Girls basketball: Wapakoneta’s 3-pointers not enough to get past Marion Local


By Tom Usher - [email protected]



Marion Local’s Molly Winner, left, and Nora Eckstein, right, defend against Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.

Marion Local’s Molly Winner, left, and Nora Eckstein, right, defend against Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.


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Wapakoneta’s Reagan Courter puts up a shot during Saturday’s game against Marion Local at Wapakoneta.

Wapakoneta’s Reagan Courter puts up a shot during Saturday’s game against Marion Local at Wapakoneta.


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Marion Local’s Lindsey Koenig puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Reagan Courter during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.


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Wapakoneta’s Allie Wilosn drives against Marion Local’s Olivia DeMange during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.


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Marion Local’s Molly Winner puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Allie Wilson during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.


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Wapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos drives against Marion Local’s Nora Eckstein during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

WAPAKONETA — Marion Local kept pounding it inside to its power players.

And Wapakoneta countered with its 3-point barrages.

In the end, Marion Local held off 3-point shooting Wapakoneta 59-56 in a girls basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Wapak’s Allie Wilson tied a school record with seven 3-pointers in the game and scored 21 points.

Her seven 3-pointers tied the school mark held by Megan Watt and Nicole Brown.

“At the beginning I was missing a lot of my threes, they were going in and straight back out,” Wilson said. “But I kept shooting and my team encouraged me. They told me to keep shooting and that’s what I did. Toward the end, I was getting hot.”

Wapak’s Addy Allen scored 14 with four 3-pointers.

As a team, Wapak hit 12 3-pointers, on 36 attempts, to tie another school record for 3-pointers made in a game.

“That was pretty cool to be a part of a team that can break records,” Wilson said. “It’s great having a team like this, where we’ve played with each other since the third grade, and being able to set records.’’

But while Wapak was zoning in on long-range jumpers, the Flyers were going inside with 5-foot-9 Sammy Hoelscher, 5-10 Lindsey Koenig and 6-foot Molly Winter.

Hoelscher scored from inside and out and had 19 points, three 3-pointers and seven rebounds.

Koenig scored 18 from inside and Winner had 17, all down low.

“We knew going in it was going to be a rough road inside,” Wapak coach Rusty Allen said. “They’re just so physical. That was a worry of ours. But I thought my post players gave me everything they could.

“But Allie (Wilson) has shot the ball well for us all year and we’ve talked to Addy (Allen), that you have to become more of a scorer instead of a facilitator and both of them tonight did a great job of keeping us in the game.’’

Wapakoneta, which was playing without injured Katie Lisi, is 2-4. Marion Local is 4-3.

Marion Local led 59-56 with 9.9 seconds to go after Winner sank two foul shots.

Wapak navigated through the Flyers’ halfcourt trap and Allen fired a 3-pointer which missed with one second left. The ball ended up going out of bounds to the Flyers and Marion Local held on for the victory.

The fourth quarter was a perfect summary of the game’s back-and-forth flow and contrast in team styles.

Marion Local led 39-37 after three quarters and ripped off a 10-0 run to take a 49-37 lead with 5:56 to go.

“Our girls didn’t panic though,” coach Allen said. “We talked about it at halftime. We said we’re not going to get much inside so we really have to work the ball and figure out ways to be creative on the outside.’’

During that run, Hoelscher scored on a layup and a 3-pointer.

But back came Wapak with the threes.

Allen and Wilson both sank 3-pointers.

Then Wilson dropped back-to-back 3-pointers, the second one coming with 2:30 to go.

That powered Wapak on a 14-4 run and the Redskins got within 53-51 with 1:50 to go.

But while Wapak hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, it wasn’t able to hit another three in the final two minutes.

Hoelscher scored seven points for the Flyers in the final quarter.

“I coach her (Hoelscher) in AAU,” Allen said. “I know her pretty well. She’s a gamer. She does so many different things well. She can shoot the ball, she can drive and she can pass.’’

Wapak took a 16-11 lead after the first quarter. Helping the Redskins to the early lead were 3-pointers by Wilson, Allen and Elisabeth Good.

Marion Local ran off a 9-0 run to start the second to take a 20-16 lead. The Flyers went inside most of the second quarter and scored six of their eight baskets on layups.

Marion Local won the boards, 32-28.

Wapak’s Alyssa Harrod had seven rebounds with her two points. Reagan Courter had six rebounds and eight points.

Marion Local had 11 turnovers against the Wapak 2-3 zone. Wapak had only seven turnovers against the Marion Local 2-3 zone.

Marion Local’s Molly Winner, left, and Nora Eckstein, right, defend against Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-BB-001-1.jpgMarion Local’s Molly Winner, left, and Nora Eckstein, right, defend against Wapakoneta’s Elisabeth Good during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Reagan Courter puts up a shot during Saturday’s game against Marion Local at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-BB-005-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Reagan Courter puts up a shot during Saturday’s game against Marion Local at Wapakoneta. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Marion Local’s Lindsey Koenig puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Reagan Courter during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-BB-003-1.jpgMarion Local’s Lindsey Koenig puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Reagan Courter during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Allie Wilosn drives against Marion Local’s Olivia DeMange during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-BB-006-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Allie Wilosn drives against Marion Local’s Olivia DeMange during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Marion Local’s Molly Winner puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Allie Wilson during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-BB-002-1.jpgMarion Local’s Molly Winner puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Allie Wilson during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos drives against Marion Local’s Nora Eckstein during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-BB-004-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Nikane Ambos drives against Marion Local’s Nora Eckstein during Saturday’s game at Wapakoneta. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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