Mauk (42) and Kamryn Kimmel (22) stops Versailles junior Camille
she drives the lane Saturday against Marion Pleasant. The
Tigers were eliminated in the
Regional final game by the Spartans,
48-35. CNO Photos by Dylan Knoop
Season ends for
Versailles in Regional final loss
By Dylan Knoop
SPRINGFIELD- A win Saturday would have meant going to Columbus for the
third straight year.
That goal was short-circuited Saturday as Marion Pleasant stopped the
Versailles Lady Tigers in their tracks, dropping a 48-35 loss on
Holding leads of 14-9 and 19-18 at the half, it was a second half
Spartan defense that turned on the Tigers.
Nine second half turnovers, six in the fourth quarter, held Versailles
to a meager 16 points.
“We were playing well,” said Versailles coach Jackie Stonebreaker.
“They (MP) never knew what hit them. We kind of hit them in the mouth
at the start of the game and when they came back, we couldn’t recover.”
Starting the game on a 14-5 run and an 8-0 spurt at one point, the
Tigers got off to a fast start.
With the Spartans scoring the last four points of the first quarter,
the Pleasant comeback had already started.
With Lauren Monnin scoring eight of the 14 first quarter points for
Versailles, the Marion Pleasant defense shifted and 6 foot junior
Summer Blevins was put on the 5-8 Tiger senior.
“We had a feeling they would put Blevins on Monnin because she’s our
next tallest girl,” said Stonebraker. “But I knew that Lauren was
smarter, quicker, could get to the hole on her and even back-screen her
a little bit, and that’s what we did. We got her open. And once they
put a different defender on her, Lauren couldn’t take it as easily to
the hole. We struggled on the boards tonight. We got killed on the
boards offensively and defensively. We couldn’t make a shot; that hurt.
And they were hitting a lot of shots against us. It was their night. It
was their day. Kudos to them.”
After the switches had been made on the Pleasant defense, everything
changed for the Tigers and the offensive look was no longer what Tiger
fans were used to seeing.
“At that point, I just didn’t feel like we were on the same page,” said
Stonebreaker “Our whole court was off balance.”
Trailing by a point at half-time, the Spartans kept the momentum going
in the third.
With most games being decided in the first three or four minutes of the
second half, the Tigers fate was slowly being sealed during that time.
Marion Pleasant started the third on a 9-2 run, building a 27-21 lead.
A lead the Spartans would never lose.
Being held to just eight points in the third, the Pleasant defense
would allow only eight more points in the fourth while building a 41-27
lead at one point.
“We couldn’t get anything rolling either offensively,” said the
Versailles coach. “They shot well, but offensively for us we could not.
We were standing around expecting things to happen, and it wasn’t
happening. Everything was clicking for them, and it wasn’t for us.”
The Tigers season ends with a 21-7 record but the season didn’t end
without words of praise from Stonebreaker.
“I’m so proud of them,” Stonebraker said. “I’m so proud of how they
clicked together. Starting 4-4 and being 0-3 in the (Midwest Athletic
Conference), being at the bottom of the MAC, was disheartening. It was
a reality check, and they kept fighting.”
Photo set available at Empowering Darke County Youth
was a sad group of Lady Tigers after the final buzzer had sounded
Springfield High School, ending the season for Versailles.
Lady Tigers-2016 Regional runners-up