New Knoxville outscores Wapakoneta 30-7 in 2nd half in win

WAPAKONETA — The New Knoxville  girls basketball team used a good post-game offense and a stout defense to hold the Wapakoneta Redskins to seven second half points to defeat the Redskins 57-28 Tuesday evening at Wapakoneta.

The Rangers outscored Wapakoneta 30-7 in the second half.

“In the second half we shut them down pretty good, allowing only seven second half points,” New Knoxville head coach Tim Hegemier said. “In the first half we allowed too many offensive rebounds and put-backs. And second we had too many lapses on backside help. We corrected that and I told them not to allow that easy lob inside and get a hand up high.”

The Rangers took good shots in the second half, as well.

“When you get a 12 or 14-point lead you don’t need to be putting up three’s all the time,” Hegemier said. “You have to make sure you get good shots and move the ball so you can extend the lead.”

To begin the second half the Rangers scored the first nine points. New Knoxville started the scoring with a three-point opportunity by Paige Lehman. A minute later Meg Reineke made a three to make the score 32-21.

Three players scored in double figures for the Rangers. Lehman led with 15 points and Horstman and Kalyn Schroer had 14 points each.

“Kalyn Schroer really played a great ball game tonight,” Hegemier said. “We have been waiting for her all year and she got up and down the court and made some nice shots from the outside and had some nice drives to the basket. She picked it up and we also played better defense in the second half.”

The Rangers (9-4) will entertain New Bremen on Thursday, while the Redskins (9-6) will travel to Defiance on Thursday.