The Wabash Lady Apache basketball team was playing their second TRC game of the season Saturday. They were hosting #17 Rochester. The Lady Zebras were coming in with a 5-1 record and winners of three in a row.
Wabash would defend home turf, upsetting Rochester 54-42.
Kelsey Cromer would get things started with a bucket and after a Rochester free throw Kyleigh Hampton nailed a three and Wabash was up 5-1. Rochester’s Rylee Holland would hit a free throw and Alanie Sroufe a bucket and it was 5-4. The Lady Apaches would then go on a 12-0 run to make it 17-4. Claire Cromer started the run converting a three point play, folowed by two buckets each from Kelsey Cromer and Hampton. The Zebras Abbie Malchow would snap the run and Wabash led 18-7 after one.
Kelsey Cromer would hit two free throws to start the second quarter and extend the lead to 20-7. Holland and Raeann Hunter would hit to get the Wabash lead back to single digits at 20-11 before the Lady Apaches went to work again. A bucket from Hampton and back to back three pointers from Charlie Pardo, plus a Kelsey Cromer bucket stretched the lead back to 30-13. Sroufe would hit the last bucket of the half and Wabash led 30-15.
The Zebras come out of the locker room, increasing the full court pressure and inching their way back to within striking distance, cutting the lead to 38-29 with 3:52 to go and forcing Wabash to call time out. After the time out Rochester’s Breanne Paulik would hit, making it 38-31. Kelsey Cromer would hit and then was backed up by a huge Kyleigh Hampton three to make it 44-31. Hampton would hit again, answered by a Malchow bucket and it was 46-34 after three.
The fourth quarter was ball control and defense for Wabash. The Lady Apaches did not score a bucket in the fourth quarter, but connected on eight free throws while controlling the tempo and milking the clock. The Apache defense held Rochester to 8 points in the Wabash 54-42 win.
Leading Wabash was Kyleigh Hampton with 16 points. Kelsey Cromer had 15, Claire Cromer 10, Charlie Pardo 6, Marin Hill 5 and Sarah Puckett 2.
Abbie Malchow led Rochester with 17 points.