Bench key in Wapakoneta win over Indian Lake
The difference on the scoreboard at the end of Monday’s game matched the amount of points scored by the Wapakoneta Redskins’ bench.
With 16 points from their bench, the Redskins, now 7-5, defeated the Indian Lake Lakers, 63-47, in a varsity girls basketball game Monday at Wapakoneta High School.
Senior guard Erin Schnell led the way with 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Megan Fisher and senior post Hilary Bourne each added a bucket. Junior guard Morgan Miller also contributed with two rebounds.
“Erin gave us some great minutes off the bench,” Redskins varsity coach Rusty Allen said. “That is a girl we see in practice who does all the little things really well for us. She is not a flashy player. She is willing to mix it up, get in there and get some rebounds.
“I think that is the type of player we need right now. We need someone who can give us those tough minutes.”
Leading the way offensively for the Redskins was senior guard Sara Warner with 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the floor. Junior post Carly Buzzard continues to score in the paint as she scored 15 points on the evening.
Sophomores Maddi Stiles scored five points and Riley Culver scored three.
Buzzard led the team in rebounds with seven, while Culver matched Schnell with six boards. Watt also had four rebounds.
“They were a tough matchup for us,” said Lakers varsity coach Tim McMahon, who watched his team drop to 4-6. “They had a couple of bigs (Buzzard, Culver and Schnell), and we are not that big. I think the inside hurt us and we never stopped the Warner girl when she wanted to penetrate and go to the rim.”
The tide turned near the end of the first period.
The Redskins scored the last nine points over the final 2 minutes of the first period to grab a 16-10 lead. They then went on a 11-2 run to start the second before the Lakers battled back to chip away at the lead.
“I thought we came out with a lot of intensity, but I was a little disappointed with our intensity in the second quarter,” Allen said. “I know we outscored them in the second quarter, but I just felt defensively we weren’t doing some things we talked about in our game plan.
“After that we came out with a little more intensity in the second half. Overall I was pretty pleased with our bench play and overall I was pretty pleased with everything.”
Two 3-pointers and two other short jumpers rimmed out for the Lakers, which could have made the game much closer than the 33-22 halftime score.
“I think it had a huge impact on the game,” Allen said, pointing out Indian Lake was shooting 7 of 24, 29 percent, from the floor in the first half. “We were pretty fortunate. I think I have to give our defense a little credit, too, because a couple of those we did have a hand up and contested those shots.”
McMahon saw the same thing.
“Those shots did change the game, but I thought we worked hard,” he said.
Both teams shot extremely well in the third period with Indian Lake hitting 7 of 11, no match for the Redskins who hit 9 of 11. For the game, the Lakers hit 17 of 42, 40 percent, while the Redskins hit 28 of 46, 61 percent, from the floor.
The Redskins will next play Thursday at home against the Celina Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League game.
The junior varsity Redskins won 56-20 with freshman post Blaisa Moyler scoring 22 points, 12 in the first half. Sophomore guard Faith Hensley scored 10 points, and freshman post Sydney Sutton scored 6 points in the win.