By ANDY WOLF
Fostoria High senior Tyriana Settles had a hard time explaining her postgame emotions on Monday night.
They were all the good kind of feelings, at least.
Settles scored her 1,000th career-point early on in a 32-point performance to help the Lady Red defeat Lakota 66-36 on senior night in a nonleague battle.
“I’m feeling like ‘Wow,'” Settles said. “We haven’t won a game like this in a very long time.
Settles capped her milestone night with 10 rebounds, seven steals, two assists and two blocks.
Getting to do so on senior night was “a double-win.”
Settles is no stranger to milestones. She not only surpassed 1,000 career kills in volleyball, but topped 2,000 and ended her career at 2,083 to rank second on the OHSAA all-time list.
“I feel like I’ve already gotten a milestone, but this is a different type of feeling,” Settles said. “Basketball is not my specialty, so. …”
Fostoria, which honored its seven seniors before the game, improved to 6-14.
Lakota fell to 11-9.
Alexa Gabel led with 10 points while Madison King had nine points and two assists for the Raiders.
Aliza Dauterman added five points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Raiders were coming off a 48-47 thrilling win that gave Sandusky St. Mary’s its first league loss, but also entering their third game in four days.
“It showed a little bit, especially to end the game,” Lakota coach Cathy Hanek said. “It was 25-24, and it got out of hand really quick at that point.”
Fostoria’s Merdeith Grine chipped in 13 points, while Naija Miller had 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Settles entered Monday needing three points to reach 1,000. Fostoria coach Craig Mintz could tell how nervous she was and told her to relax.
“She really, really wanted it,” Mintz said. “You have to calm down; it’ll come to you.”
Settles did settle down after throwing up a desperation 3-pointer that hit nothing after being trapped in the corner on the game’s first possession.
She hit two free throws to inch closer and two minutes later hit the milestone at 1,001 points by scoring off her created turnover.
“When Tyriana turns it on, it’s a beautiful thing to watch,” Mintz said. “It was a big weight off her shoulders when she got the 1,000.
“It’s been common for her to ask how many she’s got. Just more kids being curious, and I wouldn’t tell her. I didn’t want her to force things.”
Settles didn’t stop there.
She scored the final 12 points for Fostoria in the first quarter in a multitude of ways: via putback, off a Grine lob, from her own jumper and by beating everyone down the floor in transition to name a few.
The Lady Red led 19-10 at the end of the first.
“I usually don’t heat up until the second half, but this game was a turnaround for me,” Settles said.
Settles couldn’t find the same magic in the second as her shots stopped falling and Lakota crept closer and closer.
The Raiders got as close as 25-24 via five straight free throws to cap an 8-0 run.
As quickly as they made it up, it all went away in a hurry.
Fostoria ramped up its press to force Lakota into six straight turnovers and hold the Raiders scoreless in the final 2:06 to take a 34-24 halftime edge.
The Raiders never did solve the press the rest of the night. They had 16 turnovers by halftime, 11 in the third quarter and 35 total.
Fostoria finished with 21 steals.
“They bought into it,” Mintz said of his players executing his press. “They’re getting it to where they’re understanding how it works.
“They’re flying around, rotating to the right spots and, more often, they just had that desire and that fire tonight.
“If it could be senior night every night, I’d love to do it.”
Lakota was fairly active in its own respect, forcing 28 turnovers including 15 steals.
Hanek pulled her starters at the 5:51 mark in the fourth quarter after another stretch of four turnovers.
“They’re just really active,” Hanek said of Fostoria. “It’s something we aren’t used to seeing.
“They can cover a lot of ground. We really stared down a lot of our passes and didn’t do a great job of making hard cuts to the ball, either.”
Fostoria senior Shanelle Smith (5-foot-3) didn’t score but contributed three rebounds and four steals in her first start this season.
“She was in the right spots; she didn’t freak out,” Mintz said. “It was awesome to see her step up like that. She accepted that role.”
Klotz 1-0–2, McDole 1-0–2, Wallace 1-2–4, Yonikus 1-0–2, Duvall 1-0–2, Gabel 2-6–10, Dauterman 1-3–5, King 3-1–9. TOTALS: 11-42 12-20–36.
Wymerskirch 0-1–1, Chasco 2-0–4, Grine 5-3–13, Miller 4-2–10, Harris 1-0–3, 15-2–32, Dessausure 1-0–2, Overton 0-1–1. TOTALS: 28-59 9-17–66.
Lakota 10 14 8 4 — 36
Fostoria 19 15 22 10 — 66
3-Point GOALS: Lakota 2-6 (King 2); Fostoria 1-16 (Harris).
rebounds: Lakota 30 (Dauterman 5); Fostoria 42 (Settles 10).
turnovers: Lakota 35; Fostoria 28.
junior varsity: Lakota,43-42.