Inside Shooting Propels Riders Past Kalida

St. Marys' Shania Taylor led the Roughriders with a game-high 24 points as well as grabbing nine boards in the Riders' 60-42 non-league win on Tuesday.
Sports Editor

In the season opener on the road at Fort Jennings, it was the outside shots that propelled them, in their home opener on Tuesday night, it was the inside shots that powered them to victory.

Twenty-four points by Shania Taylor and — despite some struggles in the second half — another double-digit victory as the St. Marys Roughriders defeated Kalida 60-42 on Tuesday night in a non-conference affair.

St. Marys (2-0) jumped out to a modest 17-12 first-quarter lead, but scored five straight possessions and made their presence in the paint known very quickly.

By the second quarter, the Roughriders bolted to a 37-18 advantage, 15 from Shania Taylor and six assists as St. Marys moved the ball effectively inside the paint.

But the Wildcats (0-2) made an adjustment at the half, using their half-court and — at times — their full-court press defense to put St. Marys in some tough situations.

Kalida forced the Roughriders into seven turnovers in the third quarter, and 11 turnovers in the first 11:35 of the second half while the Riders' offense mustered just 10 points during that span.

To open the second half, the Wildcats closed their deficit to 39-24 with a 6-2 run as St. Marys scored one bucket in eight offensive possessions.

Despite being outscored 11-7 in the third, Taylor provided all of the Roughriders offense with those seven points to give her 22 overall heading into the fourth.

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