Riders Lose In Season Finale
With a 35-34 lead with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, the St. Marys Roughriders were looking to add to their lead with the ball in their hands.
Then a pass, steal and transition two by Waapkoneta began a 6-0 run for the Redskins and created a deficit the Roughriders never overcame after prevailing past two deficits in the first half.
"That was a huge turnover," Roughriders coach Nikki Miars said. "That is what we have been telling them, when you play good teams, it comes down to one possession.
"That is why you have to take care of the ball in every single possession."
Every opportunity mattered, as was the case on Thursday, as the Redskins ended the game on a 17-12 advantage to squeak out a 51-47 Western Buckeye League victory.
"That was big for us to make that little run at the time that we did," Redskins coach Rusty Allen said. "This was a tough, physically and emotionally, game. It was almost as if it took a little bit of wind out of their sails."
A long two from Clare Caywood gave the Roughriders that 35-34 advantage. After a three-point attempt, miss and rebound, the Riders had the ball, looking to add to their one-point advantage.
St. Marys wanted to force the ball inside to Makenna Mele, but zone defense forced Mele passed the ball off to Quincy Rable to reset the offense. Morgan Fisher jumped in front of the pass, ran down the court and recorded an assist on a Sarah Pothast layup to regain the lead, 36-35.
From there, Lexi Jacobs knocked down a three and Fisher drained a pair of free throws to complete a 7-0 run and take a 41-35 lead with just under four minutes to go.
St. Marys outscored the Redskins, 12-10, but the Redskins' run in the middle of the quarter did enough to keep the Riders' losing streak to Wapakoneta intact at nine straight games.
For the full story and more in-depth look at Thursday's game, grab Friday's print edition of The Evening Leader.