The Versailles Lady Tigers completed an amazing three game run Saturday afternoon with another Division III Sectional title at Twin Valley South. Versailles downed West Liberty Salem 38-15 Saturday winning the title. In their three games at South, the Tigers allowed a total of 45 points.
“Defensively we just could not match up with Raterman inside. They are just so big and physical and they are just a good team,” said West Liberty Salem coach Dennis McIntosh. “Even when we slowed it down they never panicked and that is what good teams do.”
In this contest the West Liberty Salem Tigers attempted to stall out the game, by holding the ball on offense. The concept never really worked as Versailles was able to hold their ground defensively and convert on offense.
“We never really thought about them playing the stall game earlier in the week,” said Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker. “We knew they had guards that could penetrate and later in the week we thought they might do this.”
The problem for West Liberty was they fell behind early. Concentrating on stopping Justine Raterman, Liberty soon found out about Emily Bohman.
The senior guard burnt West Liberty Salem for 15 points, leading all scorers.
“Emily had a number of big rebounds and put backs. She is so active on offense all the time,” said Stonebraker.
When the first period was over Versailles had a 9-4 lead and was slowly taking over the game.
The real blow of the contest came in the second stanza. Bohman hit for two quick buckets making it 13-4. This increased the pressure on West Liberty Salem to score. Looking to cut off the back door cuts, Stonebraker switched to a 1-3-1 zone. With Raterman roaming under the bucket, even when a cut opened she was there to shut it down.
“There were a couple of times where they got the backdoor cut, but we rotated over and cut it off,” said Stonebraker.
When the horn sounded on the first half Versailles was in control with a 20-7 lead.
In the second half West Liberty continued to keep the game at a slow pace. This did prevent the Tigers from getting into any type of offensive rhythm. As the period wore on very little changed as Versailles took a 29-13 lead into the final stanza.
“The girls just wanted to play offense so bad that we never found a real rhythm the entire game.”
The third period opened with a field goal from Bohman and another by Emily Frey. That made it 33-13 and the outcome of this contest was now very clear. Even with the big lead Versailles continued the defensive pressure and held West Liberty to just two points in the period.
Versailles held West Liberty Salem to just six field goals the entire game. It was another impressive defense effort by Versailles.
The 38-15 win marked the third time this season Versailles has held an opponent to under 20 points. It also improved their record to 23-0 on the season. Versailles will play Roger Bacon next Saturday in the Districts at Vandalia Butler.