Girls Basketball: Rangers Win, Roughriders Fall

New Knoxville's Rachel Leffel drives to the basket Tuesday night in a non-conference game against Houston
Sports Editor

A much faster start offensively and the ability to clean up the glass paved the way for a better night on the scoreboard and a 43-25 non-conference win for the New Knoxville Rangers Tuesday night against Houston.

The Rangers last played on Saturday against Bath, where they mustered just five points in the first quarter — seven points in the first half — and shot 22 percent from the field to start out.

Tuesday, the Rangers jumped out offensively to a 14-6 lead in the first quarter.

Abby Lageman had a big night on both sides of the ball and she started her productive night early with a couple first-quarter baskets to get the Rangers (2-1) going. Overall, she collected a team-high 11 points, six rebounds and five steals.

After the first quarter, the Rangers went on a 6-2 to begin the second to push their lead to 20-8. The difference with Tuesday's game compared to Saturday's was the ability to get into the paint and grab rebounds on missed shots.

The Rangers grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the first half and shot 50 percent from the field (10 of 20).

Ashlyn Miller scored 10 points for the Rangers and Leffel added nine points and five boards

It was a much different story for the St. Marys Roughriders on Tuesday.

Down just one point in the fourth quarter, the St. Marys Roughriders could just not get enough scoring and continued to get beat on the boards Tuesday night as the Roughriders lost to Kalida, 50-46 in non-league action at Kalida High School.

It was not a good night for the Roughriders (1-1) from the floor as they shot just 31 percent from the field and 8 of 14 from the free throw line.

In addition, the Roughriders lost the rebounding battle, a 33-19 margin, including a 25-13 deficit in defensive rebounding.

Sydney Cisco led the scoring for the Roughriders with 13 points, as well as a team-high seven steals. Erika Angtsmann and Lindi Cisco scored 10 points each. Makayla Koch added three points.

Kalida's Allison Recker posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.