WINDSOR — Six Jensen Bauer 3-pointers sparked the Stover Lady Bulldogs to a 49-34 win over Windsor on Friday.
There of her long-range shots came in the first quarter, one right after another. After Ashley Schroder and Mallory Uptegrove hit early shots to put Stover up 4-2, Bauer followed with three 3-pointers to extend the lead to 13-3.
“I was just trying to get open because I was feeling really good (Friday),” she said. “Just try to keep my eye on the front of the rim and follow through straight every time. That’s what I always try to do.”
Windsor came out in a box-and-one, trying to take Uptegrove away and that allowed Bauer some open looks. She finished with a career-high 20 points.
“Fortunately for us, Jensen was on fire,” said Stover coach Ernie Haag. “She hit a lot of great shots, especially in the first half, and then hit a couple in the third quarter. She’s a streaky shooter and when she gets on, it’s fun to watch, for me anyway.”
Stover raced out to a 26-10 halftime lead by forcing 13 Lady Greyhound turnovers in the first half. Morgan Iman had two steals and drew a charge. Bauer had two steals and had a Windsor player travel as she was setting up to take a charge.
“We’ve got to slow the game down between our ears,” said Windsor coach Brad Forrest. “We get in a hurry and we either make a pass that’s not there or we wait too long, we see it and we wait too long to make the pass.”
Windsor was facing multiple defensive looks from the Lady Bulldogs who went with everything from a 1-2-2 to man-to-man.
“That’s kind of who we’ve become,” Haag said. “We mix them up, play some different things. We switched up early, especially in the first half because Mallory and Ashley both had two fouls so we switched up, played some zone and played some more in the second half.”
Stover also limited Windsor to seven offensive rebounds in the game and held a 36-31 rebounding edge.
“We were just really focused,” Bauer said. “We knew all five had to rebound every time to get the job done and we did.”
Down 42-14 late in the third, Windsor began to turn things around and made a run which proved to be too little, too late. Devyn Williams hit a pair of jumpers and a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 44-23 before another 3-pointer from Bauer closed the quarter. Williams started the fourth with another 3-pointer and a Shelbi Reno jumper brought Windsor within 13.
“We took care of the ball a little better, we shot the ball a little better and played better defense,” Forrest said. “We were able to fight through our screens, took advantage of the opportunities they gave us.”
After Bauer’s 3-pointer late in the third, Stover missed its next nine shots from the field until Iman scored in the paint late in the game. The Lady Bulldogs also turned the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter.
“You look are our team, we have two seniors and one junior who played a lot last year and the rest of these kids don’t have that much varsity experience,” Haag said. “Every night’s a learning experience. We’re going to enjoy the positives and work on the negative. We see what we’re capable of doing and then we see what we’re capable of not doing if we don’t play focused. That’s part of the game.”
Uptegrove finished with 12 points.
Williams led Windsor with 11 points.
Stover (6-2, 2-0 Kaysinger) will host Osage on Dec. 28.
Windsor (2-7, 0-1 Kaysinger) will face Skyline on Saturday in the W-K Shootout.
Eric Ingles can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @Eric_Ingles