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Olpe girls rout Maranatha, 87-20 | Sports | emporiagazette.com

OLPE — Jesse Nelson wanted to get as many members of the Olpe girls basketball team into Monday’s game against Maranatha Christian Academy.

Olpe was able to play 13 players, 11 of whom scored in an 87-20 victory over Maranatha.

“The kids who got the playing time, for the most part, all made the most of it,” Nelson said. “They gave us good minutes.”

Despite a slow start, Olpe was able to build a comfortable lead toward the end of the first quarter, 19-4. The lead had grown to 35 by halftime.

Olpe started the second half on a 7-0 run to increase its lead to 42 points and went the final 10:50 of the half on a 25-2 run.

Five girls scored in double figures for Olpe, led by sophomore Maya Bishop’s game-high 13 points. Junior Seniors Tessa Beeman and Chanclyn Vestering, along with junior Neleh Davis, each scored 12 points. Sophomore Marley Heins added 10 points off the bench.

It was Vestering’s performance that stood out to her head coach.

“(She) gave us great minutes and I’m really happy for her, because she hangs in there and finally gets some time and comes out and plays well,” Nelson said. “We usually don’t play Chanclyn much ... but we thought it would get her going a little bit more. It helped her get rid of some nervousness. She did a good job for us.”

Bishop said the Eagles just needed to play their style of basketball.

“We weren’t really for sure about what (Maranatha) was going to do,” she said. “I think we did pretty good. It was nice to get a home game. I think we got around it and played our game. We’ve got two good games this week. We’ve got to come out strong.”

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Olpe (8-0) resumes Lyon County League play tonight at Burlingame. The Eagles will finish out LCL play with Hartford on Friday at home and Waverly at home next Tuesday.

“Burlingame will be tough,” Nelson said. “They gave Waverly all they want. We don’t have any time off (and) have all the tough (games) left.”

Olpe 19 30 22 16 — 87

MCA 4 10 4 2 — 20

Olpe: Smith 5, McDougald 4, Fritts 4, Davis 12, Heins 10, Bishop 13, Fisher 3, Beeman 12, Miller 6, Sleezer 6, Vestering 12.

Maranatha: O. Favero 4, Eckhardt 11, Buckner 5.