Bryan’s huge league win over Wauseon on Friday came with a key loss.
Reese Grothaus, the Golden Bears’ leading scorer, left the game early in the fourth quarter with a knee injury after scoring on a drive to the basket. Bryan, after trailing 12-7 after one quarter, used strong play over the final three frames to post a 48-41 Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball win at Bryan High School.
The Golden Bears (9-1, 2-0 NWOAL) bounced back from their first loss of the season on Tuesday against Napoleon and avenged a pair of losses last season to Wauseon (7-3, 1-1 NWOAL).
“It’s huge,” Bryan coach Todd Grosjean said. “You’ve got to take care of business at home.
“... That’s only their third loss; that’s a good basketball team. They don’t have a lot of depth, but the five kids that are out there play hard and scrap. We know what they’re going to do and they’re very physical, extremely physical.”
McKendry Semer, a 5-foot-9 senior for the Golden Bears, came up big in the paint as she tallied team highs of 13 points and nine rebounds. Grothaus added 11 points, Brooke Lamberson chipped in nine points with five boards and Kloee Antigo added five points and six rebounds. Delilah Taylor knocked down two 3-pointers for six points, and Shallyn Miley made 4-of-5 free throws in the final 43 seconds for four points.
Wauseon finished the third quarter on a 7-1 run to pull within 35-29, but Taylor opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to nine.
With 5:50 left, Grothaus drove with her left hand, put up a tough shot and made it, but injured her left knee on the way down. Grothaus, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL in her right knee, had to be helped off the court.
The 5-7 sophomore guard, who averaged a team-best 12 points per game, sat on the bench the rest of the game with ice on her knee and had to be helped to the locker room afterward.
“We’re going to say a prayer, hopefully keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best,” Grosjean said. “Obviously, she went down and we’ll see what happens.”
Grothaus sparked a 17-point second quarter that put the Golden Bears ahead for good. She buried a 3-pointer off Taylor’s pass, then returned the favor with an assist to Taylor’s corner 3-pointer as Bryan took a 13-12 lead early in the second.
Semer’s drive and left-handed finish, and her jumper right before the buzzer, helped Bryan take a 24-18 halftime lead.
“McKendry was huge, I thought she was very active again,” Grosjean said. “Kloee was active, I thought we hit some big shots.
“Delilah came in and gave us some great minutes and I thought our defensive job on (Marisa Seiler) was huge.”
Seiler, a 5-9 junior who leads the NWOAL in scoring at just under 20 points per game, was held to five points on 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. She added six rebounds.
Autumn Pelok, a 5-1 junior guard, scored a game-high 15 points for the Indians. Hayley Meyer had 10 points and six rebounds, while Chelsie Raabe added nine points and 10 boards.
Wauseon shot 34 percent (14 of 41) from the floor, including 22 percent (2 of 9) from beyond the arc. The Indians had 15 turnovers and were outrebounded 31-29.
“If we get our shots to fall, it’s a different game. If we get a few more rebounds, it’s a different game,” Wauseon coach Dan Seiler said.
Bryan shot 38 percent (17 of 45) from the floor, including 36 percent (4 of 11) from 3-point range. The Golden Bears had 14 turnovers.
Bryan returns to action Monday as the Golden Bears host Division I power Toledo Notre Dame.
Bryan 48, Wauseon 41
Wauseon 12 6 11 12 — 41
Bryan 7 17 11 13 — 48
Wauseon: Raabe 2 1 2-2 9, Pelok 4 1 4-4 15, Meyer 5 0 0-1 10, Seiler 0 0 5-6 5, Carroll 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 12-32 2-9 11-13 41.
Bryan: Grothaus 4 1 0-0 11, Antigo 0 1 2-4 5, Lamberson 3 0 3-4 9, Semer 6 0 1-3 13, D. Taylor 0 2 0-0 6, Miley 0 0 4-5 4. Totals: 13-34 4-11 10-16 48.
Junior Varsity: Bryan, 61-12.