Thursday Recap: Riders Complete Comeback Against Shawnee

St. Marys' Makenna Mele drives to the basket with a Shawnee defending attempting to block her shot in the fourth quarter of Thursday's Western Buckeye League girls basketball game.
Jake Dowling
Sports Editor

Girls Basketball

St. Marys 48, Shawnee 38

When the perimeter shooting is not working, feed the ball to Makenna Mele and everything takes care of itself.

That was the theme the St. Marys Roughriders girls basketball team stuck to in the fourth quarter where the senior post scored eight of her 22 points to propel the Riders to a come-from-behind 48-38 Western Buckeye League win against Shawnee on Thursday.

Limited to just eight points and fouling out in Tuesday’s non-league loss to Russia, Mele was a force on Thursday and she stepped up when her team needed it most.

Trailing by just four entering the fourth quarter, the game plan was to feed the ball to Mele as the senior opened the final stanza by scoring the Riders’ (7-6, 2-2 WBL) first eight points, but still trailing 37-34 with 5:16 remaining in regulation.

Two free throws by Sydney Cisco closed the game to within one and Ally Will’s bucket with 3:50 left gave St. Marys its first lead of the game since the early going of the third quarter, 38-37. The Roughriders went on to score the game’s next eight points and 10 of the next 11 to close out the game.

And Mele’s presence inside was the key as St. Marys scored all of its 22 points at the rim and shot a perfect 12-of-12 from the foul line.

Beginning with a bucket from Mele with 5:16 left to make the score 37-34, the Roughriders went on a 14-0 run before an Eliyana Floyd free throw with 34.8 seconds left ended the run, but St. Marys — who was outscored 11-4 to end the game on Tuesday — outscored Shawnee 22-8 on Thursday.

Sydney Cisco followed Mele with eight points — all from the foul line — while the Riders received significant playing time from Will and Carly Caywood with six points each. Will scored all of her points in the fourth quarter as the sophomores combined for eight points in the final quarter.

Due to a lack-luster performance in the first quarter that saw the Indians (7-7, 1-3) outrebound St. Marys 10-5 and the Roughriders shoot 1-of-11 from the field to trail 13-6 after the first eight minutes, the Roughriders took over the boards in the second quarter — a 14-11 advantage — to outscore the Indians, 11-5, trailing just by one, 18-17, at the half.

For the full story, see Friday's print edition of The Evening Leader.

Delphos St. John's 40, New Knoxville 37

DELPHOS —The New Knoxville Rangers girls basketball team dropped a Midwest Athletic Conference game to Delphos St. John’s 40-37, on Thursday at St. John’s High School.

New Knoxville has been outscored 178-144 in its four MAC losses this season, with three games within six points each.

Morgan Leffel led the Rangers (6-9, 0-4 MAC) with 11 points, but was limited to just two in the second half.

Jacklyn Leffel scored 10 points, while Megan Jurosic finished with eight points.

Erin Scott’s six points and Samantha Trego’s two points rounded out the scoring for the Rangers.

The Blue Jays (7-5, 1-3) were led by Paige Gaynier’s game-high 17 points.

Minster 65, St. Henry 25

SAINT HENRY — With good defense and good bench play the Minster Wildcats held St. Henry to single digits in every quarter for a 65-25 victory in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Thursday

The game started on a high note when Demaris Wolf nailed a trey from the corner.

Within the first six minutes, Minster (12-0, 4-0 MAC) reached double figures  with an 11-3 lead, and with three minutes left, the Wildcats extended it to 10 points on a basket by Courtney Prenger who had 12 points by the end of the first quarter.

Four players scored in double figures for Minster with Prenger leading the way with 20 points. Ivy Wolf had 14 points, Demaris Wolf had 12 points and Taylor Kogge had 10 points.

20. Fort Recovery 36, 4. New Bremen 20

NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals fell to the powerful offense of the Fort Recovery Indians on Thursday night in a Midwest Athletic Conference game.
The Cardinals (11-2, 2-2 MAC) struggled to keep and maintain a rhythm against the quick-paced Indians (10-1, 4-0).
Opening the first quarter, the Indians outscored the Cardinals 17-2. A 3-pointer by sophomore Val Muhlenkamp at the 6-minute mark set a tone for the rest of the quarter and game.
After a series of missed shots, junior Kelly Naylor nailed two points to the scoreboard.
 The Indians were led by senior Kiah Wendel and Muhlenkamp each with six points. Naylor was the lone scorer for the quarter with two points.
At the start of the second quarter, the Indians fouled which led to the Cardinals scoring two free throw points from senior Jane Homan. Homan went on to score six more points in the quarter, the Cardinals outscoring the Indians 11-6 to close their deficit to 23-13 at the half.

After halftime, the Cardinals were tired out by the Indians, not scoring a single point in the third quarter. The Indians tallied 12 more points onto the game. The quarter was led by Muhlenkamp with seven points.

The Cardinals attempted to add points to the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, but they fell short of the clock. The Cardinals limited the Indians to only score one point in the quarter to the Cardinals’ seven points.

Homan led the Cardinals with ten points and Muhlenkamp led the Indians with 15 points.

Junior High Girls Basketball

St. Marys 45, Celina 9
Celina 34, St. Marys 25

CELINA — The St. Marys Roughriders eighth grade girls basketball team improved to 10-0 on the season with a 45-9 victory over the Celina Bulldogs on Thursday.

Karsyn McGlothen led the Riders with nine points followed by Noey Ruane with seven points.  Mackenzie Lindeman and Kelly Grannan each scored secored points.

Lydia Will and Elena Menker contributed five points apiece with Morgan Hirshfeld chipping in four points. Kendall Dieringer finished out the scoring with three points.

The seventh grade girls team fell 34-25 dropping them to 6-4 on the season.

Amelia Ankerman and Halle Huston paced the Riders with seven points each.

Renee Sweigart scored four points while Cora Rable added three points.

Finishing out the scoring was Gretchen Burd with two points and Morgan Hesse and Gabby Keller each with a free throw.


Shawnee 40, St. Marys 31

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The St. Marys Roughriders wrestling team dropped its first Western Buckeye League dual match of the season, falling to Shawnee 40-31 on Thursday.

St. Marys (3-1) trails Celina (4-0) and Defiance (4-0) in the league standings. The Roughriders play host to Celina on Feb. 8 and play at Defiance on Feb. 12.

The Roughriders won six weight class matches on Thursday, beginning with a win by Clayton Drummond (113) by a tech fall over Cory Beach.

After Shawnee’s Chris Paysen (120) won by a void, St. Marys’ Parker Enoch (126) won 6-2 over Dylan Kohlhorst.

Austin Drummond (132) followed by a pin of Owen Burgress and Preston Wiechart (138) followed by a teach fall over Austin Matthews.

The Riders, however, lost four straight matches after that until Tyler Miller (182) won by a void to break the Indians’ run.

But the Indians won two of the final three matches, with St. Marys’ Nicholas Myers (285) ending the night with a pin of Eli Shelton.

Mason Adlesh of Shawnee pinned Max Sell (106), Trent Fairburn defeated Mason Saeler (145), 18-1, while Tommy Mabry (152) and Auston McChesney (160) each lost by a pin.

Noah Vogel (170) lost to Clay Adlesh, 10-4, while David Keller (195) lost to Howie Perkings, 6-5 and Logan Knous (220) lost to Adam Lewis, 16-0.

WBL Girls Basketball Scores

Bath 45, Celina 23
Defiance 45, Elida 38
Kenton 59, Wapakoneta 50
Ottawa-Glandorf 68, Van Wert 43
St. Marys 48, Shawnee 38

MAC Girls Basketball Scores

Coldwater 61, Parkway 39
Delphos St. John's 40, New Knoxville 37
Fort Recovery 36, New Bremen 20
Versailles 55, Marion Local 17
Minster 65, St. Henry 2

WBL Wrestling Scores

Celina 42, Bath 36
Wapakoneta 46, Kenton 24
Van Wert 35, Ottawa-Glandorf 30
Shawnee 40, St Marys 31
Defiance 41, Elida 27