Solid Defense Lifts Lady Apaches

Ever hear the old saying ”defense wins”. That couldn’t have been more true for the Wabash Lady Apaches Wednesday. The Wabash offense struggled, but the defense tightened the screws in a 48-29 win over Peru Wednesday.

It looked like the Wabash offense was going to click right away Wednesday. Right off the opening tip, Kelsey Cromer drained a three pointer and then hit a two just seconds later to give Wabash a quick 5-0 lead. Kyleigh Hampton connected on a two and with 3:47 left Claire Cromer hit two free throws and the Apaches led 9-0. During the next 1:40, Peru would go on an 8-0 run to make it 9-8 with 2:06 to play. Out of the Wabash time out, Hampton would hit again and Charlie Pardo nailed a three to give the Apaches a 14-8 lead after one.

Wabash would start the second quarter, going on a 10-0 run. Hampton started the quarter with a three pointer, followed by a bucket from Pardo, a three point play from Kelsey Cromer and a bucket from Kalie Obenour. Claire Cromer and Marin Hill would add buckets and the Apache defense held Peru to just 5 points in the quarter and led 28-13 at the half.

The Wabash offense went stagnant in the third quarter, scoring just 7 points, but the defense held the Lady Tigers scoreless as Wabash built the lead to 35-13 after three. Kelsey Cromer had 5 points in the quarter, hitting her second three of the game and Marin Hill added 2 points.

The fourth quarter heated up a little, with Peru out scoring Wabash 16-13, but never cut the lead under 19 points. Kelsey Cromer hit her third three of the game to score 9 points in the quarter for a game high 22 points.

Leading Wabash was Kelsey Cromer with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assist, 3 steals and 1 block. Kyleigh Hampton had 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assist and 1 steal. Charlie Pardo had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Claire Cromer had 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assist and 2 steals. Marin Hill had 5 points and 7 rebounds. Kalie Obenour had 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. Katelyn Vogel had 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

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