Another game, another day at the office for the Nazareth Swiftettes. Three Swiftette players finished their night in double-digits as Nazareth rolled past Paducah, 64-33, in their semifinal game. “I […]
Another game, another day at the office for the Nazareth Swiftettes.
Three Swiftette players finished their night in double-digits as Nazareth rolled past Paducah, 64-33, in their semifinal game.
“I would say that I worked hard and constantly pushed the floor,” Ellen Shilderink said, who tallied a game-high 17 points. “I’m just going to take this as a learning opportunity to get better tomorrow and in the future.”
With the win, Nazareth now faces White Deer, who toppled Spur in their semifinal game, 59-40, and make another appearance in the regional final.
“These girls have been here,” Nazareth coach Eric Schilling said. “They understand what it takes and what is expected of the once they get here. Having that experience, they are not here just to be here, but to take care of business and move on.”
Paducah saw their only lead in the very early stages of the game behind an Ebony Hampton converted pair of free throws.
As always, Nazareth knows how to make a slow start non-existent.
The Swiftettes got to work immediately on the ensuing possesssion, getting behind Schilderink, Kinzi Cleavinger and Cambrie Heiman, riding a 9-0 run since Paducah held the lead.
Paducah had their response with a Bailey Lambert deuce from midrange.
Nazareth contined to get behind a run from Schilderink again and Blakely Gerber as the Swiftettes held a 21-8 lead after a quarter of play.
With the Swiftettes starting fresh in the new quarter, a new run was spanned.
With more action from senior guard Allie Schulte, who finished with a solid nine points, seven rebounds and five steals, the dominance would continue.
The Lady Dragons only saw two scoring plays in the quarter, all coming from Kyanna Hurd.
“When we can put pressure on people and force them out of what they want to do, that plays into our hands,”
Schilling said. “Usually, that turns into layups or high percentage shots.”
With a fresh lineup coming in for the Swiftettes, another run would come in a new half.
Riding a 14-2 run in the first six minutes of the game, Nazareth extended their lead to 50-15 lead in the third, the largest lead of the game.
With the youthful lineup, Paducah found a run of their own, riding a 6-0 run in the end of the third coming from Hurd.
With the two-teams trading baskets to start the fourth, Naz sealed the game with yet another run.
Getting behind Abby Schmucker, Schilderink, Cleavinger and Heiman, the Swiftettes wrapped up the regional final spot.
With another regional final appearance, Nazareth is hungry for another state title.
“There all special in their own way,” Schilling said. “They [the players] have a bad taste in their mouth from last year.
They have been looking forward to making a return for a long time.”
“Coming short from that state title gives us that extra determination,” Schilderink said.
Alongside Shilderink, Shmucker tallied 13 points as she shot a perfect five-of-five from the field. Heiman basketed 11 points while collecting six rebounds, tallying three steals and three assists.
Hurd recorded a double-double, netting a game-high 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.