The defensive philosophy of Stow-Munore Falls girls basketball basically states "Don't even think about coming in the lane."
The Bulldogs' "pack" defense is designed to deny the opposition the inside game.
Thus, one way to defeat the Bulldogs might be the ability to hit from the outside.
Stow ran into such an assault Jan. 12 at Medina, as the Bees hit for eight three-pointers in the contest.
It didn't matter.
Thanks to a career night from center Maddie Baer, Stow was able to score a 58-52 win over the Bees, despite the outside barrage.
Stow improved to 11-3 on the year with the win and remained unbeaten outside of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division.
"We played extremely well," said Stow coach Bob Podges. "Obviously, Medina is a very good team. I think the difference is the schedule they play against the schedule we play. We had the lead throughout the game, except for one point in the third quarter. They made five threes in the third quarter. After that, we pulled away again."
Baer had a huge night with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Meanwhile, guard Sam Shaver had 15 points and nine rebounds, while point guard Abbie Lawson added 10 points and five assists.
"Danielle [Tiller] had a couple big baskets in the fourth quarter for us," Podges said.
Podges also lauded Shaver for her defense prowess against Medina point guard Angela Tesney.
"Their four-year starting point guard had zero points against us," Podges said. "That was all Sam. That's the second time this season that she's taken the opponent's point guard and held them scoreless. She takes a lot of pride in that."
Stow was set to take a trip to Zanesville over the weekend to play in the Route 40 Classic at West Muskingum High School. Stow was set to play Newark Jan. 19, but results were not available at press time. The Bulldogs will play Columbus St. Francis DeSales Jan. 20 at 3:15 p.m.
"It's a couple of teams that we don't usually get to see," Podges said. "It made it easy to play something like this no that we're playing 22 games in a season. Newark has a 6-4 center who is going to Florida Atlantic and DeSales is 8-2 against a pretty good schedule, so we've got our work cut out."
Up next for the Bulldogs is a trip north to face arch rival Hudson Jan. 26. Varsity tip time is set for 7:30 p.m.