Lauren Burns scores two of her 10-points in the Ansonia Lady Tigers win over Stivers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Ansonia Lady Tigers Earn Big win over Stivers

Ansonia cruses to big win over Dayton's Stivers School for the Arts

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Lady Tigers defeated the Stivers School for the Arts Lady Tigers 52-18 in non-conference Tuesday night varsity action.

Ansonia overcome a one hour and 10 minute delay to the start of the game while waiting on the Stivers bus to arrive from Dayton.

“With that type of delay it’s really more in terms of the mental preparation, the discipline,” said Ansonia coach, Bruce Davison. “One of the things I talk to the girls about is mentally preparing yourself – you should be able to visualize everything that you are doing on the court defensively whether it’s closing out with your hands, jumping to the ball when there is a pass, in other words walk yourself through the game mentally and visualize it because if you can do that, if you can visualize it then you will execute it easier.”

Coach Davison’s pregame talk payed big dividends as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 first quarter advantage and closed out the opening period with an 11-3 lead led by Abby Kramer with 4-points, Lauren Burns with 3-points and 2-points each from Emma Barga and Bailey Schmit.

Ansonia’s defense held the visiting Stivers Lady Tigers to a single second quarter points while Burns, Barga, Brenna Schmit and Bailey Schmit were adding points to the Ansonia Lady Tigers scorebook sending the teams to the break with Ansonia holding a comfortable 19-4 advantage.

Period No. 3 saw Ansonia outscore Stivers 15-7 extending its lead to 34-11 after three complete. Brenna Schmit paced the Ansonia Lady Tigers with 7-points, Burns 3-points, Kramer and Bailey Schmit 2-points each and Maddie Buckingham added a free throw.

Coach Davison continued to use his entire bench in the fourth period adding 18-points to the scoring column while limiting the visitors to 7-points and earn a 34-point win.

“It does a lot for the program,” Davidson said of all player seeing time on the court. “It’s fun, it’s enjoyable and at the end of the day it’s a game that teaches life skills.”

“Anytime you have a group of girls that always have a special place in my heart – those girls that come to practice and are expected to do everything that everyone else is even though that on many nights they don’t have the opportunity to play as many minutes, so on nights like this where they have that opportunity it is just a great atmosphere,” added Coach Davison. “It’s a rewarding experience for everyone.”

Coach Davison shared his thoughts on role players, the players that may not see the court in a close contest but are always in practice and on the bench during game time cheering on their teammates.

“One of the things I share with the girls – everyone is equally valued,” he said. “Although not everyone has the same role, not everyone has the same function but they have the same value regardless of minutes. Minutes does not define your values, you as a person, your character.”

“I share with them that beyond the game of basketball, after people forget the scores and the outcomes of games, what people will always remember is your character,” Coach Davison added. “I always mention to them and especially those girls that are expected to not only come in to make themselves better but to make their teammates better – that is really a reflection of them, their family, their character and overall them as a person.”

BOXSCORE

ANSONIA 52, STIVERS 18

ANSONIA – L. Burns 10, Bailey Schmit 10, Brenna Schmit 9, A. Kramer 6, K. Muhlenkamp 5, G. Leeper 4, M. Butts 4, E. Barga, M. Buckingham 1 – TOTALS 20 6-16 2 52

STIVERS – P. Tanner 14, J. Tayer 2, A. Hones 1, C. Harris 1 – TOTALS 7 4-10 0 18

3-POINTERS
Ansonia 2 (K. Muhlenkamp 1, Bailey Schmit 1)
Stivers 0

SCORE by QUARTERS
11-08-15-18 52 Ansonia
03-01-07-07 18 Stivers

The Ansonia Lady Tigers and coaching staff stand for the National Anthem prior to the start of its home game with Stivers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Brenna Schmit scores for the Lady Tigers in Ansonia's non-conference win over the Stivers Lady Tigers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Kelsey Muhlenkamp goes to the basket for Ansonia in the Lady Tigers win over Stivers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Bailey Schmit drives the baseline for Ansonia in Tuesday night win over the Stivers Lady Tigers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia's Maddie Buckingham is fouled driving to the basket in the Lady Tigers win over Stivers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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