By GARY R. RASBERRY
ST. HENRY — The first words out of Charlie Maier’s
mouth after St. Henry’s 55-35 loss to Fort Loramie were
simply “A lot of work.”
The veteran coach, installing his system of play to a young
team, knows a lot of work will continue to be needed to get
St. Henry up to par with the other teams this season.
St. Henry (1-2) committed 31 turnovers in the game against the
Redskins from Shelby County, with many of the points Loramie
put up coming off the turnovers.
“We had a lot of unforced errors,” said Maier. “Basically,
it was the fundamentals — passes, being strong, stepping
in against good pressure. Our girls need to learn how to handle
that. It’s kind of a work in progress.”
For the first 12 minutes and 19 seconds of the game, St. Henry
held its own against Loramie, holding short leads and never
trailing by more than six points. The tide turned as Fort Loramie
went on a 12-1 run to end the second quarter, pushing a five-point
lead up to 13 at 29-16 at halftime.
“What I am looking for is the team to get better. Early
in the game we were right there with them. Then all of the sudden,
it was a 12-1 run,” said Maier. “We have to learn
to keep focused and stay in the game. It will take time.”
“One of the things we really work on is taking care of
the ball. Another is putting a lot of pressure on the other
team,” said Loramie head coach Carla Siegel. “I
think all my girls, from the starters to the ones on the bench,
did a great job defensively, put a lot of pressure on them and
converted the turnovers into layups.”
Fort Loramie, regional runners-up to Marion Local last season
in Division VI but forced to replace four starters this season,
picked up big points from sophomores Courtney Reed and Mallory
Albers. Albers drove the lane and had a strong outside touch
to lead all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Reed
used the steal to push the ball towards the basket, scoring
14 on 7-of-12 shooting. Abby Ernst, the only senior on the Redskins,
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the bench to score 13.
“I was not happy with my post players tonight,”
said Siegel. “We missed a lot of bunnies tonight. My two
big girls (6-1 Leslie Hoelscher and 6-0 Jodi Zimmerman) combined
for just four points tonight. Abby, Courtney and Mallory played
Fort Loramie (1-0) pulled away even further in the second half,
getting the lead to 20 points several times before the end of
the game. St. Henry was plagued by 17 second-half turnovers
and a shooting percentage of 7-for-27 (25.9 percent).
“I think we rush (the shot),” said Maier. “We
have to be patient. You can’t wait too long, but you have
to have patience, maybe wait a second or two longer.”
St. Henry was led by Kayla Lefeld’s nine points. Lindsay
Hess added seven points and 13 rebounds. Brenda Hemmelgarn added
six points and six rebounds.
St. Henry will play a rare Friday night game as the Redskins
travel to Minster to face the Wildcats in a non-conference game.
“It’s a work in progress,” said Maier. “Maybe
by the end of the season we can play the game the way we want
to play it. ...