Article and Picture from the Sidney Daily News–Bryant Billing
Fort Loramie drastically improved its shooting from the first half to the second half, which helped turn a close score into a blowout by the end of Tuesday’s second D-IV sectional semifinal.
The Redskins shot 8 for 23 (34.8 percent) from the field in the first half and was outrebounded 13-12 by the Pirates.
Fort Loramie led 20-18 at halftime but ran away with a 13-6 scoring advantage in the third and a 22-11 advantage in the fourth. The Redskins shot 12 for 26 (46.1 percent) in the second half.
“We missed a bunch of cheap ones in the first half,” Fort Loramie coach Corey Britton said. “I think our (assistant) coaches had us for seven missed layups in the first half. But give Riverside a lot of credit. They finished well around the rim and hit shots early.”
Mason Kemper led Fort Loramie with 15 points while Eli Rosengarten scored 12 and Nick Brandewie added 10. Six other players scored for the Redskins (17-7).
“I think it’s huge,” Britton said of the balanced scoring. “It takes the load off of our better shooters when everybody gets going early, getting everybody on the same page offensively and getting the movement going.”
Brandewie, a junior guard, also had three rebounds and two assists in what was his first game in two weeks.
“He’s ‘Mr. Consistent’ for us,” Britton said of Brandewie, who’s one of three returning letterwinners off last season’s regional runner-up squad. “He’s been through the fire. …He brings that experience and sometimes that calming effect on our team.
“Just to have him back out there is huge. He’s a little rusty and his conditioning isn’t quite there, but we’ll keep working on him the next few days, and hopefully he’ll be even better Friday.”
Fort Loramie will try to earn a fourth consecutive district final appearance on Friday against Ansonia. Britton said the Tigers’ performance against Botkins was impressive.
“We’ve seen maybe two or three zone defenses all year long,” Britton said. “They were really good tonight and beat a really good Botkins team, which beat us (once).
“We’ve got to be ready to go on Friday, or our season’s going to be done.”
Kyle Knight led Riverside with nine points. The Pirates finished 13 for 38 (34.2 percent) from the field and were outrebounded 34-26 for the game.
Riverside finishes 7-15 overall.
The Pirates will lose nine seniors to graduation: Knight, Jaxon Heath, Kameron Schlumbohm, Wyatt Auflick, Ajay Stapleton, Hunter Hubble, Lane Willoby, Trevor Young and Harley Asbury.
Willoby was a first team all-Northwest Central Conference selection this year after averaging 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.