Botkins girls crushed by Russia


RUSSIA —  The Botkins girls basketball team was coming off a  strong performance Saturday night at Ridgemont, with a lot of confidence heading into a key Shelby County League game, but the confidence didn’t carry over Monday night against the Russia Raiders.  

The Trojans fell hard 46-20 to the Raiders.  

Varsity coach Don Mack was stunned by the performance.

“I have absolutely no clue where this performance came from,” Mack said. “I didn’t see it coming.  We were up for this game, we had them down at our place when we played them last. I’m in absolute disbelief right now.”

The Trojans fell behind early and never recovered from their slow start. 

Botkins fell behind 12-2 after the first quarter.  The Trojans first points didn’t come until  Logan Pitts made two free throws with 3:29 left. 

Botkins didn’t score for another nine minutes after that.  

The Trojans struggled on offense all night, causing the big deficit to start.  The rout continued with Raiders jumping out to a 23-4 lead midway through the second quarter.  Botkins, however did end the half on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 23-9 at half.

Russia put the game out of reach with a 12-0 run to start the second half, going up 39-9 and halting any comeback thoughts the Trojans had in mind.  The Raiders led 41-16 after three quarters.

Russia would eventually prevail 46-20 in the end, to claim the Shelby County victory over the Trojans.  

Freshman Kayla Heuker led Botkins with 6 points, Kylie Wilson led Russia with 13 points.

Botkins shot a cold 14 percent from the field, while Russia shot 35 percent.

Russia outrebounded Botkins 36-33.

Russia was 8-10 from the line, Botkins was 4-6.

Botkins had 21 turnovers, while Russia had 15.