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Monday, February 17, 2014

Girls Basketball Senior Night

Seniors Scour Bulldogs

By: Brooke Miller, “Royal Times” 
 On February 7, 2014, the Wynford Lady Royals hosted a Friday night basketball game against the Lady Bulldogs of Crestline High School. Wynford’s junior varsity team came into the game with an 18-1 overall record determined to chalk up an easy win against the 0-19 Lady Bulldogs. The game started off with a quick turnover from the Royals within the first ten seconds of the game, but the mistake was instantly recovered with a three point shot by junior Hannah Kocher. The Royals had a sizable lead and never looked back leading 16-5 at the end of the first quarter. The majority of the Wynford starters were substituted for by the end of the second quarter due to the Royal’s solid defense. Crestline only scored seven points during the second quarter giving the Royals a sizable lead at the half, 24-12. The girls had a powerful start to the second half scoring twelve points within the first two minutes of the third quarter developing a healthy 28 point lead, 43-15. Sydney Alspach, junior, helped the team out with two consecutive three point shots in the fourth quarter. Also, in the fourth quarter the team continued to constantly steal the ball and make several layups, putting them several points ahead of the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Royals strong offense and relentless defense ended the night for the Bulldogs keeping them under twenty points with a final score of 59-19. Top scorers for the junior varsity squad included Mallory Moore with 15, Sarah Ogden with 12, and Sydney Alspach with 11 points. The Lady Royals now hold a record of 19-1 and hope to continue their winning run. 

Also within the game included the Lady Royal’s senior night. Each senior girl got the honor to be escorted down the court by her parents while all accomplishments and future plans were announced. One thing about Beth DeLong included her future plans of attending Miami University, a top-college in Ohio. Meghan Harrer, also known as “Meghan for three,” through her high school career has scored over 150 three point shots. Brenna Quinn became known by both girls and boys coaches to have the best drop step around. KarLee Schiefer, although her career was interrupted with a knee injury, was well respected on the team and a great leader on and off the court. Last senior to be announced was Sarah Stenson, who was always described as the nicest kid by all the coaches. The seniors received presents from their fellow teammates and all got the honor to start together for the varsity game, with an exception of KarLee. 

The girls varsity team started the night tied for the lead in the NCC and an overall record of 15-4, where they played the 2-17 Lady Bulldogs. Senior, Meghan Harrer, started off the game very strong giving the Royals their first seven points of the game. During the first two minutes of the first quarter, Wynford’s quick offense forced Crestline to instantly call a timeout. The seniors definitely stepped up their game on senior night by giving the Royals the first 13 points of the game. The seniors dominated the quarter scoring all but five points making the score 29-5 by the end of the quarter. Though the first quarter was strong, the start of the second quarter was slow with several missed shots by the Royals. Scoring was held to a minimum until Sydney Alspach hit a three and set a spark for the Royals. The third quarter started out with senior, Sarah Stenson, making back to back hustle plays while Maci Cooper shot her first bucket of the night, resulting in an one and-one for the Royals. Midway through the third, Wynford increased their lead on the scoreboard 52-14; then the seniors closed the quarter with a strong 56-14 lead. Starting the fourth, Meghan Harrer continued to lead the Lady Royals with several three and two point shots. The Royals ended the night with a final score of 70-17, improving to 16-4 and the Bulldogs falling to 2-18. Meghan Harrer was easily the leading scorer of the night with 19 points, followed by junior Ellie Richmond with 13 points. The Lady Royal’s will be traveling next to Riverdale on Tuesday, February 11th, to face the very difficult Lady Falcons.

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