In the consolation game of the Tip-Off Tournament at Wapakoneta High School, the Redskins found victory over Troy High school, 41-38.
Scoring was streaky to say the least in this contest. These two teams were both coming off tough losses from the night before, and Wapakoneta varsity coach Rusty Allen said there was a combination of fatigue and caution that led to the low scoring affair.
The first quarter started slow for both teams, a combined nine points were scored in the entire period.
“I think the first quarter was just a matter of feeling each other out. We weren’t sure what to expect coming into this game,” Allen said. “I think that first quarter was just a matter of seeing what each team was going to do.”
Allen said although scoring was limited, he said his girls put together a game to be proud of.
“I thought we had some girls execute. We put 32 minutes together that we could win the game with. I thought our girls did a nice job of rotating as the game progressed,” Allen said.
Down the stretch, the Redskins hit key free throws to seal the three-point victory, a much different story from their first game. Friday night, the Redskins shot 4-for-14 from the free-throw line against Bellefontaine. Saturday night, against Troy, the Redskins shot 12-for-20.
“Obviously our free throw shooting was much better tonight than the previous night. I think we were just a little more focussed at the foul line, and you tend to be a little more focussed when the game is as tight as it is,” Allen said. “Points were at a premium tonight, so when you had a chance to go to the free throw line, you wanted to make sure you cashed in.”
Senior guard Nicole Brown led the Redskins in scoring with 12 points, hitting two 3-pointers, two field-goals, and two free-throws.
Junior Sara Warner added nine points to the Redskin total. Karli Schneider added a spark from beyond the arc, hitting two 3-pointers of her own.
Total, the Redskins hit five 3-pointers and seven 2-pointers.
Now 1-1 on the season the Redskins prepare for their first road game of the season as they travel to St. Henry Tuesday night.