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Galion girls douse Flames in home finale

Jon Kleinknecht jkleinknecht@civitasmail.com

February 11, 2014

In their final home game of the season, the Lady Tigers (4-17) roared to a convincing 47-25 victory over visiting Mansfield Christian (6-12) Monday night in non-conference girls’ varsity basketball action.


Things started slowly for both teams as they combined for just 9 points and 14 turnovers in the opening quarter.


Leading 5-4 at the start of the second frame, the hosts outscored the visitors 16-5 to go into halftime on top, 21-13.


Senior Raven Crawford connected on a trio of two-pointers in the third for the Lady Orange-and-Blue, propelling them to a 12-point cushion, 31-19, by the end of the stanza.


For the fourth time in as many periods, Galion limited the Flames to single digits in scoring in the final quarter while scoring 16 more points of its own. Junior 6’2” post player Grace Brown garnered seven of the tallies for the victors, including her first three-point shot of the season.


“It’s nice to get a home win,” said Galion head coach Bryce Lehman. “It’s also nice that my usual nine (players) all scored. I’m proud of the girls. Everybody contributed.”


Brown and Ramonda Dorsey led the locals with 11 points each. Brown also grabbed a team-best 6 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Dorsey had 4 steals.


Others scoring for the Lady Tigers were: Crawford, 9 points; Taylor Valentine, 5; Sydney Damron, 3; plus Robin Barnes, Jaime Ehrman, M’Lynn Gwinner and Kayla LaForest, 2 apiece.


Katie Ritz was the Flames top scorer with 7 points.


Team statistics for the winners had them making 16-of-40 two-pointers (40%), 3-of-9 triples (33%) and 6-of-10 free throws (60%). They latched onto 25 misses shots and turned the ball over 17 times.


Mansfield Christian netted 6 two-pointers, one trey, was 10-of-21 on foul shots (48%) and coughed the ball up 21 times.


Galion easily won the junior varsity game, 32-8. Kelly Baker was the leading scorer with 12 points.


Last Friday night, it started out ugly and got even uglier.


Bucyrus drilled Galion 68-23 in a North Central Conference varsity hoops match-up here last Friday in the Alex Kish Memorial Gymnasium.


The Lady Red had a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter (15-5), were up by 17 at halftime (32-15) and took a 29-point cushion (49-20) into the final frame. The locals didn’t fare any better in the last eight minutes as they were outscored 19-3.


“Where do I begin, Jon?,” Lehman stated. “Shooting 16% from the floor pretty much sums it up. There is no way of winning, or even staying close in losing, when a team only makes six baskets for a game. Add 25 turnovers to the mix …”


He continued, “We were only down 15-9 early in the second quarter. We were doing a pretty good job until Bucyrus went on a 17-6 run to take a 32-15 halftime lead. At times, we did some things better than normal, but the silly mistakes far out-weighed anything we tried to do positively.”


Galion had its worst overall game of the season, converting only 4-of-25 two-pointers (16%), 2-of-13 threes (15%) and 9-of-17 free throws (53%). As Lehman mentioned, they coughed the ball up 25 times. Rebounds had them with 22.


Scoring for the visitors were: Grace Brown, 6 points; Kayla LaForest, 5; Taylor Valentine, 3; Robin Barnes, Raven Crawford, Ramonda Dorsey and M’Lynn Gwinner, 2 each; and Jamie Ehrman, a free throw. Brown snagged 6 rebounds and Ehrman, 5.


Macey Sheerer put in a game-high 20 points for the winners. During the game, she became the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Red, passing Chelsea Hawkins, the daughter of GHS head varsity football coach, Chris Hawkins. Kristen Orewiler added 13 tallies.


Bucyrus won the reserve game, 32-23. Lauren Huggins led the junior Lady Tigers with 7 points.