The Wapakoneta girls basketball team came out of the gate sluggish against the Coldwater Cavaliers Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers had a handle on offense and defense, and found ways to score inside seemingly at will, as the Redskins fell to the Cavaliers, 57-47
“Well, we didn’t come out with much intensity tonight, had a very slow start,” said Rusty Allen, Wapakoneta’s varsity coach. “The third quarter, our sluggish and sloppy play really summed up our night.”
Wapakoneta went into halftime trailing only by five points, 28-23, but the third quarter belonged to the Cavaliers.
“We had plays where some positions would be defending really well, and others weren’t,” Allen said. “Guards would be putting decent pressure, and there was a breakdown in the post. Or vice versa. The post players were in great position, but the guards would fall asleep.”
Hannah Bruns for Coldwater finished the game with 15 points. Sarah Kanney also had 15 points against the Redskins.
“We really checked out as a whole on defense,” Allen said.
A bright spot for the Redskins was freshman point guard Maddi Stiles and sophomore forward Carly Buzzard. Allen said it was nice to see the intensity from both of these girl off the bench.
Stiles finished the game with nine points, and despite her height, really had a presence driving to the basket.
“This was obviously one of her better games, she brings a different dimension to the game with a little more scoring at that position,” Allen said. “She’s versatile enough to play the one or two position.”
Buzzard finished the game with four points.
“I thought Carly Buzzard had a good night, she played well and gave us some solid minutes off the bench,” Allen said. “She’s been putting in some good days at practice and it’s showing.”
Leading the way for the Redskins was Nicole Brown who had 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Wapakoneta drew St. Marys in the first round of Sectionals on Feb. 18. The winner of that game will play Bath.
“It’s going to be key in the Sectional for the girls off the bench to give us solid minutes,” Allen said.
Allen said there are no free games in tournament play.
“Our sectional is very tough, and any game you play in tournament time is a different animal,” Allen said. “You have to be playing well at the time of the tournament.”
Despite having beaten St. Marys handedly in the regular season, Allen said you have to take each game one at a time.
“There is no such thing as a great draw in a tournament, you still have to execute,” Allen said. “One loss and you’re done.”