LIMA – Wapakoneta got the quick start that it wanted.
Then down the stretch, Wapakoneta did just enough to hold off Lima Central Catholic for a 45-37 victory in a boys basketball matchup Tuesday night at Msgr. Edward C. Herr Gymnasium.
Kaden Siefring led Wapakoneta (10-5) with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Jackson Courter had 11 points and three rebounds. John Buchanan had seven points, including two 3-pointers for Wapakoneta.
“It was really nice to get out to a fast start. That really helped,” Wapakoneta head coach Trey Elchert said. “Then, we were able to play well down the stretch.”
Evan Unruh led LCC (7-7) with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Carson Parker had seven points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Thunderbirds.
Wapakoneta jumped out to the early lead, and pulled out to an 18-6 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
Siefring scored seven first-quarter points, while Buchanan had six points, including two 3-pointers for the Redskins.
Wapakoneta was 7 of 12 shooting from the field in the first eight minutes, while LCC connected on just 3 of 9 from the floor.
LCC came roaring back after the first stop.
With 2:48 left to play in the first half, the Thunderbirds cut it to 2, 23-21, on a 3-pointer by Unruh, his second trey of the second quarter.
Wapakoneta slipped into the halftime break with a 25-23 lead. The T-Birds outscored the Redskins 17-7 in the second quarter.
Unruh ended the half with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. The T-Birds were 7 of 10 from the field in the second quarter, and 10 of 19 in the half for 53 percent.
Wapakoneta struggled at the offensive end in the second stanza, hitting just 2 of 10 shots from the field. For the half, the Redskins were 9 of 22 from the floor for 41 percent. Siefring had nine first-half points.
“Kaden (Siefring) gets in there and does a lot of things for us,” Elchert said.
LCC came out strong to open the second half.
With 4:49 left to play in the third quarter, LCC knotted the game at 27 apiece on an inside move by Billy Bourk (four points, two rebounds).
However, Wapakoneta responded.
The Redskins pushed back out to a 32-27 lead by the end of the third stanza.
Unruh kept the T-Birds close in the final stanza, as he scored seven fourth-quarter points.
“Evan (Unruh) got his (points),” Elchert said. “Whenever you talk about LCC, you talk about Evan Unruh and Carson Parker. Those are the two guys to watch. Give Evan credit. … He made some big shots. But overall, we did a pretty good job (defensively).”
For the game, Wapakoneta shot 41 percent from the field. LCC connected on 43 percent of its field goal attempts.
Wapakoneta committed 12 turnovers, while LCC turned it over 11 times on the night.
Wapakoneta won the boards, 25-16.
Elchert was pleased at the way Jackson Courter stepped up. The 6-foot, 5-inch junior scored a total of seven first-half points, and played really well at the defensive end of the floor.
“Jackson (Courter) did some good things for us, especially when Braeden Goulet (five points, four rebounds) was out a lot in the second and third quarters (chin injury),” Elchert said.
LCC head coach Frank Kill was not on the bench Tuesday, due to the passing of his father.
Bath 56, Perry 43
BATH TOWNSHIP — Cole Craddock (15), Britton Hall (12) and Jonah Wauben (10) each scored in double digits for the host Wildcats. Bubby Knight had 19 points and Will Knight scored 11 for the Commodores.
Upper Scioto Valley 71,
MCGUFFEY — Connor Sanders had 22 points and Jackson Rohrs scored 21 for USV. Brady Wheeler had 24 points and Austin Miller scored 17 for Shawnee.
Wayne Trace 73, Continental 30
HAVILAND — Konnor Knipp-Williams had 11 points for Continental.
COLUMBUS — New Knoxville is ranked fourth and Marion Local 11th in the latest Division IV Associated Press poll.
North Baltimore 51,
Hardin Northern 22
DOLA — Bella Wilson had eight points and Emma Martin scored five for Hardin Northern.
Toledo Christian 52,
OTTAWA — Erin Kaufman had 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and Myka Aldrich scored eight and finished with six rebounds for O-G (11-6).
LEIPSIC — Whitney Langhals (21), Kyrsten Martinez (14) and Ava Henry (12) each scored in double digits for the Vikings. Lacie Fenstermaker had 21 points and Taeler Miller scored seven for P-G.
New Bremen 61,
NEW BREMEN — Kaylee Freund (17), Riley Trentman (11), Chloe Homan (11) and Lily Lennartz (10) each scored in double digits for the host Cardinals.
SPENCERVILLE — Brooke Vennekotter had 12 points and Camille Hovest scored eight for the visiting Wildcats. Lilyan Goecke had 10 points and Grace Croft scored nine for the Bearcats.
Elida 42, Ottoville 33
OTTOVILLE — Addisyn Freeman had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Elli Mitchell scored 12 for the visiting Bulldogs. Carly Thorbahn had 19 points for Ottoville.
Waynesfield-Goshen 60, Arlington 53
ARLINGTON — Chloe Baumgardner had 13 points and Taylor Spencer scored 12 for W-G.
Columbus Grove 69, McComb 29
COLUMBUS GROVE — Kenzie King had 17 points and Lauryn Auchmuty scored 16 for Grove.
Lincolnview 44, Delphos St. John’s 28
MIDDLE POINT — Zadria King had 17 points and Kendall Bollenbacher scored 11 for Lincolnview. Abby Kerner had 14 pionts and Emma Will scored seven for DSJ.
Minster 44, St. Marys 40
ST. MARYS — Ella Mescher had 15 points and Katie McClurg scored 11 for the visiting Wildcats. Kendall Dieringer and Noelle Ruane scored 12 each for the Roughriders.
Fort Loramie 44, New Knoxville 39
NEW KNOXVILLE — Avery Henschen had 15 points and Carsyn Henschen scored 12 for the host Rangers.
Fairview 57, Van Wert 54
VAN WERT —Sofi Houg had 26 points and Carlee Young and Kyra Welch each scored 11 for the host Cougars.
Crestview 52, Antwerp 38
ANTWERP — Cali Gregory had 24 points and Ellie Kline scored 17 for the visiting Knights.
Celina 2,619, Minster 2,505
CELINA — Alex Lehman had the high game (224) and two-game series (431) for the host Bulldogs at Plaza Lanes. Owen Barhorst had the high game (235) and series (399) for the Wildcats.
Celina 2,222, Minster 2,017
CELINA — Ashtyn Huber had the high game (172) and two-game series (318) for the host Bulldogs for Plaza Lanes. Colleen Poeppelman had the high game (176) and series (351) for Minster.
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