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January 20th, 2012
There could have been shouts of jubilation filling the Redskins lockerroom.
Instead, silence. Silence and tears.
For 32 minutes Friday night, the Wapakoneta Redskins gave the undefeated and state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs all they could handle and then some.
They held a team that had been averaging 64 points a game to a season-low 44.
They kept the Bulldogs from even scoring a field goal in the second quarter.
They led and they led and they led.
WAYNESFIELD ‚ÄĒ The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers ended an eight-game losing streak with a big conference win, edging the Upper Scioto Valley Rams 40-35 on Friday night in Waynesfield.
The Tigers improved to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in Northwest Central Conference play.
The score was tied with 6:54 left in the game. But clutch free throws late by Colton Miller and Jacob Frank helped the Tigers eke out a victory.
‚ÄúThe guys played hard tonight and it was a good win,‚ÄĚ W-G varsity coach Ryan Taylor said.
DEFIANCE ‚ÄĒ Nicole Brown and Tasha Helmstetter apparently found Defiance High School‚Äôs gymnasium to their liking.
The Wapakoneta Redskins guards lit up the Defiance Bulldogs for a combined 37 points on nine 3-pointers to lead the Redskins to a 58-48 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball matchup on Thursday.
Brown, a junior, scored a team-high 20 points, connecting on 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) three-point attempts. Helmstetter, a senior, knocked down 3 of 5 attempts (60 percent) on her way to 17 points.
BOTKINS ‚ÄĒ Back-and-forth the pendulum swung.
And when the horn sounded, it was on Botkins‚Äô side.
In a game of momentum swings, the Trojans ultimately came out on top, defeating the Russia Raiders 52-45 in overtime in a Shelby County League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Botkins High School.
The Trojans scored all nine of the points in the overtime from the free throw line. They connected on 9 of 12 attempts in the period.
Russia managed just one field goal in the overtime ‚ÄĒ a Shana Meyer layup with 19 seconds left. By then it was too late.
WAYNESFIELD ‚ÄĒ The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers crushed the Marion Catholic Fighting Irish 72-19 in a Northwest Central Conference varsity girls basketball game Thursday night in Waynesfield.
W-G is now 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the NWCC.
The Tigers came out with a great start with an 18-2 run in the first quarter of play.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team has already faced four state-ranked opponents this season.
Add one more to the list.
Wapak will face perhaps its stiffest test of the season Friday night when the undefeated and state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs come to town.
Defiance is 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Western Buckeye League. The Bulldogs are No. 8 in Division II and received one first-place vote.
They are outscoring their opponents by an average of 18 points per game and have won all but one of their games ‚ÄĒ a 60-51 win over the Bath Wildcats ‚ÄĒ by double digits.
JACKSON CENTER ‚ÄĒ Like sister, like sister.
Junior guard Kaylee Patton broke the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers girls basketball career scoring mark ‚ÄĒ previously held by sister Lisa (Patton) Bruggeman ‚ÄĒ on her way to 27 points for the game as the Tigers pulled out a 67-61 win Tuesday at Jackson Center.
Patton now stands at 1,127 career points, eclipsing the old mark of 1,114. She broke the record at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter.
WAPAKONETA ‚ÄĒ Just when Travis Bertram was getting warmed up, it was time to cool down.
After scoring just two points in the first half, the Redskins‚Äô leading scorer rallied Wapak with nine quick points to open the third quarter.
But when Bertram headed to the bench with his fourth foul midway through the period, the Redskins‚Äô momentum ‚ÄĒ and one-point lead ‚ÄĒ vanished.
In his absence, the New Knoxville Rangers went on a 14-0 run and pulled away for a 55-38 rout in a non-league varsity boys basketball game Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
ALLIANCE ‚ÄĒ The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling team bounced back from a tough weekend two weeks ago at the Brecksville tournament with a solid showing Friday and Saturday in the Top Gun Tournament in Alliance.
Three Redskins wrestlers placed in the elite event, which is widely considered to be a preview of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament in March.
John Martin led the way for Wapak with a second-place finish at 106 pounds.
Holden Hengstler and Alec Brown both recorded fifth-place finishes at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively.
The intensity at both ends of the floor by the Wapakoneta Redskins led to a flood of points early, drowning the Indian Lake Lakers Monday in varsity girls non-league basketball action.
Pressure defense and a quicker trigger on the offensive end powered the Redskins to a 74-43 win as Wapak forced nine first half turnovers and junior guard Nicole Brown hit for a game high 20 points including tying a record six 3-pointers.