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12-05-03: Riders outlast Bulldogs

Krissy Haines reaches 1,000-point mark


St. Marys’ Krissy Haines needed 22 points to crack the 1,000-point plateau for her career entering Thursday’s game at the Fieldhouse against rival Celina.
Haines scored a game-high 28 points and the Roughriders needed most of them as St. Marys slipped past Celina, 63-57 in the Western Buckeye League opener for both squads.
“When Krissy is on the floor, I don’t think that there’s a more competitive player out there,” said St. Marys head coach Bruce Brown. “I’ve been fortunate to have her on my team for four years. She stepped up big for us tonight and took over in some key situations.”
“Krissy Haines is the type of player that coaches love to have on their team but hate to face them as an opponent,” lauded Celina head coach Jack Clouse. “She’s an aggressive player that’s fun to watch because she plays so hard.”
It looked as though it might get ugly early on for Celina fans as St. Marys jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter led by Haines and teammate Haley Fannon. Haines scored 10 first-quarter points and Fannon scored six of her seven points in the game in the first stanza.
“The poor start hurt us obviously,” said Clouse. “We buried ourselves early on with turnovers.”
With the Celina defense concentrating its attention on Haines and Fannon, St. Marys post player Kerri Imwalle controlled the paint in the second quarter. Imwalle scored eight points in the quarter as the Roughriders went into halftime ahead, 33-19.
Foul trouble began to mount for St. Marys in the third quarter and that’s when Celina was able to get back into the game. Kelli Williams and freshman Betsy (Continued from page 1B)
Hone paced the Bulldogs in the third quarter with 13 combined points as the Green and White outscored the Roughriders, 18-13.
With 3:14 to go in the game, Celina got a break as St. Marys lost Fannon and Imwalle for the rest of the contest due to five fouls apiece.
With two-thirds of St. Marys’ offensive options out of the game, Celina’s defense ignited a 15-5 run to get the Bulldogs within five points, 60-55. Williams, Allison Hoying and Andrea Bryan, Laura Link and Hone all got into the scoring column during the Celina spurt.
Down five points with 1:08 to go in the game, Celina was never able to get closer as the Roughriders clinched the win with strong free throw shooting. St. Marys shot well from the charity stripe all game long hitting 23-of-30 for the night, including 10-of-11 from Haines.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well from the line in the first two games, but we shot it well tonight,” said Brown. “We work on it hard in practice, so it’s nice to see all the hard work pay off. Once we started losing players to foul trouble, it was nice to see some girls off the bench log good minutes and play well.”
“Good teams hit free throws and they did that tonight,” said Clouse.
Imwalle joined Haines in double figures for St. Marys with 15 points while Williams led Celina with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Bryan added 14 points.
Celina is back in action Saturday at home against New Bremen with tip-off set for noon while St. Marys is off until Thursday when the Roughriders host Defiance for a WBL contest.


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