Wauseon took charge in the third quarter, outscoring Swanton 18-5, in what would end up being a 47-22 victory for the Indians in Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball action at Kevin J. McQuade Gymnasium in Swanton Thursday.
The Bulldogs got within 13, 20-7, at the half on Jessica Finfera’s only 3-pointer of the game with 3:14 before the break as they held the Indians scoreless the final three minutes plus.
However, Swanton’s only points of the third quarter were an Olivia Gowing 3-pointer and a basket inside by Katlyn Floyd.
A big turning point came on a 7-0 stretch by Wauseon’s Aizlynn Coronado in the third. She started it with back-to-back buckets off steals, then she hit a midrange jumper, and capped it with 1 of 2 at the foul line to bump the Wauseon lead to 33-10 at the 1:53 mark of the period.
Hayley Meyer’s three-point play put the difference at 26 points at the 1:33 mark.
Floyd got the Dogs back on the board with her deuce, but Wauseon’s Mackenzie Stasa closed the third with a putback as the Indians led 38-12 after three quarters.
Swanton could not manage to make much of a dent in the fourth.
The Indians started the game on fire as well, leading 15-2 at the first quarter break. Maite Marugan scored seven of her nine points in that opening quarter.
Only 10 points total — five by each team — were scored in the second quarter.
Swanton’s Peighton Manning got them back on the board with a floater 40 seconds into the stanza. Over two minutes later Meyer cashed in on a floater for Wauseon, then a little later on Coronado hit from long range for her only points of the first half, putting the Indians up 20-4.
Then came the aforementioned triple by Finfera.
Wauseon had a trio in double figures led by Meyer with 14 points, plus Stasa and Coronado who each finished with 10.
Floyd and Alaina Pelland each tallied five points for Swanton.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.