Riders Get Gritty Win Over Blue Jays

St. Marys Shania Taylor (32) garbs a rebound and attempts to put it in the basket Tuesday night in a non-league game against Delphos St. John's
Sports Editor

It was not always pretty, but wins do not always have to be pretty.

For St. Marys Roughriders varsity girls basketball coach Nikki Miars, she was looking for a building block game from her squad, and she got it Tuesday night, in a gritty, down-to-the-wire non-league game against Delphos, improving to 3-2 on the season with a 44-41 win at Robert A. Arnzen Memorial Gymnasium in Delphos.

Shooting just 25 percent from the field in the first half, yet the Roughriders held on to a 17-14 halftime lead. The Roughriders may not have had much success shooting from the perimeter, but they had success in the paint, drawing fouls and grabbing rebounds, including 17 boards as Erika Angstmann was 1 of 6 from the field, yet led St. Marys with 8 points.

In the second half, the Riders stayed alive long enough in the third quarter to stay in the game after being outscored 15-9 in the third.

Down for about half of the quarter, Shania Taylor scored the first nine points of the quarter for the Riders, with her ninth point giving St. Marys a slim 36-35 lead with 3:20 remaining.

The Roughriders never lost the lead as the Blue Jays continued to put the Roughriders on the foul line, but St. Marys nailed 7 of 9 down the stretch.

"It was a building block win for us tonight," Miars said.