DCWB Defeats Manchester

(Defiance, OH). The Defiance College Yellow Jackets took on Manchester this past Wednesday for their conference opener. The Jackets have not had the start they would have liked, despite playing very tough competition. They were looking to bounce back against the Spartans.

The Lady Jackets had an incredible start to the game, starting off 23-18. They then followed that up with an even stronger 2nd quarter, expanding their lead to 52-34 at the half.

The Spartans came out stronger in the 3rd though, finding a way to stop the Jackets hot offense, and finding momentum of their own. They were able to cut the deficit to 58-50, and only allowed 6 points from the Jackets during the entire 3rd quarter. The Jackets were able to hold on though, finishing for a victory of 79-64.

The Jackets had several players make huge contributions to the game. Senior Whitney Schalk played 39 total minutes, and was able to rack up 5 points, 5 boards, and 6 assists! Sophomores Lauren Rogers and Sam Ervin led the night in scoring with 16 a piece, and Shelby Stamm added 11 of her own. Mekai White was able to have 9 off the bench. Ervin also led the team in rebounds with 9, while Rogers followed with 8 of her own.

The Jackets shot 42.2% from the field, along with 42 total rebounds, and 16 total assists. They were able to capitalize with 15 points off turnovers, and 27 points coming from the bench!

After the game, we caught up with Senior Whitney Schalk, and she had this to say “This was a game we wanted to make a statement about due to us being tied with Manchester in the conference. I thought we played well as a team, our shooters shot extremely well, our posts dominated on the boards. Our bench was active and loud. Everyone on the team played their role and that’s all we can ask for. We executed a great game plan by our coaches and that’s how we are going to win ball games this year.”

The Jackets play their next game this Saturday, at Franklin as they continue their conference play. Go Jackets!

Written by Zack Bires

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