Disterhoft, Doolittle dominate

BY RYAN YOUNG | JULY 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle pushed their team past Morgan Johnson’s and Kali Peschel’s team Wednesday night, winning, 84-66, in the Game Time League’s fourth week of action.

Disterhoft dropped 30 points in the contest, and Doolittle scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“We’re getting to the point where we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses out there,” Doolittle said. “We can really work off each other’s strengths now. It gets better with every game.”

Doolittle’s squad improved to a 2-2 record with the win, snapping a two-game losing streak.

“We just knew that we had to come in and play really intense, and we knew that this was a must win game for us,” Disterhoft said. “We felt like we should have won the last two games, but we just came in with the mindset that we are going to get a W.”

Doolittle and her team began the game quickly. The squad went on a 12-2 run in the first five minutes of the game, and kept Johnson at bay in the post.

The players fended off Johnson’s squad for most of the half, never leading by fewer than 10 points. However, Johnson sparked a 10-0 run in the last minute of the half on four-straight buckets. Her team trailed 41-34 at halftime.

Disterhoft came up big in the first half, too, when she scored 17 of her 30 points.

“Our offense was just clicking tonight,” she said. “We moved the ball really well and got a lot of people scoring, which was good.”

Disterhoft’s team didn’t let the late first-half run faze them. The players responded with a 14-4 run at the beginning of the second half and never looked back. Doolittle scored 11 points in the second 20 minutes and shut down ex-Hawk Johnson, holding her to just 4 points.

“She’s still one of the best post players I’ve ever played against,” Doolittle said. “I have played with her for a long time, so I’ve learned kind of how she plays, and that helps a lot.”

Doolittle’s teammates have noticed a positive change in her game, too. She seemed unstoppable at times offensively, knocking down several key jump shots late in the game. Disterhoft notes that her play will help the Hawks in the upcoming season.

“She knows that she can play against anyone, and tonight should really solidify that fact for her,” Disterhoft said. “If she keeps this type of play up, she will be a tremendous help next year.”

Doolittle and Disterhoft have a bye in the final week of Game Time play next week, while Johnson’s and Peschel’s team will take on Sam Logic’s team. Johnson’s team isn’t out of playoff contention yet, but a loss next week won’t bring it to postseason play.

It now has a 0-3 record, good for last place. Some members of the team might be frustrated with the season, but Johnson continues to stay calm. Johnson, who will be playing in the Czech Republic next year, says it’s not all about the wins and the losses.

“I play basketball to have fun and to glorify God,” Johnson said. “It’s just fun when you’re out there playing for the right reasons, and there’s no pressure in this league.”

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