Versailles Lady Tigers advance with win over Indian Lake

Versailles Lady Tigers earn convincing win over Indian Lake Lady Lakers

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Allison Schwartz drives to the basket for a Versailles score in the Lady Tigers tournament win over Indian Lake. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

COVINGTON – The Versailles Lady Tigers advanced in OHSAA DIII tournament play with a convincing 57-31 win over the Indian Lake Lady Lakers.

Versailles’ Sarah Stammen drives to the hoop in Thursday night tournament win over Lady Lakers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Indian Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead at 5:51 in the opening quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers from Lexi Magoto and Jenna Dirksen gave Versailles a 6-5 lead. The Lady Tigers used an 11-2 run to lead 11-7 after one complete.

“We started playing really intense especially on the defensive end – the girls just dominated on that end,” said Versailles coach, Taylor White. “They played so solid for the four quarters.”

Jenna Dirksen drains a 3-pointer for Versailles in the Lady Tigers tournament win over Indian Lake. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Versailles continued building on its scoring run going into second quarter action; a 24-2 burst to lead 24-7 with just under three minutes to play in the first half. The Lady Tigers took advantage of 10 Allison Schwartz second quarter points to lead 30-12 with the teams heading to the break.

Lexi Magoto cans a first quarter trey for Versailles in the team’s tournament win over Indian Lake Lady Lakers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Allison was great, she played so well,” White said. “She was ready, she was focused. When all the attention goes to Wags (Taylor Wagner) and people are double teaming her, Allison finds the windows and she finds those gaps to crash hard to get a rebound or get a pass to finish…and she can. She finished well, she played phenomenal for four quarters.”

Period No. 3 had Versailles one better at 7-6 giving Versailles a 37-18 lead with one quarter to play.

Taylor Wagner scores for Versailles in the Lady Tigers OHSAA DIII tournament win over Indian Lake. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Seven Lady Tigers dented the fourth quarter board with Dirksen, Magoto and Sarah Stammen each hitting two baskets and Molly Phelan, Cassie Leach, Taylor Wagner and Schwartz each adding a bucket giving Versailles and 26-point win to advance in tournament play.

Nine Lady Tigers put points in the scoring column with Allison Swartz leading Versailles and all scorers with a game high 14-points including a double-double with 14-rebounds to go along with her 14-points.

Katey Litten drives to the Versailles basket in the Lady Tigers tournament win over Indian Lake. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Versailles gets a rematch with the Miami East Lady Vikings, a December 22 home game the Lady Tigers dropped to the Lady Vikings 41-33.

“I’m looking forward to the girls getting another opportunity,” said Coach White. “I felt like that game was a game Miami East played really well, we did not play our best. I think our girls deserve it. They’ve put in the work, they’ve grown and to get another shot at a really good team they play every single year and sometimes in the summer as well will be huge for the girls. We have to really come in prepared.”

Versailles takes on the Miami East Lady Vikings, 52-25 Thursday night winners over Carlisle on Monday, February 20 at Covington with a 7:30 p.m. start time.

BOXSCORE:

VERSAILLES – 57, INDIAN LAKE 31

VERSAILLES – A. Schwartz 14, S. Stammen 12, J. Dirksen 11, L. Magoto 7, T. Wagner 4, K. Litten 3, M. Phelan 2, C. Leach 2, J. Heitkamp 2 – TOTALS 20 5-9 4 57

INDIAN LAKE – M. Dixon 11, S. Altstaetter 9, A. Kinney 4, K. Roby 3, H. Edwards 2, K. Schwaderer 2 – TOTALS 11 6-12 1 31

3-POINTERS

Versailles 4 (S. Stammen 2, J. Dirksen 1, L. Magoto 1)

Indian Lake 1 (K. Roby 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

11-19-07-20 57 Versailles

07-05-06-13 31 Indian Lake