Girls basketball: Shawnee tops St. Marys to stay unbeaten


Best, Freiberger each score 19 for Indians

By Mark Altstaetter - [email protected]



Shawnee’s Kelly Cooper (30) and Ania Person battle for a rebound against St. Marys’ Karsyn MCGlothen (left) and Noey Ruane for a rebound during Thursday night at St. Marys. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.

Shawnee’s Kelly Cooper (30) and Ania Person battle for a rebound against St. Marys’ Karsyn MCGlothen (left) and Noey Ruane for a rebound during Thursday night at St. Marys. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.


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St. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer brings the ball up the court during Thursday night’s game against Shawnee at St. Marys.

St. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer brings the ball up the court during Thursday night’s game against Shawnee at St. Marys.


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Shawnee’s Zoe Best puts up a shot against St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.


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St. Marys’ Cora Rable puts up a shot against Shawnee’s Ania Person during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.


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Shawnee girls basketball #32 Ania Person and St.Marys girls basketball #15 Noey Ruane fight for a rebound during action at St.Marys high school on January 20 2022 More photos at limaohio.com photos by Don Speck


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Shawnee’s Cecelia Worsham (center) battles St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen, left, and Morgan Hessefor the ball during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.


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St. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer puts up a shot against Shawnee’s Kelly Cooper during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.


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ST. MARYS – Shawnee girls head basketball coach Rachel Rumbaugh set some simple goals for her team this week as they headed to St. Marys on Thursday night for a key Western Buckeye League matchup against the Roughriders.

Rumbaugh’s team responded.

In the second half of Thursday’s game, Shawnee pulled away from St. Marys for a 62-48 victory over the Roughriders.

With the win, Shawnee, who is ranked 16th in Division II, keeps its perfect record intact as the Indians move to 16-0 overall and 6-0 in the WBL. St. Marys slips to 12-4 overall and 4-2 in league play.

“The girls did exactly what we asked them to do,” Rumbaugh said. “We asked them to keep the girls in front of them. We asked them to stay out of foul trouble. We also ended up getting some good sparks from different players.”

Leading the way for Shawnee Thursday were sophomores Zoe Best and Grace Freiberger, who each scored 19 points. Best also came away with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freiberger had three 3-pointers, two steals and two assists. Cecelia Worsham had 15 points for the Indians.

For St. Marys, Noelle Ruane poured in 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Morgan Hesse had 10 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Kendall Dieringer, who came into Thursday’s contest needing 18 points to reach the 1,000-career point total — had eight points, four steals and three assists.

“Ruane got loose a little bit,” Rumbaugh said. “But we talked about those two (Ruane and Dieringer) a lot this week. They are very, very good players. I think we did a good job on them.”

In the first quarter, the lead changed hands four times before St. Marys finally slipped out with a 20-19 lead by the first stop.

Ruane led the Roughriders with six first-quarter points. Freiberger led the Indians with seven markers.

Shawnee made 8 of 11 shots from the field in the first eight minutes for 73-percent shooting, while St. Marys was 6 of 11 from the floor for 55 percent.

St. Marys staved off several Shawnee runs in the second quarter, and went into the halftime break with a 32-29 lead.

The Roughriders connected from long range in the second stanza, hitting three times behind the 3-point line.

Ruane led the Roughriders with nine first-half points. Dieringer had eight points, four steals and three assists.

Worsham led Shawnee in the first 16 minutes with eight points.

“Cece Worsham was a game-changer. … No doubt about it,” Rumbaugh said.

Shawnee was 12 of 20 from the field in the first half for 60 percent. St. Marys was 10 of 21 from the floor for 48 percent.

Shawnee made a run midway through the third quarter.

The Indians, behind nine third-quarter points from Best, slipped out with a 46-43 lead by the third stop.

In the final eight minutes, Shawnee was 5 of 6 from the field, and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. St. Marys was just 2 of 11 from the floor.

Shawnee committed 14 turnovers on the night. St. Marys turned the ball over 13 times.

“They capitalized on our turnovers,” St. Marys head coach Jon Burke said. “Also, when they got defensive rebounds, they were out in transition in a heartbeat. When they got a defensive rebound, we didn’t get back and hustle tonight. … We have to do better at that.”

For the game, Shawnee shot 59 percent from the field. St. Marys connected on 37 percent of its field goal attempts.

Shawnee held a 27-24 edge on the boards.

Rumbaugh said her team is not focusing on the undefeated record.

“Honestly, we don’t talk about it. We just take one game at a time, and go from there,” she said.

Shawnee’s Kelly Cooper (30) and Ania Person battle for a rebound against St. Marys’ Karsyn MCGlothen (left) and Noey Ruane for a rebound during Thursday night at St. Marys. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS3-1.jpgShawnee’s Kelly Cooper (30) and Ania Person battle for a rebound against St. Marys’ Karsyn MCGlothen (left) and Noey Ruane for a rebound during Thursday night at St. Marys. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer brings the ball up the court during Thursday night’s game against Shawnee at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS6-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer brings the ball up the court during Thursday night’s game against Shawnee at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Zoe Best puts up a shot against St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS1-1.jpgShawnee’s Zoe Best puts up a shot against St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Cora Rable puts up a shot against Shawnee’s Ania Person during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS7-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Cora Rable puts up a shot against Shawnee’s Ania Person during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
Shawnee girls basketball #32 Ania Person and St.Marys girls basketball #15 Noey Ruane fight for a rebound during action at St.Marys high school on January 20 2022 More photos at limaohio.com photos by Don Speck
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS2-1.jpgShawnee girls basketball #32 Ania Person and St.Marys girls basketball #15 Noey Ruane fight for a rebound during action at St.Marys high school on January 20 2022 More photos at limaohio.com photos by Don Speck Don Speck | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Cecelia Worsham (center) battles St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen, left, and Morgan Hessefor the ball during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS-1.jpgShawnee’s Cecelia Worsham (center) battles St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen, left, and Morgan Hessefor the ball during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer puts up a shot against Shawnee’s Kelly Cooper during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_St.marys-girls-bb-vs-Shawnee-DS4-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Kendell Dieringer puts up a shot against Shawnee’s Kelly Cooper during Thursday night’s game at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
Best, Freiberger each score 19 for Indians

By Mark Altstaetter

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