Waynedale Starts Hot, Holds off South Range

Brooklyn Troyer scores the final 18 points for Waynedale to stop the South range push

I’m sure Alyssa Geiser was on the scouting report, but she wasn’t one of the kids who was pinpointed as a player who could bury you. However; early on that’s exactly what she did. The freshman came off the bench and single-handedly crushed the hearts of South Range faithful. She canned four triples in the early going as Waynedale jumped out to a 13-2 first quarter lead.

The Golden Bears did a great job of keeping the ball out of the Raiders playmakers hands. The triangle & 1 dispatched to slow down the Raiders worked. Not only did Waynedale follow Lamparty and Giles around, but the triangle zone rarely got more than 10 feet from the tin, forming a force field around the rim. Much of the first half was spent with players other than Lamparty and Giles holding the ball on the perimeter without a defender within six feet. There was little threat of any other outside shots going up. Late in the first half South Range’s superstar, Izzy Lamparty, had only a couple shot attempts.

South Range was not about to sit around and take a whooping though, they ended the half getting after it on the offensive glass and creating points. They bursted out of half on a run and before you knew it the 20 point deficit from just eight clock minutes ago was down to single digits. In three straight possessions the Waynedale lead went from 10 down to four.

With six minutes left Izzy Lamparty got an old fashioned 3-point play to make it 37-36, it was panic time for anyone wearing brown and yellow. Enter Brooklyn Troyer…

The senior, Malone commit, literally put the Bears on her back and carried them to Dayton! When the outside shots weren’t falling, it was time to pound it inside to Troyer. Neither team has a true post player, hardly anything that resembles a big. The post moves, power and IQ of Brooklyn Troyer shined through. I could go though the entire chain of events, but I’ll summarize it. Troyer scored the final 18 points for Waynedale, outscoring the Raiders by 13 on her own. She got offensive boards, post entries, and went 12-13 from the foul line in this span, ending in a 55-41 win for Waynedale.

The win propels the Golden Bears to the State Final 4 to play the winner of Africentric and Ottawa-Glandorff next weekend. The loss ends South Range’s season in the district final for the second straight year.

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