Wauseon started the game hot by building an 8-0 advantage, however, Bryan’s 11-0 spurt near the end of the first half that carried into the third quarter gave them the momentum. The result was a 49-45 win for the Golden Bears in Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball Friday.
The Indians drop to 8-3 on the season and 1-1 in the NWOAL after the loss. The Golden Bears sit at 11-2 and 2-0.
Wauseon’s Ellie Rodriguez hit the first two shots of the games, a pair of 3-pointers, then Hayley Meyer tacked on a pair of free throws for the 8-0 lead at the 4:33 mark.
But, the Golden Bears closed the period on a 6-0 run, culminating with Brooke Taylor’s basket in the paint that made it 8-6 after one.
The Indians led for much of the second quarter and Kadence Carroll’s triple with under 1:30 left in the half extended the margin back to four, 18-14. However, those would be the last points by Wauseon for the next five plus minutes until a Carroll jumper late in the third.
Bryan seized the opportunity as Ella Rau hit a triple, Lexi Alspaugh scored inside, and Addie Arnold’s three put them up 22-18 at the break.
They scored three more to begin the third period when Reese Grothaus converted a steal into points, then Ella Voigt split a pair from the foul line.
Bryan led by as many as nine in the second half.
For Wauseon, Autumn Pelok’s three-point play in the closing seconds of the third brought them within 32-26 after three.
A pair of free throws by Bryan’s Kailee Thiel put the Bears ahead eight (39-31) with 4:44 to play, but the Indians began to chip away from there.
First Marisa Seiler knocked down two from the charity stripe, followed by a Pelok jumper. Bryan’s Delilah Taylor answered with a drive and score at the other end, but that was countered by two Meyer free throws and one from Carroll, pulling the Indians within three at 41-38 with 2:21 left.
The margin stayed the same when Thiel hit a pair from the charity stripe for Bryan and Seiler answered with a layup.
In the final minute, the Indians were down 47-45 after two Pelok free throws. They then were able to turn over the Bears, setting up an opportunity to either tie or take the lead.
With 19 seconds left Seiler charged in from the left wing, but her shot would be blocked by Delilah Taylor, who salted it away with a pair of free throws.
Carroll and Pelok had 12 points apiece to lead the Indians. Grothaus led Bryan with 11, while Delilah Taylor and Thiel each finished with 10 apiece.
Wauseon hosts Bowling Green Tuesday, and their next league game is at Liberty Center on Thursday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.