Melanie Koenig of St. John’s passes the ball in the paint in their 39-36 loss to Saint Henry.(DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Melanie Koenig of St. John’s passes the ball in the paint in their 39-36 loss to Saint Henry.(DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS — Despite a late game comeback by the Lady Jays, Saint Henry held on for a 39-36 victory Thursday night to stay undefeated on the year. Paige Gaynier led St. John’s with 15 points while teammate Betty Vorst put up 12 in their second MAC contest of the young season.

The Redskins took the early lead when Cora Stammen drained a three from the top of the arch. Saint Henry struggled to find the basket as the Jays defense swarmed the ball throughout the game. St. John’s took advantage of the missed opportunities and climbed their way out of a four point deficit to take a 12-10 lead by the end of the quarter.

Danielle Lange had the hot hand to start the second. She sunk back-to-back three pointers to snatch the lead back from the Lady Jays. Lange, a 5-11 senior forward, was the Redskins top scorer with 11 points.

Alyssa Buschur added to the Saint Henry lead with a three of her own to put her team up 19-14 midway through the quarter. Vorst hit a shot with 1:00 to go in the half and brought the score to 22-17 Redskins at the half.

Gaynier and Allison Siefring traded three-balls at the opening of the third quarter. Vorst strong play in the paint brought the Jays within two of the Redskins with 3:44 to go. A shot at the buzzer by Vorst left the score in favor of Saint Henry 30-27.

St. John’s trailed most of the game, but never by more than a few baskets at any point and remained competitive throughout the match.

The Lady Jays trailed 37-35 with :15 to play in the contest when a foul sent St. John’s senior guard, Taylor Zuber to the line. She hit the front end shot to bring her team within one point but failed to convert on the second. St. John’s was forced to foul with :11 to go and Saint Henry went a perfect 2-for-2.

Zuber gave the Jays one last chance to tie with a shot from the wing but lady luck was not on their side. The ball fell halfway in the basket before hitting the rim twice and bouncing out as time expired.

“We had a tough game last week and didn’t play the way we should have,” said St. John’s head coach Nate Stant. “Tonight we had some good shots against a longer, more athletic zone but our shots just didn’t fall. Our girls were making winning plays tonight and unfortunately didn’t get the results we wanted. Credit to Taylor Zuber, she showed great maturity and made two plays that almost sent the game to overtime.”

St. John’s falls to 1-3 (0-2 MAC) while Saint Henry improves to 4-0 (1-0 MAC). The Lady Jays are back in action on Dec. 11 when they travel to Saint Marys.

St. Henry 39

Cora Stammen 1-4 0-0 3, Addy Vaughn 3-10 2-3 8, Allison Siefring 2-5 2-4 7, Alyssa Buschur 2-10 1-2 6, Nora Vaughn 1-8 0-0 2, Carleigh Deitsch 1-3 0-0 2, Dannielle Lange 4-8 0-0 11, Total 17-44 4-7 39

St. John’s 36

Paige Gaynier 6-13 2-2 15, Melanie Koenig 0-3 1-2 1, Hannah Will 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor Zuber 0-4 2-4 2, Betty Vorst 6-11 0-2 12, Aubrie Friemoth 0-2 0-0 0, Erika Moenter 1-3 4-4 6, Total 13-40 9-14 36

Score by Quarter

St. Henry 10 12 8 9 - 39

St. John’s 12 5 10 9 - 36