February 8, 2014

Am-Po undone by ranked Okarche

AMBER — The number one team in Class B, the infamous and undefeated Okarche, is steaming into the postseason after their 59-27 win over Amber-Pocasset.

It was an all-around performance that seemed to take the Lady Panthers somewhat off guard. Scoring for the home team was tough, and stopping the flood of buckets on the other end was even tougher. The Lady Warriors’ ability to score anywhere and everywhere was encompassed by Morgan Vogt’s game-high 24 points.

Vogt sank 16 points in a first half of utter Lady Warrior dominance. The full-court press akin to a line of barbed wire, it took some brave and difficult moves for the Lady Panthers to cross. It was a big reason why they only had one field goal in the first half with Suzanne Parker’s put-back jumper off the glass.

It was clearly the opposite on the other end. Okarche had seven first-half threes. Kenaday Grellner’s first of two in the half made it a 10-0 start, while Vogt put in three. The frustration was also clear. The Lady Warriors reaped all the benefits when Am-Po coach Steve Pelzer was given a technical. It all contributed to a 39-10 first half score line, with most Lady Panther points coming from the free throw line.

They showed the fight was still in them coming out of the break. First Haley Savage hit a three before Ashtin Green sank another. But from there, it was back to business. Okarche saw out the third with a 15-2 run, with six more points falling to Vogt. Grellner added more with some midrange jumpers and finished with 17 points.

It was like a kitten meeting a lion, and Okarche’s bite is big. No team is ever perfect, but the Lady Warriors certainly played like it and played like they still have so much to prove. Many of their starters stayed on the floor until early in the fourth quarter, when Vogt saw out her game with a breakaway layup.

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