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January 17th, 2012
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.
The boys are still undefeated.
The girls are still sitting on just one loss.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are â€” pardon the pun â€” bowling over the competition.
Wapakâ€™s boys team improved to 11-0 with a pair of wins in West Ohio High School Bowling conference varsity action Saturday at Varsity Lanes in St. Marys.
The Redskins remain in first place in the conference, just ahead of the also-unbeaten Versailles Tigers. Wapak and Versailles will square off in the regular-season finale Saturday, Feb. 11 at 20th Century Lanes in Lima.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys swimming finished fourth, and the girls seventh, at the Wapak/Celina Invitational on Saturday.
Ottawa-Glandorf, Celina and Ada were the top three teams in the 20-team boys meet.
Shawnee, Lima Central Catholic and Celina made up the girls top three out of 14 teams.
The boys grabbed a win and a second-place finish in the freestyle relays.
Nate Hager, Ryan Kremer, Brandon Christler and Ryan Greve won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.02. They teamed up again to take second in the 200 with a time of 1:37.38.
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans ripped down a 49-27 victory over the Parkway Panthers in non-league varsity boys basketball action Saturday night at Botkins High School.
The Trojans dominated every aspect of the floor, from the initial tip-off down to the final minute in the first quarter as they pulled ahead of the Panthers 15-3.
But as the second quarter started, Parkway picked up its offensive mentality, matching Botkins with eight points each going into the half.
WAYNESFIELD â€” The 10th-ranked Ada Bulldogs rolled to a 74-51 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a non-league varsity boys basketball matchup Saturday night in Waynesfield.
The loss was the eighth in a row for the Tigers after they opened the season with two wins. They now stand 2-8 overall.
Turnovers and missed shots hurt W-G in the loss.
â€śWe need to keep working and playing hard,â€ť W-G varsity coach Ryan Taylor said. â€śWe need to start playing mentally tough and get our confidence back.â€ť
WAYNESFIELD â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers came up short in a hard-fought varsity girls basketball battle against the Bluffton Pirates, falling 44-32 on Saturday in Waynesfield.
The loss was the third in a row for W-G in what has been a tough week for the 4-6 Tigers.
â€śI think our shooting needs to improve,â€ť Tigers varsity coach Ted Patton said. â€śWe have to learn from our mistakes and head down the road.â€ť
The Tigers shot 10 of 46 (21 percent) on field goals and 1 of of 14 (7 percent) on three-point field goals.
CELINA â€” Wapakoneta Redskins coach Matt Bradley watched as his teamâ€™s lead shrank at break-neck speed.
But it never disappeared. Not completely.
One point was just enough.
Bradleyâ€™s Redskins held on for a 53-52 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday at the Celina Fieldhouse after they built a 20-point first-half lead then watched as Celina cut it to one-point by the end of the third quarter.
Celina had three opportunities to take the lead in the final minute but failed to convert on each.
One-by-one the shots rimmed out, clanged off and missed their mark.
And one-by-one, so did the Redskinsâ€™ hopes.
A dismal fourth-quarter shooting performance doomed Wapakoneta in a 51-43 loss to the Celina Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak fell to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the WBL. Celina is 8-3 and 3-1.
Sara Warnerâ€™s transition layup at the 6:50 mark was Wapakâ€™s only field goal in the fourth quarter as the Redskins shot a paltry 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from the floor.
How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the first of seven weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
1, Reynoldsburg (8) 11-0 192
2, Can. McKinley (8) 9-0 172
3, Cin. Princeton (3) 9-0 155
4, Pickerington N. (1) 11-1 119
5, Twinsburg (4) 9-2 113
6, Springboro 9-0 87
7, Uniontown Lake 10-0 65
8, Zanesville 11-0 62
9, L.C. Olentangy Orange (1) 12-1 60
T10, Cols. Northland 8-1 39
T10, Kettering Fairmont 9-2 39
Celina at Wapak, 6 p.m.
W-G at USV, 6 p.m.
Wapak at Celina, 6 p.m.
W-G at Temple Christian, 6 p.m.
Fairlawn at Botkins, 6:30 p.m.
Wapak at Top Gun, 6 p.m.
Ada at W-G, 6 p.m.
Parkway at Botkins, 6:30 p.m.
Bluffton at W-G, 11 a.m.
Botkins at Houston, 1 p.m.
Wapak at Top Gun, 8 a.m.
Wapak/Celina Invitational, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16
Indian Lake at Wapak, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
New Knoxville at Wapak, 6 p.m.