Versailles claims second straight OVISCO Classic title

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Versailles 40, Celina 30
It appears that the Versailles Lady Tigers have found a second option to go along with Justine Raterman – Emily Bohman. After dropping in 11 points on the opening night, Bohman followed that
up with a 13 point, 7 rebound performance leading her team to a 40-30
win over the Celina Bulldogs. It was the second consecutive year the
Tigers downed Celina winning the OVISCO Classic.


CELINA – It appears that the Versailles Lady Tigers have found a second option to go along with Justine Raterman – Emily Bohman.

After dropping in 11 points on the opening night, Bohman followed that up with a 13 point, 7 rebound performance leading her team to a 40-30 win over the Celina Bulldogs. It was the second consecutive year the Tigers downed Celina winning the OVISCO Classic.

“We have to have Emily on the floor,” commented Versailles Coach Jacki Stonebraker. “She is one of those players that can shot, pass and rebound and her defense has been amazing. I can just see in her heart that Emily won’t lose.”

Bohman’s play was the tipping point of the game as the normally reliant Raterman had an off night shooting, but she still finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Celina was led by Cenzie Yoder’s nine points. Liz Homan’s had seven points and five rebounds. Shelbi Nation also tallied seven points on the evening.

In a complete contrast of their game with Toledo Scott, Celina found out first hand just how physical this Tigers team is.

“Versailles is a good team. They have size and experience and they are just a good team,” commented Celina Coach Brian Stetler. “It was a big contrast to last night’s game because Versailles is very physical.”

As it was on Friday night, the other factor in the game was the depth of the Tigers. Coach Stonebraker again used 10 different players and all 10 contributed.

Guard Olivia Liette came off the bench and created havoc on the defense with her size, smothering the much small Celina guards.

“Olivia did a nice job on defense,” commented Stonebraker. “Overall we were very aggressive on defense.”

In the early going it looked like Celina might give the Tigers fits, but as the game ticked along Versailles slowly took over.

The Bulldogs bolted out to a 5-2 advantage, but the Tigers responded taking an 8-7 lead. They finished out the first period with a 6-0 run and held a 14-7 lead at the end of the first stanza.

The second period was a lot of defense. Celina hit two quick buckets making it 14-11. After the four quick points, the ‘Dogs were held to seven points the rest of the period. As for the Tigers they got most of their offense from the free throw line. When the buzzer sounded on the first half Versailles was up 23-18.
Emily Bohman opened up the second half scoring with a bucket making it 25-18 Tigers. Celina responded with a field goal and two free three throws, but that was all they got the rest of the stanza.

The other problem for Stetler’s crew was they could not stop Bohman. The senior hit for seven points in the stanza, spearheading her team to a 32-22 advantage after three periods of play.

In the final eight minutes of play nothing really changed. The teams traded points and Versailles maintained a ten point advantage. The Celina deficit did hit a high mark when the Tigers Emily Frey made it 38-24 with 5:42 remaining the game.

The bucket by Frey was really the final blow. With the type of defense Versailles was playing a 14 point deficit was too much for Celina to overcome as the Tigers won 40-30.

Versailles ends the weekend at 2-0 with wins of Parma Heights Holy Name and Celina. The host Bulldogs completed a 1-1 weekend with a win over Toledo Scott and the loss to Versailles on Saturday night.

Although coach Stetler would rather have the two wins, he noted that Saturday’s game was a positive in a lot of areas.

“We want to play these types of game and teams,” noted Stetler. “Playing against good teams it prepares you for the rest of the season.”

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