Tornadoes steamroll Rams 56-8

PHOTO BY JONATHON BIRD Columbian’s defense, made up of Bella Shope (14), Hailey Cooper and Brook Boes, swarm Upper Sandusky’s Grace Vent during the first half Thursday in Upper Sandusky.

UPPER SANDUSKY — After opening the season with consecutive home wins, Columbian hit the road for the first time Thursday.

Defensive pressure was key for the Tornadoes, as Columbian ripped through Upper Sandusky 56-8 in non-league action.

“Our goal tonight was good defense,” Columbian coach Amy Cooper said. “Once we saw we were able to score on defense, we wanted to work on it. We had four different defenses tonight just to see what we could handle against other teams.”

The Tornadoes (3-0) forced Upper Sandusky (1-4) into 32 turnovers — quadruple the amount of points the Rams scored.

“Our players would tell you that I am a man of many words,” Upper Sandusky coach Jerry Vent said. “I do not usually have a loss for words, but I didn’t have a lot I could put into perspective of what we just put on the floor there.”

Meredith Obringer and Brook Boes scored for Columbian to open the game. After Obringer split two free throws, Mia Ingalls hit a jumper and TC led 7-0. Reagan Ward scored to get Upper Sandusky on the board at the 2:09 mark, but it would seemingly be forever before the Rams scored again.

Ingalls hit a 3 before Serena Ingalls scored off an Upper Sandusky turnover. Serena Ingalls added two free throws to give the Tornadoes a 14-2 lead after eight minutes.

“We missed some early opportunities,” Vent said. “That maybe could have got us a little bit more into the mindset that the ball will go into the hoop.”

Mia Ingalls and Serena Ingalls hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the lead blossomed to 21-2. Toria Ingalls, Boes, Mia Ingalls and Tatiyana Dines each scored once and Hailey Cooper hit a triple as Columbian pushed its lead to 32-2 at halftime. The Rams hit 1 of 11 shots in the first half and committed 16 turnovers.

“We want the girls to go after the ball as many times as we can,” coach Cooper said. “We do not care who gets the steal. If there is a deflection and then the steal, they both get a stat for that. We are very unselfish.”

The onslaught continued in the second half as the Rams struggled to even get shots up against the TC defense. Obringer scored before Elizabeth Newland made two free throws. Serena Ingalls scored consecutive buckets and makes by Mia Ingalls and Toria Ingalls made it 42-2.

Gracie Manns scored for Upper Sandusky to end the 17:19 scoreless drought. On the night, the Rams made just 3 of 28 shots including misses on all 11 attempts from 3.

“You are not going to win many games giving up 56 points and you are not going to win any games scoring eight,” Vent said. “We need to get back in the gym for practice and I need to do something to get us to get a spark back.”

Serena Ingalls paced the Tornadoes with 15 points while Mia Ingalls scored 10. Dines grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

“We do not have one star on our team,” coach Cooper said. “We have multiple players who can do all sorts of things to help the team. I can go eight or nine deep and that is a really nice thing to have.”

The hot start for Columbian comes on the heels of a coaching change and a transition of different players through the program.

“These girls have bought into what we are doing,” coach Cooper said. “They are working hard and we are conditioning all the time because we want to make sure we are ready to go at all times.”