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WOOSTER -- The West Holmes Knights moved closer to a seventh consecutive Ohio Cardinal Conference title Thursday night with a 65-60 win at Wooster.
The victory gave West Holmes an 8-0 record in OCC play and handed the Generals, who entered the night in second place in the conference, their third league loss.
"One of our goals is to win the league, no doubt," said West Holmes head coach Lisa Ogi. "We knew we came here on the road and we have to go to Mount Vernon next on the road, so we knew they were two tough opponents. We're very happy to get the win tonight."
The Knights built a 32-16 halftime lead by spreading the ball around and hitting a pair of 3-point shots in each of the first two quarters. When they weren't hitting open outside looks, they were cutting to the basket for layups.
"Our kids played really aggressively on offense," Ogi said. "(Wooster) likes their 1-2-2 matchup zone, and a lot of times we become very stale and stagnant in our zone offense. Tonight we had great movement, shot lots of layups in it. We just kept moving and moving the basketball.
"To me, those first three quarters was some of the best offense we've had against the zone."
While the Knights offense was rolling, the Lady Generals couldn't get on track offensively until the third quarter. After scoring just two points in the first half, Wooster's Ny Brown was much more aggressive in the second half. The junior poured in 25 second-half points and finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Freshman Macyn Siegenthaler was also a difference-maker with 17 second-half points, fouling out with 21 points on the evening. Siegenthaler made 13 of 14 free throws and grabbed 10 boards.
Trailing 48-31 after the third, Wooster made a furious comeback attempt, but fell short. The Generals outscored West Holmes 29-17 in the fourth.
"We kinda took the air out of the ball there in the fourth quarter," said Ogi on the difference in the final quarter. "That kind of closed the gap. We told them to take only higher percentage shots, only lay-ups and get fouled, go to the foul line. We missed more than we should have, but still came out on top."
The Knights were led by senior Sammie Hall who scored 22 points, including 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Celeste Ryman had 13 points, including four 3-pointers, while senior Kacie Leppla had nine points and four rebounds and junior Kaylor Perone added nine points and a half-dozen assists.
Wooster had the rebounding edge 36-25, leading to 16 second-chance points for the Generals, but West Holmes was able to capitalize on 15 Wooster turnovers, committing just nine itself.
West Holmes outgoaled the hosts by just one (20-19), but went 6 of 16 from behind the 3-point arc while the Generals failed to connect from long distance on three tries. Led by Siegenthaler, Wooster won the battle of the boards 31-25.
The win moved West Holmes to 12-3 overall. Wooster dropped to 9-4 with the loss, 5-3 in the OCC.
Wooster head coach Mike Baus was unavailable for comment after the game.