-Tournament team was Chatrice White of Shelby-Rising City.
Giltner (13-5)..........................9 0 8 17 - 34
Exeter-Milligan (14-4).....................9 20 12 6 – 47
GHS (34) – D. Most 7, J. Bieck 4, S. Vaught 9, A. Preissler 4, S. Hinrichs 3, G. Rhoades 3, A. Joyce 4.
E-M (47) – M. Zwickl 9, L. Zeleny 21, T. Erdkamp 3, J. Pribyl 6, J. Luzum 6, A. Pribyl 2.