Botkins gets past Pirates in season opener

Sports Editor

The Botkins Trojans played Friday’s game on a roller coaster, starting at the top in the first half before falling briefly in the third period only to get back to the top.

The Trojans eventually regained their focus and sealed a 49-30 win over the Riverside Pirates in a non-league varsity girls basketball contest in DeGraff.

Botkins opened Friday’s game with a 12-1 first period lead and extended its margin to 19 with a 13-5 advantage in the second period, to lead 25-6 at halftime.

Riverside rallied in the third period, cutting its deficit to six points entering the fourth.

“We got a little complacent,” Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said about his team’s third quarter trouble.

“They picked up the pressure, and we got a little startled," he said "We had foul trouble, which didn’t help.”

The Trojans finished the game strong like they started, owning a 20-7 differential in the final period to win 49-30.

“We played a lot smarter and hit some big free throws,” Mack said about the fourth period.

Two Botkins sophomores were helpful in Friday’s win.

Natalie Ambos posted a team-high 16 points, while Kayla Heuker had nine points.

“Ambos showed her athleticism and ability to get to the basket,” Mack said. “Kayla Heuker played a good floor game from the point guard position.”

Botkins senior Michaela Kramer reached double digits with 10 points, while fellow senior Andrea Goettemoeller also scored nine points.

Goettemoeller hit some big free throws in the fourth period Friday and had an important putback.

Brooke Bornhorst sank Botkins’ lone 3-pointer Friday and tallied five points.

Riverside was paced in scoring by Brooke Hickey’s 16.

The Trojans will continue their season tonight with a non-league road game against the Parkway Panthers.