Wauseon needs overtime to beat Delta, 56-53

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Wauseon had a lot to overcome Thursday night at Delta in a non-league girls basketball matchup.

Ridden with foul trouble, a multitude of turnovers which accumulated to 30 in all, then a long range shooting barrage by the Panthers’ Grace Munger all were against the Indians.

However in the end, Dan Seiler’s Tribe found a way to survive in a 56-53 overtime win.

“I honestly can’t tell you how you win a basketball game with 30 turnovers, but somehow we managed to do it,” Wauseon coach Dan Seiler said after. “The girls played hard. We are just so young and we are going through a lot of growing pains that unfortunately everyone has to go through.

“We seem to be doing the right things but we sometimes just make too many mistakes, but luckily we had enough to get it done tonight.”

Delta took a fast 7-0 lead as Munger hit the first of five triples, and Kendall Sprow scored in transition, on two of the Indians’ whopping nine turnovers in the first four minutes.

Hayley Meyer scored six first quarter points, including 4-4 from the foul line to keep Wauseon close at 13-10.

Khloe Weber’s curling drive to the rim and a Munger 3-pointer kept Delta up 20-16 with 4:30 to go in the half but the Panthers went south from the field, missing on their next four attempts.

Aizlynn Coronado canned a three, then another that went rim to top of the backboard and through, to boost the Indians in the lead, 25-22.

Mackenzie Stasa’s left-side drive gave the Indians a 28-23 lead, despite 16 first half turnovers.

Wauseon offset that number by going 12-14 from the foul line.

Kate Friess’ three from the corner and Sophia Burres’ fast break hoop brought Delta into a 28-all tie early in the third.

Meyer scored inside three times and Coronado’s triple, countered Munger’s eight straight Panther points for a 37-36 Wauseon advantage.

Again it was Stasa at the end of a period, scoring twice, including a deep deuce at the third quarter horn to give the Indians a 41-36 margin.

Friess scored off a turnover to get the Panthers within 41-39 but Stasa and Meyer each got inside to boost the Indians up 45-39.

Munger’s steal and score along with 2-2 from the line, then Sprow’s running bank evened the game with 3:42 left.

Four Meyer free throws put Wauseon ahead 49-45 but again Munger struck from outside the arc and Olivia Smith hit 2-2 from the line to put Delta ahead with 1:31 to go.

Meyer split a pair to tie and after a miss at each end, Stasa rebounded her own miss and was fouled with 0.2 on the clock, but the sophomore guard had both shots go off the mark to put the game in overtime.

Again Meyer used her strength inside, forcing one in from the key to give the Indians the lead for good, and Coronado knocked home her fourth three-ball of the night for a 55-51 and a two-possession margin.

“She has been playing really well,” Seiler said of his freshman guard. “She’s hit some big shots for us, especially tonight. Hayley has been phenomenal inside with her movement and tonight she was awesome.”

Munger’s transition bucket chopped the lead to a deuce and with 21 ticks left Stasa scored 1-2 from the line to make it 56-53.

Munger’s last launch from 30 feet was off but Meyer threw the rebound pass into Weber’s hands.

However, the senior guard’s last ditch try was also off and Wauseon escaped.

Wauseon had a three-pronged attack led by Meyer’s 25 points. Coronado and Stasa each had 14.

Munger knocked in 23 for Delta.

“Hopefully we learn from tonight and continue to get better,” expressed Seiler. “Hopefully we keep growing and don’t take things for granted.”


By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor