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Girls basketball: Riverdale drops out of first in NCC

NEW WASHINGTON — It was a costly loss Friday night for Riverdale as the Falcons dropped a 50-48 North Central Conference girls basketball game to Buckeye Central.
Riverdale (15-5, 11-2 NCC) slipped one game behind Wynford (16-3, 12-1), a 70-17 winner over Crestline, in the NCC standings. The Falcons can earn a share of the conference championship Tuesday when the Falcons host the Royals.
Buckeye Central improved to 9-10 overall and 6-7 in the NCC with Friday’s win.
No individual stats from the game were available.

UPPER SANDUSKY 53
COLONEL CRAWFORD 30
NORTH ROBINSON — Upper Sandusky jumped out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead over Colonel Crawford and cruised to a 53-30 North Central Conference win in a girls basketball game Friday.
Taylor Graboski led the Rams (10-9, 8-5 NCC) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and five blocks. Sierra Carey also scored in double figures for Upper Sandusky (13 points), and Jenna Holly dished out four assists.
Cassie Sager scored eight points to lead Colonel Crawford (3-16, 3-10 NCC).

upper sandusky (10-9, 8-5 NCC)
Holly 1-0–2, Smith 2-0–4, Johnson 4-1–9, Carey 5-3–13, Cox 1-0–3, Graboski 8-6–22, Calvin 0-0–0, Stover 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-53 10-13–53.
colonel crawford (3-16, 3-10 NCC)
Burkhart 2-0–4, Klingenberger 1-0–2, Sager 3-0–8, Siegel 4-0–8, Vehrs 3-1–7, Hoepf 0-1–1. TOTALS: 13 2-9–30.
Upper Sandusky 19 10 11 13 – 53
Colonel Crawford 8 8 5 9 – 30
3-Point GOALS: Upper Sandusky 1-9 (Cox 1); Colonel Crawford 2 (Sager 2).
rebounds: Upper Sandusky 32 (Graboski 14); Colonel Crawford 20.
turnovers: Upper Sandusky 8, Colonel Crawford 22.
junior varsity: Colonel Crawford, 36-31.

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Boys basketball: Leipsic’s Kuhlman reaches milestone

LEIPSIC — Zach Kuhlman reached the 1,000th career points mark for his career to power Leipsic past Pandora-Gilboa 74-43 in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game Friday night.
Kuhlman scored 19 points in the first half on his way to a game-high 24 points as the Vikings improved to 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the BVC.
Jordan Brown knocked down 17 points and Matt Schroeder added 10 for Leipsic.
Seth Schmenk netted 19 points and Colin Fenstermaker popped in 13 for the Rockets (3-15, 3-5 BVC).

PANDORA-GILBOA (3-15, 3-5 BVC)
Schmenk 7-4–19, Hovest 1-0–2, Rieman 0-0–0, Tousley 2-0–4, Fenstermaker 6-1–13, Schneck 0-3–3, Miller 0-0–0, Osborn 0-0–0, Alexander 0-0–0, Verhoff 0-0–0, Waters 1-0–2. TOTALS: 17-40 8-16–43.
LEIPSIC (9-8, 5-3 BVC)
Mangas 2-0–4, Cupp 2-1–5, Kuhlman 9-1–24, Lopez 3-1–7, Haselman 2-0–5, Hiegel 0-0–0, Brown 8-1–17, Scheckelhoff 0-0–0, Brecht 0-0–0, R. Schroeder 0-1–1, M. Schroeder 5-0–11, G. Schroeder 0-0–0. TOTALS: 31-52 6-11–75.
3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 1-11 (Schmenk); Leipsic 7-14 (Kuhlman 5, Haselman & M. Schroeder).
rebounds: Leipsic 27 (Cupp 7, Haselman 6); Pandora-Gilboa 17 (Tousley 7).
turnovers: Pandora-Gilboa 16, Leipsic 8.
CORY-RAWSON 53
ARCADIA 45
ARCADIA — Grant Risner knocked down 17 points as Cory-Rawson used a 21-14 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away from Arcadia for a 53-45 Blanchard Valley Conference win.
Matthew Alspach netted 14 points and Drew Miles chipped in 11 for the Hornets (3-12, 2-6 BVC).
Hayden Ramsey led a trio of Arcadia players in double figures with 14 points. Shae Watkins netted 13 points with eight rebounds and Josh Ireland also scored 13 for the Redskins (5-11, 2-6).

CORY-RAWSON (3-12, 2-6 BVC)
Risner 8-1–17, Alspach 4-4–14, Miles 4-3–11, Shepler 1-0–2, H. Risner 1-0″”2, Silvers 0-0–0, Moser 0-0–0, Rossman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21 13-25–53.
ARCADIA (5-11, 2-6 BVC)
Ramsey 5-2–14, Watkins 5-3–13, Ireland 4-3–13, Baker 2-1–5, Conine 0-0″”0, Pessell 0-0″”0, Kieffer 0-0″”0, Metzger 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-42 9-17–45.
Cory-Rawson 11 9 12 21 – 53
Arcadia 8 16 7 14 – 45
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 4-13 (Ramsey & Ireland 2); Cory-Rawson 2 (Alspach 2).
rebounds: Arcadia 25 (Watkins 8).
LIBERTY-BENTON 88
VANLUE 31
Adam Cytlak led 11 Liberty-Benton scorers with 21 points as the Eagles crushed Vanlue 88-31 in a Blanchard Valley Conference basketball game on Friday.
Nathan Craft (15 points), John Darnall (11) and Ryan Geise (11) also scored in double figures for Liberty-Benton (13-4, 7-1 BVC), which outscored Vanlue 52-19 in the first half.
Nick Hagerty scored 12 points to lead Vanlue (6-11, 2-6 BVC).

vanlue (6-11, 2-6 BVC)
Smith 3-0–8, Hagerty 4-3–12, Wagner 3-0–7, Coldren 1-1–4, Huston 0-0–0, Hendricks 0-0–0, Red 0-0–0, Ross 0-0–0, Keeney 0-0–0, Wingate 0-0–0. TOTALS: 11-30 4-5–31.
liberty-benton (13-4, 7-1 bvc)
Cytlak 9-0–21, Darnall 5-0–11, Lawson 2-0–4, Haan 1-1–3, Geise 4-0–11, Garver 2-2–6, May 4-0–8, Craft 7-1–15, Steinman 1-0–2, Dager 2-0–4, Boyd 1-1–3, Rhodes 0-0–0, Archer 0-0–0. TOTALS: 38-55 5-9–88.
Vanlue 7 12 5 7 – 31
Liberty-Benton 26 26 20 16 – 88
3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 5 (Smith 2, Hagerty, Wagner & Coldren 1); Liberty-Benton 7 (Cytlak & Geise 3, Darnall 1).
rebounds: Vanlue 7; Liberty-Benton 26 (Craft 7).
turnovers: Vanlue 20, Liberty-Benton 3.
junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 56-5.

MCCOMB 68
HARDIN NORTHERN 35
DOLA — Chas Shoop dropped 18 points and Taylor Reardon added 15 on five 3-pointers to lead McComb over Hardin Northern 68-35 in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game Friday.
The Panthers (10-7, 6-2 BVC) jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 41-17 at halftime. Clay Dysert also scored in double figures for McComb with 12 points.
Jacob Gossard and Kyle Lamb scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Hardin Northern (1-17, 0-8 BVC).

mccomb (10-7, 6-2 BVC)
Reardon 5-0–15, Glaser 1-1–4, Hanes 1-0–2, Dysert 4-4–12, Shoop 8-2–18, Siferd 3-0–9, Grubb 1-2–4, Adams 2-0–4, Schroeder 0-0–0, Bryan 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25 9-13–68.
hardin northern (1-17, 0-8 BVC)
R. Drumm 2-2–6, S. Drumm 0-1–1, Obenour 2-1–5, Thomson 1-0–2, Gossard 4-1–11, Lamb 3-3–10, Watts 0-0–0, Prichard 0-0–0. TOTALS: 12 8-13–35.
McComb 20 21 18 9 – 68
Hardin Northern 6 11 11 7 – 35
3-Point GOALS: McComb 9 (Reardon 5, Siferd 3, Glaser); Hardin Northern 3 (Gossard 2, Lamb).

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College Basketball: Royal tosses in 16 in ONU victory

ADA — Dominique Royal dropped 16 points to lead Ohio Northern University over Otterbein 88-74 in an Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball game Thursday.
Lucas Pennington and Branden Rushton each added 12 points for Ohio Northern, which improved its record to 11-9 overall and 7-6 in the OAC.
Jake Phillis scored 19 points to lead Otterbein (4-16, 3-10 OAC).
The Polar Bears will travel to New Concord on Saturday to take on Muskingum at 4 p.m. in the second game of a men’s-women’s doubleheader with the Muskies.

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BVC Girls Basketball: Leipsic rallies to top McComb

MCOMB — Leipsic’s bus may have pulled up in front of McComb High School right on time. But the Vikings’ girls varsity basketball team showed up a bit late.
Leipsic scored just six points in the second quarter and trailed McComb 22-15 at the half of Thursday’s Blanchard Valley Conference matchup. It was a whole different team that sprinted out the halftime locker room, however, a team that poured in 28 points in the third quarter, dominated the second half and came away with a 58-41 victory in the final league game of the season.
Amber Gerdeman and Haley Gerten scored 19 points each and Shaylynn Morman added 11 as Leipsic improved to 17-3 overall, 8-1 in the league and finished second in the final BVC standings. Gerten was 9-for-10 from the line and Gerdeman pulled down 11 rebounds to complete her double-double.
Emily Clymer scored 11 points and Brenna Dee 10 for McComb (11-9, 4-5 BVC).

LEIPSIC (17-3, 8-1 BVC)
H. Kreinbrink 1-0–3, Morman 3-4–11, Gerdeman 8-3–19, Nadler 2-0–4, Gerten 4-9–19, Steffan 0-0–0, N. Kreinbrink 0-0–0 TOTALS: 18-55 18-22–58.
mCcOMB (11-9, 4-5 BVC)
Hemminger 1-2–4, Dee 4-0–10, Hammond 1-0–2, Clymer 5-1–11, Herr 2-3–8, Riegel 3-0–6, Buck 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-50 6-11–41.
Leipsic 9 6 28 15 – 58
McComb 17 5 11 8 – 41
3-Point GOALS: Leipsic 4-13 (H. Kreinbrink, Morman, Gerten 2); McComb 3-15 (Dee 2, Herr).
REBOUNDS: Leipsic 27 (Gerdeman 11, Nadler 6); McComb 2 (Clymer 6, Dee 6, Herr 6).

ARCADIA 56
VANLUE 26
ARCADIA — Courtney Cramer scored 19 points and Molly Glick added 17 Thursday night as Arcadia rolled over Vanlue 56-26 in Blanchard Valley Conference play.
Glick also made five steals and Cramer racked up three assists to help the Redskins improve to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
Arcadia held Vanlue (4-16, 0-9) below 10 points in every quarter and took a 36-12 lead into halftime.
At the offensive end, the Redskins shot 47 percent (23 for 48) while committing only seven turnovers.
Rebecca Kirian collected a team-high seven rebounds for the Redskins.
Jackie Kloepfer led the Wildcats with eight points and seven rebounds.
Vanlue (4-16, 0-9 BVC)
Wagner 0-0–0, H. Gerschutz 0-0–0, Kromer 2-0–4, Bonham 3-1–7, Hartman 0-0–0, C. Gerschutz 1-0–2, Clymer 2-0–5, Kloepfer 4-0–8. TOTALS: 12-37 1-5–26.
arcadia (14-4, 7-2 BVC)
M. Mock 0-0–0, Kieffer 0-0–0, Pina 1-0–2, Ball 0-0–0, Glick 7-3–17, Courtney Cramer 8-3–19, Dauterman 3-3–9, Coward 1-1–3, A. Mock 1-0–2, Ward 1-0–2, Ware 1-0–2, Kirian 0-0–0. TOTALS: 23-48 10-15–56.
Vanlue 6 6 9 5 – 26
Arcadia 14 22 12 8 – 56
3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 1-5 (Clymer); Arcadia 0-3.
REBOUNDS: Vanlue 23 (Kloepfer 7), Arcadia 21 (Kirian 7).
TURNOVERS: Vanlue 26; Arcadia 7.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Arcadia, 37-6.

PANDORA-GILBOA 50
CORY-RAWSON 32
PANDORA — Megan Maag tossed in 18 points to power Pandora-Gilboa past Cory-Rawson 50-32 in a BVC play.
Anna Abelovska and Hunter Hermiller also reached double figures as both netted 10 points for the Rockets (11-8, 5-4 BVC).
Kiley Scott led the Hornets (6-12, 1-7) with 16 points. Megan Ritter just missed a double-double as she netted nine points with nine rebounds.

CORY-RAWSON (6-12, 1-7 BVC)
Shoemaker 0-0–0, Scott 6-3–16, M. Burkholder 0-1–1, VonStein 2-0–4, Ritter 3-3–9, Tuttle 1-0–2, Rettig 0-0–0, C. Burkholder 0-0–0, Galvan 0-0″”0, Biery 0-0–0, Holland 0-0–0. TOTALS: 12-36 7-20–32.
PANDORA-GILBOA (11-8, 5-4 BVC)
B. Hovest 0-0-0, McCullough 3-0–7, Hermiller 3-3–10, Dorn 0-0-0, O. Maag 1-0–3, Bri. Hovest 1-0-2, M. Maag 8-2–18, Swary 0-0-0, Watkins 0-0–0, Basinger 0-0–0, Abelovska 5-0–10, Macke 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21 5-10–50.
Pandora-Gilboa 12 15 13 10 – 50
Cory-Rawson 6 9 10 7 – 32
3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 3 (McCullough, Hermiller & O. Maag); Cory-Rawson 1 (Scott 1).
rebounds: Cory-Rawson 25 (Ritter 9).
turnovers: Cory-Rawson 13.
VAN BUREN 53
HARDIN NORTHERN 46
VAN BUREN — Van Buren trailed Hardin Northern 32-31 after three quarters, but a 22-14 fourth-quarter advantage helped the Black Knights win 53-46 in a Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball game Thursday.
Paige Sudlow scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Van Buren (4-15, 3-6 BVC), which had a 21-10 advantage at the free-throw line.
Holly Wilson and Kylee Hooker scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Hardin Northern (2-15, 1-7 BVC).

hardin northern (2-15, 1-7 BVC)
Campbell 0-1–1, Curtis 3-0–6, Watts 3-2–8, Madison 3-0–6, Wilson 5-3–13, Hooker 4-4–12. TOTALS: 18-49 10-14–46.
van buren (4-15, 3-6 BVC)
Wise 4-5–13, Endicott 1-0–2, Wymer 1-2–4, Lasley 2-4–9, Sturgill 3-0–6, Hassan 0-4–4, Sudlow 4-5–14, Edler 0-1–1, Cooper 0-0–0, Miller 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-54 21-32–53.
Hardin Northern 8 16 8 14 – 46
Van Buren 16 11 4 22 – 53
3-Point GOALS: Hardin Northern 0; Van Buren 2 (Lasley & Sudlow 1).
rebounds: Hardin Northern 16 (Wilson 5); Van Buren 26 (Sudlow 8).
turnovers: Hardin Northern 17, Van Buren 10.
junior varsity: Van Buren, 31-19.

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Boys Basketball: Falcons out-Fox Wynford

BUCYRUS — Jimmy Fox dropped 29 points, Lee Holderman added 18, and Riverdale outscored Wynford 31-18 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 76-61 North Central Conference win on Thursday.
The Falcons (7-10, 4-6 NCC) shot 28 of 53 (53 percent) from the floor, including 10 of 20 (50 percent) from three-point range.
Mason Davis and Jake Glowaski each scored 24 points to lead Wynford (4-12, 2-8 NCC). Glowaski also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

riverdale (7-10, 4-6 NCC)
Rickle 1-0–2, Pever 3-0–9, Holderman 6-3–18, Snider 1-0–2, Fox 10-5–29, Frey 4-2–10, Loveridge 3-0–6, Pickett 0-0–0, Stewart 0-0–0. TOTALS: 28-53 10-14–76.
wynford (4-12, 2-8 ncc)
Roe 1-1–3, Miller 1-0–2, Pfeiffer 1-0–3, Shutler 1-1–3, Davis 9-4–24, Glowaski 11-2–24, Lear 1-0–2, Teynor 0-0–0, Styles 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25-54 8-15–61.
Riverdale 12 15 18 31 – 76
Wynford 15 16 12 18 – 61
3-Point GOALS: Riverdale 10-20 (Fox 4, Pever & Holderman 3); Wynford 3 (Davis 2, Pfeiffer 1).
rebounds: Riverdale 23 (Loveridge 7); Wynford 26 (Glowaski 7).
turnovers: Riverdale 8, Wynford 14.

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College Basketball: Kahlig, Heagen combine for 56 in rout of ODU

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
Jake Heagen was ready to make a big play and capitalized on the opportunity as he took the in-bounds pass and threw down a dunk early in the first half.
It was the first basket of the night for the University of Findlay junior forward, energizing himself and the crowd of 715, and the start of an impressive performance.
Heagen went on to carve up Ohio Dominican for a career-high 28 points and the Oilers rolled to another big win at home, trouncing the Panthers 91-71 Thursday night at Croy Gymnasium.
How good was Heagen?
He didn’t miss on five shots from beyond the arc and was 10-of-12 overall from the field.
Add in four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers to the stat line and what you have is a stellar effort that helped UF win its third consecutive game and keep pace in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship race.
“It was a real big game and I was fortunate to play well,” Heagen said. “When you play hard, good things happen. I hit some shots and put in a lot of hard work. The most important thing is we were successful as a team.”
Heagen’s dunk put the Oilers (16-4, 12-4 GLIAC) in front 10-7. Moments later, he knocked down a 3-pointer for a 15-10 advantage.
He hit two more treys in the opening half, the last giving the Oilers a 41-26 lead with 4:20 to go. UF went into halftime with a 47-32 lead.
“The dunk got me going and then the three’s started going in,” Heagen said. “When shots fall, you get into a rhythm. My teammates found me open and I made plays.”
Heagen is a tough matchup for opponents because of his slashing ability, but he is often given center stage for because of the emphasis opponents have to put on senior preseason All-American forward Greg Kahlig.
On this night, Kahlig still went off, torching the Panthers for 28 points. He hit back-to-back treys to open the game for a 6-0 lead and also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. He now has 1,585 points and is 11th on the all-time scoring list.
“Teams fumble around with those matchups every game,” UF head coach Charlie Ernst said. “They have to decide who to put on Jake and who to put on Greg. They are two different players. When Jake shoots that well from the 3-point line, he is really tough to stop.”
The Oilers were 8 of 19 from beyond the arc and shot 57.1 percent (36 of 63) overall from the field. And while the Oilers are a dangerous team from the outside, Ernst wanted his team to scale back on the 3-point attempts in the second half.
“We relied on the 3-point shot too much in the first half, and that is when you get in trouble as a team. The 3-point line can be a fickle friend,” Ernst said. “We have to be balanced as an offense, score off the dribble, get to the line, find different ways to score. We are at our best when we do that.”
The Panthers (5-15, 3-13) tried to hang around and closed the gap to 55-44 when Reece Dils nailed a trey with 15:56 to play.
Heagen responded with a trey of his own before scoring on a strong drive to the basket. Back-to-back layups by John Staley stretched the UF advantage to 65-46 with 11:48 remaining.
ODU shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field and went 13 of 24 from the line. Jesse Ward led the way as he hit five treys and scored 17 points.
“We didn’t defend the 3-point line very well,” Ernst said. “It’s something we need to address. The last two teams have combined to go 24 of 44 from the 3-point line against us. That isn’t going to get it done.”
Still, any win in the rugged GLIAC is a good win, especially at home at a point in the season where the league title race is heating up. UF entered the night a half game behind Walsh for first place in the South Division.
“All in all, it was a good win,” Ernst said. “Ohio Dominican is playing better. The played hard and it’s tough to beat a team by 20 twice in the same season. I’m happy about that.”
Ernst is also pleased with the effort by his bench, which produced 24 points.
Quaran Jones led the way as he scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed three rebounds. He also tallied a steal in 14 minutes of work.
Jones said he’s put in a lot of time to improve his game. It showed against the Panthers.
“I do what I can with the minutes I get and play my hardest,” Jones said. “I give a lot of credit to coach (Dan) Shardo because he’s worked a lot with me and has critiqued my game to make me a better player.”
UF has only two regular-season home games remaining, the first coming on Saturday in a 3 p.m. game against rival Tiffin (8-12, 4-11).
The Oilers have all the motivation they need for this game as the Dragons earned a stunning 57-55 win at Croy last season.
The loss cut deep as it cost the Oilers home-court advantage in the GLIAC tournament.
Ernst reminded his players twice about the loss Thursday and his players took the words to heart.
“Everyone is going to give you their best shot, and we have a big game against Tiffin,” Heagen said. “We know they will play tough. We have to be ready to step up to the challenge.”

OHIO DOMINICAN (5-15, 3-13 GLIAC)
Weaver 2-4 2-2 7, Dils 2-6 0-0 6, Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 5-13 2-2 13, Ward 6-10 0-0 17, Dominique 0-0 0-0 0, Decker 1-1 0-0 3, Stennis 3-8 0-0 9, Minch 4-12 2-2 10, Leach 1-3 0-0 2, Kellum 2-5 0-0 4, Cowgill 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26-62 6-6 –71.
FINDLAY (16-4, 12-4 GLIAC)
Heagen 10-12 3-4 28, Kahlig 10-17 6-7 28, Frilling 2-4 0-0 4, Baity 2-5 0-0 4, Kaufman 1-4 0-0 3, Gardner 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 1-1 …read more

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Girls Basketball Roundup: Findlay falls to Toledo C.C.

Toledo Central Catholic jumped out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead over Findlay and cruised to a 61-38 win Thursday in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls basketball game.
Alex Matus poured in a game-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Toledo Central Catholic (12-6, 6-5 TRAC).
Demi Russell and Alissa Galernik also scored in double figures for the Irish, with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Sarah Thomas scored 14 points to lead Findlay (2-17, 2-10 TRAC).

toledo central cath. (12-6, 5-6 TRAC)
L. Matus 1-4–6, McClendon 1-0–2, A. Matus 5-2–16, Galernik 6-0–12, Morgan 2-2–7, Russell 6-2–14, Simon 1-2–4. TOTALS: 22 12-12–61.
findlay (2-17, 2-10 TRAC)
Swisher 1-0–3, Blatnik 1-0–2, Bendt 0-1–1, Smarkel 3-1–8, Hardesty 2-3–8, Thomas 5-2–14, Vielhaber 0-2–2. TOTALS: 12 9-12–38.
Toledo Central Catholic 19 11 17 14 – 61
Findlay 8 9 11 10 – 38
3-Point GOALS: Toledo Central Catholic 5 (A. Matus 4, Morgan 1); Findlay 5 (Thomas 2, Swisher, Smarkel & Hardesty 1).
junior varsity: Toledo Central Catholic, 40-35.
SHELBY 65
UPPER SANDUSKY 46
SHELBY — Upper Sandusky jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead over Shelby, but the Rams only mustered 11 points in the second half and lost 65-46 in a nonconference girls basketball game Thursday.
Four players scored in double figures for Shelby (8-9), including Taylor Fulton (14 points), Jessica Miller (13), Kenna Goth (11) and Jackie Garett (10).
Taylor Graboski dropped a game-high 25 points for Upper Sandusky (9-9), but was just 1 of 9 (11 percent) from the foul line as the Rams shot 6 of 16 (38 percent) for the game.

upper sandusky (9-9)
Holly 0-3–3, Smith 3-0–6, Johnson 3-0–6, Cary 2-2–6, Graboski 12-1–25, Calvin 0-0–0, Cox 0-0–0, Stover 0-0–0. TOTALS: 20 6-16–46.
shelby (8-9)
Stephens 3-2–9, Miller 3-7–13, Goth 4-2–11, Fulton 5-4–14, Garett 4-2–10, Evans 4-0–8, Alfrey 0-0–0, Wagers 0-0–0, Fidler 0-0–0. TOTALS: 23 17-23–65.
Upper Sandusky 18 17 7 4 – 46
Shelby 6 16 22 21 – 65
3-Point GOALS: Upper Sandusky none; Shelby 2 (Stephens & Goth 1).
junior varsity: Shelby, 41-28.

BLUFFTON 45
COLUMBUS GROVE 39
BLUFFTON — Bluffton outscored Columbus Grove 29-20 in the second half to come away with a 45-39 Northwest Conference win in girls basketball action Thursday.
Paige Buroker was the only player to score in double figures (10) for the Pirates (11-7, 5-2 NWC). Sarah Schriner and Andie Schmutz each added nine points for Bluffton.
Sammi Stechschulte scored a game-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers and eight in the fourth quarter, for Columbus Grove (12-7, 4-3 NWC).

columbus grove (12-7, 4-3 NWC)
Schumacher 1-3–5, Stechschulte 5-0–13, Wynn 1-0–2, McCluer 1-3–6, Clement 0-4–4, Yinger 3-0–6, Diller 1-1–3, Hoffman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 12 11-23–39.
bluffton (11-7, 5-2 nwc)
Schriner 3-3–9, Hunt 1-0–3, Buroker 3-4–10, Fruchey 1-1–4, Schmutz 3-3–9, Parkins 1-4–6, Prichard 2-0–4, A. Baker 0-0–0, Joseph 0-0–0. TOTALS: 14 15-23–45.
Columbus Grove 7 12 7 13 – 39
Bluffton 9 7 12 17 – 45
3-Point GOALS: Columbus Grove 4 (Stechschulte 3, McCluer); Bluffton 2 (Hunt & Fruchey).
ADA 49
LINCOLNVIEW 25
ADA — Ada blitzed Lincolnview 16-2 in the third quarter to turn a battle into a blowout, beating the Lancers 49-25 in a Northwest Conference girls basketball game on Thursday.
Alexis Amburgey scored 13 points and Lindsay Walden, Haley Wyss and Tori Wyss added seven each for Ada (8-10, 3-4 NWC).
Ashton Bowersock and Julia Thatcher led Lincolnview (7-12, 2-5 NWC) with eight points each.

lincolnview (7-12, 2-5 nwc)
Bowersock 4-0–8, Thatcher 3-0–8, Gorman 1-0–2, McCleery 1-0–2, Stemen 1-3–5. TOTALS: 10 3–25.
ada (8-10, 3-4 nwc)
Marshall 2-0–4, Amburgey 5-1–13, Archer 2-0–4, Faine 2-2–6, Wildman 0-1–1, Walden 3-1–7, H. Wyss 2-2–7, T. Wyss 3-1–7. TOTALS: 19 9–49.
Lincolnview 7 12 2 11 – 25
Ada 5 17 16 11 – 49
3-Point GOALS: Lincolnview 2 (Thatcher 2); Ada 4 (Amburgey, Faine 2, H. Wyss).
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 58
ELIDA 36
ELIDA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s girls basketball team extended its’ winning streak to 12 games with a 58-36 win over Elida in a Western Buckeye League matchup Thursday.
The Titans improve to 16-2 overall and 7-1 in the WBL. Elida falls to 7-10 and 4-4 in the WBL.
No individual statistics from the game were available.

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Girls Basketball: Elmwood back-to-back NBC champions

By ANDREW WILLIAMS
STAFF WRITER

BLOOMDALE — Some nights it isn’t pretty and Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds knows that.

The Royals turned the ball over 18 times, were 5 of 12 from the free-throw line, got outrebounded 34-24 and struggled to put away Eastwood after building a 20-point lead less than halfway through the fourth quarter.

All those things are moot, though, if you win the game and Elmwood did just that by a 53-41 margin Thursday night to earn its second consecutive Northern Buckeye Conference championship.

“Bottom line is you win and some nights are ugly but we got a win,” Reynolds said. “They play hard. Back-to-back championships, that’s a big feat. Nobody thought we would be the one. We thought we could be right there.

“I thought Eastwood really battled. They played hard. We were not aggressive on the boards. We needed to be more aggressive. We had a 20-point lead and then we stopped. We let them get some drives. I was not happy with our defense. We cannot let them drive the middle. Good teams do not let you get into the middle of the key and we let them do that.”

The Royals’ victory assured them of at least a share of the conference title, but they needed some help to win it outright on Thursday night and they got it when Rossford edged Genoa 62-61.

Elmwood improved to 14-5 overall and 11-1 in the NBC with two league games left on the schedule. Rossford and Genoa are tied in second place with 8-4 league records.

Both teams got off to a slow start and Elmwood held a slim 7-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter after the teams combined to shoot 20 percent (5 of 25) and turned the ball over 11 times.

The Royals took control in the second quarter on the back of Kristen Curtis, who dumped in 11 of her game-high 20 points in the period, and outscored the Eagles 19-7 to make it 26-12 at halftime.

“We were cold,” Reynolds said. “First quarter, we missed a lot of shots. We’re struggling getting started the last few games out of the gate. We’re struggling on that. We need to get a quicker start.”

The teams played even through the third quarter and the Royals led 38-24 entering the fourth, but increased that margin to 48-28 less than three minutes into the final period thanks to baskets by Curtis, Courtney Emmitt and Samantha Ervin.

Eastwood (2-16, 1-13) refused to go away, though, and answered with a 7-0 run fueled by Mackenzie Albright and Emily Hayward to cut the deficit to 48-35 with less than three minutes to play.

Aubrey Peters was able to get it to 49-37 after a pair of free throws with 1:56 left, but that was as close as the Eagles would get the rest of the way.

“Our main goal tonight was to play all four quarters,” Eastwood coach Lindsay Ross said. “We’ve been struggling with that. They’ve been giving us the first half or just the second half and tonight we finally put it together with all four quarters. I’m very, very proud of them. They never gave up so that was our biggest thing tonight. Last game we played Elmwood it was 70-32 so tonight in itself is a victory for us.”

Ervin finished with 17 points, while Curtis and Madison Sears each grabbed six rebounds for the Royals.
Albright and Reagan Boice each scored a team-high 12 points for the Eagles, while Peters snatched 16 boards and Hayward added 13 rebounds.

Despite clinching a league title with the win, Reynolds said his team is not satisfied with that because there are still games left to be played. When the season comes to an end, he said they will be able to look back and reflect on how special the season has been.

“They fight,” he said. “We don’t usually blow anybody out, but we put ourself in a place where we can win.

You take a look, you’re 14-5, we are 11-1 in the league, I mean that is fantastic. But we said we’re not going to celebrate until the season is over. Then we can look back because that’s how you’ve got to drive yourself to get yourself ready for tournament. The kids know the things that they didn’t do. It’s still a win.”

EASTWOOD (2-16, 1-13 NBC)
Ameling 1-0–3, Albright 4-4–12, Boice 4-4–12, Jennings 2-0–4, Peters 0-2–2, Hayward 3-2–8. TOTALS: 14-55 12-16–41.

ELMWOOD (14-5, 11-1 NBC)
Sears 0-0–0, Hillard 1-0–2, Curtis 8-1–20, Veryser 1-1–3, Swavel 1-1–3, Harvey 0-0–0, Emmitt 3-1–8, George 0-0–0, Ervin 8-1–17, Kynard 0-0–0. TOTALS: 22-47 5-12–53.

Eastwood 5 7 12 17 — 41
Elmwood 7 19 12 15 — 53
3-POINT GOALS: Eastwood 1-15 (Ameling); Elmwood 4-15 (Curtis 3, Emmitt).
REBOUNDS: Eastwood 34 (Peters 16); Elmwood 24 (Sears & Curtis 6).
TURNOVERS: Eastwood 20; Elmwood 18.

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Girls Basketball: Stall ball can’t stop L-B Eagles

By TED RADICK
STAFF WRITER

In staff meetings and practices this week, Liberty-Benton girls basketball coach Nate Irwin tried to figure out how Arlington would attack his team.

“We went back and fourth on what we thought he would try to do to us, the things he could do to try and exploit some of our weaknesses,” Irwin said of Arlington coach Seth Newlove. “The way they came out in the first half was not in my top three or four, I’ll be honest. It didn’t cross my mind.”

Arlington played the first half in a stall offense, taking just three shots. Three Liberty-Benton baskets early in the third quarter broke things open, and the Eagles stretched an 8-4 halftime lead into a 35-10 victory to wrap up an outright Blanchard Valley Conference championship.

The Eagles (17-1), ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press Division III poll, completed a perfect 9-0 run through the BVC and stretched their win streak to 17 games.

Arlington fell to 12-6, 6-3 BVC.

“It was a unique strategy, it kept it close for a half, but in the third quarter we hit some shots to extend our lead and forced them to come out and guard us a little more,” Irwin said.

Newlove’s idea was to keep the game within a basket or two heading into the late going.

“I think the strategy in the first half worked great,” he said. “If you tell me we’re only down four points at halftime, whether it’s 35-31 or 8-4, I could care less about that. I wanted to be up or down five points going into the fourth quarter.

“I was happy down 8-4 at half. That’s where we wanted it. The girls believed in the strategy, I believed in it and a bad start to the third quarter made us have to play. And you saw what happened.”

Rachel Myers opened the third quarter with a pair of layups for L-B. Carrie Reynolds knocked down a 3-pointer moments later, and the Eagles led 15-4 midway through the third quarter.

“It was a different pace for us, we didn’t get to go out and play a real basketball game,” Reynolds said. “But we adjusted to it, and everything worked out.”

Irwin credited his players for keeping their composure when possessions were at a premium.

“You’re all amped up, and you come out and you stand,” he said. “Our girls hit baskets, and there’s a little more pressure on them when it’s 8-4. Our girls didn’t panic, didn’t get rattled and I was extremely proud of our effort.”

Reynolds, who finished with 10 points, hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer and Myers, who had a game-high 16 points, started the fourth quarter with a midrange jumper. That put the Eagles up 25-8.

“If you give Rachel that many opportunities, she’s going to hurt you,” Newlove said. “That’s a girl that has spent hours and hours in the gym, and she deserves all the awards she’s going to get. She has made herself one of the best basketball players our league has ever had.”

Liberty-Benton got contributions from its other seniors as well. Reynolds went 3 of 4 from the floor and hit both of her 3-point attempts, and 5-foot-7 Kayla Trevino held her own in the post when Lauren Kotey spent extended periods on the bench with foul trouble.

“You’d think when we got Kotey in foul trouble we could do some things inside,” Newlove said. “They cover up really well and don’t give you a lot of places to shoot it. When we did shoot it, we struggled. We missed some easy shots in the third quarter.”

“Kayla was definitely our defensive MVP tonight,” Irwin said. “They attacked right at Lauren and got her in foul trouble, and they continued to attack at Kayla. She played some huge minutes for us. Things could have gotten interesting if she wasn’t able to defend in the post.”

The league title is a special one for L-B’s three seniors.

“It was our first goal on the list for our senior year, as far as team goals go,” Trevino said. “Step one is complete, so we need to go on from here.”

“To be 9-0, in our senior year, feels great,” Reynolds said. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

“It’s awesome to win the win the league, but to go 9-0 is even more of an accomplishment,” Myers said. “It feels even better.”

Sierra Nichols hit her first two field-goal attempts early in the game and led Arlington with five points.

The Red Devils made just 1 of 16 shots after taking a 4-2 lead late in the first quarter. Whitney Dodds had a team-best four rebounds.

Nicolette DeVincentis had seven points for L-B, and Jensen Hiegel grabbed a game-high five rebounds.

ARLINGTON (12-6, 6-3 BVC)
H. Johnson 0-1–1, Heaster 0-2–2, Dodds 0-0–0, Mains 1-0–2, Dillon 0-0–0, Nichols 2-1–5, M. Johnson 0-1–1, Schmehl 0-0–0, McMath 0-0–0, Webb 0-0–0, Alexander 0-0–0. TOTALS: 3-18 4-10–10.

LIBERTY-BENTON (17-1, 9-0 BVC)
Kotey 0-0–0, Myers 6-3–16, Hiegel 0-2–2, DeVincentis 2-2–7, Reynolds 3-2–10, Trevino 0-0–0.

TOTALS: 11-24 9-11–35.
Arlington 4 0 4 2 — 10
Liberty-Benton 5 3 14 13 — 35

3-POINT GOALS: Arlington 0-6, Liberty-Benton 4-9 (Reynolds 2, Myers, DeVincentis).
REBOUNDS: Arlington 13 (Dodds 4), Liberty-Benton 18 (Hiegel 5).
TURNOVERS: Arlington 9, Liberty-Benton 5.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Arlington, 21-13.

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Prep Hockey: FHS Trojans seeded fifth in district

SYLVANIA — Toledo St. John’s and Sylvania Northview were seeded first and second and Toledo St. Francis, Bowling Green and Findlay followed soon after as the five teams that make up the Northwest Hockey Conference’s Red Divison, a group that has a combined 54 Final Four appearances and 10 state titles, headed up the pairings for the Northwest District hockey tournament beginning Feb. 13 at Tam-O-Shanter Arena.
Toledo St. John’s, Ohio’s No. 1-ranked prep team, was seeded first at Thursday’s tournament draw and took a first-round bye. Second-seeded Northview also passed on a first-round game.
Findlay, the No. 5 seed, will face Fremont in a 6 p.m. opener on Feb. 14 at Tam-O-Shanter. A win would send the Trojans (13-11-4) against either Springfield or No. 4-seeded Toledo St. Francis in a second-round game on Feb. 18.
The district semifinals will be held Feb. 21 and 22 and the district final on March 1. The district champion will advance to the state tournament March 7-8 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

District Hockey Tournament
AT TAM-O-SHANTER ARENA
FEB. 13 GAMES
Sylvania Southview vs. Toledo Whitmer, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Toledo St. Francis vs. Springfield, Feb. 13, 8 p,.m
FEB. 14 GAMES
Findlay vs. Fremont Ross, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Ottawa Hills, p.m.
FEB. 15 GAMES
Maumee vs. Perrysburg, 6:30 p.m.
Oregon Clay vs. Anthony Wane, 8:30 p.m.
FEB. 17 GAMES
Oregon Clay/Anthony Wayne winner vs. Sylvania Northview, 6 p.m.
Sylvania Southview/Toledo Whitmer winner vs. Toledo St. John”s, 8 p.m
FEB. 18 GAMES
Toledo St. Francis/Springfield winner vs. Findlay/Fremont winner, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Bowling Green/Ottawa Hills winner vs. Maumee/Perrysburg winner, 8 p.m.

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