Hensel, Rams dominate Tornadoes by 31 points

PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO Upper Sandusky's Madison McLaughlin shoots as Columbian's Abby Dryfuse (Left) and Serena Ingalls go for the block Tuesday in Upper Sandusky.

UPPER SANDUSKY — For the first quarter of Tuesday’s game, it appeared that Columbian — when it was at full strength — could compete against Upper Sandusky.

The problem was the Tornadoes weren’t at full strength that often.

Early 3-pointers by Maddie Brisendine and Kaia Woods allowed Columbian to open up a 15-8 lead with 3:08 left in the opening period, and it trailed just 19-17 at its end.

But Woods and Brisendine didn’t have much of a chance to build on that early success. Each was on the bench with foul trouble for most of the second quarter. And with those two out, the Rams, behind Megan Hensel and Abigail Fogle, began to dominate.

Hensel had eight points in the decisive second, and Fogle added six as the Rams outscored the Tornadoes 27-8 in the eight-minute stretch before the half. The Rams then cruised to a 75-44 non-conference win.

“We got them in some foul trouble, and then we started taking them to the basket,” Upper Sandusky coach Brent Fahle said. “Then, when you take them to the basket, we got the kickouts for 3 and we hit some 3s, and got rolling a little bit. That second quarter was huge for us.”

Hensel was terrific all night, using her dribble drive to finish with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds. She also had four assists and three steals.

“She’s really stepped up her game, done a nice job,” Fahle said. “She defends down low, too. I can’t say enough about that kid.”

Meanwhile, Fogle finished with 21 points, and her sister, Alexis Fogle, had 15 points and six steals.

Columbian coach Erin Reed — whose team has had foul problems a few times this season — said her reserves need to step up.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re Maddie, Kaia, whoever,” she said. “If you’re on the floor, you need to make an impact. You need to do you’re job out there … We need these other younger freshmen, because we play a lot of freshmen, to get that confidence to believe that when they’re on the floor, they’re doing just as good a job as those two.”

Columbian (1-3) was paced by Abby Dryfuse, who had 14 rebounds and 12 points. She was the only Tornado to score in double figures. Brisendine and Woods each added seven points.

For the Rams (4-0), Alivia Oney had three points and four assists, and Madison McLaughlin and Tori Damron each had six points and six rebounds.