PaigeGaynier of St. John's looks for an opening against Brooke Stonebreaker of Versailles Tuesday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
PaigeGaynier of St. John's looks for an opening against Brooke Stonebreaker of Versailles Tuesday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
DELPHOS — The Lady Jays fell 71-54 in their home opener to Versailles on Tuesday. Aubrie Friemoth hit five threes and Paige Gaynier had 17 points but St. John’s couldn’t overcome an early deficit.

The Tigers took an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter before Friemoth sunk her first shot from long range. The Jays offense hit a dry spell midway through the quarter as Versailles jumped out to a 12-5 advantage.

Friemoth and Hannah Will had back-to-back threes and cut the Tigers lead down to one point. Versailles went on a 9-0 run to close out the quarter and left St. John’s to overcome a double-digit deficit.

The Lady Jays made up some ground in the second quarter as Friemoth and Gaynier took control. Gaynier hit a layup and a three as St. John’s battled back. Melanie Koenig hit one from long range as the buzzer sounded and cut the Tigers lead down to four by halftime. Koenig finished the game with 11 points.

Lindsey Winner was on fire in the third quarter, scoring 10 points in the first 8:00 of the second half. She finished the game with 14 points.

St. John’s was outsized, especially under the rim, and struggled in the rebounding department. Senior Brooke Stonebraker (6-3, forward) was a force in the paint and led the Tigers with 17 points.

“I think we checked them out well and tried to push them out the best we could,” said St. John’s head coach Nate Stant. “They had us outsized and some of that is just the law of averages. I think we could have shot the ball better, especially at the free throw line.”

The Jays went 8-for-13 from the charity stripe, with most of the shots coming in the fourth quarter and were outscored 20-11 in the final 8:00 of action.

“It’s going to be like this in the league all year,” Stant continued. “We are trying to defeat size and the other teams will try to defend that. We try to counter that by spreading them out farther and making them come out and get us.”

St. John’s falls to 1-1 (0-1 MAC) while Versailles improves to 2-1 (1-0 MAC). The Lady Jays will be back on the court Monday when they travel to St. Henry.

Score by Quarter

Versailles 21 11 19 20 - 71

St. John’s 11 15 14 11 - 54

Versailles 71

Brooke Stonebraker 17, Lindsey Winner 14, Caitlin McEldowney 11, Kaylee Braun 10, Danielle Kunk 8, Abby Stammen 4, Kate Griesdorn 3, Emma George 3

St. John’s 54

Paige Gaynier 17, Aubrie Friemoth 17, Melanie Koenig 11, Hannah Will 5, Erika Moenter 2, Elly Wrasman 2


Junior Varsity

Versailles 12 9 11 6 - 38

St. John’s 4 5 10 8 - 27