The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team, ranked #6 in the state went on the road to visit #5 Oak Hill Tuesday night. A place where Wabash hasn’t had much luck the last several years. In between the JV and varsity games Oak Hill honored ex player, 2010 Ms. Basketball Courtney Moses who is now a star freshmen guard at Purdue. The crowd was buzzing with the ceremony and the Lady Eagles were fired up.
All the pre game hype and between game ceremonies didn’t seem to bother Wabash as they had something to prove and a score to settle with the Lady Eagles, dismantling Oak Hill 57-23.
Wabash struck quick and silenced the crowd before they even had a chance to get in the game, applying relentless defensive pressure and clicking offensively on all cylinders to build a 16-0 lead, holding Oak Hill scoreless until 1:19 to go in the quarter. The Wabash trio of Kaleigh Hensley, Lindsie Thomas and Kelsey Cromer met the Oak Hill guards at half court with pressure, rarely letting them through forcing multiple turn overs. If they did break the pressure Gabi Nearing and Kyleigh Hampton were there for reinforcement, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. Four Wabash players scored in the quarter, with Hensley leading the way with 10 points. Wabash lead 16-2 after one.
One would think Oak Hill would settle down and make a run to get back in the game. The Lady Eagles came out and scored the first bucket of the second quarter. Instead it was Wabash that would go on the run, a 13-0 run. This time instead of steals and layups the Lady Apaches showed they can also shoot. Kelsey Cromer started the quarter with a three pointer. She would can another three and Hensley would connect on three, three pointers, out scoring Oak Hill 18-6 in the quarter to take a 34-8 half time lead.
The Lady Apaches, knowing Oak Hill had the fire power to get back in the game if they let up kept the defensive pressure on. Lindsie Thomas badgered Oak Hills guards to the point she knew what flavor of gum they were chewing. Five Wabash players scored in the quarter, with the Lady Apaches out scoring Oak Hill again 18-9 to take a 52-17 lead, giving Oak Hill no chance of any hope. Cromer hit her third three of the game in the quarter, while Hensley, Thomas, Hampton and Nearing all scored.
The starters didn’t last long in the fourth quarter. Hensley had scored three and Cromer two in the quarter when coach Bumgardner emptied the bench to a standing ovation from the large Wabash crowd. Oak Hill out scored Wabash 6-5 in the final quarter, as the Wabash bench gave the Lady Eagles all they wanted.
Leading Wabash was Kaleigh Hensley with 32 points. Kelsey Cromer added 15 points. Lindsie Thomas and Kyleigh Hampton had 4 points each. Gabi Nearing had 2 points.