Girls basketball: Houston set for sectional final against Loramie


Lehman coach Craig Hall pleased with Cavaliers’ effort

By Bryant Billing - [email protected]



Lehman’s Carly Edwards passes over the head of Fort Loramie’s Jaydyn Puthoff during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney.

Lehman’s Carly Edwards passes over the head of Fort Loramie’s Jaydyn Puthoff during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Houston’s Hayden Riesenbeck drives as Triad’s Alea Ferguson trails during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney. The Wildcats will face Fort Loramie in a sectional final on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — Spotting a team seven points isn’t a normal strategy when it comes to winning tournament basketball games. It’s probably not a strategy Houston wants to employ in a sectional final on Saturday against Fort Loramie.

But in a Division IV sectional semifinal against Triad on Wednesday at Sidney, a seven-point deficit two minutes into the first quarter wasn’t a big deal for Houston’s game plan.

The Wildcats relentless attacked the paint for the rest of the game and took advantage of open looks on the perimeter in a 59-53 win over Triad. With the victory, Houston earned another shot at Fort Loramie in a sectional final at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sidney.

Fort Loramie (19-5) beat Houston (8-15) by 26 and 30 points in two regular-season Shelby County Athletic League games, the latter of which came in Fort Loramie on Feb. 1.

“They’re a whole other animal,” Houston coach Brad Allen said of the Redskins. “They bring a whole kind of different dimension to basketball. Carla (Siegel) does a great job over there defensively and working her offense.

“We know we’ve got an uphill battle, but we know we can battle with them. I think we’re playing that well right now that I’ve told the girls they can play with anyone in the state. I think that momentum and that mentality going into Saturday may make a difference.”

The mentality was too much for Triad to contain.

After the Cardinals took a 7-0 early lead, Houston finished the first quarter on a 15-3 run. Sarah Monnier then opened the second quarter with a basket, and Hollie Voisard followed with a 3-pointer to push the Wildcats’ lead to 20-10.

“I called a timeout (after falling behind 7-0), and I just told the girls to stay composed,” Allen said. “It’s a long game, with a whole lot of minutes still in front of us. I told them if we got our offense going we’d be good. We made a switch on defense and came out of our zone and into our man, and I think that helped, too.”

Triad cut the Wildcats’ lead to six points at 29-23 at halftime and came within 47-43 on a 3-pointer by Alea Ferguson with 4:13 left in the fourth.

Monnier added a basket to push the Wildcats’ lead to six points with 3:17 left, and Rebekah New hit a wide open 3 from the left corner with 2:32 left to increase the lead to nine. Jessica Monnier then hit a basket in the paint with 2:03 left to cap off the 7-0 run and give Houston a 54-43 lead.

Triad didn’t come any closer than the final six-point margin through the last two minutes.

Jessica Monnier and Sarah Monnier were too much for the Cardinals (12-13) to handle inside. Jessica Monnier, a 6-foot-0 junior post, led the team with 26 points while Sarah Monnier, a 5-10 post, scored 13.

“When the Monnier sisters get going, we do a good job,” Allen said. “You can expect that out of them. They’ve just got to step up and execute, which they did. And being sisters, they read each other really well.

“… When we got the ball inside and Jessie and Sarah started scoring inside, they started double-teaming them, and that opened the ball up on the perimeter. Our perimeter play came on, and when you have a balance like that, your offense is doing good things.”

Houston lost five of its last six regular-season games, and Allen said he’s proud the team has advanced to a sectional final.

“It’s awesome and a great feeling for us,” Allen said. “It’s the preparation, the effort these girls give in practice. We’ve had a really good week. We’ve been off for almost 10, 11 days. We didn’t know how that would play a part, but we just got some momentum in the right spots.”

Hall proud of Lehman’s effort

Lehman Catholic finished the season 11-12 after a 59-33 loss to Fort Loramie on Wednesday at Sidney.

It was an up-and-down season for the Cavaliers, who had several multiple-game losing streaks. But Lehman finished regular season on a three-game winning streak, which pleased coach Craig Hall.

Lehman will lose three seniors to graduation in guard Alanna O’Leary, forward Maddy McFarland and guard Brogan McIver. O’Leary led the team with an average of 10.1 points per game while Monnin averaged 9.3 points and a team-high six rebounds.

“Alanna’s a trooper,” Hall said. “She missed three games in a row after getting busted in her nose. She’s always fighting. …Maddy McFarland didn’t play last year because she tore her ACL in volleyball. She was a really huge asset to have back this year.”

McIver averaged 6.4 points per game. She missed Lehman’s last three games after rolling her ankle.

“She worked so hard to try to get back to play in this game,” Hall said. “She was constantly icing it, doing the elastic band, to try and play in this game. She lives for basketball, and I felt bad for her, I really did. She’s been our team leader all year. She was the same way today. Even though she couldn’t be on the floor, she was encouraging her teammates.”

Grace Monnin and Carly Edwards will be Lehman’s top returning players. Monnin averaged 9.3 points and six rebounds per game while Edwards averaged six points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Both are juniors.

Lehman’s Carly Edwards passes over the head of Fort Loramie’s Jaydyn Puthoff during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/02/web1_SDN022218LehGbbLG2-2.jpgLehman’s Carly Edwards passes over the head of Fort Loramie’s Jaydyn Puthoff during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Houston’s Hayden Riesenbeck drives as Triad’s Alea Ferguson trails during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney. The Wildcats will face Fort Loramie in a sectional final on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/02/web1_SDN022218HousGbbLG2-2.jpgHouston’s Hayden Riesenbeck drives as Triad’s Alea Ferguson trails during a Division IV sectional semifinal game on Wednesday at Sidney. The Wildcats will face Fort Loramie in a sectional final on Saturday. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Lehman coach Craig Hall pleased with Cavaliers’ effort

By Bryant Billing

[email protected]

Contact Bryant Billing at (937) 538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.

Contact Bryant Billing at (937) 538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.