Youngsters lead Superlarks past Cardinal girls

Published 11:15 pm Friday, November 30, 2012

LeRoy-Ostrander's Samantha Siskow comes away with a rebound in the second half Friday night in Grand Meadow. -- Eric Johnson/

GRAND MEADOW — With two of their senior leaders fouled out down the stretch, the Superlarks had to lean on a couple of their younger players as they rallied to beat LeRoy-Ostrander 52-44 in a girls basketball game in Grand Meadow Friday.

GM sophomore Rachel Oehlke went on a personal 8-0 run to close the game in the last three minutes (1-1 overall, 1-0 SEC) and freshman center Rio Landers scored nine of her 11 points in the second half to give the Larks a boost.

Grand Meadow's Rio Landers goes up for a shot in the first half against LeRoy Friday night in Grand Meadow.

“I was very pleased with them,” GM head coach Dawn Baudoin said of her Landers and Oehlke. “They settled down a little bit and that was a concern. Rachel was rushing a little early, but she slowed down in the second half and we moved the ball around a little bit.”

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GM played the last three inutes of the game without seniors Autumn Thorsen, who finished with eight points, three assists and four rebounds, and Syndey Richardson, who had 12 rebounds.

The Larks had led 41-32 with 7:29 left in the game, but the Cardinals (0-4 overall, 0-2 SEC) used an 11-0 run that saw them take a 43-42 lead on a Jessica Jennings lay-up with 4:31 left in the game.

Landers put GM up 44-43 on a put-back and L-O’s Anna Miller hit a free throw to tie the game before Oehlke came off the bench to hit a three and knock down 5-of-6 from the free throw line in a three-minute span.

“When Autumn fouls out, I know I have to take the responsibility to lead the team,” Oehlke, who finished with 11 points, said. “This is a really important win for us. I made a couple threes, I made most of my free throws and I didn’t foul out, so that’s a plus.”

Landers, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds, had a lot more looks in the second half as the Larks got away from the three-pointers they were taking in the first half.

“I felt like in the second half, we had to look low more,” Landers said. “I think were a little afraid to go inside because (L-O) has had strong post players in the past, but we have a height advantage on them this year.”

The Cardinals were led by Becca Bunne, who finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and freshman center Samantha Siskow, who had 10 points 17 rebounds and four blocked shots.

LeRoy-Ostrander's Becca Bunne goes up against Grand Meadow in the second half Friday night in Grand Meadow.

GM also got a boost from 5-3 senior guard Ashley Crumb, who tallied six points, six assists and seven rebounds.

“Ashley took over tonight,” Baudoin said. “She stepped right up and said ‘what do I need to do?’ That’s the kind of confidence that we need.”

LO 24 20 — 44

GM 19 33 — 52

GM scoring: Rio Landers, 11; Rachel Oehlke, 11; Autumn Thorsen, 8; Ashley Crumb, 6; Cortney Olson, 6; Sydney Richardson, 5; Audra Durhman, 3; free throws: 60 percent (12-for-20); rebounds: 53 (Richardson, 12); turnovers: 16

LO scoring: Samantha Siskow, 10; Becca Bunne, 10; Anna Miller, 8; Laura Stevenson, 6; Jessica Jennings, 5; Dana Miller, 3; Haley Riedemann, 2; free throws: 54 percent (15-for-28); rebounds: 50 (Siskow, 17); turnovers: 18