January 10th 2015 BASKETBALL: Buckeye Central at Wynford
NEW WASHINGTON – If there was a theme for Wynford on Saturday afternoon in W.R. Donnenwirth Gymnasium, it was get the ball down low and go up strong.
The Royals used that and three double-figure scorers to beat Buckeye Central, 55-41, in Northern 10 Conference play.
“I thought we had to get our composure a little bit and concentrate on feeding the post,” Wynford coach Amy Taylor-Sheldon said. “I thought we did do some things well in transition, and Ellie (Richmond) was able to break out and attack the basket.”
Richmond finished with a game-high 19 points to lead the Royals. Alyssa Harrer followed with 13 points, and Sarah Ogden added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Wynford (6-5, 5-3 N10) shot more than 52 percent from the floor and pulled down 25 boards.
“We really tried to emphasize more points off of post feeds as a result of either a post move or a scissor cut or a place,” Taylor-Sheldon said. “For us to score as a result of the post feed, I was pretty happy about that.”
Buckeye Central (4-6, 3-5 N10) shot 31 percent and corralled 24 rebounds. Jenna Karl dropped 14 points and eight boards to lead the Buckettes. Hailey Hildebrand added nine points, and Hayley Green chipped in seven.
“We just need some shots to drop,” BC coach Greg Moore said. “We’re not real big, and they hurt us on some of their runs.”
Opening the game on a 12-2 explosion, Wynford never trailed in the matchup. Harrer scored first, getting a bucket to fall despite being fouled, with just 10 seconds off the clock. She sank the free throw for the additional point. Richmond also converted a three-point play in the frame as the Royals held a 15-12 edge after one.
Green brought the Buckettes within a point at the start of the second, but BC went cold and didn’t hit another field goal until the 2:01 mark. Maci Cooper and Richmond combined to give Wynford 12 points in the period, extending the lead to 31-20 at the half.
“They seal well,” Moore said of Wynford. “That’s something they’ve done, and we give up a lot of length.”
Harrer came out of the break and tallied eight points for Wynford, which outscored Buckeye Central 15-13 in the period. Isabelle Biglin and Hildebrand scored four each and Karl knocked down a triple for the Buckettes.
The biggest lead of the game came in the fourth period as Wynford rattled off a nine-point run to go up 55-33. The Buckettes scored the final eight points. Karl scored five of those points, and Sarah Heydinger grabbed four boards.
“We got some looks, but we’ve got to get second and third looks,” Moore said. “I thought Sarah Heydinger came in in the fourth quarter and gave us some good rebounds and good minutes, and that’s what we need.”
Buckeye Central returns to the hardwood Tuesday, traveling to Mohawk to battle the Warriors. Wynford also plays Tuesday and will take a jaunt over to Bucyrus to challenge the Redmen.
“We need some momentum going into the second half of the season, and I think we have some, especially between beating a good team in Upper (Sandusky) and being able to come off that and win,” Taylor-Sheldon said. “And Buckeye was coming off a big win (against Colonel Crawford), so I’m pretty happy with where we’re at, and we just have to be consistent.”
‘The 6th man’
Before the game, Wynford held a moment of silence and said a few words in honor of Colin Studer, who died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning. He was Buckeye Central’s No. 1 fan and the brother of Buckettes sophomore Emma Studer. Colin was 18 years old and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant.
Speaking on behalf of the Royals was assistant coach Michael Hurles.
“You have tight communities like Buckeye Central and Wynford, and then you have that inter-community,” Hurles said. “Everyone knows everybody, and we appreciate the fact that Buckeye Central is so much like us — just hard-working people and good people.”
Colin’s parents, Matt and Tammy, were in attendance, as well as Emma, who not only played in the game but also started and provided several sparks of energy for the Buckettes. Moore described her as the emotional leader of the team.
“It was really important just because I know Colin would have wanted me to play,” Emma said. “He wouldn’t have wanted any of us to pout around and just not play.”
She added that she knew when the question came up she was going to on the floor with her teammates.
“He’s not physically here because I can’t hear his laughing and can’t see his smile,” Emma said. “But his presence is here, and I know he’s watching from afar.”
Matt and Tammy are both BC grads, and Tammy is the technology coordinator at Buckeye Central. Hurles said Tammy was his teacher at Wynford in eighth grade. She left in November that year to give birth to Colin.
“We love the fact that, I can’t explain how, but sports somehow transcends a lot of those things, and we just wanted it to be a positive experience for Emma and her family,” Hurles said.
Moore said he appreciated the Wynford community for being professional and willing to move the game if it would have been necessary.
“That’s what makes Crawford County so special,” Moore said. “And I’m proud of our kids and our community. We fought through a hard week — we battled through and that’s all we can do — that’s what life’s about.”
When not in the game, the Buckettes as well as the coaches were adorned in shirts that read “Buckeye Central strong” on the front. On the back with angel wings read “Colin,” and below that, “The 6th man.”