The Wabash Lady Apache basketball team is trying to get their offensive rhythm back before sectional play starts in a couple weeks. That rhythm showed signs of life Saturday as Wabash defeated visiting North Miami 63-21.
As with most Wabash girls games the defense controls the pace of the game and hopes the offense feeds off it. Saturday the defense did it’s job again and the offense clicked as the Apaches defeated the Warriors.
Katelyn Vogel got things started on the defensive end with a steal and a layup for the first score of the game. North Miami would respond with a free throw and a bucket to take a momentary lead 3-2. Two Claire Cromer free throws put the Apaches back up 4-3 and sparked an 11-0 Apache run. Kelsey Cromer, Marin Hill and Kyleigh Hampton all scored during the run and Wabash was up 13-3. After North Miami made it 13-7, Kelsey Cromer drained a three and Wabash led 16-7 after one.
The Lady Apaches would start the second quarter with a 13-0 run to stretch the lead to 29-7. All 13 points were scored by Kelsey Cromer and Hampton. Cromer had one three pointer and Hampton two three pointers. The Wabash defense held North Miami scoreless until the 1:29 mark when Miltona Robinson hit a free throw. Marin Hill and Charlie Pardo would hit free throws down the stretch and Wabash led 33-10 at the half.
Robinson would hit for North Miami to start the third quarter, which would be the only bucket and two points for the Warriors in the quarter. The Apaches would score the next 16 points, 8 coming from Cromer and 5 from Hampton, making it 49-12 after three. Both hit their third three pointers of the game in the quarter.
The next Apache run would come at the start of the fourth quarter. Wabash would score the first 8 points. Cromer, Hill, Hampton and Pardo would all get in on the action, making it 57-12. After two North Miami buckets the final Wabash run would be a 6-0 run to make it 63-16 and cruised to the 63-21 final.
Leading Wabash was Kelsey Cromer with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assist and 5 steals. Kyleigh Hampton had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Marin Hill had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Claire Cromer had 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assist and 2 steals. Charlie Pardo had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Katelyn Vogel had 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assist and 3 steals. Abby Stein had 1 rebound. Sarah Puckett had 3 rebounds. Brittany Stone had 1 rebound and 1 block.