Versailles outlasts Lehman in meeting of small school powers

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Versailles 55, Sidney Lehman Catholic 43
For the second consecutive game the Versailles Lady Tigers were challenged and for the second time they responded. Traveling to Sidney Lehman the Tigers downed the Cavaliers 55-43 behind
Emily Bohman, who led all scorers with 16 points. She also snatched
five rebounds. Sarah Freytag led the Cavs with 13 points and Cassie
Slagle added 12 points. But overall it was a frustrating day for the
high octane Cavalier offense.


SIDNEY – For the second consecutive game the Versailles Lady Tigers were challenged and for the second time they responded.

Traveling to Sidney Lehman the Tigers downed the Cavaliers 55-43 behind Emily Bohman, who led all scorers with 16 points. She also snatched five rebounds. Sarah Freytag led the Cavs with 13 points and Cassie Slagle added 12 points. But overall it was a frustrating day for the high octane Cavalier offense.

Lehman’s game plan was to slowdown the Tigers’ Justine Raterman with double teams in the post. They found some success with the plan, but it created a hole in the defense, which Versailles exposed. Emily Frey picked up the slack for Raterman dropping in 14 points, Courtney Barlage also chipped in with 9 points.

“Everyone was offensively minded tonight looking for their shot instead of looking for Justine and Emily every time,” Versailles Coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “The juniors on this team are really growing up. You can see them finding a comfort zone and that is what each game is doing for us.”

In the opening period Lehman had difficulty with the Tigers flex offense. Versailles found a number of easy looks building a 13-8 advantage. The other problem for Lehman was they were reduced to one shot, something that did not change the entire game. With a clear size advantage Versailles unofficially out rebounded Lehman 27-12.

“We did a nice job with our offensive rebounding. Justine and Bohman both got some easy put backs off offensive rebounds,” noted Stonebraker.

But in the second quarter Lehman did a nice job of denying Raterman with double teams in the post. Offensively, Lehman had some success with driving the lane and shooting the three ball.

Using a strong perimeter game and dribble penetration, Lehman got to within four at 32-28 at the half. With the second period spurt it looked like the Cavaliers were in position to garner a big win.

However, like they have done all season Versailles was up to the challenge. Taking what Lehman was giving them the Tigers started to pull away as the period wore down. After the Cavs got to within one at 36-35, Versailles went on a 6-2 run closing out the stanza. That spurt gave the Tigers a 42-37 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

Sensing they had Lehman staggered the Tigers continued the pressure in the final stanza. Barlage opened the period with a field goal making it 45-37 Tigers, their biggest lead since the first period.

Raterman made it 50-41 and the things were spiraling out of control for the Cavs as Stonebraker’s crew started to takeover. The Tigers closed off the lanes taking away the dribble penetration, pushing Lehman’s offense to the perimeter. They also forced the Cavs to use a lot of time each trip down the court, making time a factor.

With 3:58 remaining Versailles took a 52-41 lead and all but sealed the game. Lehman managed to get within nine at 52-43. But, on the Tigers next possession Bohman converted a traditional three point play. That made it 55-43 and it was the final straw.

The win pushes the Tigers recorded to 13-0 overall and closes a big week that saw Versailles down Delphos St. Johns and Lehman, two teams that had only one loss coming into the game.

“Lehman and Delphos are two very quality teams and we can’t let down at all this month especially with Minster coming up on Thursday,” Stonebraker said.

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