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Wapakoneta gets past Kalida in 2nd half

January 6, 2014

Wapakoneta Redskins junior Carly Buzzard (22) makes a layup Saturday in a non-league varsity girls basketball game against the Kalida Wildcats at Wapakoneta High School. (Staff photos/Brad Frank)

The Wapakoneta Redskins regrouped quickly after halftime after letting a first-half lead slip and cruised in the second-half to a 57-45 win over the Kalida Wildcats.

Wapak led 16-11 after the first period Saturday but Kalida made a run at the lead to trail by one, 27-26, at halftime.

Redskins varsity coach Rusty Allen explained his team’s adjustments for the second half which resulted in the double-digit win.

“We didn’t do a good job of knocking down their post flashes (in the first half),” he said. “We just kinda let them go from block to elbow. We talked to our posts about not letting them get that clear path, putting a forearm into them. I thought we did a better job of that in the second half, defensively.

“Offensively, we talked about being a little more patient, working the ball reversal. We feel like we have four or five girls on the floor who can score. Any time we can get that type of balance, we’re tough to defend.”

The Redskins opened the second half on a 10-1 run, taking a 10-point lead on a Megan Watt 3-pointer at 3:19 to go in the third period.

“Our defensive intensity and us slowing the game down in terms of not rushing things offensively got us that double-digit lead,” Allen said. “We were kind of one shot and out in the second quarter. We needed the opportunity to crash the boards and help slow things down.”

Kalida brought its deficit down to eight twice the rest of the game but never any closer.

Two times the Redskins had a 13-point lead after halftime Saturday.

Wapak found a scoring balance all day against the Wildcats, as four players reached double digits, led by Sara Warner’s 13 points.

Watt added 12, with the help of two third-period 3-pointers.

Carly Buzzard had 11 points, nine of which came in the second half.

Riley Culver scored 10 and Maddi Stiles neared double figures with eight, including two 3-pointers.

Allen discussed the strong scoring balance his team found Saturday.

“We don’t mind coming down and getting shots from other girls,” he said. “We stress if you’re open, don’t hesitate to shoot. If you hesitate, your shooting percentage is going to go down.

“We took some shots that some people might say are not a very good shot, but we’re OK with it. We feel comfortable saying if they’re open, let them shoot.”

Kylie Osterhage paced Kalida with 17 points. Allison Recker added 12 points.

The Redskins moved to 6-4 overall with their win Saturday.

Wapak will next play Tuesday in a non-league road contest against the Liberty-Benton Eagles.

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The junior varsity game went in Wapakoneta’s favor, 39-20.

Kasey Helmstetter posted 10 points to lead the Redskins.

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