Lady Redskins hold off St. Marys

Jessica Davis of Wapakoneta looks for an open teammate while defended by Jill Schmitmeyer of St. Marys during Thursday’s game. Photo by William LaneyLexi Jacobs of Wapakoneta drives between two St. Marys defenders during Thursday’s game at Wapakoneta. Jacobs had 21 points for the Lady Redskins. Photo by William Laney
William Laney
Sports Correspondent

The Wapakoneta girls held off a fourth quarter rally by St. Marys Thursday in the opening night of Western Buckeye League games in varsity girls basketball.
The Redskins escaped with a 61-54 victory, after the Roughriders chipped away at a 17-point deficit with 6:03 left in the game to close the gap to six points with 1:17 left in the contest.
“This is a good win. It is always important to get that first win in the league,” Wapakoneta coach Rusty Allen said after his team improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in the WBL. “St. Marys is a very good ballclub. They can shoot and they proved they can play inside with their post players. That was something we thought may be a weakness, but they proved differently. Coach has got them running and playing well and they are running some plays that are hard to defend. They are going to win some ball games, so for us to come out of here with a win we are feeling pretty happy and pretty fortunate.”

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