LIMA – Lima Senior’s Nakiya Sigman flipped on the defensive switch.
And off went the Spartans.
With plenty of help from its defense, Lima Senior posted a 62-46 victory over Fremont Ross in a girls basketball game Monday at Lima Senior.
Lima Senior, which was coming off a 63-47 victory over Lima Central Catholic, is 4-4, 3-1 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
Fremont Ross is 1-6, 0-5 in the TRAC.
“In the second quarter, we turned it on,” Sigman said. “We looked up at the scoreboard and saw them inching back in it. We turned up our pressure. I turned it up and then my team turned it up.’’
Sigman led the Spartans with 19 points.
Spartans A.J. Bullock had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Lexi Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds. Cheyanne Bean had eight points and nine rebounds.
“Nakiya was huge and A.J. had a double-double,” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday said. “It’s a good win.
“A.J. really worked at it this summer. These are the kind of performances we need from her.’’
Added Sigman, “A.J. has kicked it on her senior year. She’s running right with me, along with Cheyanne. We’re excited and ready to keep going.’’
Lima Senior won the boards, 43-32.
The Spartans also forced 22 Ross turnovers.
Sarah Widman came off the bench to lead Ross with 13 points and three 3-pointers.
Ross freshman Janiah Holmes had seven points and 15 rebounds.
The Spartans’ Sigman was playing her third game back after missing one game with a hip injury.
Sigman took command in the second quarter.
Lima Senior led 14-8 after the first quarter.
But Ross only trailed by one 21-20 with 2:45 left in the second quarter.
That’s when Sigman took over.
First, she hit a driving layup.
That gave the Spartans a 23-20.
Then, Sigman made a steal and an end-to-end fast-break layup.
Next, it was Ryann Miller with a layup.
Another steal by Sigman and she converted another layup.
Taylor Talbert added a layup.
Then, another steal by Sigman and it was Williams converting at the other end.
It added up to a 13-0 Spartans run and a 34-20 Spartans’ halftime lead.
“She’s (Sigman) our leader,” Halliday said. “She makes the right decisions and gets people the ball in spots where they can succeed. And at the end of the second quarter was huge.’’
The Spartans led 46-32 after three quarters.
Ross went from a man to a 1-3-1 halfcourt trap in the final quarter and it helped it cut the lead to 47-39 with 5:18 to go.
Sigman canned a corner 3-pointer and the lead went back to 11, 52-41, with 3:24 to play.
The Spartans held that cushion to the end.
“Against the 1-3-1, we figured out the passes we needed to make,” Sigman said.