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Maumee Girls Basketball Team Win At Woodward

Maumee senior guard Lauren Johnson.

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s girls basketball team improved to 2-0 in high fashion on November 28, playing to an astounding 84-9 victory at Woodward. The Panthers accomplished this impressive feat with a swarming defense that accounted for 28 steals and a hot-handed offense that combined for 11 treys. Ten of Maumee’s steals came in the opening quarter, when senior guards Lauren Johnson and Alissa Schneider, junior guard Parris Hurt, classmate and forward Brianna Zattau and freshman guard/forward Brynn Brown all benefited from a well-executed full-court press defense. Meanwhile, Johnson and Schneider led the Panthers offense to an 18-2 lead by combining for 14 quick points. Things only got worse for the Polar Bears in the second stanza, as Schneider joined forces with Brown to net 17 of Maumee’s 24 points – leading the Panthers to a lopsided halftime lead of 42-4. While Maumee’s defense took the full-court pressure off in the third frame, it didn’t slow the Panthers’ offensive pace at all. In fact, Hurt, Johnson, Schneider, Zattau and sophomore forward Natalie Winkle racked up another eight saves on one side of the ball and Brown and Johnson each connected on another pair of 3-pointers on the other side. By the time the quarter ended, Maumee had extended its lead to 68 points at 73-5. With the Panthers making a concerted effort to ease up and both teams substituting heavily in the fourth, Woodward’s Lee shined with four points and six rebounds, but Maumee countered with 11 final points from Brown, Johnson, Schneider and junior guard Abbe Rank. The Panthers ended up committing 30 fewer turnovers than the Polar Bears in the blowout victory. Johnson led all scorers on the night with 27 points – giving her a total of 49 in her first two games of the season. She also recorded five steals and a pair of assists at Woodward. Brown followed Johnson’s lead with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in the second varsity game of her career and Schneider racked up 20 points, eight assists, four steals and two boards. Additionally, Zattau posted seven points, nine rebounds and seven steals, Hurt had four points, five steals and four boards and Winkle chipped in two points, eight rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Chloe Bunce also joined Rank in contributing to the Maumee win. In addition to Lee, Woodward got two points, nine boards and two blocks from Candace Spencer, two points and four rebounds by fellow senior forward Renae McElyia and eight boards from guard Kateria Mays. Junior Varsity Maumee’s junior varsity team suffered a 22-16 overtime loss to the Polar Bears during the afternoon’s first game. Bunce and freshman guard Kelsey Walborn paced the Panthers with five points apiece and Rank and freshmen Lexi Szyndler and Maia Wilms added two more points each.

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