First year Preble Shawnee head coach, Maggie Neanen encourages her team in the Lady Arrows tournament win over Versailles. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Preble Shawnee topples Versailles Lady Tigers

Preble Shawnee Lady Arrows knock Versailles out of tournament play in opening round

COVINGTON – The Versailles Lady Tigers dropped an OHSAA DIII opening round tournament game to the Preble Shawnee Lady Arrows 66-55.

“It’s a tough one,” said Versailles coach, Stacy White. “Just couldn’t get the job done defensively. We just didn’t get the job done all together.” 

Preble Shawnee came into the game as the third place finisher in the 2021-2022 Western Ohio Athletic Conference (WOAC) behind Arcanum and Tri-Village while Versailles took the court out of the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC).

Versailles bolted out to a first half double digit 15-5 advantage only to see the Lady Arrows battle back to outscore the Lady Tigers by 21-points over the balance of the game to earn the 11-point tournament win.

“I knew we would have a little fight,” said first year Preble Shawnee coach, Maggie Neanen. “Our girls were extremely nervous. This has been their first tournament win in a long time but I was extremely nervous going down 15-5 – but I knew we would relax and come back.”

The opening quarter went to Versailles 13-3 led by two Brooke Briscoe 3-pointers, Taylor Wagner 3-points, and Cassie Leach and Hannah Dirksen 2-points each. The Lady Arrows could only account for three free throws, two from Campbell Jewell and one from Korrie Woodard.

Period No. 2 had Versailles owning an early 15-5 advantage only to have the Lady Arrows use a 13-1 scoring run to take an 18-16 lead before the teams would close out first quarter play tied at 26-26 with Preble Shawnee taking the quarter 23-13.

“We didn’t match up well with them in our five so we had to go to three,” Coach Neanen said. “Playing Tri-Village Monday really helped us with that – very proud of our defense.”

“In the first half we did exactly what we talked about,” said Coach White. “We ran our sets, got to our posts and got our high low and they couldn’t stop that in the first, especially in the first quarter.”

“Then we stopped doing that and tried to break the zone with the dribble and it’s just not possible when you the have their hands in there and they’re running that extended 3-2,” White added.

Preble Shawnee’s Olivia Thompson accounted for 8 second quarter points including 4-4 at the line, Jewell added 6-points, Harlee Howard 5-points including a 3-pointer and 2-2 at the charity stripe and Kahlen Kulms was good for 4-points.

Versailles’ second had Jenna Dirksen going 4-4 at the line for 4-points, Hannah Dirksen chipped in 4-points and Lexi Magoto and Wagner each accounted for 2-points.

Preble Shawnee continued to take advantage of its speed with a lineup of five 5’5” starting guards on the court to take a 39-35 lead to the final period of play outscoring the Lady Tigers 13-9 in third quarter action.

“Our starting five are straight five guards,” noted Coach Neanen. “Harley (Howard) by default has to be our post but we changed our whole game plan the second half. We went four out, one in with our post, our true post but that game change saved us because they couldn’t match up.”

Thompson led the Lady Arrows with 6-points in the third, Jewell buried a 3-pointer and Howard and Kulms each added 2-points. Braun scored 6-points for the Lady Tigers and J. Dirksen hit a trey.

“We just didn’t stop the dribble drive,” White stated. “I felt like we were just a step slower. A few of those drives were uncontested drives and that is something you can’t do when you have a good team that is a good dribble drive team.”

The Lady Arrows continued to extend its lead in fourth quarter play taking the final period 27-20 led by Jewell’s 9-points including 7-8 at the line, Thompson with 8-points including a triple, Kulms 6-points and Woodard 4-4 at the line to round out Preble Shawnee scoring.

“They all fought hard,” Coach Neanen said of her Lady Arrows. “Obviously we can’t deny the scoring from “Liv” (Thompson) and Campbell (Jewell) and Kahlen (Kulms) really stepped up but it was a total team effort tonight – we had to grind that one out.”

H. Dirksen paced Versailles with eight fourth quarter points, Braun 6-points, J. Dirksen 4-points and Briscoe 2-points.

Thompson led Preble Shawnee and all scorers with a game high 22-points. Jewell added 20 Lady Arrows’ points to round out the game’s top two scorers.

BOXSCORE

PREBLE SHAWNEE 66, VERSAILLES 55

PREBLE SHAWNEE – L. Thompson 22, C. Jewell 20 K. Klums 12, H. Howard 7, K. Woodard 5 – TOTALS 15 27-35 3 66

VERSAILLES – K. Dirksen 14, K. Braun 13, J. Dirksen 11, B. Briscoe 8, T. Wagner 5, L. Magoto 2, C. Leach 2 – TOTALS 17 12-16 3 55

3-POINTERS

Preble Shawnee 3 (L. Thompson 1, C. Jewell 1, H. Howard 1)

Versailles 3 (B. Briscoe 2, J. Dirksen 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

03-23-13-27 66 Preble Shawnee

13-13-09-20 55 Versailles

Jenna Dirksen drives to the basket for Versailles in the Lady Tigers first round tournament game with Preble Shawnee. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Preble Shawnee's Kahlen Kulms (32) battles Versailles' Jenna Dirksen (20) for a rebound in the team's opening round of tournament play. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Kaylee Braun puts up a shot for the Versailles Lady Tigers in tournament action with Preble Shawnee. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Hannah Dirksen scores for Versailles in the Lady Tigers tournament game with the Preble Shawnee Lady Arrows. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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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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