SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Shawnee had its inside game going with 6-foot-1 Trinity Gearing and 5-10 Alissa Stahler.
Then came the outside game with Tessa Jordan.
Shawnee built up a 13-point second-half lead and posted a 55-42 victory over Spencerville on Tuesday at Shawnee High School.
Stahler finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Gearing had 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks.
Jordan, who was inserted in the starting lineup, had 13 points with three 3-pointers.
“That’s her,” Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan said of Jordan. “She’s been working toward that all season. I expected that to happen. She’s getting better and more confident.’’
Eliyana Floyd added 11 points for Shawnee.
Shawnee is 7-4. Spencerville is 6-3.
“That was our intention, to beat them in the paint, with our size,” Heistan said. “But we had a good mix. Tessa Jordan hit some big threes outside and Eliyana hit that one three. … We had four players in double figures. That’s a solid game.’’
Spencerville was led by Melanie Koening’s 11 points. Nelayna Burden had 10 points and five rebounds.
Abbygayle Satterfield had four points and eight rebounds.
Shawnee took a 27-18 lead into halftime.
Floyd and Jordan hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the heart of the third quarter for the Indians to push their lead to 37-24.
Shawnee led 40-30 after three quarters.
Spencerville charged back with dribble-drive penetration and passing of point guard Kaiden Grigsby.
Burden also got loose at the back end of the press for layups.
Spencerville got as close as 46-40 with 5:55 left.
Shawnee closed the game out at the free-throw line.
“I think we played pretty hard in the fourth quarter,” Spencerville coach Greg Ekis said. “I think in the first three we didn’t play as hard as we should have and they got up too many on us. They’re a good basketball team and it’s hard to come back in just one quarter.’’
Shawnee won the boards, 30-28.
Shawnee went inside early to Gearing and she responded with six first-quarter points.
That helped the Indians roll out to an 18-8 lead. Shawnee led 18-10 after the first quarter.
Stahler went inside in the second quarter to help the Indians take a 27-18 lead at the half.
Stahler had six points and seven boards at the break.
Another first-half offensive boost for Shawnee came from Jordan, who had nine first-half points with a pair of 3-pointers.
At the other end, the Shawnee defense, using a variety of defenders was smothering Spencerville sophomore Burden. She had only two at the half.
“She (Burden) finished the ball well, especially in the fourth quarter, and gave us a nice little jump,” Ekis said. “But they’re a good team and you just can’t play one good quarter. … They were big, long and athletic and they used that to their advantage tonight.’’