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After playing Ohio Cardinal Conference leader Wooster really tough in the first round of league play, West Holmes was eager to see what it could do against the Generals with a little home cooking.
It turns out the Generals enjoy dining on the road, and they dined on the Lady Knights by going on a 17-0 run in the second quarter to blow open their Jan. 18 contest at The Dungeon at West Holmes High School. Wooster went on to post a convincing 81-40 victory, proving exactly why they are currently undefeated in the OCC.
The game started out like it might shape up to be another intense game between the two rivals as Kaylor Perone and Taylor Miller led a terrific effort by the Lady Knights, who went toe to toe against Wooster and trailed by only four points at 22-18 through the first period. Both players hit a pair of threes and scored eight points in that opening period. However, Wooster had some weapons of its own clicking as Daisha Brown tallied eight and Ny Brown added six to help keep the Generals in front.
Then came the second period, which was exhilarating from Wooster’s perspective, nightmarish from the Lady Knights point of view.
Wooster again posted 22 points, but West Holmes managed just seven, five coming from Regan Wilcox, who did her best to keep the Lady Knights close. Macyn Siegenthaler sprang to life in the period, racking up six points, while Ny Brown added five and Daisha Brown stayed hot, scoring four more. But the 17-0 run put Lindsy Snyder’s team squarely behind the eight ball as the teams went to the locker room.
Any hope the Lady Knights had of making a comeback like they did against Wooster earlier this season went south almost immediately to begin the second half when Wooster reeled off a quick 12-2 run to begin the third quarter. Having had a quiet first half, Wooster’s Stephanie Smith began making a statement on the boards, igniting the Wooster rally.
Kaylor Perone sank her second bucket of the quarter to stop the bleeding momentarily, making it 56-29, but Wooster would then score the quarter’s final six points as Ny Brown, Smith and Jaida McCloud scored to push the Generals’ lead to 62-29.
West Holmes freshman Paige Race came to life in the fourth quarter, scoring five quick points after a Smith bucket to make it 64-34, but a score from Daisha Brown, an and-one by Ny Brown, a Smith put-back and Seigenthaler’s two free throws made it 72-34 as the Generals made sure there would be no Lady Knights uprising this time around.
Perone would score three points, and Race would drop in a triple late, but Wooster’s depth and athleticism was too much as Wooster ran its record to 10-5 overall and a spotless 7-0 in league play. West Holmes fell to 2-11 overall.
Wooster’s onslaught on offense came courtesy of a tremendous team effort. Ny Brown led all scorers with 19 points, adding eight boards, while Diasha Brown scored 16 points, Siegenthaler tacked on 15 points and Smith added 14 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. McCloud added seven points while Sydney Clapp and Anna Zerrer both scored four.
Perone again led the Lady Knights with a strong 17-point effort, a season-high for her, while Race and Miller both tallied eight. Wilcox added seven, and West Holmes put just four players in the scoring column.
A pair of statistics spelled out just why Mike Baus’ Wooster team was so dominant. The Generals canned a whopping 34-of-56 action shots for 61 percent. Wooster also forced West Holmes into 30 turnovers while West Holmes did manage to create 18 turnovers for Wooster.
The rebounding edge went to Wooster by a 38-28 count with Race snagging five and Miller snaring four to lead West Holmes.