GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rangers' big 3rd quarter lifts them over New Bremen

NEW BREMEN — A big third quarter was just what the New Knoxville Lady Rangers basketball team needed Thursday night. The Rangers hit 7 of 10 shots from the field and went on to defeat the New Bremen Cardinals 45-25 in a MAC contest at New Bremen.

“We definitely had a big third quarter,” Rangers head coach Tim Hegemier said. “It put us on top. I don’t think we were mentally prepared to play this game tonight with just the way we looked. We were walking through our offense. In the first half Randy (Eckert) had his players ready to play and we were not.”

“We played a good first half and kept the game close,” Cardinals head coach Randy Eckert said. “They came out and we scored and they scored on four or five straight possessions and that was pretty much the difference in the game.”

Paige Lehman led the Rangers with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Kyla Otting led the Cardinals with 12 points.

New Bremen ended the first half strong with a basket by Moeller and a layup at the buzzer by Kyla Otting to trail at halftime 17-14.

New Bremen came out with a basket from Otting to close to 17-16, but then New Knoxville couldn’t be stopped as they went on a 14-0 run to virtually put the game away with a 31-16 lead with 1:49 left. At the end of the quarter New Knoxville had a 33-17 lead.

“In the second half we ran our offense a little bit better,” Hegemier said. “There are still a lot of things that we have to clean up yet.”

Meg Reineke made a start for the Rangers instead of Gabbi Kuck and did a good job on the boards with nine rebounds and three points.

“She is a freshman and has a real nice knack for the ball,” Hegemier said. “We had to sit Gabbi Kuck down because she twisted her knee in practice. Hopefully Meg can pick it up a little bit more on offense and we will be okay.”

The Rangers (8-2, 4-1) travel to Upper Scioto Valley on Saturday, while New Bremen (4-8, 0-4) travels to St. Marys on Saturday at 1 p.m.