Riders Lose Season Opener To St. Henry

St. Marys' Derek Jay tried to get around a defender in Friday's non-league season opener against St. Henry.
Sports Editor

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

But on Friday night, it was more about how you played in the second quarter that made the difference.

St. Henry used a big second-quarter advantage Outscoring St. Marys 28-7, with seven three-pointers — at one point, making four in a row on six straight attempts — as the Roughriders saw the game runaway from them in a matter of minutes, culminating in a 65-49 non-conference loss.

As part of that second-quarter barrage of points from the Redskins (2-1), the Roughriders endured a 15-2 Redskins’ run with the score at 13-6 with 6:19 remaining in the half (the score was 10-6, St. Henry after one quarter).

By then, the Roughriders found themselves trailing 28-10 with 3:22 left as the Redskins ended the quarter on another run, this one at 10-3 to take a 38-13 halftime lead.

St. Marys missed 15 two-point tries in the first half, with most of them coming at point-blank range from the basket.

Taking out the second quarter, the Roughriders outscored St. Henry 42-37 in the other three quarters.

New Knxoville 47, Waynesfield-Goshen 30

The New Knoxville Rangers boys basketball team won its first game of the season against Waynesfield-Goshen, 47-30, in boys’ non-conference basketball action on Friday.

Jaden Maxwell led the Tigers in scoring with eight and New Knoxville’s Nathan Tinnerman was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points.

The offense started slow for the Tigers and they never quite found a rhythm on Friday.

On the opposite side, New Knoxville was able to get into the paint quick and often, scoring 28 of their 47 points on two-point field goals.

The Rangers were patient offensively, though, and were able to pick their spots as they took a 24-10 lead into halftime.

The second half didn’t fare much better for the Tigers as the Rangers quickly went on a 7-0 in the first 1:28 of the third.

Read the full story in Saturday's print edition of The Evening Leader.