BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s girls basketball team entered Christmas break with a winning 5-4 record (2-4 in Northern Lakes League) after defeating visiting Bowling Green 51-21 on December 21. “We wanted to take care of business and play hard and we did,” said Maumee coach Rod Hersha. “We played very, very hard.” The game’s outcome was never in much question, as Panthers senior guards Lauren Johnson and Alissa Schneider combined with junior guard Parris Hurt to score the only 14 points of the opening quarter. “Parris Hurt has been giving us a big lift,” Hersha said. “She brings energy to the floor and she’s starting to score more consistently. She just does some really important things for us.” Johnson next began the second stanza with a 3-pointer before the Bobcats finally got on the board on a successful drive by junior guard Audrey Leach with 5:40 left before halftime. Maumee responded with nine consecutive points by freshman guard/forward Brynn Brown, Johnson, Hurt and Schneider. Senior forward Lexi Kisor went on to net three BG points shortly thereafter, but the Panthers closed out the second quarter with an assist from sophomore guard Sophie King to Schneider. Now up 28-5, Maumee opened its lead to 26 points on additional buckets by Hurt, Johnson and Schneider in the third frame, before Brown pushed the score to 44-13 by scoring the first five points of the fourth. The Bobcats’ duo of Lerch and junior forward Courtney Kuhlwein went on to outscore the Panthers’ Hurt, Johnson and King 8-7 through the last 4:40 of the contest, but it only brought them back to within 30 points by the final buzzer. Johnson (five), Schneider (two), Brown (one) and King (one) united to sink nine Maumee treys in the win. Johnson led the Panthers with 19 points and six steals and also posted six rebounds and four assists and Schneider tallied another strong all-around performance with 13 points, eight steals, six boards and five assists. After nine games, Johnson leads Maumee with 16.8 points per game and Schneider averages 12.8 points and leads the Panthers with 3.8 assists and 3.4 steals per game. “Alissa Schneider helps us so much,” Hersha said. Hurt added nine points and four steals, Brown totaled seven points, four rebounds and two steals and King scored three points and recorded two assists. Brown is now averaging 10.6 points per game and leads the Panthers with 7.2 rebounds per game. Additionally, sophomore forward Natalie Winkle pulled down a game-high nine boards and junior forward Brianna Zattau finished with three rebounds and three steals. “We are a different team when Alissa and Brianna are on the court defensively,” Hersha said. “I thought Natalie played very hard tonight and really battled inside.” The Bobcats outrebounded Maumee 33-28 and converted 29 percent of their attempts from the floor, but ended up taking half as many shots as the Panthers. Lerch paced BG with 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists and also recorded a trio of steals. Kisor next notched seven points, four steals and three boards, junior guard Kenzy Bowers (four rebounds, two assists) joined Kuhlwein (four rebounds) with two Bobcats points and junior guard Avery Lewis pulled down six rebounds. Bowling Green was forced to play without senior forward Cailyn Overhulse, junior guards Jessica Johnson and Cate Korsnack and classmate and forward Megan Harvey on the night, due to injuries. Maumee will next travel to Rossford for a non-conference game on Thursday, December 28. “More importantly even than the winning record is the fact that we feel like we can compete with people,” Hersha said. “We’re in position now competitively where we really believe that we have a chance to decide who’s going to win the game. That’s a much different circumstance than last year.” Junior Varsity The JV Bobcats began the evening with a 21-16 win over the Panthers. Sophomore guard Macy Hanus led the way with seven points and classmate and forward Dariona Macknight added six more. Sophomore guard Chloe Bunce and freshman guard Kelsey Walborn paced Maumee with five points apiece, Lexi Szyndler netted another four and fellow freshman forward NaSiah Copeland chipped in two points.