Betty Vorst of St. John’s goes up for a shot against several Paulding defenders on Tuesday night. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Betty Vorst of St. John’s goes up for a shot against several Paulding defenders on Tuesday night. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
DELPHOS — The Lady Jays took care of business Tuesday night when they defeated Paulding 58-42. Betty Vorst had 18 points for St. John’s while sophomore Paige Gaynier tacked on 17 in their one-sided victory.

The game was tight through the first quarter as momentum shifted several times. The Jays started on a 7-2 run early in the period with help from Gaynier.

The Panthers began to claw their way back with a three by Audrey Geisige to make it 9-7 in favor of St. John’s. A basket on the next possession tied things up and forced the Jays to call a timeout and regroup.

Late in the opening period, Hannah Will hit a three to give St. John’s a 15-12 advantage. Paulding tied it up once again on a three by Sydney McCullough before a steal and two-points were awarded to Chelsi Geisige and gave the Panthers an 18-16 lead heading into the second quarter. Chelsi Geisige led her team with 15 points and helped keep Paulding in the game until the end.

The Lady Jays opened up from behind the arch with a barrage of threes. Gaynier had three from downtown in the quarter while Aubrie Friemoth and Will knocked one down as well to give St. John’s a 37-26 lead at the half.

Outstanding defense held the Panthers to just three points in the period. Vorst hit a three from the left-wing and stretched the lead to 40-26. She also hit a shot as time expired to make it 46-29 in favor of the Jays heading into the final quarter.

The goal for the Blue Jays in the fourth quarter was to hold Paulding in check for eight more minutes, and they did just that. The Panthers drew within 10 but St. John’s was too much to handle as they held out for a 58-42 victory over Paulding.

“I though Betty Vorst showed great leadership in the second half,” said Blue Jay head coach Nate Stant. “They were hanging around just enough through the third quarter and had another surge in the fourth, and she continued to make plays in the paint. Paige Gaynier made a big free throw for us toward the end of the game. I think we was dealing with some fatigue late in the game and I though Elly Wrasman played well for us off the bench.”

St. John’s improves to 7-5 (1-3 MAC) while Paulding slips to 3-9 (0-3 NWC).

Paulding 42

Sydney McCollough 1-2 1-2 3, Janae Pease 1-6 3-4 5, Chelsi Geisige 6-18 1-2 15, Audrey Geisige 2-5 0-0 5, Briana Townley 3-7 3-4 9, Asia Arellano 0-5 1-1 1, Leigha Egnor 1-7 2-2 4, Sadie Estle 0-1 0-0 0, Total 14-51 10-15 42

St. John’s 58

Melanie Koenig 1-5 0-0 2, Paige Gaynier 6-15 1-3 17, Taylor Zuber 4-9 3-4 9, Hannah Will 3-4 0-1 8, Betty Vorst 7-18 3-4 18, Aubrie Friemoth 1-2 0-0 3, Erika Moenter 0-4 1-2 1, Total 21-57 8-14 58

Score by Quarter

Paulding 18 8 3 13 - 42

St. John’s 16 21 9 12 - 58


Paulding 37

Brooke Ankney 3, Janae Pease 4, Zoe Valle 2, Maggie Manz 14, Audrey Geisige 5, Leigha Egnor 5, Katie Strayer 4

St. John’s 28

Abby Hensley 11, Erika Moenter 4, Abby Buettner 3, Elly Wrasman 8, Brianna Altenburger 2

Score by Quarter

Paulding 5 12 4 16 - 37

St. John’s 10 5 7 6 - 28