Bradford's Austy Miller scores two of her game high 17-points in non-conference game at Russia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Russia tops Lady Railroaders

Russia puts nine Lady Raiders in the scoring column in Monday night win over the visiting Bradford Lady Roaders

RUSSIA – The Bradford Lady Railroaders dropped a 68-32 non-conference varsity basketball game to the Russia Lady Raiders.

The Lady Roaders fell to Russian 61-45 less than a week earlier in Holiday Tournament action but on this night Bradford would take the court without starting senior guard Rylee Canan.

“Rylee is part of that glue that makes us successful,” said Bradford coach, Scott Besecker. “Not having her tonight was huge for us.”

“We had a tough time competing with them the first time around but we were able to hang with them,” Besecker added. “Without Rylee it’s a bit tough and then we get in foul trouble early with our “big” and it all goes downhill from there.”

“We got a good game from a lot of different people today,” said Russia coach, Paul Bremigan. “It’s tough playing the same team within five days.”

Russia took the opening period 16-6 and Period No. 2 by a 15-5 score sending the teams to the break with the Lady Raiders leading 31-11 halftime break. Austy Miller led Bradford with 9-first half points and Simone Puthoff paced Russia with 8-points at the break.

“The Miller girl is a handful and she does a nice job for them,” Bremigan noted. “We had to make sure we tried to keep her under wraps and not let her go off like I know she can.”

The Lady Raiders made it a 47-17 score after three periods of play with Coach Bremigan continuing go to his bench.

Both teams saved the fourth quarter for their largest scoring quarter of the night with Russia putting 21-points on the board while Miller and Abby Fike were combing for 15 Lady Railroaders points; Fike drilling three consecutive 3-pointers for 9-points and Miller adding a basket and 4-4 at the line for 6-points.

“We like to get everybody in and we want to make sure that we’re doing what we’re supposed to do also,” said Coach Bremigan, “not just run up and down the floor.”

“We have to focus,” Besecker stated. “We have some big conference games this week so we have to get focused on them and put this behind us.”

Miller led Bradford and all scorers with a game high 17-points while the Lady Russia starters saw limited time with 11 Lady Raiders getting in the scoring column led by 10-points each from Reese Goubeaux and Simone Puthoff.

BOXSCORE

RUSSIA 68, RUSSIA 32

RUSSIA – R. Goubeaux 10, S. Puthoff 10, E. Hoehne 9, R. Poling 8, K. Sherman 7, C. Borchers 6, R. Hammonds 5, S. Francis 4, C. Scott 4, K. Doseck 3, M. Monnin 2 – TOTALS 26 4-7 4 68

BRADFORD – A. Miller 17, A. Fike 9, B. Crickmore 4, S. Lingo 2 – TOTALS 8 7-12 3 32

3-POINTERS
Russia 4 (R. Goubeaux 2, E. Hoehne 1, R. Hammonds 1)
Bradford 3 (A. Fike 3)

SCORE by QUARTERS
16-15-16-21 68 Russia
06-05-06-15 32 Bradford

Simone Puthoff scores for Russia in the Lady Raiders win over Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Abby Fike buries one of her three 3-pointers in non-conference matchup with the neighboring Lady Raiders. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ella Hoehno goes strong to the basket for a score in Russia's home win over the Lady Railroaders. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Bradford's Brooklyn Crickmore positions for a rebound in Monday night play at Russia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Russia's Reese Gougeaux nails one of her two 3-pointers in the Lady Raiders win over Bradford. (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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