ADA - Pandora-Gilboa post Megan Maag poured in 29 points to lead the Lady Rockets to a 59-39 road win over Ada in a non-league basketball contest Tuesday night.
P-G outscored the Lady Bulldogs 35-20 in the middle periods to turn around a one-point deficit. They won the final three periods by a combined score of 50-29 to spoil the Ada home finale.
The Bulldogs fell to 8-11 with the loss, while P-G improved to 13-8.
"Maag and (Hunter) Hermiller are two of the better players in the area," said veteran Ada head coach Neal Dumbaugh. "Hermiller hurt us. We did what we needed to in the first half vs. Maag. But she didn't get frustrated and kept working. She's good."
Hermiller drained two trifectas and a fast break layin in the crucial third quarter, while Megan and Olivia Maag tallied the other eight points as the Rockets built a 14-point cushion.
Hermiller nailed another corner triple and Megan Maag hit two foul shots to extend the margin to 49-30 starting the final quarter.
The closest Ada got in the fourth period was 14 points on two occasions. The first time came after a trey by Alexis Amburgey and a drop step power layup from Tori Wyss.
Next, Megan Maag canned a short banker yet Amburgey scored inside off an in-bounds play to cut it to 51-37 with 4:17 remaining.
But Maag reeled off eight consecutive points to give P-G its largest lead of 22. Bulldog Carlee Marshall converted a pair of foul shots to conclude the scoring.
"I thought we had to extend the floor in the second half but it got away," said Dumbaugh.
Olivia Maag started the game with a right wing trey over the Ada zone. Amburgey then scored inside off a nice interior pass from Lindsay Walden.
Amburgey netted a putback and Walden canned a driving layup to put Ada on top, 6-3. Foul shots provided the next four points for each team before Shay Watkins drained a tough baseline runner to bring P-G within 10-9 after one stanza.
A spinning layup by Wyss began the second period before Megan Maag asserted herself. She drilled a baseline jumper, then sank a left wing 13-footer. Maag then converted four straight foul shots as P-G seized the lead for good.
Walden tallied a putback and Wyss made a lane runner to get Ada within 17-16. Olivia Maag next sank a layin before Hermiller splashed a left wing triple.
Megan Maag drained a 15-footer while Wyss converted a pair at the charity stripe and added a 12-footer with a minute left in the half.
A pair of foul shots by P-G put the visitors in front 28-20 at the break. Their 14-8 run to start the second half all but sealed the outcome.
Wyss led Ada with 16 points and Amburgey added nine. "I thought Walden did some good things," Dumbaugh added of his junior post, who scored six points and made some fine passes.
Hermiller supported Megan Maag with 15 points and Olivia Maag contributed 10.
Ada converted 12 of 14 (86 percent) at the foul line while P-G canned 20 of 26 (77 percent).
The Bulldogs finished the season 6-5 at home. It was the final home game for seniors Alexis Gonzaga and Brittney Archer.
Ada also lost the reserve game, 41-18. Morgan Sutton led the Bulldogs with six points.
Ada 39 (8-11)
Gonzaga 0, Marshall 0 2-2 2, Amburgey 4 0-0 9, Faine 1 0-0 2, Walden 3 0-0 6, H. Wyss 0 3-4 3, Wildman 0 1-2 1, T. Wyss 5 6-6 16, Archer 0, Sutton 0.
Totals: 13/12-14/39. 3-pointer: Amburgey 1.
P-G 59 (13-8)
McCullough 0 1-2 1, Hermiller 5 1-2 15, O. Maag 2 5-6 10, M. Maag 9 11-12 29, Watkins 1 2-4 4, Abelovska 0, Basinger 0.
Totals: 17/20-26/59. 3-pointers: Hermiller 4, O. Maag 1.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 10 10 10 9 39
P-G 9 19 16 15 59
JV: Ada 41, P-G 18.
Ada (3-4 NWC) visits Columbus Grove (12-8, 4-3 NWC) in the conference season finale Thursday night. "Hopefully we will bounce back," said Dumbaugh. "We will see."
The purple and gold then visit tough Arcadia Saturday afternoon for a makeup game to finish the regular season.