It’s tough to play against a defense you don’t see much.
Olean learned that the hard way when Waterloo threw its 1-3-1 zone in their direction and beat them, 41-37, in a Class B Far West Regional game played before an estimated 375 at Buffalo State.
“We run that 90 percent of the time, it’s been giving teams fits all year,” said Waterloo assistant coach Ben Ramo.
Olean turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 21 times, including 16 in the first half, as its season came to a difficult close. “We don’t see it much, not too many people play that type of zone,” said Olean coach Don Scholla. “We didn’t attack it well, we were being real tentative. We were real sloppy. We weren’t making pass fakes. We were too focused on just passing one way. You have to see the whole floor.”
Olean was never out of it. Olean’s Maggie Moore banked in a three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left to bring Olean within two points. Waterloo’s Chelsea Steinruck was fouled on the inbounds pass with 6.4 left. She cashed in both free throws giving Waterloo the four-point winning margin.
Moore finished with 17 rebounds and six blocked shots as Olean stuggled shooting (13 of 50, 26 percent) for the game. Sara Ziegler led the Huskies with 12 points and nine boards and Kaylee Pearl added 10 points.
The fourth quarter was eventful for Moore. With 7:11 left, she hit the floor hard, landing on her arm. She sat on the bench with ice applied to her left forearm, and then returned to the game at 5:09. Then she picked up her fourth foul and was taken out with 4:42 remaining. The three-pointer she banked in gave her team a chance to win it.
“I just came down funny, the last thing you want to do is get hurt. I did not want to go out and not be able to play,” said Moore. “We usually don’t see a 1-3-1 zone, so we had a little trouble coming out from the start and trying to attack it. We eventually got some drives and got some good shots.”
Neither team could find the hoop in the first quarter. Emily Bantelman and Moore scored the only points for the Huskies in a quarter that ended 4-2 in their favor.
The game opened up in the second quarter. Ziegler and Pearl were the only scorers for Olean in the second quarter with eight and seven points respectively. Waterloo pulled out to leads of 13-8 and 15-10 before settling for a 20-19 margin at halftime.
In the third quarter, Waterloo outscored Olean, 8-5, while both team struggled for the advantage.
“When we attacked and got into the gaps we had a little more success and we were able to find our bigs,” said Scholla. “When we were passing the ball around the perimeter, No. 4 [Lauren Deming] does a great job with her length out front, tipping passes, and they’re very aggressive in that defense. They do a great job.”