BATH TOWNSHIP – It quickly became apparent that points were going to be harder to come by than a solution to the fiscal cliff problem facing the House and Senate.
Bath found a way to manage just enough points and eked out a 27-24 win over Findlay to capture the Bath McDonald’s Holiday Tournament for the 14th time in 16 years.
Lima Central Catholic knocked off Rossford 53-44 to win the consolation game.
The Wildkittens (8-2) employed a 2-3 zone defense which gave the Trojans fits. Then, Bath then threw a man-to-man press at them in the second half, which turned the game in Bath’s favor.
Findlay (7-2) grabbed a quick 12-10 lead after one quarter of play before Bath bounced back with five points to open the second quarter and grab a 15-12 lead.
But the Trojans immediately answered with two baskets to grab the halftime lead at 16-15.
At that point, the proverbial lid went on the basket as far as the Trojans were concerned.
Findlay would hit only 1-of-12 from the field in the third quarter and Bath assumed a 23-19 lead going to the fourth quarter after outscoring the Trojans 8-3 in the third quarter.
The game was still in doubt after Findlay outscored the Wildkittens 5-2 to get to with-in 25-24 with only 19 second to play.
Findlay then fouled sophomore Alyssa Manley and the 5-foot-4 guard calmly swished both ends of a one-and-one to give Bath the win. Manley totaled five points in the game.
“I knew I had to keep calm and hit those free throws,” Manley said. “Those are major points and you have to hit them.”
Emily Ruhe was the only player to reach double digits in the game with her 11-point effort which came despite being guarded by 6-3 Christina McQueen of Findlay. Ruhe also had four blocks in the contest at the defensive end.
“Their defense put us to a halt and we did the same to them” Bath assistant coach Missy Roush said. “Ruhe played well despite having a 6-3 girl on her.”
Roush coached from the bench when head coach Greg Mauk came down with a severe case of the flu and stayed in the stands away from his players.
“We are making progress,” Mauk said. “Missy went to the full-court press in the second half and that gave them problems.”
Findlay ended the game hitting only 27 percent on 10-of-36 from the field while Bath ended at 26 percent on their 11-of-41 effort from the floor.
LCC used a hot start to grab a 53-44 win over Rossford to capture the consolation game in the tournament.
The T-Birds hit three first quarter 3-pointers to grab a 14-11 lead after the first quarter of play. Sydney Santaguida connected on two and Meridith Shepherd added the other trey for LCC.
The T-Birds (4-5) would see the lead grow to 26-19 at the half before the Bulldogs bounced back to get to with-in 35-34 going to the final period of play.
Rossford (5-5) grabbed the lead at 36-35 when they hit a quick bucket to open the fourth quarter but Shepherd answered when she connected on a 3-pointer on the next LCC possession to give the T-Birds a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
LCC had three players score in double figures led by Shepherd with a game-high 19-point effort that included three treys. Sydney Mohler added 12 points for LCC while Santaguida chipped in with 10 for the T-Birds.
“I was happy with our first half. Wee played a complete game. We got a little sloppy in the second half." LCC coach Katie Krieg said. “When they got the lead in the fourth quarter and Meredith hit that trey, that showed our growth and we improved defensively from last night (a 65-27 loss to Bath).”
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