VERSAILLES – The Versailles Lady Tigers put their D-III No. 8 state ranking up against the state’s No. 2 ranked and undefeated D-IV Tri-Village Lady Patriots defeating the girls from New Madison 54-38.
“Playing a Tri-Village is a team we want to play every single game and I think that our schedule is really packed with those types of teams,” said Versailles Coach Jacki Stonebraker. “That hopefully will carry us into the tournament.”
A Kami Ording three-pointer to open the game’s scoring had the Lady Tigers taking a 3-0 lead followed by an Allie Downing Patriots’ three-pointer and an Emma Printz basket giving Tri-Village an early 5-3 advantage.
Ording drained her second trey at 3:57 in the first putting Versailles up 6-5 only to have Edie Morris hit the backend of two free-throws to knot the score a 6-6 with 0:51 on the clock.
“That was a lot of fun wasn’t it,” Stonebraker said, “Kami (Ording) with two threes to start the game … that’s what she’s in there for. She came out with a lot of fire and her shot was on.”
A Brynna Blakeley Lady Tigers three and Downings’ second triple of the first period had the teams tied 9-9 after one quarter of play.
Period No. 2 had the home team taking advantage of seven Kami McEldowney points and K. Ording’s third three of the night to take a 24-20 lead to the halftime break.
The third period belonged to Versailles as the Lady Tigers used six Lindsey Winner points and a smothering defense to outscore the Lady Patriots 15-4.
“Kinda got in the face of their shooters and didn’t let them get anything easy,” Stonebraker noted. “I really thought that set the tone for the game.”
“She played like a senior tonight,” Stonebraker said of her 6’1” freshman Lindsey Winner. “She played really well … under control. She plays with a power dribble and she’s hard to stop especially when we have those three bigs in there.”
Back-to-back Elizabeth Ording free-throws at 4:40 in the third had Versailles with 32-22 double digit lead, a double digit lead that would hold up throughout the remainder of the game.
Leading 39-24 to open fourth quarter play, Versailles was one better in the final period going 10-19 at the line and take the non-conference game by a 54-38 score.
“We just can’t hit free throws,” Stonebraker said of her team’s 16-31 at the line on the night. “It’s across board. It’s not just one person. A lot of people shot free throws tonight … 16-31. It’s not pretty but we got to the line 31 times. That’s pretty good.”
In the early game, Versailles JV team defeated the Lady Patriots JV squad by a 40-29 score.
After the game, Coach Stonebraker weighed in on each of Lady Tigers seniors playing in their final home game.
“All these girls, all these six girls are such great kids,” said Stonebraker. “These kids are such great kids. I have such a great group of kids. These kids get along well, they like each other, they have energy, they’ve got spunk, they have that defensive tenacity that every coach wants and they are just a lot of fun to coach.”
“She’s our sparkplug defensively as a three year starter,” Stonebraker said of Camille Watren. “She has learned how to defend. She does the little intangible things that is hard to coach.”
“Brynna (Blakeley) takes care of the ball … really plays with vengeance,” said Stonebraker. “She wants to be out there.”
“Clair Schmitmeyer, another defender, somebody that we can throw in and just mess up the other team’s offense,” stated Stonebraker. “She’s hard to guard, she’s so full of energy and she has so much fun.”
“Emily Langenkamp, she’s a sparkplug for us,” Stonebrakey said. “Defensively she can guard anybody on the outside and she just knows how to get to the rim. She’s always in the right spot at the right time.”
“Bailey (Huffman) does a nice job for us. She’s so much fun to be around and she always has a smile on her face,” said Stonebraker. “I know she doesn’t get the minutes she would like to get but she is just a phenomenal girl.”
“Kami (Ording), just to be that player that we can go to, that is the unknown, the one that is a sleeper for us that we can pull out and hit those threes for us,” concluded Stonebraker.
Versailles improves to 17-3 on the season while Tri-Village falls to 19-1.
LADY TIGERS 54, LADY PATRIOTS 38
VERSAILLES – K. McEldowney 4 5-8 13, K. Ording 0 1-2 10, L. Winner 5 0-1 10, E. Ording 2 3-4 7, B. Blakeley 0 1-2 4, C. Schmitmeyer 1 1-2 3, D. Winner 1 1-4 3, C. Watren 0 2-2 2, E. Peters 0 2-4 2, E. Langenkamp 0 0-2 0, THREE POINTERS 4 (K. Ording 3, B. Blakeley 1) – TOTALS 13 16-31 4 54
TRI-VILLAGE – A. Downing 0 0-0 9, D. Mann 2 4-5 8, T. Porter 3 0-0 6, P. Bietry 2 1-2 5, R. Miller 0 0-0 3, E. Printz 1 1-2 3, L. Siler 0 0-0 3, E. Morris 0 1-2 1, THREE POINTERS 5 (A. Downing 3, R. Miller 1, L. Siler 10) – TOTALS 8 7-11 5 38
09-15-15-15 54 Versailles
09-11-04-14 38 Tri-Village
PHOTO CAPTION: Lindsey Winner goes to the basket for the Versailles Lady Tigers defended by Lady Patriots Allie Downing (Gaylen Blosser photo)