What a way to win for the first time this season. Scoring the first 14 points of the game, Wauseon never trailed against an improved Fairview squad, as the Lady Indians claimed a 70-49 home victory in girls basketball Tuesday night.
“We had to go out and execute from start to finish,” Wauseon coach Ashley Oyer said after the win. “We had to execute a game plan and play with confidence and we did that tonight.”
The Lady Indians were helped out by a quick technical foul against the Fairview coach with 6:34 left in the opening frame. Rylee Campbell split the free throws, and from there the rout was on.
Campbell and Bri Castellano combined to score all of Wauseon’s points in the first frame. Each of them had a basket before Fairview used a timeout down 5-0 with 5:30 left in the opening quarter.
Castellano pumped in nine more points before Carly Wendling got the Apaches on the board with a trey at the 2:38 mark. Wauseon wasn’t done, as Castellano added a three-point play and Campbell drained a pair of shots from long range to lead 23-3.
“That was a huge start for us,” Oyer said of the opening quarter. “For me, as a coach, I always get nervous about how we’re going to start a game. I thought we were really focusing on what we were doing.”
Fairview closed the opening frame by going 2 of 4 from the free throw line, then Mercedes Wagner scored inside to start the second to cut the lead to 23-7. Wauseon countered with an eight-point run, with Karli Penrod starting the rally with a jumper from the elbow. She added two free throws, then Mya Suarez hit a long deuce and Ally Tefft was open under the basket for a 31-7 lead 4:21 before halftime.
The gap was closed slightly at 37-19 when Campbell ended the half with two free throws. Running down the far sideline, her feet were tangled with a Fairview defender and Campbell sank both free throws in the double bonus with 4.3 seconds before halftime for the 20-point halftime advantage.
Playing with the big lead, Wauseon traded points with Fairview in the third period. The Lady Indians led 52-33 at the end of the frame thanks to a three from Alexis Suarez. The Indians then shot 18 free throws in the final period, knocking down 12 for a 70-49 final.
“We have not been in that situation this year,” Oyer said of the big second half lead. “We really tried to focus and we (the coaches) told them (the players) they work too hard for a half and now they had to go back out there with it (the score) 0-0 and do it again.”
Castellano led four players for Wauseon in double figures with 22 points. Campbell added 16 and Mya Suarez and Penrod each had 10.
“Four players in double figures is awesome,” understated the Wauseon coach.
Wauseon ended 22 of 47 shooting the basketball. The Indians pulled down 38 rebounds to 35 for Fairview. Wauseon also committed 21 turnovers, with 15 coming in the second half.
Wauseon (1-14) plays Thursday at Bryan in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play.
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