Lady Redskins fall to Napoleon in district final

Mike Frank
Sports Editor

PAULDING — The effort was one to be proud of, even if the final result was not the desired one.
Wapakoneta and Napoelon were separated by very little on Saturday, with the Wildcats getting a dramatic 40-38 victory in the Division II Paulding district final for girls basketball.
Napoleon junior Shae Pedroza scored what proved to be the winning basket on a layup with 2.3 seconds left. A last-second effort by Wapakoneta was unsuccessful, which brought the Lady Redskins' 2018-19 season to a close.
Wapakoneta finishes the year with a record of 14-11.
Napoleon had a small lead through the first half, and was up by four at the break. The second half saw five ties and seven lead changes, with the teams separated by no more than three points at any point.
The last tie came at 38 after a basket by Wapakoneta junior Makenzie Wilson. Napoleon then ran down the clock and got the last score.
Senior Katie Engle had 10 points and eight rebounds, while WIlson had nine points and nine boards. Senior Audra Schaub added eight points.
Coach Rusty Allen of Wapakoneta said, "We knew going in this would be a tight one. Nobody was going to run away with it."
He praised the team for staying cool despite trailing early. "We were very balanced offensively, and did some nice things on defense," Allen said. "We had a couple bad turnovers, and just didn't execute the game plan. But there's nothing to be ashamed of."
As for the seniors, which include Engle, Schaub, Jessica Davis and Samantha Sutton, Allen said, "They put in a tremendous amount of time." He said that Engle "has done everything and been really unselfish," Schaub "stepped up and ran the point", and Davis helped with play off the bench despite battling injuries. He added that Sutton, who was unable to play this season, provided plenty of support as well.

For more on this game, see Monday's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.