BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s girls basketball team survived a late run by Anthony Wayne to defeat the Generals, 48-44, on February 15. “Anthony Wayne is a quality team,” said Maumee coach Rod Hersha. “The first time we played them we were disappointed because we actually had a four- or five-point lead with about 2:30 to go. We felt like that was one that got away from us. “I’m very, very proud of the way the girls came out tonight. I told them before the game that it was our last chance to win a league game and to move up that ladder, so it was a very good win for us.” About three minutes after Anthony Wayne coach Jeremy Terwilliger was ejected from the game for his interactions with a referee, the Panthers owned a commanding 42-28 lead over the Generals at the 2:19 mark of the fourth quarter. That’s when sophomore guard Sam Schofield and her AW teammates made their move. Schofield connected on a trio of clutch 3-pointers over the next 1:08, while combining with senior guard Alix Carter to outscore Maumee senior guard Lauren Johnson and sophomore forward Natalie Winkle 13-4. “Hats off to Anthony Wayne for hitting three 3s in a row and a contested jumper off a dribble from 16 feet, so those were not 13 easy points,” Hersha said. Still leading 46-41, the Panthers were dealt a big blow when Johnson – the second-leading scorer in the Northern Lakes League – was forced from the game with an ankle injury after racking up 16 points and two rebounds. “Lauren has been shooting very consistently for us and the girls have been doing a good job of finding her,” Hersha said. The play in which Johnson was injured resulted in a foul shot by Generals junior guard Olivia Womack. Senior guard Alissa Schneider followed with a free throw of her own to put Maumee back on top, 47-42, but Carter answered by converting an AW jumper with 9.4 seconds left to play. Now clinging to a 47-44 lead, the Panthers changed things back to a two-possession game on a clutch foul shot by junior guard Parris Hurt – which essentially iced the game for Maumee. “Anthony Wayne played very, very well at the end of the game, but our kids played well enough to hold them off,” Hersha said. “Parris is somebody we think is better than she probably thinks she is. Her having five points for us in that fourth quarter was a big, big deal.” The Generals jumped out to a 13-7 lead to start things off after getting immediate baskets from Carter, Schofield, senior forward Emily Brandeberry and classmate and guard Hannah Szul. Maumee came back to tie things up at 19-19 on late first-quarter buckets from Schneider and early second-quarter baskets by Johnson, Schneider and freshman guard-forward Brynn Brown. “Alissa is our stat-filler,” Hersha said. “We ask a lot of her. We ask her to handle the ball. We ask her to be a scorer. We ask her to be a distributor. We ask her to guard well. She’s arguably our best defensive player. “When I go through and watch the video tonight or tomorrow, she’s going to have numbers in all those positive boxes. I’m only as smart as my best players are and Alissa is one of those players that helps stats look a lot better because she does so many positive things for us.” Anthony Wayne junior forward Cailey Miller traded scores with the Panthers’ Schneider to push the score to 21-21, but Schneider went on to give Maumee the upper hand by draining a buzzer-beating trey before halftime. The Panthers never trailed again. Maumee slowly opened a 32-23 lead on third-quarter buckets by Brown and Johnson before taking a 10-point lead when Hurt connected on a jumper to start the fourth frame. The Generals responded with a pair of free throws with 5:57 remaining, but Coach Terwilliger – who had been grumbling to the referees throughout the contest – finally lost it after the Panthers’ Johnson was credited with a blocked shot instead of being called for a foul on an attempted AW drive. Terwilliger was immediately whistled for a technical foul and then given another one when he continued to voice his displeasure. The interaction not only led to his ejection, but it also resulted in a 39-28 Maumee lead after a trio of Johnson free throws. The Panthers then extended their lead to 14 points on an assist from Winkle to Hurt and a Brown foul shot before the Generals mounted their late comeback attempt. Maumee ended up making 80 percent of its 20 free throws, converted a solid 38 percent of its shots from the field – including six treys and outrebounded AW 21-18 on the night. “Our free-throw shooting has improved tremendously,” Hersha said. Schneider followed Johnson’s lead with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds, Hurt added nine points and three boards, Brown had eight points, five rebounds and five steals, Winkle racked up two points, five boards, three steals and two assists in a strong, all-around effort and junior forward Brianna Zattau chipped in three rebounds. “Natalie played as hard tonight as anyone we have,” Hersha said. “We need Brynn and she had a nice game tonight.” The Panthers improved to 10-11 (5-9 in NLL play) with the win, giving the program its most wins since the 2005-06 squad went 11-11 (6-8). Schofield tied Johnson for the game’s scoring lead with 16 points and also recorded four boards, three assists and two steals and Carter totaled 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. Additionally, Brandeberry scored eight AW points, Miller tacked on five points and three boards, Szul had three points, four assists and four steals, Womack contributed another point and senior forward Megan Guerrette pulled down three rebounds. The Generals dropped to 10-11 (7-7) with the loss.