Second quarter explosion leads to easy win for visiting Versailles

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Versailles 53, Marion Local 23
After a quarter of play it looked like Marion Local was going to give
Versailles a game. Playing in front of the home crowd the host Flyers
were down only two, 9-7, after the first eight minutes. But in the second period that all changed rather quickly. The Tigers
ripped off a 21-6 run, building a 30-13 half time advantage. Versailles
cruised from there winning 53-23, to improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in
the MAC. Marion falls to 0-2.


MARIA STEIN – After a quarter of play it looked like Marion Local was going to give Versailles a game. Playing in front of the home crowd the host Flyers were down only two, 9-7, after the first eight minutes.

But in the second period that all changed rather quickly. The Tigers ripped off a 21-6 run, building a 30-13 half time advantage. Versailles cruised from there winning 53-23, to improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the MAC. Marion falls to 0-2.

As has become the norm, Versailles used defense to spearhead the offense. Senior Justine Raterman led all scorers with 20 points, while Emily Bohman tossed in 14 points.

“Defense was certainly there again tonight,” Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “We did not practice yesterday and our goal tonight was to let the big girl shoot from the outside and take away the lob pass.”

Stonebraker’s defense has been impressive on the season holding five of six opponents to under 40 points. The center of the defense is a half court man-to-man that is capable of jumping into a trap at any moment. However, Stonebraker has not shown much of that this season.

“We use a press once in awhile and have used some 1-3-1 zone defense, but mostly it has been all man-to-man,” said Stonebraker.

In the first period both teams played solid defense and sloppy offense. The Tigers took a 4-2 advantage when Emily Frey scored, but Marion answered, tying the game at 4-4. From that point the period was tight as neither team was able to establish any type of flow.

When they both returned to the floor for the second eight minutes, the Versailles’ offense found that flow; meanwhile the Flyers continued to struggle.

Raterman opened the scoring with a traditional three point play, giving the Tigers a 12-7 advantage. That started a 17-2 Versailles run that all but sealed the deal. Raterman and Bohman did most of the damage, but the Tigers put eight players in the scoring column overall, pleasing Stonebraker.

“It is great this year with the balance scoring,” noted Stonebraker. “There are times when a shot might be open, but the girls do a great job making one more pass to get the easy look.”

As the Versailles offense started to wake up, the Flyers remained in a slumber. Marion did not get a player in double digit scoring and were led by Megan Barhorst with five points on the game.

After scoring a bucket with 6:09 left in the stanza, Marion was shutout for the next five minutes. The long drought along with the Tigers spurt created a 30-13 deficit at the half.

Marion had dug a deep hole and as it turned out it was one they were not climbing out of. When the two teams returned for the second half very little had changed.

As they had the entire game, the Tigers continued suffocating Marion with an aggressive man-to-man defense on one end of the court and a large dose of Raterman and Bohman on the other.

Not surprisingly Raterman opened the scoring in the first half, giving Versailles a 32-13 advantage. As it turned out the third period was another difficult one for Marion. The Tigers held the Flyers to just two points. When the clock sounded on the third stanza Versailles was up 41-15.

The final eight minutes were mostly academic for Stonebraker’s crew. With a 26 point lead and a defense that had not even allowed 26 points up to this point, the Tigers were in pretty good shape.

That was exactly the case as Versailles cruised to another easy win 53-23. It marked the third consecutive twenty plus point win for the Tigers.

“The girls are learning a lot out there,” commented Stonebraker. “Defense is certainly winning us ball games.”

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