Jon Kleinknecht Inquirer Sports Editor
January 14, 2014
Non-conference action last Saturday at the high school had the Lady Orange-and-Blue (1-11) dropping a 63-38 decision to visiting Tiffin Calvert.
The visitors pounced on the locals early, having leads of 17-8 and 32-14 at the end of the first two quarters, respectively. They also took periods three (11-10) and four (20-14).
Ramonda Dorsey was the lone Lady Tigers to reach double figures in scoring. She had 10 points. Others in the book for the hosts were: Taylor Valentine, 9 points; Grace Brown, 6; Sydney Dameron, 5; Raven Crawford, 4; Lauren Huggins, 2; and Dani Schieber, 2.
Katie Brickner scored a game-high 14 points for the victors, and Lindsey Bickley netted 11.
Team statistics showed Galion converting 16-of-46 two-pointers (35%), o-of-4 threes and sinking 6 free throws. They grabbed 30 rebounds, with Brown, Crawford and Valentine hauling in 8 apiece. Crawford also recorded 4 steals. Turnovers had the locals with 16.
A day earlier, the Lady Tigers dug themselves a hole early and couldn’t get themselves out of it as they fell to visiting Upper Sandusky (7-6) 42-22 last Friday night at the high school in North Central Conference play.
Midway through the first period, Galion’s Taylor Valentine buried a nothing-but-net three-point shot to make the score 10-8, Upper Sandusky. The Lady Rams outscored the locals 11-0 the remainder of the frame, though, to build up a 21-8 cushion going into the second period.
Upper took that second stanza, too, by a 10-5 margin with 6’2” Taylor Graboski scoring 5 of the points for the visitors via a 15-foot jumper, a close-in basket and a free throw.
The winners held the Lady Orange-and-Blue without a field goal in the third quarter, outscoring them 9-5 to make it 40-18. The Lady Rams drained the clock in the final period, taking just four shots. Galion took the frame, 4-2, accounting for the final margin.
The Lady Tigers — who entered the game converting just 27% of their shots this season — were a poor 6-for-40 (15%) against Upper. They struggled at the foul line also, making just 7-of-15 attempts (47%).
“There’s not a team around that’s gonna win shooting 27 percent,” Bryce Lehman, first-year head coach of the Lady Tigers said. “My younger kids have got to step up. We told the girls the last three to four games it’s the little things. Things you shouldn’t have to tell high school kids.”
Upper Sandusky was 17-for-40 from the floor (435) and 8-for-14 (57%) on freebies. The visitors had a 29-21 rebounding edge. Galion turned the ball over 23 times to Upper’s 13 miscues.
Scoring for Galion were: Ramonda Dorsey, 8 points; Raven Crawford, 6; Valentine, 4; Kayla LaForest, 3; and Grace Brown, 1.
Graboski — a four-year starter with more than 1,000 career points — popped in a game-high 17 for the winners. The standout will attend Valparaiso University on a volleyball scholarship.
Upper Sandusky won the junior varsity game, 24-20. Kelly Baker of Galion garnered game-best scoring honors with 12 points.