FORT RECOVERY — Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls basketball coach Rusty Allen knew it was going to take the Redskins’ best effort to beat Fort Recovery on Saturday.
The Indians were off to a 2-0 start and returned a wealth of experience from a team that went 23-2 and advanced to the Division III state semifinals a year ago.
He didn’t get it.
Fort Recovery led tip-to-buzzer and rolled to a 58-44 win over the Redskins at Fort Site Gymnasium.
“The old saying, ‘I’m not sure we even stepped off the bus today.’ I’m not sure we even stepped on the bus to come over here,” Allen said. “Our performance was a lackluster performance today.”
Fort Recovery jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first quarter and held Wapak without a field goal until junior center Morgan Quellhorst scored in the post at the 3:15 mark of the quarter.
The Indians led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter and stretched their lead the rest of the way.
“They’re a good team and they give us a battle every year,” Allen said. “We didn’t execute offensively. We just didn’t have people in the right position offensively. Defensively we didn’t execute our gameplan that we had prepared all week.
“It comes down to sooner or later the five girls that are out on the floor have got to execute the gameplan.”
The Indians scored 50 points either in the paint or from the free-throw line.
“That was something we preached all week,” Allen said. “You’ve got to knock down the cutter coming through. And we didn’t. ...
“When you have some of your better players on the bench in foul trouble because they’re not getting into good defensive position, you’re going to struggle offensively,” he said. “One thing leads to another.”
Annie Henderson came off the bench to lead Wapak in scoring with 11 points.
“She executed the gameplan exactly the way we wanted and ended up with 11 points,” Allen said. “She did some nice things defensively and took the ball to the hole, which we felt we could do against them.”
Wapak is now 1-1. Fort Recovery remained unbeaten at 3-0.
In the JV contest, the Indians used a 14-4 third-quarter effort to rally from behind and pull out a 32-27 win.