WAPAKONETA — Even with head coach Dan Hegemier absent from Friday’s game, the St. Marys Roughriders delivered a win over the Wapakoneta Redskins.
The Roughriders led by either one or two possessions the throughout much of the second half before pushing their lead.
Wapakoneta rallied to cut its deficit twice to two points late in the contest but could not come all the way back as the Roughriders managed a 48-41 win Friday at Memorial High School.
Nathan Wilker led the Roughriders with 15 points, six days after scoring a career best 22 points at Sidney. Isaac Fitzgerald had eight, and Quinn Zaerr notched seven.
Kodi Morgan paced Wapak with 13 points. Adam Henderson added 12.
Hegemier missed Friday’s game to travel to North Carolina to attend the birth of a new grandchild from his only daughter.
“Our kids, with Coach (Hegemier) not being here, had to step it up,” said St. Marys junior varsity coach Tony Arling, who served as head coach in both games of Friday’s doubleheader. “They did their part.”
Hegemier planned to leave North Carolina at 5 a.m. today in order to return to Ohio in time for St. Marys’ road game tonight against Minster. Wapak will host Sidney at home.
St. Marys’ win Friday kept Wapakoneta winless in the WBL.
The Roughriders are now 7-10 overall and 2-5 in the league, while the Redskins’ record now is 2-14, 0-6.