By ANDY WOLF
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — Kamryn Troike wrote her way into the record book with a stellar shooting performance Monday night.
The 6-foot-3 sophomore knocked down 15 of her 18 field-goal attempts while scoring 31 points to set the school record for single-game scoring as St. Wendelin knocked off Van Buren 72-51 in nonconference play.
“We all came together as a team and got the win,” Troike said. “It helps our confidence a lot going forward.”
Troike surpassed the previous scoring record of 30 points held by several players.
Troike also finished with game highs of 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks, but she played the key role in building the Mohawks’ early lead.
“They had no answer for Kam inside and she hit the shots she needed to,” St. Wendelin coach Aaron Smith said. “When we’re patient, we’re a pretty good basketball team. We just needed to attack the basket against (Van Buren).”
Troike worked the paint to score eight points in an 18-2 run midway through the first quarter.
Despite trailing 24-8 after one quarter, the Black Knights (1-13) didn’t take long to wake up and score 25 points in the second quarter.
Van Buren closed the first half on a 12-4 run to trail 34-33 at the break.
“We were giving them open shots and weren’t rotating back on defense in the first quarter,” Van Buren coach Mike Daniels said. “The difference by halftime was just hitting our shots and better ball movement.”
The Black Knights looked to hit their groove again out of halftime, but only managed two points in the quarter when senior Paige Sudlow drove to the hoop just a minute into the quarter.
From there the Mohawks (8-4) scored the final 15 points of the quarter, extending their lead to 51-35.
During that stretch, Troike recorded eight points, two assists and two blocks, while sophomore Allie Rutter scored seven of her 15 points in the third quarter.
“We got our feet underneath us offensively.” Smith said. “Rutter attacked the basket well and dumped the ball off well, too. That’s always good when you have players who aren’t concerned about how much they score.”
The Mohawks shot 59 percent (28 of 47) from the field while outrebounding the Black Knights 31-12.
Edy Mowrey nailed a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and three assists for the Mohawks. Taylor Williams added five steals and four rebounds and Hailee Burns made four steals.
“If we can play to our level, it’s going to be hard to beat us, but we have to show up and do what we do well,” Smith said.
The Black Knights went 7 for 17 from beyond the arc, but collectively shot just 36 percent (11 for 30) from the field.
Sudlow led the Black Knights with 16 points and two rebounds. Lexi Hassen drained three 3-pointers for nine points.
Van Buren (1-13)
Sudlow 6-3–16, Hassen 3-0–9, Miller 2-2–6, Wymer 2-0–6, Wise 2-1–5, Lasley 2-0–5, Endicott 1-2–4, Elder 0-0–0, Sturgill 0-0–0, Cooper 0-0–0. TOTALS: 11-30 8-10 — 51.
St. Wendelin (8-4)
Troike 15-1–31, Rutter 6-2–15, Mowrey 5-1–13, Burns 2-2–6, Williams 1-0–2, Weidner 1-0–2, Krout 0-0–0, Sukaphiboon 0-0–0. TOTALS: 28-47 7-14 — 72.
Van Buren 8 25 2 16 — 51
St. Wendelin 24 10 17 21 — 72
3-Point GOALS: Van Buren 7-16 (Hassen 3, Wymer 2, Sudlow, Lasley); St. Wendelin 3-7 (Mowrey 2, Rutter).
REBOUNDS: Van Buren 12 (Wise, Sudlow 2); St. Wendelin 31 (Troike 13).
TURNOVERS: Van Buren 19; St. Wendelin 14.
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