Mat Mikesell

Beyond the Boxscore: Nelson shuts down West Hancock's top player

Sarah Nelson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 12:35 am

Quincy High School senior guard Sarah Nelson drew the task of defending West Hancock's leading scorer Emma Knipe Tuesday night.

She passed the test.

Knipe came into the game averaging 15 points per game, but she was held to just six points and made two field goals. She missed 16 of 18 shots from the floor, missing her last 12 shots.

"(Nelson) did an absolute fantastic job on her," Quincy coach Martin Pazanin said. "She used her height, used her length and didn't foul. That might not get a lot of pub, but how Sarah defended her really got them out of their game."

Pazanin changed Nelson's role this season from the post to the wing, which means she's matching up against different players.

"That would not have been an assignment I would have given her last year," Pazanin said. "But I'll do it without question now. She's so much more quicker and so much stronger."

Fox earns more minutes

West Hancock coach Wilson Neill was upset with how his starters played during the loss to Quincy.

That gave more playing time to the reserves, and guard Megan Fox took advantage. The sophomore led the Titans with 12 points -- 10 coming in the second half -- and made all five shots she took.

"She brings a lot to the game for us," Neill said. "We'll need to utilize her a lot more because of the way she plays, because she can score in bunches. I definitely think she earned herself some more minutes."

Nelson shakes off thumb injury

A sprained left thumb didn't slow down Nelson.

The senior suffered the injury late in the first quarter against West Hancock, and she left the game for a few minutes. She emerged from the locker room at halftime with her non-shooting hand wrapped.

Nelson played the remainder of the game, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds.

Pazanin doesn't expect the thumb to be an issue.

"She's a quiet kid," he said. "But she's a lot tougher."