January 31, 2014

In New Washington Thursday night, the Buckettes of Buckeye Central avenged a loss to Galion six days prior beating the Lady Tigers 55-41.

The defeat was the second in 24 hours for the locals who trumble to 3-14 on the season.

Galion led 14-11 at the end of the first period and the score was tied 27-27 at intermission. But, for the second game in a row, the Lady Orange-and-Blue scored just 14 points in the second half. Meanwhile, Buckeye Central racked up 28 of its own to garner the triumph.

“We can not score single-digits in any quarter, let alone two in a row,” Bryce Lehman, first-year head coach of the Lady Tigers stated. “We became our worst enemy again in the second half. Costly turnovers with very little defensive pressure on us and not squaring up on our shots. We missed at least 12 shots in the paint.”

Galion made only 17-of-48 two-point tries (35%) and was just 2-of-6 behind the arc (33%). The visitors attempted a mere 3 free throws, making 1 (33%). They grabbed just 14 missed shots and turned the ball over 15 times.

Individual numbers for the Lady Orange-and-Blue were: Grace Brown, 11 points and 7 rebounds; Ramonda Dorsey, 9 points and 3 assists; Raven Crawford, 8 tallies; Robin Barnes, 4 points; Taylor Valentine, 3 markers; plus Jaime Ehrman, M’Lynn Gwinner and Kayla LaForest, 2 points apiece. Ehrman also recorded a team-high 3 steals.

A trio of Buckettes reached twin figures in scoring. Brooke Karl had 13 points, Isabelle Biglin, 12; and Kilee Kimmel, 11.

Wednesday night at the high school, front running Wynford limited Galion to just 14 second-half points to ring up an easy 61-33 victory over the hosts.

The first-place Lady Royals — 14-3 overall and 11-1 in the North Central Conference — pounced on the Lady Orange-and-Blue early, leading 17-6 at the end of the first quarter. The locals took the second period, 13-6, cutting the deficit to nine points — 28-19 by halftime.

On top 33-22, the winners had a an 11-0 run covering a span of five minutes in the third frame to go up 43-22. Meghan Harrar was the big gun during the streak, knocking down back-to-back three-point shots. Following a basket by Galion’s Ramonda Dorsey, Harrar connected on consecutive driving shots in the final seconds of the stanza, giving the visitors a 47-24 cushion going into the final eight minutes.

Harrar continued her scoring ways in the last quarter, via another driving two-pointer, her fourth three-pointer of the game, and a pair of free throws.

Team statistics showed Galion making 8 two-pointers and a triple, in addition to going 14-for-24 on foul shots. Wynford found the mark on 15 twos, 5 threes and was 16-of-30 on freebies.

Individually for the hosts, Raven Crawford scored 10 points, Robin Barnes and Dorsey, 8 each; Sydney Dameron, 4; M’Lynn Gwinner, 2; and Taylor Valentine, 1.

Harrah tallied a game-high 22 points for the Lady Royals.

Wynford won the junior varsity game, 35-21. Kelly Baker was Galion’s top point-getter with 8 tallies.