BREAK-DANCE: Shawe Memorial’s Taylor Grote (34) pushes the basketball up court against Providence defender Michaela Hoke (10) while leading the Hilltoppers’ fastbreak Tuesday night in Madison. Shawe fell 51-25 to the Pioneers. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
BREAK-DANCE: Shawe Memorial’s Taylor Grote (34) pushes the basketball up court against Providence defender Michaela Hoke (10) while leading the Hilltoppers’ fastbreak Tuesday night in Madison. Shawe fell 51-25 to the Pioneers. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Shawe's Hilltoppers couldn't keep Providence off the offensive backboards, turned the ball over more than the Pioneers and didn't have a player score more than six points.

All that ultimately added up to a 51-25 girls basketball loss on Tuesday night at Meny Gym in Madison.

"Honestly it came down to rebounding," Shawe coach Camille Deuser said. "We're not big enough inside and we're not mean enough inside and we got beat on the boards pretty badly. That's what killed us really.

"I'm looking for someone to come in there and rebound and be big for me," Deuser said. "Rebounding is a mentality and it is impossible to teach but I'm trying. We're still trying to teach them rebounding but you've got to have that mindset that 'I'm going to get this rebound and no one else is going to get it but me.'"

In the end, the Pioneers (3-1) pulled away from the Hilltoppers with a couple of double-digit runs - the first in the second quarter period and the last to turn the game into a rout midway through the fourth.

Shawe (0-2) actually led the game early on, the teams were tied three times - 2-2 early, 11-11 late in the first quarter and 15-15 in the second period - and Shawe held its final lead at 17-16 with 4:33 left in first half.

But that's when the Pioneers went on an 11-0 run to pull away to a 27-17 lead at halftime. The rally, which came with Shawe starting guard Taylor Grote on the bench with two fouls, was fueled by a couple of Shawe turnovers and three Providence steals with the big bucket coming on a 3-pointer by senior guard Meredith Endris, who scored a game-high 17 points.

"That did hurt us but not as much as I would have thought," Deuser said of the early foul trouble by Grote. "Our girls really stepped up off the bench. Our young freshmen and sophomores kind of maintained for awhile. It fell off a little bit but that's to be expected when one of your best ball-handlers goes to the bench.

"But I did get to see the freshmen and sophomores respond and they played well," Deuser said. "That's the hardest thing, to be pushed into varsity when you're still a freshman. It's very difficult. The game is just so much faster from jayvee to varsity and they've missed the whole jayvee experience and went straight to varsity. We can't even practice at that speed because we don't have the players to do that."

Coming out of halftime, Shawe got a pair of free throws by Grote and a basket by Maddie Waller to cut the Providence lead to six at 27-21 with 6:16 left in the third but Providence used a 7-0 run and a 9-0 run to steadily pull away to the final 26-point win.

Facing a insurmountable deficit late in the game, Deuser opted to speed the game up by pressing the Pioneers on defense even though the Hilltoppers have not yet had time to fully implement a press in practice. She said the team has done some walkthroughs on the press and she decided the closing minutes were a good opportunity to give her team a taste of that defense at varsity speed.

The Shawe press did indeed speed up Providence and produce some turnovers but it also led to several runout baskets by the Pioneers and Shawe often had trouble transitioning from defense to offense and ended up playing a little too fast itself on offense.

"We didn't have the best shot selection or the best decision making. We're still working on all that," Deuser said. "We cut the lead down to six but then when we got down by 15 I figured let's try the press ... I was encouraged by the way we played the press. We got the turnovers; we just gave them right back."

Shawe will now host Milan, a team the Hilltoppers played to a 9-9 tie in a quarter of action at the Ohio River Valley Conference preseason jamboree on Nov. 3 in Milan. The Indians (0-2) are also seeking their first win of the season.

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Tuesday's Shawe Boxscore

at Madison

PROVIDENCE 51, SHAWE 25



PROVIDENCE 13 14 7 17 - 51

SHAWE 11 6 5 3 - 25



PROVIDENCE (3-1) - (g)Endris 17, (c)Hughes 13, Karem 8, (f)Smallwood 4, Gryboski 4, (g)Tucker 3, (f)Hoke 2, Hunt 0, Pace 0, Aubrey 0, Shannon 0.

SHAWE (0-2) - Armstrong 6, (g)Grote 5, (g)Rios-Garcia 4, Koehler 4, (g)Waller 2, (f)Moore 2, (f)Storm 2, Fry 0.



3-Point Goals - Providence 2 (Endris 2), Shawe 1 (Armtrong 1). Free Throws - Providence 13-18, Shawe 4-9. Total Fouls - Providence 13, Shawe 15. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Providence visits New Albany Friday. Shawe hosts Milan Monday.