Versailles nets double-digit win over Darke County rival Greenville

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Versailles 55, Greenville 42
Two of Ohio’s best girls basketball players faced off Saturday at Greenville as the Lady Wave hosted Versailles. The Tigers came in featuring Dayton-bound Justine
Raterman, while Greenville has Illinois recruit Maci Blinn. In the end,
it was Raterman and her crew that controlled the game, getting a 55-42
victory. As for the individual battle Raterman dropped in 18 points, while Blinn tallied 23.


GREENVILLE – Two of Ohio’s best girls basketball players faced off Saturday at Greenville as the Lady Wave hosted the Versailles Tigers.

The Tigers came into town featuring University of Dayton bound Justine Raterman, while Greenville has Illinois recruit Maci Blinn. In the end, it was Raterman and her crew that controlled the game, getting a 55-42 victory.

As for the individual battle Raterman dropped in 18 points and snared 12 rebounds, while Blinn garnered 23 very difficult points.

It was a tough game for Blinn as Versailles played extremely physical using a number of players to harass the All-Ohio guard. The main stay was junior Nicci Schlater, who held Blinn to just two points in the second quarter and zero field goals.

“Nicci was unbelievable,” said Versailles Coach Jacki Stonebraker. “We tried something new with a triangle and one, but Olivia (Liette) got into foul trouble so we went back to our man-to-man defense and I think that really helped.”

The Wave took an 11-4 lead early in the first period, but after that it was all Versailles. The biggest difference in the game was the balance of the Tigers and Emily Bohman, who also had 18 points in the contest.

“Versailles runs the court well and defends well,” noted Greenville coach Tim Rettig.

Greenville got a first hand look at the Versailles skills after the early spurt. The game slowly shifted as the first period wore on and the Tigers settled in. When the first period concluded Greenville still held the lead at 16-11, but the shift in momentum was on.

The Tigers continued attacking in the second period. After Blinn made it 18-13 on two free throws; Versailles ripped off a 15-1 run closing out the half, making it a 28-19 game.

“You just can’t go that long without scoring against a team like Versailles,” noted Rettig.

The shift was complete and the depth of the Tigers was starting to take over. That carried over to the third period as Versailles sensed an opportunity to put things away.

With a suffocating man-to-man defense and a physical game, Versailles continued stifling the Greenville offense. Offensively for the Tigers their senior duo of Raterman and Bohman combined for six quick points, making it a 34-19 game early in the third period.

“Bohman has been doing this all year and she is like our secret weapon. Although I am not sure she is much of a secret anymore,” noted Stonebraker.

Blinn and the Wave finally got on the board with 5:20 remaining. It was first field goal for her since the first period. But Versailles never missed a beat and kept attacking on both ends, building a 41-22 lead midway through the third period.

Making things even tougher on the Wave was the fact that Stonebraker started getting offensive production from other places, besides Bohman and Raterman.

After taking the 11-4 lead, Greenville was outscored 34-11 over a span of about a quarter and a half. It was a devastating blow to the Wave who never really recovered.
In the period’s last few minutes Blinn was able to connect on a couple of shots but Versailles was up 45-27 with one period left to play.

Even though Greenville continued to fight, the deficit was simply too large against a team like Versailles. The Wave made a few charges in the final stanza, but each time the Tigers had an answer pushing Greenville back.

“My kids played hard the entire game and that was one thing we were looking for,” noted Rettig. “We had some opportunities but didn’t get it done.”

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