Created on Monday, 07 January 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Benjamin Logan’s girls basketball team cranked up its defense to capture its fifth straight win Saturday night.
Benjamin Logan’s Ciarra Wirick, left, shoots against Indian Lake’s Mikaela Oyer during Saturday’s game at Indian Lake. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
The visiting Raiders allowed only four Indian Lake players to score points in a 39-29 win over their rivals Saturday in a Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division game.
Ben Logan improves to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in league play. The Lakers drop to 6-7, 2-3.
“I really thought we played well defensively tonight,” said Ben Logan head coach Donnie Sosby. “We had some trouble with (Mikaela) Oyer in the second half. We did not have weak-side help and didn’t double down on her enough, but overall, I felt our defense did a great job.”
The Raiders jumped out to a 20-11 halftime lead. Ben Logan outscored the Lakers 7-2 in the second quarter.
“Mikaela was in foul trouble in the second quarter and without her, we had no inside presence,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “When she is not on the court, we really have to have our guards step up and hit some shots. We struggled doing that tonight.
“We were 2-of-16 from three-point range. The girls fought hard and the effort was there, but it is hard to win games when you shoot the ball like that.”
Oyer was a force for the Lakers in the second half, scoring 13 of her game-high 19 points after halftime. The rest of the Lakers combined for five points over the final two quarters.
“Mikaela was awesome for us,” said McMahon. “She did a great job of attacking the basket. This is the best she has played all year.”
Ben Logan opened up a 16-point lead (27-11) midway through the third quarter. The Raiders led by 12 (30-18) at the end of the period.
After a free throw from the Raiders’ Domonique Johnson at the start of the fourth quarter, Oyer scored seven straight points to cut Ben Logan’s lead to six (31-25) with 6:01 remaining.
Ben Logan fought off the threat. The Raiders responded with a 4-0 spurt and remained in control the rest of the way.
“We hit some big free throws down the stretch,” said Sosby. “I don’t think we were patient enough offensively at times in the fourth quarter, but the girls did some good things tonight.”
Ciarra Wirick led the Raiders with 14 points and Jessica Yoder also was in double figures with 12 points.
“I feel like all of the girls are getting better,” said Sosby. “It was a team effort tonight. We had some good play off the bench.”
In the junior varsity game, Ben Logan won 24-10. Shelby Kramer led the Raiders with seven points.
Ben Logan is back in action tonight at home against Elgin. The Lakers host Urbana on Saturday.
BEN LOGAN 39, INDIAN LAKE 29
BEN LOGAN (7-5, 3-2)
Yoder 3 4-6 12; Wilbur 1 0-3 2; Johnson 1 1-2 4; Rumney 1 2-4 4; Wirick 4 6-10 14; Quay 0 2-2 2; Terrill 0 1-3 1. Totals: 10 16-30 39.
INDIAN LAKE (6-7, 2-3)
Boberg 1 0-0 3; Miller 2 0-0 5; Chismar 0 2-4 2; Oyer 8 3-5 19. Totals: 11 5-9 29.
Raiders 13 7 10 9 — 39
Lakers 9 2 7 11 — 29
Three pointers: Ben Logan 3 (Yoder 2, Johnson); Indian Lake 2 (Boberg, Miller) Turnovers: Ben Logan 14; Indian Lake 17.