Rangers stave off Waynesfield-Goshen for 50-44 win

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NEW KNOXVILLE — For most of the first half the New Knoxville Rangers basketball team controlled the action against the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers Friday night as they  went to halftime up by 15 points.

In the second half the Tigers caught fire and pulled within 10 at the end of the third. They closed the gap to two points a couple times in the fourth quarter, but the Rangers hit a few free throws down the stretch to defeat the Tigers 50-44 at the Barn in New Knoxville.

New Knoxville's Lucas Leffel led the way for the Rangers with 19 points.

“Our game plan was to get the ball inside to Lucas and the other kids who can post up,” New Knoxville's Kort Fledderjohann said.

Jake Allen added 14 points.

Lee Turner led Waynesfield-Goshen with 14 points.

“We have a lot of kids with a lot of heart,” Tigers head coach Ryan Taylor said. “They came out and played hard, but we got behind the eight ball in the first half. I give our kids a lot of credit because this is a tough place to come in and play and they battled the whole game, but sometimes you just can’t get it done but they played hard.”

Waynesfield (2-1) travels to Lima Perry next Friday, while the Rangers (2-0) heads to Anna tonight.