ST. MARYS — The St. Marys girls basketball team broke through for its first Western Buckeye League win on Senior Night.
The Roughriders built a 12-point halftime lead and held Defiance to 16 percent shooting in a 40-32 win at Memorial High School on Thursday.
“We showed up to play defense today, forced them to take some shots they didn’t want to to take and didn’t allow them second chances,” St. Marys head coach Kelly Fulmer said.
Defiance shot 7 of 43 from the floor.
St. Marys earned its first league win and improved to 3-13 and 1-6 in the WBL. Defiance stayed as the lone winless team in WBL play at 0-6 and falls to 3-13 overall.
On a night St. Marys honored five seniors before the game — Bailey Gottschalk, Reagan Aller, Mallory Kill, Lee Ann Bertke and Kelsey Rohrbach — the Riders’ experienced players stepped up down the stretch.
Aller paced St. Mays with 12 points. Rohrbach added nine points before fouling out late in the third quarter.
Brooklyn Miller led Defiance with 11 points. Libby Burkhart added eight points.
St. Marys hosts St. Henry on Saturday at noon before hosting Piqua on Tuesday in a rescheduled game. St. Marys’ final four regular season games are then on the road.