MARION — The Galion Lady Tigers basketball team started their three game road trip on Thursday night when they traveled to Marion to meet up with the Harding Prexies for a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division showdown. The home team got the best of Galion and held on for the victory, 42-36.
Galion drops to 3-10 on the season and is now 0-6 in MOAC Red play while Harding bumps up to 2-10 overall and 2-4 in conference matchups.
The Lady Tigers and the Prexies would be knotted up at five after the first quarter of play and Galion would actually take the lead into the half at 17-15. Harding would use a big 15-point third quarter to jump out on top as Galion scored just five points in the period. Heading into the fourth trailing 31-22, the Lady Tigers would have to put up a big spot on the scoreboard and buckle down on defense. Galion would add 14 points in the fourth but Harding tacked on 11 points on their way to the win.
Gabby Kaple was the leading scorer on the night for Galion. Kaple would pour in 21 points and grab eight rebounds in the Lady Tigers’ efforts. Dani Schieber contributed five points and three rebounds while Lauren Huggins also added five points, grabbed two rebounds and swiped two steals. Natalie Rodriguez finished with three points and three boards and Jaime Ehrman added two points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal for the Lady Tigers.
On the night, Galion’s team stat line wrapped up with 17 total turnovers, 25 rebounds, five steals and just one assist and one block. The team shot 4/24 from the interior and 4/17 from the perimeter. Galion attempted 28 free-throws on the night and were able to convert 16 of them in order to keep the game close.
The road trip continues for the Lady Tigers on Saturday Jan. 14 when they travel to Richwood to lock up with the tough North Union Lady Wildcats. On Tuesday Jan. 17, a much shorter drive places Galion in Ontario to meet up with the Lady Warriors.