Career Night by Mele, Caywood Leads St. Marys past St. John's

St. Marys' Makenna Mele and Clare Caywood both scored career highs in points with 14 each during the Roughriders' 73-38 non-league victory on Tuesday
Sports Editor

Five players reached double figures in scoring — two for career highs — a big first-half advantage and a suffocating defense was the perfect recipe for getting the St. Marys Roughriders back on track in a convincing 73-38 non-league win against Delphos St. John's on Tuesday.

Makenna Mele scored a career-high 14 points — all in the first half — while sophomore Clare Caywood broke her career high with 14 points too — with nine of them coming in the fourth quarter.


The defense, meanwhile, allowed just two points in the second quarter, outscoring the Blue Jays 18-2 that period and 43-12 overall in the first half, all while grabbing 11 defensive rebounds.


The Roughriders (5-1) bounced back nicely on Tuesday after suffering their first loss of the season on Thursday against Ottawa-Glandorf as they recorded their fifth victory when holding teams to under 50 points a game this season and 17-2 in their last 19 contests dating back to last season.


St. Marys started the game on an 11-2 run as the Riders were able to attack the basket early against a depleted Blue Jays' lineup.


As the quarter wore on, ball movement became prevalent as Sydney Cisco collected three assists in order to feed the junior Mele for eight points in the first 12 minutes.


The Roughriders scored on 11 of their first 16 possessions of the first quarter as they jumped out to a 25-10 lead.


The defense made its presence known in the second quarter as the Roughriders forced six turnovers, grabbed seven defensive rebounds and limited the Blue Jays to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting from the floor.


The offense benefited with 15 possessions — scoring on all but six — and 16-0 outscoring to enter the half.


By the end of the first half, Mele tallied a team-high 14 points and grabbed four boards and the Roughriders' offense shot 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) from the field in the first 24 minutes.


The Roughriders' defense continued its dominating ways in the second half as they forced St. John's to shoot 0-of-6 from the field as part of a 7-0 run by St. Marys, including two 3-pointers from Caywood as part of her three in the fourth quarter.


Mele's stat line for the night read 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds.


Caywood finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range and six boards to go along with career-high 14 points.