Ryan senior guard Teana Ogden returned to the lineup Friday afternoon when the Lady Raiders hosted Krum, the No. 6 team in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 3A poll.
For three weeks, Ogden had been out of the lineup because of non-basketball reasons, her head coach said.
But even with Ogden back in Ryan’s rotation, Krum managed to earn a 52-42 nondistrict victory at Billy Ryan Gym.
Ogden led Ryan with 17 points — all scored in the second half. Ogden, an Oral Roberts signee, was bested by Krum senior guard Rachel Wallace. Wallace tallied 24 points and Julia Schmaltz scored 15 points in the victory for the Lady Cats. Ryan senior Danielle Richardson added 13 points in the loss.
And while it wasn’t the prettiest win, Krum coach Lana Degelia didn’t seem to mind too much. The rare afternoon game was played because of early dismissals for the Christmas break, something she said played a role in the game.
“I don’t think we came out as well as we could have,” Degelia said. “I thought we were a little flat, but an ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day.”
Wallace set the tone early with 10 of Krum’s 12 first-quarter points, keeping the Lady Cats (13-3) in it as Ryan and Krum ended the period tied at 12. Ryan struggled in the second quarter and scored only three points, allowing Krum to take a 20-15 lead into halftime.
“I thought we struggled with turning the ball over and allowing them to get some offensive [rebounds], and they executed with put-backs,” Ryan coach Monesha Allen said. “We, on the other hand, we didn’t do that.”
Degelia said Wallace’s start helped steady the Lady Cats early in the contest.
“We usually get some scoring from several different players in the first quarter, and Rachel knew we had to score, so she picked up the attack and knew what she needed to do to get us jump-started,” Degelia said.
In the fourth quarter, Ryan (8-11) cut the deficit to three points before Krum went on a 10-2 run, sparked by five straight points by Schmaltz. Wallace capitalized on one of her misses and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc after she got her own rebound. Kylee Myers added another bucket to cap the run and put the game out of reach.
Ogden hit four of five 3-pointers in the third quarter and scored 12 of Ryan’s 16 third-quarter points, justifying her coach’s decision to insert the senior into the starting lineup after an extended absence.
“I was hesitant about her stepping back into the lineup immediately, but we were off a night [Tuesday] and she had a couple days of practice to go ahead and prove that she deserved her starting spot back,” Allen said. “Offensively tonight, you can certainly see that she deserved that position.”
The win caps a week in which the Lady Cats knocked off No. 2 Kennedale.
“We wanted to go into the break on a positive note,” Degelia said. “Beating Kennedale on Tuesday was certainly a positive note, but we certainly didn’t want to have a letdown after a win like that. It was an important win for us so we can take a few days and regroup and enjoy our Christmas.”
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Krum 52, Ryan 42
Krum — Allison Beck 5, Diamond Martinez 2, Rachel Wallace 24, Julia Schmaltz 15, Callie Craddock 2, Kylee Myers 2, Caitlyn Arnold 4.
Ryan — Teana Ogden 17, Danielle Richardson 13, Mariah Young 8, Carissa Sanders 4.