NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – Behind a terrific team performance at the free throw line Monday night the New Knoxville Rangers stopped their three game losing streak as they handed their visitors their second loss of the season 43-28 to improve to 3-5 on the year.
Trailing early in the opening period the Bearcats pushed themselves into the lead at the end of the first quarter 7-6 and even further as the second period began on the back of an 11-0 run until a Megan Jurosic free throw put a stop to the shutout.
Following a nearly five minute drought the New Knoxville offense came back to tie the contest with 5:05 remaining in the opening half and into a 12-11 advantage when freshman Morgan Leffel connected on a pair of tosses from the charity stripe. For the evening the Ranger guard finished with 10 markers and hitting on all 10 of her free throws.
In the first half the Bearcats struggled from the field as they finished 3/12 from the field and found themselves behind the home team at the break 23-19.
Neither team was particularly sharp in the third stanza as they combined to score just 12 markers in the eight minute span.
As she had done early on for New Knoxville it was again Jurosic who was able to have herself a big quarter as she ended the final stanza with four of her game high 14 points.
Outscored 13-4 in the final period the Bearcats were hounded by the New Knoxville defense and able to connect on just one shot from the field, a basket by freshman guard Emma Leis.
Morgan Leffel led the Rangers fourth quarter attack as she connected on 4/4 from the line and added to her team high 8 rebounds on the evening.
New Knoxville finished the contest shooting 12/32 from the field as a team but a sensational total of 17/21 from the free throw line. Spencerville meanwhile ended the night just 9/33 from the field and 6/14 from the line to go with 19 turnovers.
The Rangers (3-5) will return to action on Thursday night when they play host to Anna while the Bearcats (5-2) will be off until December 28th when they travel to take on Fort Jennings for their second of five straight games in a month span away from the Walk-In closet.
New Knoxville (43):
Tasia Lauth 1
Tayler Doty 4
Morgan Leffel 10
Samantha Trego 10
Erin Scott 4
Megan Jurosic 14
3PT: 2/5 (Trego 2)
Kaiden Grigsby 1
Jenna Henline 6
Abbygayle Satterfield 5
Jayden Smith 5
Melanie Koenig 2
Nelaya Burden 3
Emma Leis 6
3PT: 3/14 (Henline 2, Smith)
JV: Spencerville 37-24