Strong First Quarter Propels St. Marys

St. Marys' Sydney Cisco connects on one of her three three-pointers on the night during Thursday's Western Buckeye League game against Shawnee.
Sports Editor

In the last six games combined coming into Thursday's Western Buckeye League matchup at Shawnee, St. Marys has been facing a 70-89 deficit in the opening quarter of those six contests — resulting in a 2-4 record.

Thursday, the Roughriders flipped the script in an otherwise even game, outscoring the Indians 29-18 — nailing six three-pointers — and surviving a later Shawnee run in a 59-54 victory.

Trailing 16-13 after a Grace O'Connor three-pointer that gave Shawnee the three-point lead with 3:00 left in the first quarter, the Roughriders went on a 16-2 run, which included a 5-of-6 mark from the field — 4-of-6 from behind the arc — and seven of those 16 points off turnovers. The Roughriders were 6-of-7 from three in the first eight minutes as St. Marys found itself leading 29-18 during that three-minute run.

The Roughriders' biggest lead of the game was at 13 points, 38-25, after a pair of free throws from Sydney Cisco, but the game remained even for the next two and half quarters.

St. Marys took its largest lead of the fourth quarter, 55-43 after a Cisco feed to Makenna Mele with 3:00 left when the Indians' offense exploded.

Shawnee scored 11 of the game's next 15 points, including a 3-of-3 clip from three-point land and seven offensive rebounds to make the game closer as the Indians outscored the Riders 17-11 in the final eight minutes overall.

Alissa Stahler's trey closed the game to three, 57-54, with one minute to go when the Roughriders executed a key offensive possession, keeping the ball away from Shawnee and avoiding a foul in the process when Cisco drew a foul with 16.1 seconds remaining.

Cisco's pair of free throws from the charity stripe put the game on ice on a freezing evening.

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