Versailles handles Parma Heights Holy Name in basketball opener

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Versailles 54, Holy Name 46
Watching Versailles Justine Raterman and Emily Bohman playing
basketball Friday night against Parma Heights Holy Name, it would be
hard to believe they just walked off the volleyball court. The Tiger duo combined for 33 points, 22 from Raterman and 11 from Bohman, pacing Versailles past Holy Name 54-46. The Tigers will play Celina in the 22nd OVISCO Classic championship game hosted by Celina tonight.


CELINA – Watching Versailles Justine Raterman and Emily Bohman playing basketball Friday night against Parma Heights Holy Name, it would be hard to believe they just walked off the volleyball court.

“They (Bohman and Raterman) were ready to go tonight,” noted Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker. “Justine was a powerhouse down low and Bohman shot well and just took the ball in and finished tonight.”

The Tiger duo combined for 33 points, 22 from Raterman and 11 from Bohman, pacing Versailles past Holy Name 54-46. The Tigers ruined the homecoming of Kim Luthman who played at Celina and is now the coach at Holy Name. The Tigers will play Celina in the 22nd OVISCO Classic championship game hosted by Celina tonight.

“The big difference was their height,” noted Holy Name coach Kim Luthman. “We came out nervous and then settled down, but we just could never catch up to their height advantage.”

Both teams were similar in their defensive approach, tough, aggressive man-to-man defense. The problem for Holy Name was they had no answer for Raterman in the post. Even when they pushed her away from the basket she just drove the lane. Something Raterman will be doing a lot of this year.

Overall Raterman was 10 of 12 from the field and snatched 8 rebounds, not a bad opening night performance.

Her teammate Emily Bohman started off slow, but finished the night 5 of 6 from the field and tallied 11 points, she also added 3 rebounds. The rest of the scoring was distributed among seven players with Emily Frey and Megan Campbell both tallying six points.

With a clear height advantage the Tigers did most of their damage in the paint, attempting only two three point shots.

For Holy Name Nancy Faulhaber , Jenny Prochko and Becky Williams all had eight points, but scoring came very difficult for the undersized Parma squad.

In the early going both teams had all the signs of rust. Neither could find any rhythm on defense or offense. Parma took an 8-4 advantage in the first period, but Versailles stormed back and held an 11-10 lead after eight minutes of play.

“We had a little rust on both offense and defense to open the game,” commented Jacki Stonbraker. “On defense were we a little confused at the beginning of the game.”

The second period was all Versailles in the early going. After settling in, the Tigers turned to Raterman and she took over the game. The forward attacked the bucket and spearheaded a 10-2 run that started in the first period. Before it was over Versailles was up 18-10 and Holy Name was in trouble.

Luthman’s team managed to stabilize as the period wore down and made a run at Versailles. Using the perimeter shot and defense, Holy Name outscored the Tigers 8-5 to close out the half, but was still trailing at 23-18.

When the two teams returned to the court, Stonebraker had two advantages, size but perhaps more important depth.

Running out ten players the Tigers were fresh against a Holy Name team that was using mostly an eight player rotation. Those two advantages helped the Tigers maintain a ten point lead much of the third period, along with the offensive play of Bohman.

Forced to the perimeter on offense and facing mismatches defensively, Parma fell behind 37-27 when Bohman hit a field goal at the buzzer ending the third period.

In the fourth period very little changed. Holy Name made a run, but the Tigers had an answer. The Tigers managed to keep Parma at an arm’s length and win their opening game of the season 54-46.

“We freaked out a little with the press early in the game,” said Stonebraker. “We still have some things to work on.”

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