The Ashland girls’ basketball team are now 1-3 after defeating the Ontario Warriors 53-40, Tuesday night at Ashland High School.
Sophomore guard Kylie Radebaugh led the Arrows with 21 points and the led the team with four rebounds.
“Kyle did a great job going to the rim and finishing for us,” Arrows coach Jason Snow said. “She is a great free throw shooter and handled the ball tonight well.”
At the end of the first quarter the Arrows took control of the game leading 18-8. A team effort of six assist contributed to 12 of their points, followed by a 3-pointer from Radebaugh and three made free throws from combined efforts of Radebaugh and freshman guard Allyssa Stuery. Sophomore forward Nashail Shelby of the Warriors scored six of her 19 total points in the first quarter followed by a lay-up from junior guard Rachel Miller.
In the second quarter the Arrows maintained control of the game leading 28-15 at half time. Senior guard Maddy McQuate of the Arrows earned three of her four steals contributing to limiting the Warriors to score seven points in the whole second quarter.
“At half time I told my girls to cut the score in half,” Warriors coach Sarah Kirchbaum said. “We need to cut it to at least single digits by the end of the third quarter.”
Throughout the third quarter the Warriors ran a full-court press against the Arrows, which lead to a combined team effort of seven steals. Shelby’s aggressive effort on both ends of court led the Warriors to make a comeback, along with a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Junior small forward Amanda Nething to trail the Arrows 35-34.
“I just think that as young as we are that our spacing is very poor right now,” Snow said. “We have a lot of work to do on our press break.”
At the start of the fourth quarter Shelby went to the foul line after an and one play then made the foul shot to give the Warriors the lead 37-35. Within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter Shelby fouled out of the game after being called for a charge to Arrows Sophomore shooting guard Kourtney Burk. Neithing scored the only point for the Warriors with a foul shot after Shelby fouled out, with 4:52 left in the game. The Arrows were then led by Radebaugh and Junior power forward Katie Kennedy, who both scored 14 points combined in the fourth quarter giving the Arrows control for the remainder of the game.
“I am hoping this win for us is a turning point in our season.” Radebaugh said. “We play Madison next and I think we can compete with them.”
The Arrows host Madison on Thursday and Ontario meets Tiffin Columbian on Saturday.