Versailles Lady Tigers down Bellefontaine in Tiger Classic nightcap

Versailles Lady Tigers defeat Bellefontaine to win sixth game of First Annual Prosperity Promotions Tiger Classic

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Jenna Dirksen draws a foul driving to the Versailles basket in win over Bellefontaine. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Lady Tigers won the nightcap of its First Annual Prosperity Promotions Tiger Classic by defeating the Bellefontaine Lady Chieftains 53-31 in non-conference play.

Taylor Wagner scores for Versailles in win over Lady Chieftains. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“You have to be able to come in and be ready to fight every single day and be ready to improve on your weaknesses,” said Versailles coach, Tracy White. “Our girls have bought into that especially the last couple of weeks.”

Allison Schwartz scores in the lane for Versailles in Lady Tigers win over Bellefontaine. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Versailles took a 9-5 lead after one-quarter of play led by Sarah Stammen’s seven points including a 3-pointer while Bellefontaine’s points came at the free throw line with the Lady Chieftains going 5-6 at the charity stripe.

“We played hard and it’s one of those things where I felt like we were slow to start,” White noted. “Sarah was that spark to get us going. She played from the beginning to the end.”

Sarah Stammen puts up a Versailles shot in Lady Tigers win over Bellefontaine Lady Chieftains. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Taylor Wagner led the Lady Tigers with seven second-quarter points and Jenna Dirksen canned the first two of her five 3-pointers on the night with Versailles taking the period by a double-digit 16-6 score sending the teams to the break with Versailles leading 25-11.

Katey Litten brings the ball up-court for Versailles in Monday night win over Bellefontaine. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Dirksen drilled her third and fourth triples of the game to lead Versailles with six third-quarter points. The Lady Tigers outscored the visiting Lady Chieftains 15-10 giving the home team a 40-21 advantage after three periods of action.

Jenna Dirksen named Prosperity Promotions Tiger Classic game MVP. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Jenna played so well – catch and shoot, she’s not thinking about it, she’s just shooting the ball,” said Coach White. “I think she was 5-5 from the 3-point line and then when they adjusted, she got the ball to the rim and got to the free-throw line.”

Versailles took the final period 13-10 with the bench getting playing time on the court to earn the 22-point win over the Logan County team.

Dirksen led Versailles and all scorers with an impressive 19 points coming by way of a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc and 4-4 at the free throw line while being named MVP of the game.

BOXSCORE:

VERSAILLES – J. Dirksen 19, T. Wagner 14, S. Stammen 10, M. Phelan 2, G. Osborne 2, K. Litten 2, A. Schwartz 2, B. Bergman 1, J. Heitkamp 1 – TOTALS 12 11-15 6 53

BELLEFONTAINE – Q. Zedeker 9, A. Clifton 7, L. Robinson 7, P. Penhorwood 4, T. Boop 4 – TOTALS 12 7-9 0 31

3-POINTERS

Versailles 6 (J. Dirksen 5, S. Stammen 1)

Bellefontaine 0

SCORE by QUARTERS

09-16-15-13 53 Versailles

05-06-10-10 31 Bellefontaine