LIMA — Lima Senior needed a quarter to get going.
But once the Spartans pulled out their running game, they were able to sprint past Oregon Clay.
Lima Senior’s fast-break attack was too much for Clay 52-29 in a girls basketball game Thursday at Lima Senior.
Keying the running game was Lima Senior point guard Nakiya Sigman, who had 23 points, eight assists and three 3-pointers.
A.J. Bullock added 14 points and 10 rebounds from down low. Cheyanne Bean had four points and nine rebounds.
Lima Senior, which had lost three in a row, stands 9-7, 5-3 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
“It was a much needed win,” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday said. “They’ve been working hard in practice.’’
Clay is 4-9, 1-7 in the TRAC.
Olivia Henneman-Dallape, a 6-foot-1 senior, led the Eagles with five points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.
Lima Senior had lost three in a row to Ottawa-Glandorf, St. Ursula and Toledo Central Catholic.
So the Spartans needed a jump start.
They got just that in the second quarter.
The game was tied at 6 after the first quarter.
It was still tied at 11 with just over seven minutes left before halftime.
That’s when the Spartans’ got their rebound-and-run game in high gear. That led to a 13-1 Spartans’ burst and Lima Senior pulled out to 23-12 lead with 58 seconds left in the first half.
During that run Lima Senior had three straight fast-break layups.
Two were scored by Bullock, off perfectly lofted passes from halfcourt by Sigman.
“That’s what we worked on in practice, was me running the floor very hard and her (Sigman) looking to get the ball to me,” Bullock said. “We did well in practice and we put it to work on the floor.’’
The third fast-break basket in a row was converted by Williams.
Lima Senior forced Clay into 26 turnovers for the game and 11 by halftime.
“In the second quarter we were able to turn them over a little bit, get the wings running wide and Nakiya found A.J. in transition and A.J. finished at the rim,” Halliday said.
The Spartans needed to run the floor to help counter Clay’s pair of 6-1 post players, Henneman-Dallape and Alivia Rew.
Rew scored four points to give the Eagles post duo a combined nine points.
“Defensively, I thought we were really solid all night long,” Halliday said. “Rew, Henneman and (Kennedy) Slovak had 42 points against us the first time we played them. Our goal tonight was to hold them to 25 and we held them to 13.’’
Bean, Bullock and Williams all took turns watching Rew and Henneman-Dallape and Slovak.
“We wanted to play and tough and play together,” Bullock said of her team’s defense.
The Spartans ran off a 10-0 run in the third quarter to pull out to a 36-19 lead.
During that run, Sigman hit a 3-pointer, Williams had a steal and fast-break layup and Bullock scored via a fast-break layup.
Clay won the boards, 39-33.
Lima Senior shot 39 percent from the field and was 4 of 11 on 3-pointers.
Clay shot only 27 percent from the field and was 4 of 13 on 3-pointers.
“We had to get back on the winning streak,” Bullock said. “We were tired of losing.’’
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