The Ft. Loramie Lady Redskins told their Coach Carla Siegel they were tired of losing, so now they haven’t, at least not lately.
After starting the season 3-7 the Redskins are one game away from an unlikely trip to Columbus after beating Sidney Lehman Catholic 50-47 in D-IV Regional Semi-Final Thursday night at Vandalia.
“The seniors told me that they did not want to lose anymore,” said a delighted Siegel after the game. “We got a lot of press about our 3-7 record to start the season, but this team never gave up.
Led by Kelsea Otis’s 18 points and a post game that was tenacious Loramie never backed down from the Cavaliers, advancing to the regional finals with a 15-10 record where they will face Crestview.
Lauren Turner added a double-double for Loramie with 12 points and 10 rebound.
On the other end of the court the Redskins were able to contain Lehman’s one-two punch of Jessica Slagle and Sarah Freytag. Slagle ended with 14 and Freytag 18, but neither was able to control the contest.
The Redskins pushed Lehman to the perimeter, while offensively they were able to convert a number of easy buckets in the post.
“We had the height advantage and today we were confident. That was the key, to pound the ball inside and this time we were we able to convert,” said Siegel.
In the opening minutes that was not case. Although Loramie had the advantage inside, they struggled to find any offense. Lehman on the other hand had no such problems.
Led by Freytag the Cavaliers were able to score early and often building a 14-8 advantage midway through the opening period. But as the first eight minutes ticked away the Redskins settled down.
Aiding that cause was Turner, who connected for six of Loramie’s 12 points in the stanza. When the buzzer sounded it was 18-12 Cavaliers, but more importantly the Redskins were starting to believe.
The second period was all Loramie. The Skins took off on an 8-2 run to open the second stanza, tying the game at 20-20.
This changed the entire complexion of the game as Lehman started to feel the pressure of being the hunted. As the period wore on the defenses took over and the two teams combined for just 13 points.
When the buzzer sounded the Redskins were up 28-25 and the upset was in full swing.
Showing why they had won 17 regular season games, Lehman returned to the court and promptly went after Loramie. Using an aggressive man-to-man defense they were able to deny the post. Offensively, Brooke Mason drained consecutive three balls and in a blink the Cavs were up 33-32.
The period closed with Lehman up 37-32 and it appeared as if the Cavs were going to escape.
But the fourth period was a rerun of the second. Loramie played aggressive defense and found the easy shot in the post, along with hitting free throws.
After struggling in the first half from the line, Loramie got the lead at 42-39 and then sealed the deal from the free throw line. The Skins went 10 of 11 making it nearly impossible for Lehman to mount a comeback.
“They beat us at our own game,” said Lehman coach Greg Noftz. “Normally we are the team going to line and hitting free throws.”
Lehman had a glimmer of life when Slagle hit three throws with 16 ticks left, making it 48-45 Loramie. But, Kelsea Otis responded hitting two on the other end pushing the lead back to five. That was more than Lehman could over come as the Redskins pulled off the big upset.
In night’s opening game the Crestview Knights (22-2) had little trouble with Franklin Monroe winning 49-29. The Knights were led by Kelsey Nedderman, who tallied 15 points and Meghan Henry who dropped in 12. Crestview held FM’s Mara Howell to just 13 points.