SIDNEY – Ansonia kept it close early on Wednesday evening before Fort Loramie pulled away for a 55-32 victory in the Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament.
“They come up here tonight and they didn’t give up,” Ansonia girls basketball coach Jim Bolin said of his team. “Even in the second half they kept on playing until the end. Even though we got beat I think Fort Loramie knew they played somebody tonight. Kudos to the girls.”
Fort Loramie scored first in Wednesday’s game, but then Ansonia went on a 6-0 run with 5 points from Bailey Stammen and one from Trinity Henderson to go up 6-2 for the Tigers’ biggest lead of the night.
Loramie was able to finish the period on a 5-0 run to lead 7-6, but Ansonia clearly was frustrating the Shelby County squad.
“They did a great job on defense,” Bolin said of his girls. “Our biggest problem is we just don’t have enough horses. We have basically five to six players, and the other team has 15, 16. (Fort Loramie coach Carla Siegel) does a good job. She runs like six or seven up in every quarter so we just basically ran out of gas.”
Stammen’s hot hand continued in the early moments of the second quarter as she drained her second 3-pointer of the night, giving Ansonia its final lead of the game at 9-7.
From there Fort Loramie started to wear down Ansonia and went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead. Katie Werts scored 5 points in the second quarter, but Ansonia trailed 23-14 at the end of the half.
“We played a great first half I felt,” Bolin said. “I felt like we could have even went into halftime tied up if we just hit some baskets.”
Fort Loramie’s dominated the third quarter, outscoring Ansonia 19-4 to increase its lead to 42-18. Jailyn Thwaits scored all of the Tigers’ points in the period.
“The second half we come out and we wasn’t focusing on what we was going to do,” Bolin said. “In fact, we did the very opposite of what we was supposed to do, and the game got away from us, and they took advantage of it.”
Ansonia finished the night with its best scoring period of the night, outscoring Fort Loramie 14-13 in the fourth quarter for the 55-32 final score.
Stammen led Ansonia with 9 points on Wednesday. Also for the Tigers, Stefani Garrett scored 5 points, Henderson scored 5, Katie Werts scored 5, Thwaits scored 4, Kassy Wentworth scored 2, and Millie Widener scored 2.
Sara Stang led Fort Loramie with a game-high 15 points, Reyan Frey scored 8, Abby Holthaus scored 7, Heather Eilerman scored 6, Taylor Raterman scored 5, Kaitlyn Luebke scored 4, Hunter Barga scored 4, Hattie Meyer scored 4, and Brooke Raterman scored 2.
With the loss Ansonia concluded its season with a 10-13 record. Wednesday’s game also marked the end of the high school basketball careers of Ansonia’s three seniors: Ashton Bradham, Garrett and Thwaits.
“The three seniors have been with me since I’ve been here at Ansonia,” Bolin said. “They’re all good kids, and they’ve all contributed a lot to our program. We’ve had a winning program ever since I’ve been here, and you’ve got to contribute a lot of that to them.”
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