Girls basketball: New Knoxville defeats Wapakoneta for 17th victory

WAPAKONETA — New Knoxville is 17-2 for several reasons.

There’s the outside shooting game of Ellie Gabel and Haley Fledderjohann.

And, there’s the inside game of sisters Avery and Carsyn Henschen.

The balanced New Knoxville offense cruised to a 47-26 girls basketball victory Saturday against Wapakoneta.

Wapak is 8-12.

Gabel led the way for the Rangers with 18 points and four 3-pointers.

Avery Henschen, a 5-foot-10 senior, had nine points and and 11 rebounds.

Carsyn Henschen, a 6-foot-1 senior, had nine points.

Fledderjohann scored eight with two 3-pointers.

“They’re good,” Wapak coach Rusty Allen said of New Knoxville. “Going into today, we knew we would have to play an ‘A’ game. They just have too many weapons. They have seven seniors playing together as long as they have.’’

Alyssa Harrod and Elisabeth Good both scored six for Wapak. Reagan Courter had five rebounds with her three points.

The Rangers led 12-4 after the first quarter and 22-9 at the half.

New Knoxville had the inside presence of 6-foot-1 Carsyn Henschen and she went inside for two layups in the early going to give the Rangers a quick 6-2 lead.

Gabel then sank one of her three first half 3-pointers and the Rangers led 12-4 after the first quarter.

Gabel started the second quarter with two 3-pointers from the right wing and the Rangers’ lead grew to 18-7.

“Ideally, we’d like to take both the inside and outside game away,” Allen said of his zone defense. “We tried to take the inside part away, hoping that Ellie (Gabel) wouldn’t shoot the ball very well. That was wishful thinking.

“I know her pretty well because she played AAU for us this past summer. I’ve seen it firsthand what she can and can’t do all summer long. You just hope it’s not going to be against you. She’s a great kid and a great player.

“They’re a team that should make a deep run come tournament time.’’

Gabel scored seven points in the third quarter and the Rangers knocked down three 3-pointers in the quarter. The threes came from Gabel, Fledderjohann and Carsyn Henschen.

New Knoxville led 37-16 after three quarters and wasn’t challenged in the final quarter.

It was senior day at Wapak and among the Redskins starters was Katie Lisi, who has missed most of this season with a torn ACL knee injury, which will need surgery.

It was agreed by both coaches that the game would start with Lisi scoring a layup. New Knoxville was then given an uncontested layup to tie the game at 2.

“She’s (Lisi) been out since our second league game, which was O-G (Ottawa-Glandorf), the first week of December,” Allen said. “She hasn’t had surgery yet because she’s been waiting for this (senior day).

“I applaud Tim (New Knoxville coach Hegemier) because I went to him and said we’re going to start her and he said, ‘Let’s let her score.’ That’s when I said if you let her score, we’ll let you score, too. It was a classy gesture on his part to do something like that for us.’’

Lisi will miss her final softball season as well.

“She looked forward to this today, and I know it meant a lot to her,” Allen said. “You hate to see any kid get hurt, especially her senior year.’’

Wapak won the boards, 22-19. But the Redskins had 16 turnovers against the tight New Knoxville man defense. New Knoxville had six turnovers.

New Knoxville shot 39 percent from the field and was 7 of 16 on 3-pointers.

Wapak shot 38 percent from the field and was 2 of 8 on 3-pointers.

New Knoxville coach Tim Hegemier left immediately after the game.

Rangers assistant coach Matt Gabel said he was pleased with his team’s man-to-man defensive effort.

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New Knoxville’s Carsyn Henschen puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Alyssa Harrod during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Wapak-girls-basketball-vs-New-Knoxville-DS1-1.jpgNew Knoxville’s Carsyn Henschen puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Alyssa Harrod during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

New Knoxville’s Ellie Gabel guards Wapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Wapak-girls-basketball-vs-New-Knoxville-DS2-1.jpgNew Knoxville’s Ellie Gabel guards Wapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

New Knoxville’s Avery Henschen puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good, left, and Alyssa Harrod, right, during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Wapak-girls-basketball-vs-New-Knoxville-DS3-1.jpgNew Knoxville’s Avery Henschen puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good, left, and Alyssa Harrod, right, during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos makes a pass against New Knoxville’s Avery Henschen (4) and Melisa Waterman during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Wapak-girls-basketball-vs-New-Knoxville-DS4-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos makes a pass against New Knoxville’s Avery Henschen (4) and Melisa Waterman during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good drives against New Knoxville’s Avery Henschen during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Wapak-girls-basketball-vs-New-Knoxville-DS8-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good drives against New Knoxville’s Avery Henschen during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Georgia Schroeder looks to make a pass against New Knoxville’s Erica Weadock during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Wapak-girls-basketball-vs-New-Knoxville-DS5-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Georgia Schroeder looks to make a pass against New Knoxville’s Erica Weadock during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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