By Jeremy Schneider
After coming off an extended break, the Maumee junior varsity girls basketball team was caught off guard by a physical and fast Springfield team, losing 40-13.
The Panthers hadn’t played since December 3, part of an order from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department putting a hold on extracurricular activities for all Lucas County teams. And according to Maumee coach Ryan Schalk, that six-week break showed up on the court.
“Springfield came out tonight and really got after it,” he said. “Their intensity and quickness gave us fits from the moment the ball was tipped. We were physically outmatched and it showed, as they forced a ton of turnovers and we struggled to get into an offense.
“We haven’t played a game in over a month, and that kind of speed is something we haven’t seen in a while, and it took us by surprise I think.”
The Panthers (1-4) actually held a 5-4 lead after the first quarter, thanks to a 3-pointer from Skyelar Warncke and two free throws by Sydney King.
From there, though, things fell apart quickly for Maumee. The Blue Devils took a 14-7 lead into halftime and ran away with the game with a 15-3 edge in the third quarter, for a 29-10 lead entering the fourth.
Warncke led the Panthers with six points, adding a 3-pointer in the fourth. Sky Janes had four points.
“We had some girls playing some different spots tonight, some girls with limited quarters due to some varsity players being out,” Schalk said, “but we have to come out and play with some more intensity, more focus, to be able to compete with a team with as much athleticism as Springfield.”