ST. MARYS — St. Henry’s first half was a messy affair, full of fouls on defense to go with a clunky offense. The first several possessions of the second half erased all that for the Redskins.
St. Henry scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to break things open after St. Marys had closed to within one at the half and the Redskins earned a 56-42 non-conference win at Memorial High School.
St. Henry outscored the Riders 17-6 in the third quarter to take a 42-30 lead into the fourth.
“We competed much better this game, except for the third quarter,” St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier said. “You have to keep making shots. In the third quarter, we didn’t make any shots and you can’t do that against a good quality team like that.”
St. Henry’s Ryan Mikesell, a 6-foot-6 junior guard, tallied a game-high 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor, leading the charge in the second half with 4 of 5 shooting from the floor.
“I put the pressure on Ryan at halftime,” St. Henry head coach Eric Rosenbeck said. “I thought he was coasting. We talked about playing as hard as he did last week, quite frankly, where he’s panting, he’s dog-tired because he’s going that hard. He’s a great player and he’s very coachable and he took it to heart and got us going with a pick and pop three of his own and everybody else started chipping in.”
A.J. Niekamp added 11 points — including two treys in the opening minutes of the third quarter — for the Redskins, who improved to 2-1.
St. Marys closed to within 25-24 at halftime with a 6-0 run in the final minutes of the half, led by senior guard Marquis Wilson, who scored three baskets in rapid succession to close out the half. Wilson led St. Marys (0-2) with 12 points and five rebounds on 6 of 8 shooting in his first start, including a runner with a second left in the first half.
Tyler Sullivan added eight points for the Roughriders.
The Roughriders travel to New Bremen on Saturday night with a 6:30 p.m. JV start.
St. Henry travels to Minster next Friday for a Midwest Athletic Conference opener at 6:30 p.m.