HOLLAND – Despite a strong effort in the second quarter, in which they got the Springfield lead down to single digits by halftime, the Wauseon girls basketball team fell to 0-2 on the young season with a 58-28 loss on the road.
In the third quarter, an Alexis Suarez three-pointer for the Indians made the margin 29-18 at the 5:14 mark. However, it was at that point when the Blue Devils took control.
They did so using a pair of three-point plays from Shiasia Gregory, five points from Kortney McClure, and a bucket by Rayonna Armstrong. Ally Tefft and Chelsie Raabe made baskets for Wauseon during that stretch, making it 42-22 after three.
The Indians were held to just six points in the final frame.
Things looked bleak from the get-go for the Indians, as Springfield opened up a 16-5 lead after one. But they would neutralize the Blue Devil offense and get to the foul line numerous times at the other end to keep it close at the half.
A basket in the post from Rylee Campbell, two free throws from Suarez, and two more at the line by Campbell got them within 16-11, with 4:06 left in the second stanza.
A three by McClure extended the Springfield lead back to eight.
Sam Aeschliman and Tefft each knocked down a pair of free throws in the final 3:20. However, Nia Johnson and Cierra Harris responded with a combined five points for the Blue Devils, for a 24-15 advantage at the break.
For Wauseon, Campbell finished with 11 points, Suarez added 7 points, and Tefft, 6.
The Indians are in action again Friday when they travel to Archbold for a non-league contest.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010