Galion girls split two most recent basketball games
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
Led by All-Ohioan Carly Santoro, the visiting Lady Red of Bellevue handed the Lady Tigers of Galion a 56–47 setback in a non-conference basketball contest Tuesday night.
Santoro scored 23 points in 24 minutes of action as the Lady Red improved their record to 12–2. Their only two defeats have been to a pair of state-ranked teams — Clyde and Western Reserve.
Galion is 6–10.
The multi-dimensional Santoro tallied 15 points in just 12 minutes on the floor in the first half, leading the winners to a 30–22 intermission cushion.
Bellevue outscored the locals 16–8 in the third period. An 8–5 run in the first five minutes of the fourth frame gave them a 19-point cushion, 54–35.
In the last three minutes of the game, Galion’s Bailey Ruhe went on a scoring tear, out-doing the visitors 12–2 to account for the final score.
“I’m am very proud of them,” said Galion head coach Jen Meyer. “They played hard. The turnovers kill us, and so does not going after rebounds. It’s frustrating.”
The Lady Tigers had a bad night from the field, making only 15-of-53 shots (28 percent). At the foul line they were a solid 14-for-16 (88 percent). Bellevue converted 21-of-66 shots (32 percent) and 11-of-20 freebies (55 percent). The hosts had 21 turnovers and the visitors, 22.
Scoring for the Orange-and-Blue were: Ruhe, 18 points; Beachy, 14; Ramonda Dorsey, 7; Jordan Kuns, 6; and Kelly Mann, 2.
Galion’s reserves fell to 10–5 with a 39–35 loss to Bellevue. Kayla LaForest netted a team-high 12 points for the locals, and Raven Crawford added 11.
Last Saturday in Mount Blanchard, the Lady Tigers picked up their sixth win of the season by out-lasting host Riverdale 50–49.
With 10 seconds to play, Galion guard Ramonda Dorsey sank a pair of free throws to put the Orange-and-Blue on top. Riverdale missed a couple of field goal attempts in the final seconds of the battle.
“We gambled on the game plan, but in this instance we came out on top,” stated second-year Galion head coach Jen Meyer. “It was a much needed signature win. We had a 7-man rotation that allowed us to accomplish the win. Five girls in the scoring column and fantastic defense by everyone were huge components in coming out on top. As a coach, I am extremely pleased with our team and how well we are working together to compete the way we have been.”
The score was tied 13–13 at the end of the opening quarter. Galion led 25–22 at halftime, and 41–36 at the end of three frames.
Peyton Beachy popped in a game-high 18 points for the winners. Bailey Ruhe added 15 points, Jordan Kuns and Kelly Mann, 6 apiece; and Dorsey, 5. Mann added a team-best 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Jordyn Wright was the leading scorer for the hosts with 17 points.
In JV action, Galion earned its 10th win of the campaign with a 39–36 decision. Raven Crawford popped in 11 points for the victors.