Poor Shooting, Rebounding Sink Roughriders

St. Marys' Shania Taylor attempts to make a basket in a Western Buckeye League game against Bath.
Sports Editor

The Bath Wildcats found a recipe to defeating the St. Marys Roughriders.

Nevertheless, the Roughriders varsity girls team did not play at its best Thursday in a shocking and disappointing 59-36 Western Buckeye League loss at home.

Right from the start, the Wildcats dominated the game, setting a tone for how the night was going to be for the Roughriders. The Wildcats opened the game with a 4-0 lead. After an Erika Angstmann free throw to make it 4-1 with 6:12 to go in the opening quarter, Bath went on a 12-0 run for the next 5:13 to take a commanding 16-1 lead until a Quincy Rable bucket made the first quarter score 16-3.

The biggest culprit for the Roughriders was the lack of rebounding. Bath opened the game with nine boards compared to St. Marys’ three. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Roughriders 35-25 in the game.

In the meantime, the shooting was as cold was the weather outside. The Roughriders opened their shooting mark going just 1 of 9 in the first quarter and finished 12 of 50 overall, including 3 of 15 from the three-point line, 0 of 7 in the second half.

Lindi and Sydney scored a combined 30 points in the Roughriders’ last game against New Bremen; they both scored a combined two points (off free throws) Thursday and racked up eight fouls, with Lindi Cisco fouling out.

Despite a 2-1 record in the last three games, the Roughriders are shooting just 29 percent (45 of 155) from the field.

The loss also serves as a devastating blow to the Roughriders’ chance of capturing a WBL title. Thursday’s loss coupled with a blowout win by Ottawa-Glandorf against Defiance puts St. Marys three games back with three games remaining in league play.

The loss also sinks the Roughriders to a third-place tie in the standings. Wapakoneta defeated Celina – the next WBL team St. Marys plays – moving the Redskins in second with Bath and St. Marys in a third-place tie with the Bulldogs.

Kenton also won tonight, defeating Shawnee in overtime, but the Roughriders hold a head-to-head tiebreaker on the Wildcats.

Shania Taylor led the scoring for St. Marys with 17 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds, one board short of her sixth double-double. Angstmann scored 11 points and grabbed six boards.