The basics: In a matchup between unbeaten teams, it was Derby’s 1-2-2 zone press that disrupted the Andover Central offense — the Jaguars finished with a season-high 28 turnovers and a season-low in shooting percentage (a tick under 25 percent). Derby gradually pulled away to improve to 7-0 and hand Andover Central (7-1) its first loss of the season.
Key stretch: Any hope of a comeback for Andover Central diminished when Katie Hartman and Kenzie Young drilled back-to-back three-pointers in the third quarter. Andover Central finished the quarter with more turnovers (21) than points, trailing 40-18.
Standouts: Derby guard Katie Hartman drilled four three-pointers and scored a season-high 16 points to lead the team in scoring, while 6-foot-4 freshman Kennedy Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
What they said: “We sped them up a lot and made them make their own mistakes,” Derby senior Katie Hartman said. “They turned the ball over on their own a lot and they made some silly passes.”
“There’s only so many places you can pass against that (1-2-2 press) and we get those spots covered pretty well,” Derby coach Jodie Karsak said. “It’s hard to make the right passes at the right time.”
What it means: The win kicks off a proving week of sorts for Derby, as it plays three ranked teams this week with the Panthers taking on Salina Central on Friday and Heights at Koch Arena on Saturday.
Andover Central won’t get a break from top-tier competition, as it will try to bounce back against Maize on Friday.
Derby: Hartman 16, Brown 15, Mills 8, Young 5, Noel 3, Alford 3..
Andover Central: Stearns 12, Leedom 6, Bolden 5, Kakoulias 4, Tilson 2.