JEFFERSONVILLE — Columbus East played like two different teams Saturday night.
The Olympians (5-2) went into halftime with a 29-19 lead and then came out to the second half to be outscored by Jeffersonville 35-16 en route to a 54-45 Hoosier Hills Conference loss.
Jeffersonville was led by 6-foot junior Haley Vogen, who scored 19 points, 11 of those in the second half. East’s defense struggled to contain Vogen in the post after doing a strong job in the first half.
“Jeff went inside in the second half and we needed to adjust,” East coach Danny Brown said. “We couldn’t finish or score. We just couldn’t get our offense going in the second half.”
Aggressive defense from junior Courtney Hunter and senior Mikala Lomax helped the Olympians (5-2, 0-1) jump out to a 10-5 lead to begin the game. East continued to press Jeffersonville (3-4, 1-3), which was unable to gain any momentum in the first half.
The Red Devils then opened the second half with an 11-2 run to close the gap to one point by the end of the third quarter.
“We didn’t come out mentally ready after halftime,” Lomax said. “We didn’t play our game. Jeff was very physical and aggressive. We needed to work harder. We were like a different team.”
East was led in scoring by freshman Audrey Wetzel, who had 12 points. Lomax and Hunter each added 10 points.
“We tried to pull it back together,” Hunter said. “We weren’t working as one. They got the ball in the middle, and it all broke down for us. We didn’t block out and didn’t get the defensive boards we needed.”
As the third quarter came to a close, Jeffersonville had a 38-37 lead. The Red Devils maintained their aggressive play and sealed the win by making 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter.
“We couldn’t get going off their pressure,” Brown said. “Our offense didn’t work in the second half.”