Bloomfield can’t tame the Lady Tigers in regional

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Malea Toon drives for the bucket. She led Bloomfield with 27 points and seven rebounds.
By Shad Cox

SHELBYVILLE –- Once more, Bloomfield’s season ended in the first round of the Shelbyville Regional.

Indianapolis Tindley (25-3) exploded in the second half to crush the Lady Cardinals (14-11) 60-36, marking their third straight loss in the regional’s initial game.

Once again, turnovers bedeviled Bloomfield. The Lady Cards made 24 for the game, 14 coming on Tindley steals, while the Lady Tigers committed only 14, nearly half coming in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers also held Bloomfield to 13-45 (28.9 percent) shooting from the field.

Senior Hayley England shields the ball from Tindley’s Kendall Fisher (3).
By Shad Cox

“They pressured us,” Bloomfield coach Ron Knepp admitted.

Blazing speed helped the Lady Tigers do that as they moved like greased lightning. Knepp said the Lady Cards prepared for that in practice, but dealing with it in reality was a different matter.

“We knew how quick they were,” he said, “but when you see them in person, it takes time to realize that.”

Kylee Shelton comes down the floor in the first half. She scored eight points for Bloomfield and grabbed seven rebounds.
By Shad Cox

He said the Lady Cards generally played good defense. He explained they got stops, but not the kind that lead to fast-break baskets and trips to the charity stripe.

The players were suffering from an ailment on Friday night, but Knepp said “that’s an excuse. I don’t believe in excuses.”

Malea Toon joined the 1,000 Point Club as she scored 26 of Bloomfield’s 36 points. She broke 1,000 early in the first quarter and went on to hit five deuces, four treys, and five free throws. Knepp noted Toon lead the team in all statistical categories as well as serving as its floor general.

Nicole Kilzer (32) races for the basket. She is guarded by Trinae Love who led Tindley with 21 points and nine rebounds.
By Shad Cox

“She has carried us all year long,” he said. “She comes to work and gets it done. She does it all.”

Tindley also had kind words for Hayley England, the team’s only senior, who played her final game. “I’ve never seen her play that hard.”

Trinae Love led Tindley with 21 points and Skye Williams scored 18.

The cheerleaders led the Bloomfield crowd in supporting the Lady Cardinals.
By Shad Cox

Love scored twice on the inside to stake Tindley to a 6-3 lead, but Toon hit her first three-pointer, the shot that gave her membership in the 1,000 Point Club, to tie the score. Williams gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good with her only trey of the game and Love scored on a putback to push the Tindley lead to 13-8. Toon grabbed an offensive rebound and fed Shelton for a score and hit another trey as Bloomfield cut the deficit to two, 15-13 by quarter’s end.

The second quarter proved a sloppy affair as both teams made six turnoverse. The Lady Tigers led by only one, 17-16, when Toon hit another bomb, but they closed the quarter with a 10-2 run. Love hit a layup, swished two charity tosses, fed Aniya Washington for a bucket, and put back a missed shot just before the buzzer. Bloomfield could muster just a putback by Toon, but Knepp noted the Lady Cards were still in the game.

“We were there. We had the pace we wanted in the first half,” he said. “We would have had a 40- or 50-point game.”

Malea Toon looks to pass to a teammate.
By Shad Cox

The Lady Tigers converted three steals into layups to offset Toon’s fossil three-point play, and Tindley led 33-21 with 5:07 to play in the third. The teams traded scores for the rest of the frame, and Tindley led 40-29 heading into the final eight minutes.

The roof fell on Bloomfield in this quarter as Tindley outscored the Lady Cardinals 20-7, including a four-point play by Washington immediately followed by Williams’ three-point play when she was fouled driving in for a layup off another steal.

“I thought the third time was the charm,” Knepp said.

Tindley defeated Jac-Cen-Del, the team that beat Bloomfield in the last two regionals, 74-59 in the championship. Jac-Cen-Del vanquished Indianapolis University 66-57 in the other semifinal.

Tindley 15 12 13 20 -- 60

Bloomfield 13 5 11 7 -- 36

INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (60)

Williams 8-14 1-1 18, Love 9-12 3-5 21, Fisher 1-10 4-4 6, Wilson 2-8 0-0 5, Terry 0-1 0-0 0, Washington 2-2 1-1 6, Buntin 1-1 0-0 3, Ball 0-1 0-0 0, Cobb 0-0 1-2 1, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Unknown 0-1 TEAM 23-50 .460 10-13 .769 60.

BLOOMFIELD (36)

Shelton 3-13 1-4 8, Toon 9-19 5-6 26, England 0-7 0-0 0, Kilzer 0-0 0-0 0, Small 0-3 0-0 0, Neighbors 0-1 0-0 0, K. Pinnick 0-1 0-0 0, Hudson 0-0 0-0 0, Horning 1-1 0-0 0, Mattox 0-0 0-0 0, M. Pinnick 0-0 0-0 0, TEAM 13-45 .289 6-10 .600 36.

Three-Point Shooting: Tindley 4-18 .222 (Washington 1-1, Buntin 1-1, Williams 1-5, Wilson 1-6, Terry 0-1, Fisher 0-4), Bloomfield 5-11 .455 (Toon 3-6, Shelton 1-3, England 0-2). Rebounds: Tindley 30 (Love 9, Williams 5, Wilson 3, Terry 3, Fisher 2, Washington 1, Buntin 1, Team 5, Deadball Rebounds 1), Bloomfield 32 (Shelton 7, Toon 7, Small 4, Kilzer 3, Neighbors 3, England 1, K. Pinnick 1, Hudson 1, Deadball Rebounds 5). Assists: Tindley 8 (Fisher 5, Williams 1, Love 1, Team 1), Bloomfield 7 (England 3, Shelton 2, Kilzer 2). Steals: Tindley 14 (Williams 5, Fisher 3, Love 2, Washington 2, Wilson 1, Turner 1), Bloomfield (4 (Toon 1, England 1, Kilzer 1, Neighbors 1). Blocked Shots: Tindley 2 (Love 1, Wilson 1), Bloomfield 2 (Shelton 1, Team 1). Turnovers: Tindley 14, Bloomfield 24. Technical Fouls: Tindley Bench.

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