Versailles outlasts pesky Fort Loramie in non-league showdown

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Versailles 54, Fort Loramie 42
Saturday at Versailles the Tigers’ Justine Raterman and Emily Bohman
demonstrated first hand the importance of senior leadership. The duo combined for 40 points, beating back a pesky Ft. Loramie team
54-42 in a game that was much tighter than the final score indicates. Versailles improves to 7-0. Ft. Loramie drops to 2-3.


Saturday at Versailles the Tigers’ Justine Raterman and Emily Bohman demonstrated first hand the importance of senior leadership.

The duo combined for 40 points, beating back a pesky Ft. Loramie team 54-42 in a game that was much tighter than the final score indicates.

“Justine and Emily did a great job tonight,” commented Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker.

Joining the two seniors for Stonebraker’s team was Courtney Barlage who added 10 points in the contest, including four clutch free throws that iced the game.

“Courtney did a tremendous job for us in this game and has really come a long way this year,” noted Stonebraker.

The other difference in the game was offensive rebounding and second chance points. In total the Tigers snatched ten offensive rebounds. Raterman alone collected four and Bohman three and each scored off those rebounds.

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds and we told our girls the last two days we had to box her (Raterman) out, because she is a great player,” noted Loramie coach Carla Siegel.

In the early going Loramie controlled the action after falling behind 6-3. The Redskins ripped off an 11-0 run, led by freshman Janel Olbering who paced the Redskins with fourteen points.

“We hadn’t seen Olbering and did not know how quick she was,” said Stonebraker. “She really showed her quickness and some leadership.”

Combined with senior Kelsea Otis, who added 11 points on the night, the Redskins built a 14-6 advantage. It was the largest deficit to date for the Tigers.

After a number of lopsided victories Stonebraker quickly found out how her team would respond to a deficit; the answer was pretty good.

The turn around started at the end of the stanza when Bohman and Raterman hit consecutive field goals, making it a 14-10 game at the end of one stanza.

The Versailles momentum carried over to the second stanza as the Versailles defense became extremely physical taking over the game. Loramie opened the period with a field goal, but after that Versailles hit five straight field goals, including a three point play from Bohman. The spurt turned a six point deficit into a 21-16 lead.

Loramie was staggered but managed to find some footing. The half ended with the Tigers up 27-22, but the tide had swung to Versailles.

“We had some freshmen out there that were not use to a physical game like this,” commented Siegel.

The pure strength and size of Versailles started to pay off in the second quarter and continued into the third stanza. Using an attacking man-to-man defense, Stonebraker’s crew harassed the Loramie guards the entire night.

“Mallory Barga did a great job frustrating their guards as did Olivia Liette,” noted Stonebraker.

With just over five minutes left in the period Loramie closed to five at 31-26, but Versailles followed with a volley that all but sealed the game.

Raterman started it with a field goal and Bohman finished with a field and a three pointer, making it 38-27. The 11 point deficit was made even more daunting by the way Versailles was playing defense.

The Redskins did cut it to 40-32 at the end of three periods, but still faced a large deficit.

“We played well in the first and second periods, but it all fell apart on us in the that third period,” noted Siegel.

Early in the fourth period Versailles pushed the advantage back to double digits at 44-32. Once again it was Raterman and Bohman doing the damage. From there Versailles hit free throws, played defense and improved to 7-0. Ft. Loramie drops to 2-3.

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