GALION — Galion’s Lady Tigers played host to the Marion Harding Prexies in their regular season and Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division finale on Saturday. Despite having a lead and controlling most of the game, Galion lost 42-37.
The Lady Tigers finish the regular season 4-18 overall and winless in the MOAC Red at 0-12. Harding is 3-18 and 2-11.
The first half was all Tigers. Galion jumped out to a big lead early and headed into the second quarter up 17-6 over the Prexies. However, the Lady Tigers would not retain the same offensive fire power and scored just seven points in the second. Heading into halftime, Galion remained out in front, 24-16. Harding would pick things up in the second half of play. In the third, the Prexies outscored the home team, 12-5 to narrow the lead to just a single point heading into the fourth. Galion scored just eight points in the final period and couldn’t slow down the Harding offense as they came back to defeat the Tigers on senior night by five.
Dani Schieber led the way for Galion with 15 points. Jaime Ehrman would add 10 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Gabby Kaple finished the contest with six points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals for the Lady Tigers. Natalie Rodriguez scored four points for Galion and grabbed seven rebounds and two steals on defense. Julie Clouse had two points on the game. Lauren Huggins didn’t score for Galion but did have three rebounds, an assist and two steals. Sophie Carson had a rebound and Shae Ness dished out an assist.
With the regular season behind them, the Lady Tigers now focus on their sectional tournament opponent, the Margaretta Lady Polar Bears. The two squads will face-off on Wednesday Feb. 22 at Willard High School, with action set to start at 6:15 pm.
Pleasant beats Galion in boys basketball
GALION — The Galion Tigers opened their three-game, regular-season ending homestead Friday against conference foe, the Marion Pleasant Spartans. Pleasant won 69-39.
With just two regular season games remaining, the Tigers are 3-17 overall and 1-10 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division. The Spartans are 14-6 and 7-3.
“We just played a better team tonight,” said Galion’s head coach Matt Valentine. “They moved the ball better on offense while we were galloping on defense.”
Galion found itself in a hole early which would be too deep to climb out of. Pleasant was full throttle from the opening tip and exploited the Tigers’ inability to handle a full-court press scenario. After the first quarter of play, the Spartans led 16-9. Offensively, Galion never seemed to get things firing on all cylinders, turning the ball over five times in each of the first and second quarters. At the half, Spartans had a comfortable 31-17 lead.
Galion scored just eight points in the third as Pleasant went off for 22 points to pad their hefty lead. The Tigers got the most productivity out of their offense in the fourth quarter, led mainly by reserves, outscoring Pleasant 14-13.
“We weren’t hustling on either end of the court and we weren’t crashing the boards; all things that have hurt us all season,” Valentine said.
Isaiah Alsip would be the leading scorer on the night for Galion with 12 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jack McElligott had six for the Tigers and Colten Skaggs had five to go with six rebounds. Gage Lackey finished with four points as did Nic Sorrenson, who knocked down a big three pointer to gain the attention of the quiet Galion student section. Zhamir Anderson had three points, Chase Cooke and Mario Freeman both finished with two while Tristan Baldy rounded out the scoring with a point.
Tigers compete in MOAC bowling
MARYSVILLE — The bowling teams from Galion High School were at Marysville Lanes on Saturday to compete in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championships.
The Tigers’ boys team finished fifth out of all 13 MOAC schools and fourth of seven in the Red Division.
As a team, Galion bowled games of 805, 889 and 854 to head into the final Baker game with a score of 2548. In the Baker game, the Tigers rolled a team score of 945 to put them at their 3,493 pin score.
Dylan Ruth was the high series bowler for Galion, rolling a 546 series and achieving the high game score of 204 in the third game. Other Tigers’ series scores for the day were: Austin Rinehart, 540; Jacob Lear, 525; Aaron Stewart, 520; David Riddle, 417.
Galion’s girls squad finished the day 12 of 13 overall and seventh of seven in the MOAC Red Division.
The Galion squad rolled games of 627, 609 and 605 to total 1841 heading into the Baker game. In the Baker game, the Lady Tigers bowled their best overall game of the day with a pin count of 705 to reach their 2,546 total.
Brooklyn Potter had the high game for Galion in the third game with a 171. Potter also had the highest three-game series, bowling a 115, 120 and the 171 game to finish with a 406 score.
Other girls scores on the day were: Sara Misura, 400; Stevi Ness, 392; Macy Eicher, 286; Abby Barre (game two and three), 253; Lexi Hadamuscin (game one only), 104.
Galion’s bowling squads will now gear up for sectionals competition. On Friday Feb. 17, the girls will roll at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton, with bowling set to start at 5 p.m. The following day, the boys will take to Star Lanes as well to bowl in their sectional which will start at noon.