VERSAILLES — The Versailles girls basketball team unleashed a smothering second-half defensive effort that completely silenced Delphos St John’s, leading it to a 51-28 Midwestern Athletic Conference win. After allowing the Blue Jays 22 points in the first half, Versailles only surrendered six in the final 16 minutes of the game.
The Tigers held a 28-22 half time lead. St John’s scored the first basket of the third quarter. During a stoppage in play Versailles Coach Jacki Stonebraker urged her girls to “play with a sense of urgency.”
The Tigers responded. The Blue Jays would not score again until early in the fourth. Though the Versailles offense was not outstanding, the Tigers did manage to expand their lead going into the final stanza to 35-24.
The fourth quarter found the Versailles defense just as stingy and the offense now began to click as well. St John’s had done a good job of controlling the fast break opportunities of the Tigers for most of the game, but a few more chances developed in the period. Versailles outscored the Blue Jays 16-4 in the final eight minutes.
“It was a fun second half,” Stonebraker said. “Thought the girls were having fun. Got a 10-second call and a couple other calls. Got some traps in our press. Thought the girls started to have some fun and smile out there. Kami Ording made some nice 3s. Kami McEldowney played a nice floor game, got inside, shot the 3-ball well and was being a good floor leader.
“We’re like a rollercoaster this season. We play really good in stretches … then go three minutes without scoring.”
The Tigers were led in scoring by 15 points from Kami McEldowney and 12 from Danielle Winner. Delphos St John’s had a balanced attack with Madilynn Schulte with 9, Jessica Geise 8, Hayleigh Bacome 7 and Betty Vorst with 4.
The victory advanced Versailles to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the MAC. Delphos St John’s falls to 2-1 and 0-1 in MAC play.
Versailles hosts Miami East Saturday.
Miami East 68,
TV South 22
WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Miami East girls basketball has stuggled to score in back-to-back losses to West Liberty-Salem and Anna.
Thursday, the Vikings didn’t have any of those issues.
Miami East (3-4) jumped out to a 14-point lead after one quarter and never looked back, putting three players in double figures in a 68-22 victory at Twin Valley South in Cross County Conference play Thursday night.
Bailey Miller hit five of the Vikings’ eight 3-pointers on the night and led the way with 17 points, Amber Kinnison scored 16 and Haley Howard added 12 as the Vikings took a 17-3 lead after one and outscored the Panthers 22-4 in the second quarter to take a 39-7 halftime lead, coasting to the easy win from there.
Camryn Miller chipped in seven points, Emily Hawkins and Kaitlyn Mack each scored five, Gabrille Hawkins scored four and Savannah Nehring had two.
The Vikings face another tough test Saturday, though, when they travel to Versailles.
VANDALIA — The Miami East wrestling team split a pair of duals Thursday night at Butler High School, falling to the host Aviators 45-20 and then routing Stebbins 60-12.
The Vikings picked up three wins against Butler, with Zane Strubler (145) scoring a pin, Graham Shore (126) a 19-7 major decision and Alex Isbrandt (138) a 12-0 major decision along with one forfeit.
Against the Indians, though, the Vikings won nine of the 11 matches wrestled. Isbrandt started things off with a 7-0 decision, Strubler, Travis Ferguson (160), Michael Miller (170), Colton Kowalak (182), Matt Welker (195) and Cody Niswonger (220) scored six straight pins to give control to Miami East, Micah Davis (120) added a 12-5 decision and Shore won with a pin.