SPENCERVILLE — Wapakoneta went right to the rim early and often.
And at the defensive end, the Redskins turned on the full-court pressure.
That spelled a 39-17 Wapakoneta victory over Celina to win the Division II sectional championship Saturday at Spencerville.
Wapak (13-10) advances to the district semifinals to meet St. Marys (13-10) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Paulding.
Celina finished the year 7-17.
In the second sectional title game of the night, St. Marys pulled away from Shawnee in the final quarter, 44-30.
Wapak senior point guard Audra Schaub led the way with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds.
“We talked about getting to the basket tonight,” Schaub said. “We went out there, and like coach (Rusty) Allen says, have fun and good things will happen. I went out there and believed in my teammates and myself. I just drove and it went in.’’
Wapak’s Makenzie Wilson had eight points and five rebounds.
Addy Allen had six points. Katie Engle had four rebounds and four blocks with her two points.
Celina was led by Sidney Howell’s four points. Maddy Luebke had two points and six boards.
Wapak ended up forcing 17 Celina turnovers.
Wapak won the boards, 25-22.
Wapak went out to a 7-2 lead and led 11-4 after the first quarter.
Of the Redskins’ five first-quarter baskets, four were layups.
“We ran a couple of specials early on and we felt we could get the offense moving,” Wapak coach Rusty Allen said. “That was the key, executing some of our offensive sets and then pressuring them, defensively, full court. We tried to deny them the inbound pass.’’
Wapak ripped off an 8-0 run to expand its lead to 15-4 early in the second quarter.
Not only did the Redskins have the 6-foot Wilson the blocks, it had the driving and penetrating ability of Schaub.
Wapak took a 20-8 lead into the half.
The Redskins hit 9 of 17 from the field at the half, with eight baskets coming off layups.
“We felt like they were going to come out and pressure us,” Allen said. “We felt like we could get some buckets around the rim. And we felt with her (Schaub’s) quickness, we felt we could exploit that a little more.’’
At the other end, Wapak’s man and man press was cutting off Celina’s ability to run it offense.
Celina hit 3 of 18 from the field at the half.
The Redskins started the third quarter on a 9-1 run to pull out to a 29-9 lead.
Schaub knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter after she already established she could drive her way to the basket.
St. Marys 44,
St. Marys guard Carly Caywood tossed in 20 points to power the Roughriders over Shawnee in the sectional title game.
Elena Menker added eight points with two 3-pointers for St. Marys.
Lauren Cisco had six points.
Kerri Roberson led Shawnee with 10 points and two 3-pointers.
Trinity Gearing had six points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
Caywood sank two 3-pointers and continually found driving lanes to the basket.
St. Marys led 12-9 after the first quarter and Caywood had 10 of her team’s 12 points.
“Give them credit. They played with four guards at one point,” Shawnee coach Rachel Ciminillo said. “That was tough to match up for us, defensively. … We had really zeroed in on a couple of their girls, but they had Caywood and other players step up. We really focused on (Lauren) Cisco this week and we did a nice job on here, but Caywood really stepped us for them.’’
Caywood, who had many explosive drives to the basket, had 14 points at the half.
“Any night we have scorers, it’s just who is going to show up,” St. Marys coach Jon Burke said. “We don’t light up stat lines and we don’t have that go-to person. We count on all nine girls who go in who can shoot.’’
The Roughriders’ defensive pressure (man and a man press) helped them to a 20-14 lead at the half.
Shawnee had 12 turnovers at the half.
Shawnee battled back with its man defense.
And when Indians’ Roberson and Grace O’Connor both hit 3-pointers early in the second half, Shawnee got as close as 22-20 with 5:52 left in the third.
That’s when St. Marys ran off a 10-0 run to pull out to a 32-20 lead with 1:56 left in the third.
During that run, Menker canned back-to-back 3-pointers.
St. Marys led 32-24 after the third quarter.
Shawnee wasn’t able to slice the lead under eight the rest of the way.
St. Marys forced 20 Shawnee turnovers for the game.
Shawnee finished 6-18, but Ciminillo saw her team improve as the season went on.
“We are totally different team,” Ciminillo said. “We started the year averaging almost 40 turnovers a game and we more than cut that in half.’’