NAPOLEON – Wauseon girls basketball twice fought back from double digit deficits to get the score under 10, but they came up just short in a 67-56 loss to Patrick Henry in the first round of the Northwest Signal Holiday Classic Wednesday at Napoleon.
“I will tell you, these kids play hard. And we went in spurts,” said Wauseon coach Ashley Oyer of her team. “I think you take away a couple spurts (by Patrick Henry). To start the game, they went on a big run. And we never really recovered from that. They started the third quarter and they had that run.
“But other than that, I think we outhustled them. We outplayed them. In certain aspects of the game.”
The Indians took the lead at 4-3 on Aliza Dauterman’s fastbreak bucket just over three minutes in, however, that would be their last lead of the game.
Patrick Henry scored the next 14 points that included six from Courtney Rosebrook, a three-pointer by Katie Wagner, a three-point play for Claire Seedorf, and a basket by Maddie Kryder to put them up 13 points with 2:09 left in the opening quarter.
“Rosebrook got some putbacks, and then (Katie) Wagner, we didn’t go over the top of the screens on her, and she hit some great shots,” said Oyer of her defense’s struggles against PH. “We all know she can shoot it. Everyone in the gym knows she can shoot it. We just didn’t do a great job.”
Wauseon got six points from Brianna Castellano and a bucket from Mya Suarez around a floating layup by Natalie Herder of Patrick Henry to make it 19-12 after one.
The Patriots went up by as much as 20 in the second quarter, but with the difference at 38-20 at the 2:36 mark, the Indians responded with a 13-5 run. Rylee Campbell got it going with a three-point play, then Wagner nailed a three for PH, Castellano scored inside, and Dauterman got a putback basket.
After 1 of 2 free throws by Patrick Henry’s Jessica Bostelman, Campbell converted a drive to the hoop, then Herder also split a pair from the line for the Patriots. Kendra Gorczyca answered for Wauseon and Campbell scored again to make it 43-33 at the half.
However, the Patriots got five points each from Bostelman and Wagner which helped increase their lead to as many as 19 in the third stanza. Wauseon refused to throw in the towel, and they got it down to single digits in the fourth.
First Castellano scored on a dribble penetration, then Campbell hit a pair of free throws and Karli Penrod split a pair, and Castellano tacked on a bucket with an assist from Campbell to get them within 10 at the 4:06 mark. Rachel Nickels got PH back on the board by splitting a pair from the foul line, but a bucket for Castellano made it 62-53 with 3:02 remaining.
But, the Patriots went 5 for 8 from the line down the stretch to seal the win.
Wagner finished with 18 points for the Patriots while Rosebrook notched 17. Castellano had 22 for the Indians.
Indians fall in consolation game
The next night, the Indians held a halftime lead but let it slip away as they were defeated by Holgate 45-35 in the consolation game.
They trailed by two after the opening period, however, Dauterman began the second with a bucket and Penrod tacked on two free throws to give them a 12-10 lead. Later in the frame, it took a pair at the line from Penrod to reclaim the lead for the Indians, then a triple by Castellano made it 19-15 with 2:02 left in the half.
Holgate went on to tie it on Kirsten Hoffman’s stick back and two free throws from Scarlette Niese.
Gorczyca drilled a three from the top of the key with 27 seconds left to put the Indians up 22-19, but Niese answered with a floater to bring the Tigers within one at the half.
Eleven points in the third quarter by Holgate’s Kacee Theisen and 14 for the half helped the Tigers slam the door on the Indians. She opened the third with consecutive buckets, then after Niese split a pair of free throws, Theisen’s deuce made it 28-22 at the 2:07 mark.
Dauterman got the Wauseon offense going with 1 of 2 from the line, Theisen responded with a triple, and both her and Suarez traded baskets which made it 33-25 after three.
Holgate outscored the Indians 12-10 in the final period to hang on for the win.
Castellano paced Wauseon (0-8) with 12 points while Penrod finished with 11. Theisen had 17 for the victorious Tigers.
Wauseon returns to action next Tuesday when they are at Pettisville.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010