ST. MARYS — Coldwater built a 14-point halftime lead and then held off St. Marys’ second-half run to post a 46-37 road win on Saturday at Memorial High School.
Coldwater won its 10th game of the season and won its fourth straight.
The Cavaliers appeared to be sailing towards that victory until St. Marys turned to full-court pressure in the second half and whittled the Cavalier lead down to 31-26 by scoring the first nine points of the second half. Coldwater committed five turnovers in the first three minutes of the third quarter.
“We wanted to keep it close at half because Coldwater is a younger team and we wanted to put some pressure on them in the second half,” St. Marys head coach Kelly Fulmer said. “We weren’t in foul trouble and we had some fresh legs to put some pressure on them to get back into the game.”
St. Marys outscored Coldwater 9-2 in the third quarter and gave itself a chance heading into the fourth quarter down 33-26.
“I think a little bit of it was us being tired,” Coldwater head coach Nick Fischer said. “And the other part was St. Marys stepping up and making some shots. We freaked out a little bit. We’re a streaky team and today our bad streak lasted a little longer. Like the entire third quarter.”
Coldwater steadied things in the fourth quarter, maintaining a two-possession lead the rest of the way.
St. Marys got closest in the game’s final minute. Molly Albert knocked down two free throws to draw the Riders to within 41-37. Albert paced St. Marys with a game-high 15 points. Albert went 4-for-4 from the field in the second half to lead the Riders’ comeback attempt.
Coldwater built its 14-point halftime lead with work on the offensive glass and a hot-shooting start. Coldwater finished the game with 13 offensive rebounds and went 12-of-25 from the floor.
Sarah Kanney led the Cavaliers with 12 points. Bridget Dues came off the bench and scored 11 points for Coldwater.
Reagan Aller grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Riders. Lee Ann Bertke had five rebounds — including four of them on the offensive end.
“We played with a lot of hustle and heart today,’ Fulmer said. “We were patient on offense. Defensively, our gameplan was to shut down and Kanney and we held her in check.”
St. Marys fell to 2-12 on the season. The Riders travel to Defiance on Thursday night for a 6 p.m. Western Buckeye League game.
Coldwater (10-5) hosts Fort Recovery on Thursday.
1 2 3 4 — F
CW 16 15 2 13 — 46
SM 9 8 9 11 — 37
Megan Muhlencamp 2-6-10, Brooke Welsch 3-0-6, Hannah Bruns 2-1-5, Sarah Kanney 4-2-12, Ali Dues 1-0-2, Bridget Dues 4-2-11. TOTALS 16-11-46.
Reagan Aller 2-1-5, Molly Albert 5-3-15, LeeAnn Bertke 2-1-5, Mallory Kill 1-0-2, Kelsey Rohrbach 2-1-6, Erika Angstmann 2-0-4. TOTALS 14-6-32.
NEW KNOXVILLE 54, JACKSON CENTER 40
NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville Lady Rangers jumped out to a 12-0 lead and were able to play consistent to defeat the Jackson Center Tigers 54-40 Saturday afternoon in a non-league encounter at the Barn in New Knoxville.
The Rangers had balanced scoring with three players in double figures led by Haley Horstman who had 16 points and five rebounds.
Caitlin Magoto had 12 points and Meg Reineke had 10 points and five rebounds. Hannah Meyer and Payton Esser each had 15 points for Jackson Center with Meyer getting seven rebounds and Esser grabbing four.
In the game Jackson Center was 17 of 41 from the field for 41 percent and had 21 rebounds including nine offensive rebound, while New Knoxville was 21 of 49 from the field for 42 percent and they had 25 rebounds and 11 offensive boards.
NK 16 9 14 15 — 54
JC 7 15 9 9 — 40
NEW KNOXVILLE 54
Horstman 7-1-16, Magoto 5-0-12, Reineke 5-0-10, Leffel 1-5-7, Lehman 2-2-6, Schroer 1-0-3; Totals 21-8-54.
JACKSON CENTER 40
Esser 6-2-15, H. Meyer 6-0-15, Eichert 2-0-4, Metz 2-0-4, P. Meyer 1-0-2; Totals 17-2-40.
OTTOVILLE 45, MINSTER 43
OTTOVILLE — Minster fell just short to the No. 1-ranked Big Green on Saturday. Ottoville rallied in the fourth quarter to earn a 45-43 win.
Abby Siefker led Ottoville with 18 points.
Claire Fischer led Minster with 12 points. Bridget Geiger had nine points.
MIN 15 10 9 9 — 43
OTT 10 8 12 15 — 45
MINSTER — Fischer 5-0-12, Richard 2-0-4, Geiger 4-1-9, Wuebker 1-2-5, Arnold 1-0-2, Dahlinghaus 1-3-5, Trego 2-0-6. TOTALS 16-6-43.
OTTOVILLE — Turnwald 2-0-5, Mangas 3-2-9, Lindman 2-2-6, Beining 3-1-7, TOTALS 18-7-45.