ELIDA — A 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter sparked the Elida girls basketball team to a 69-49 win over St. Marys on Thursday evening in a Western Buckeye League contest at the Elida Fieldhouse.
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“We had our feet in cement a little bit on defense,” Riders head coach Kelly Fulmer said. “They had the shots fall for them and they had the momentum going for them. We had some missed shots and missed opportunities got us down a little bit.”
In the first minute and a half of the fourth quarter St. Marys pulled to within seven points at 51-44 with 6:27 left, but then the Bulldogs went on the 12-0 run to expand their lead 66-44 with 1:32 left. Five of the baskets for Elida came on layups. Erika Angstmann broke up the drought with a layup with one minute left and the Riders concluded their scoring with a layup and a free throw from Molly Albert with 31 seconds left. Elida ended the scoring with a basket by Lindsey Hall for the 68-49 victory.
Kylie Downton led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds. O’sha Owens scored 13 points and had 6 rebounds for Elida. Molly Albert was the only scorer for the Riders in double figures with 13 points, but Paige Dicus had 13 rebounds for St. Marys.
St. Marys did get off to a good start as they outscored the Bulldogs 10-2 in the first three minutes, but then Elida kicked it in gear as they outscored the Riders 13-7 the rest of the quarter to close to within 17-15 at the end of the first quarter.
“We took it to them at the beginning of the game,” Fulmer said. “I think we surprised them a little bit with our quickness and our hands and we shot the ball well."
Elida took that momentum with them in the second quarter as the Riders started to struggle scoring going 0-6 at the beginning of the quarter, while the Bulldogs tied the game up on a basket by Cassidy Slisher and they got a layup and free throw from Downton and a basket from Carly Stetler to grab a 22-17 lead with 5”11 left. The Riders broke the drought with a basket by Angstmann and the Riders got baskets by Kelsey Rohrbach and Paige Dicus to end the first half trailing 28-23.
“They started figuring out our patterns and they made the adjustments,” Fulmer said. “Then they started to make their shots. We didn’t start scoring toward the end.”
Kelsey Rohrbach started the third quarter for the Riders with a layup off a turnover to pull within three, but that was as close as the Riders would get trailing 49-38 after the third quarter.
The Riders won the battle of the boards 40-38 with Paige Dicus pulling down 13 boards.
“Paige is coming back from a sprained ankle,” Fulmer said. “She got a lot of boards and stick-backs for us.”
In the JV game Elida won 37-33.
The Riders (2-5, 1-2) will travel to St. Henry next Thursday.
VERSAILLES 46, MINSTER 36
VERSAILLES — Versailles jumped out to a double-digit halftime lead and stayed unbeaten with a 46-36 win over the Minster Wildcats on Thursday night. Christa Puthoff scored 12 points to lead the Tigers, who improved to 10-0 and 3-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Katie Heckman added 10 points. Bridget Geiger scored 11 points to pace Minster. Minster slipped to 5-2, 1-2 in the MAC. Minster travels to Fort Loramie on Saturday afternoon.
BATH 57, WAPAKONETA 45
WAPAKONETA — Emily Ruhe scored 21 points to pace Bath and the Wildkittens scored a 57-45 win over the Redskins on Thursday night. Alyssa Manley added 13 points and Taylor Dackin had 12 points for the Wildkittens. Nicole Brown led Wapakoneta with 20 points. Riley Culver scored seven points. Bath improved to 6-2, 3-0 in the WBL. Wapak dropped to 4-4 and 2-1 in the league.
CELINA 64 DEFIANCE 28
DEFIANCE — Katie Stahl scored 20 points and Emily Bihn had 15 points in Celina’s easy win over Defiance. Celina outscored Defiance 37-9 in the second half. Taylor Guingrich added 11 points for Celina. Nakea Jackson scored 10 points to pace Defiance.
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