By Justin Whitaker
In a boys’ and girls’ basketball doubleheader last night, both Plainfield teams fell to Mid-State Conference foe Mooresville.
A poor shooting performance by the Quakers limited their opportunities, as Plainfield was defeated 62-36 by Mooresville.
The Quakers shot 27 percent from the field and struggled to score throughout the evening, especially from the beyond the arc, shooting 4 for 26.
“We settled for the three ball too much against their 1-3-1 and obviously shot it very poorly,” Plainfield coach Andy Weaver said. “In the second half we started going inside a little bit more and should have done that earlier. We got some guys who can make the shots they took but when we settled for the threes too many possessions in a row we just couldn’t keep pace with them.”
Junior Jacob Johnson scored a game-high 17 points for the Pioneers (4-7), including 14 in the first half. Plainfield (2-10) had no answers for the 6-foot-6 forward.
“He presents a huge matchup because of his size and his ability to score from all over the floor,” Weaver said. “It obviously caused a big matchup problem for us.”
The Quakers trailed 12-8 after the first but the Pioneers stretched the lead in the second.
Plainfield made 3 of 10 shots in the period and committed seven turnovers as well after only one in the first quarter.
“We just missed some shots and Johnson we wanted to give him some attention. And he did a good job of kicking balls out to their open shooters and we were a little slow on our rotations.”
The third quarter did not bode much better for the Quakers as they shot 1 for 11 and the Pioneers scored 14 unanswered points to stretch their lead to 47-18 entering the fourth.
“We scored 10 points in the two middle quarters and you’re just not going to keep pace,” Weaver said. “We started out with some energy in the third quarter but we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”
Freshman Max Kurkowski came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points. Josh Courtney and Will Williams each added six points.
The Plainfield girls got off to a slow start and could never really get going against the Pioneers.
Trailing 20-7 at halftime, the Quakers lost 45-27 as they shot 26 percent from the field.
“You got to make shots,” Plainfield coach Curt Benge said. “I thought the girls played really well defensively. Little things just got us. A couple of offensive rebound putbacks and we weren’t quite strong enough handling their pressure a few times.”
On top of the poor shooting, Plainfield’s (6-11) 24 turnovers added to their struggles.
The Quaker turnovers led to many scoring opportunities for the Pioneers.
“When those lead to shots that’s a problem,” Benge said. “They got some putbacks, they got some steals and layups and I thought that was enough to slowly widen the gap. It didn’t happen in bunches, but it happened through the course of the game.”
Pioneers (13-4) senior Brett Green scored a game-high 13 points. The IPFW-bound guard scored all of her points all in the first half.
“She’s a good player,” Benge said. “She’s a Division I player and very athletic. A lot of what she got, she got on her own by just going and getting it. She’s got a high motor and did a good job.”
After scoring five points in the first quarter, the second quarter was even more of a struggle for Plainfield. The Quakers shot the 1-for-10 and turned the ball over seven times.
“Mainly when we got the shots I just thought we didn’t make them,” Benge said. “That’s something where we just have to keep working on our players and making them better.”
Coming out of the locker room, Plainfield showed flashes of good play. They made four field goals, including five points from Kylie Dostin off the bench.
“I just think we started getting in the gaps a little bit and driving the ball and making them have to help as we started making shots. When they didn’t help we were able to get to basket. Us being a little more aggressive with the basketball on the dribble was important.”
Junior Mackenzie Reeder led the Quakers with seven points. Freshman Kyndall Spears added six points.