SHEPHERDSTOWN — Rachel Johnson and many of her Shepherd teammates were unhesitant in their disregard for what Alderson-Broaddus was showing them.
Johnson scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half of Shepherd’s, 75-45, West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Battlers on Saturday at the Butcher Center.
Shepherd had a 50-19 lead at the intermission. It stalled in all of the second half, scoring only half its earlier total. The Lady Rams made 70.4 percent of their field goal attempts before the first half closed. They were 5-of-7 from three-point range (71.4 percent), and were 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the foul line.
With a 31-point lead, Shepherd was more blase’ and had little or no sense of urgency in the second half where its first-half crispness was only a memory.
Johnson had made five of her seven shots in the opening half. Alex Weakland had been an able reserve with her eight points as had another reserve, center Jimyse Brown, who contributed six points in her off-the-bench role.
Replicating a 50-point half that features over a 70 percent shooting norm from the floor is not likely.
But coming back for the second half with so little energy, so little offensive movement, and with Johnson accepting a much smaller role had the Lady Rams being outrebounded, outhustled, and even doing poorly at the free throw line where they were a paltry 7-for-15 (46.7 percent).
In the first 11 minutes of the second half, Shepherd scored only six points as a team.
Alderson-Broaddus (2-7 overall and 1-4 in WVIAC games) fared little better with its 26 points and 36.7 percent shooting from the field.
The conference win moved Shepherd’s overall record to 4-6 and its WVIAC mark to 3-3 with first-place West Liberty just ahead on the schedule and coming to the Butcher Center on Monday.
One half was good enough against Alderson-Broaddus.
Johnson had been good enough by herself.