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12-03-03: Redskins’ progress slow


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, came off (Continued from page 1B)
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 phenomenal tonight.”
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. ...


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