Indians force 26 turnovers, rip Greenwood

Juniata dominated nearly every facet of the game as they led wire-to-wire and downed Greenwood 46-19.

The Indians forced 26 Wildcat turnovers and held Greenwood to 20 percent shooting (8 of 40) from the field.

“We pride ourselves on defense,” stated Indian coach Meghan Geedey. “We want to make (the opponent’s) offense work for everything they get. We also want to control the boards and limit the other teams and one-and-done possessions, and I think we did a pretty good job of accomplishing that.”

Indeed they did as the Juniata dominated the glass, out-rebounding Greenwood 43-32.

The Indians’ converted on 18 of their 51 field goal attempts including 10 of 30 in the first half.

Senior center Joelle Winey led the charge with 12 points, nine rebounds, and four steals. Junior Victoria Varner also scored 12 as she drained three 3-pointers and completed a three-point play.

Senior Maddie Zendt tied Winey for a game-high nine rebounds to go to her five steals and four points. Fellow senior Carly Burns and junior Janelle Swartz each delivered solid lines consisting of eight points each with six rebounds and a pair of steals for Burns and eight and three respectively for Swartz.

“Joelle and Maddie also do a great job for us on the boards,” stated Geedey. “They provide a big strong presence inside and that is the reason we generate a lot of one-and-done possessions.”

Sophomore Rylee Duck delivered a pair of rebounds and steals off the Indians bench. Senior Alyssa Parson also came off the pine and produced a bucket and a pair of rebounds.

Varner’s first 3-ball to open the scoring got Juniata started, and the Indians dashed to an early 7-2 lead which they stretched out to 12-5 by the end the first quarter.

The home followed that up with a dominating 15-4 second quarter during which they forced eight Wildcats’ turnovers. Swartz delivered seven of her eight points in the second stanza.

The Juniata lead ballooned to 36-14 by the end of the third quarter as turnovers again plagued Greenwood. The ‘Cats turned it over on their first three possessions to start the second half, and committed a total of eight in the frame. Juniata also won the final stanza 10-5 to make the final margin 46-19.

“We have done a better job in the last few games of limiting turnovers, but it just wasn’t in our favor tonight.” stated Greenwood coach Amy Davidson. “We are really struggling with injuries. Not having Emily Fisher (ACL tear) and Jesse Sheaffer (who was limited with a high ankle sprain) really hurts us on the boards. Freshman Nikki Willi (who led the team with eight rebounds) has done a good job stepping into that role.”

Sophomore Morgan Kauffman paced the Wildcats with eight points including a three-point play to go with her five rebounds. Willi chipped in five points and sophomore Mallory Fortenbaugh secured seven rebounds and totaled four points, and blocked a pair of shots. Senior Hattie Kuhns accounted for the remaining two Wildcat points.

Sophomore Anna Weger, Kuhns, Fortenbaugh, Willi, and Kauffman each recorded one swipe for Greenwood.