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January 13th, 2012
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.
Like a boxer, the Wapakoneta Redskins hit with a flurry early to draw first blood and then landed stunning blows in the second half to dispatch of the Kalida Wildcats.
Wapakoneta hit with three quick jabs in the opening stanza en route to a 16-1 first quarter lead as they exchanged landing shots the rest of the way in a 50-39 victory in varsity girls action.
NEW KNOXVILLE â€” Behind the 26 points from Haley Horstman the New Knoxville Rangers girlâ€™s basketball team was able to pull away from the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers for a 61-53 victory Saturday afternoon at New Knoxville.
â€śNew Knoxville has a very good team,â€ť Tigers varsity coach Ted Patton said. â€śOur kids played hard and didnâ€™t quit and I am very happy with that.â€ť
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins girls came to within one game of evening out their record with a convincing 47-20 win over Fairlawn on Saturday.
The Trojans survived a slow start and held only a 4 point lead after the first eight minutes of play. They dominated from that point and outrebounded the Jets 47-12 to ease their way to the win.
â€śWe were a little slow getting started and you could tell we hadnâ€™t played in a while,â€ť varsity coach Don Mack said. â€śWe had some time off. An ugly win is still a win.â€ť
NEW KNOXVILLE â€” Six of 11 free throws in the final two minutes allowed the New Knoxville Rangers to escape with a 63-59 victory Saturday evening against the Botkins Trojans in a non-league game at New Knoxville.
"I think we hit just enough free throws to win the game,â€ť Rangers varsity coach Kort Fledderjohann said. â€śWe had the front end of two one and the bonus opportunities and only hit one each time.â€ť
The Wapakoneta Redskins have become quite proficient this season at the fourth-quarter comeback.
So when they walked onto the court down nine points with eight minutes to play Friday night against Bath, there was little cause for concern.
But there would be no comeback this time.
It was too little, too late.
The Bath Wildcats used a balanced offensive attack and took advantage of a lackluster showing by the Redskins to pull away to a 61-47 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team returned to action Friday night and rallied for a fourth-quarter comeback win over the Fort Loramie Redskins.
The Redskins led for the first three quarters but couldnâ€™t quite hold on as Botkins stole the lead in the final minutes and came out with a 58-51 victory in a Shelby County League battle at Botkins High School.
The Redskins were only up 25-23 at the half but outrebounded the Trojans the entire first half.
Fort Loramieâ€™s intensity allowed it to pull away 37-31 starting into the third quarter.