By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
Greg Kahlig wore a look of frustration most of the night. Shots that normally go down simply didn’t for the University of Findlay’s top scoring threat.
Not much went right for the Oilers in general Thursday night against Walsh, and the end result was an 81-61 loss to the Cavaliers in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Croy Gymnasium.
Kahlig, averaging 22.3 points per game coming, was 2 of 11 from the field. He missed five attempts from beyond the arc and managed only 8 points.
As team, the Oilers (13-4, 9-4 GLIAC) shot 36.2 percent (21 of 58) from the field and had no answer for the Cavaliers (13-3, 9-3), who seemed to click in every aspect.
“A lot of shots didn’t go in today for me, but credit them for that,” Kahlig said. “They played great. I thought we played hard, but they just beat us. There isn’t much else you can say.”
Findlay, which had its six-game win streak end, had its run of 14 consecutive home wins end as well. The loss was the Oilers’ fifth in the past 10 years at Croy.
The Cavs shot 45.6 percent (31 of 68) from the field and capitalized on a balanced attack with three players in double figures.
“You can look at us and say we didn’t do this and didn’t do that, but I think tonight was a night where they had a lot do with that,” UF head coach Charlie Ernst said. “They guarded Greg hard and didn’t make anything easy for him. We weren’t very well-prepared to take advantage of that.
“We had to have other guys step up and make shots, but we could never get a run going.”
It was tough from the start for the Oilers, who are now a half-game behind the Cavs in the GLIAC South Division and in a five-way tie for second in the overall standings.
Jesse Hardin nailed a trey to start the game for WU, and two more 3-pointers followed from Brad DuPont and Hardin as the Cavs opened up a 15-6 lead six minutes into the game.
The Oilers did respond. Jake Heagen, who lit up the scoreboard for 17 points, nailed a trey that cut the Cavs’ lead to 15-9. Kahlig hit a jumper and Sean Samsel launched up a shot from well beyond the arc that swished through and sliced the Cavs’ lead to 17-14 with 11:10 left in the first half.
Heagen tied the game at 23-23 with a jumper and Quaran Jones provided a spark off the bench as he tipped in a missed shot for a 25-23 UF lead. The Oiler trailed 37-34 at halftime.
The Oilers fell behind further to start the second half. Back-to-back layups by Davonte Beard got the Cavs started and a 3-pointer by Hardin capped a 9-0 run that pushed WU in front 46-34.
“I didn’t feel like we came out of the locker room with a sense of urgency,” Ernst said. “Sometimes, when you cut a lead to three, you relax a bit. We might have been better off being down eight or nine. We thought we were OK when we cut the lead to three. We weren’t OK.”
Kahlig won’t argue with that.
“They came out and took it to us after halftime,” Kahlig said. “We usually play really well at home, but they outplayed us tonight.”
Shots from the outside seemed to rim in and out often and layups were too strong. Kahlig did cut the WU lead to 53-44 as he nailed his only 3-pointer of the night, but the Oilers were unable to get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Chall Montgomery helped put the game away as he scored 17 for the Cavs. Hrvoje Vucic scored 16 points to go with eight rebounds, and Hardin added 16 points.
Dylan Kaufman was the only other player in double figures for UF, scoring 11 points to go with six rebounds.
Ernst said he thought his team competed hard the entire way, but one of the biggest roadblocks to a comeback was the lack of energy to rally late in the game.
“Because they had the lead, they could play their bench more and we had to stick with our starters for longer periods of time,” Ernst said. “We didn’t have the energy and legs to make a run. Maybe if we sub sooner, we can, but it’s tough to pull the trigger when you are losing control of the game.”
UF has no time to dwell on the loss. It travels Saturday to Canton for a 3 p.m. game against Malone (9-8, 7-6 GLIAC).
“We can’t let this loss affect us going into Saturday,” Kahlig said. “We have to bring the intensity and after it because we are playing another tough opponent.”

Walsh (13-3, 9-3 GLIAC)
Copeland 4-7 0-0 8, Vucic 7-13 2-2 16, Beard 1-2 0-0 2, DuPont 3-7 2-2 9, Hardin 5-14 2-2 16, Carter 0-3 2-2 2, Montgomery 6-10 3-6 17, Fletcher 4-10 0-1 8, Campbell 1-2 0-0 3. TOTALS: 31-68 11- 15 81.
Findlay (13-4, 9-4 GLIAC)
Heagen 6-15 1-2 17, Kahlig 2-11 3-6 8, Frilling 0-4 0-2 0, Baity 3-8 2-2 9, Kaufman 4-10 1-3 11, Gardner 1-2 0-0 3, Samsel 1-2 0-1 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Staley 1-1 0-0 2, Stern-Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 3-5 2-2 8. TOTALS: 21-58 9-18 61.
3-Point GOALS: Walsh 8-25 (Hardin 4-8, Montgomery 2-2, DuPont 1-5, Campbell 1-2, Vucic 0-3, Fletcher 0-3, Copeland 0-1, Beard 0-1); Findlay 10-25 (Heagan 4-9, Kaufman 2-5, Kahlig 1-6, Gardner 1-2, Samsel 1-2, Baity 1-1).
rebounds: Walsh 45 (DuPont, Hardin & Montgomery 8); Findlay 36 (Heagan 8, Kaufman 6).
ASSISTS: Walsh 15 (Copeland 5); Findlay 14 (Baity 5).
STEALS: Walsh 5 (Beard 2); Findlay 4 (Heagan, Kahlig, Kaufman & Jones).
BLOCKS: Walsh 2 (Vucic 2); Findlay 5 (Heagan 3).
TURNOVERS: Walsh 5; Findlay 9.
TOTAL FOULS: Walsh 18, Findlay 17.
FOULED OUT: Findlay, Kahlig.
HALFTIME: Walsh, 37-34.
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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Thursday’s Results
Midland Athletic League
Carey 82, Tiffin Calvert 51
Fremont St. Joseph 80, Lakota 62
New Riegel 61, Seneca East 53
North Baltimore 50, St. Wendelin 42
Old Fort 51, Hopewell-Loudon 31
Northern Buckeye Conference
Eastwood 71, Lake 63
Elmwood 54, Woodmore 46
Fostoria Senior 84, Genoa 78
Rossford 46, Otsego 45
Around Ohio
Andrews Osborne Academy 73, Elyria First Baptist Christian 17
Belmont Union Local 71, Rayland Buckeye 50
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. 66, Solon 48
Cin. Winton Woods 84, Cin. Glen Este 62
Cle. VASJ 54, Cle. Cent. Cath. 44
Cols. Africentric 69, Marion Harding 55
Cols. Centennial 67, Cols. Linden McKinley 44
Cols. Mifflin 78, Cols. Whetstone 34
Cols. Northland 41, Cols. Brookhaven 37
Crown City S. Gallia 55, Belpre 45
Gahanna Christian 57, Groveport Madison Christian 37
Grand River Academy 77, Lawrence School 54
Granville Christian 60, Mt. Vernon Academy 36
Ironton St. Joseph 56, Raceland, Ky. 51
Lancaster Fisher Cath. 77, Millersport 52
Madonna, W.Va. 66, Bridgeport 54
Mogadore 90, Atwater Waterloo 76
Ohio Deaf 45, Michigan School for the Deaf 18
Olmsted Falls 65, N. Olmsted 42
Powell Village Academy 56, High Street Christian 34
Racine Southern 57, Glouster Trimble 52
Friday’s Games
Blanchard Valley Conference
Cory-Rawson at McComb
Hardin Northern at Van Buren
Leipsic at Arlington
Liberty-Benton at Arcadia
Pandora-Gilboa at Vanlue
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Findlay at Toledo St. Francis
Fremont Ross at Lima Senior
Oregon Clay at Toledo St. John’s
Tol. Cent. Catholic at Toledo Whitmer
North Central Conference
Buckeye Central at Galion Senior
Bucyrus at Colonel Crawford
Crestline at Riverdale
Upper Sandusky at Wynford
Northern Ohio League
Ontario at Bellevue
Sandusky Senior at Willard
Tiffin Columbian at Shelby
Northwest Conference
Bluffton at Ada
Columbus Grove at Allen East
Convoy Crestview at Spencerville
Delphos Jefferson at Paulding
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
Delta at Wauseon
Montpelier at Evergreen
Patrick Henry at Liberty Center
Swanton at Bryan
Western Buckeye League
Elida at Kenton
Lima Bath at Lima Shawnee
Ottawa-Glandorf at Wapakoneta
St. Marys Memorial at Defiance
Van Wert at Celina
Firelands Conference
Ashland Crestview at Plymouth
Norwalk St. Paul at Monroeville
South Central at New London
Western Reserve at Ashland Mapleton
Green Meadows Conference
Antwerp at Fairview
Ayersville at Hicksville
Edgerton at Holgate
Wayne Trace at Tinora
Mid-Buckeye Conference
Lucas at Loudonville
Mansfield Christian at Howard East Knox
Mansfield St. Peter’s at Danville
Midwest Athletic Conference
Marion Local at Delphos St. John’s
Minster at Fort Recovery
St. Henry at New Bremen
Versailles at Coldwater
Northern Lakes League
Bowling Green at Sylvania Northview
Perrysburg at Maumee
Springfield at Napoleon
Sylvania Southview at Anthony Wayne
Putnam County League
Kalida at Ottoville
Northwest Central Conference
Lima Perry at Lima Temple Christian
Riverside at Upper Scioto Valley
Sidney Lehman at Ridgemont
Ohio Cardinal Conference
Clear Fork at Orrville
Lexington at Mansfield Senior
Mansfield Madison at Wooster Senior
Sandusky Bay Conference
Huron at Castalia Margaretta
Milan Edison at Sandusky St. Mary’s
Oak Harbor at Clyde
Port Clinton at Sandusky Perkins
Toledo City League
Toledo Bowsher at Toledo Scott
Toledo Waite at Toledo Start
Toledo Woodward at Toledo Rogers
Buckeye Border Conference
Edon at Pettisville
North Central at Hilltop
Stryker at Fayette
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Danbury at Toledo Christian
Gibsonburg at Cardinal Stritch
Maumee Valley Country Day at Northwood
Toledo Emmanuel Baptist at Ottawa Hills
Other NW Ohio Games
Fremont St. Joseph at Elmwood
Lima Cent. Cath. at Lincolnview
Waynesfield-Goshen at Continental
Saturday’s Games
North Central Conference
Upper Sandusky at Galion Senior
Northern Ohio League
Norwalk Senior at Willard
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Toledo Christian at Northwood
Other NW Ohio Games
Allen East at Fort Jennings
Arcadia at Hopewell-Loudon
Archbold at Tinora
Ashland Senior at Shelby
Buckeye Central at Carey
Castalia Margaretta at Woodmore
Celina at St. Henry
Clyde at Genoa
Continental at Columbus Grove
Convoy Crestview at Hicksville
Cory-Rawson at North Baltimore
Covington at Coldwater
Defiance at Anthony Wayne
Delta at Lake
Edgerton at Hilltop
Fairview at Bryan
Findlay at Lima Shawnee
Fort Recovery at Mississinawa Valley
Hardin Northern at Lakota
Indian Lake at Riverside
Kalida at Wayne Trace
Kenton at Upper Scioto Valley
Kidron Central Christian at Mansfield St. Peter’s
Lakewood St. Edward at Toledo St. John’s
Lexington at Fredericktown
Liberty Center at Fayette
Lima Bath at Bowling Green
Lima Senior at Van Wert
Lima Temple Christian at New Knoxville
Lincolnview at Delphos St. John’s
Loudonville at Clear Fork
Marion Harding at Jonathan Alder
Marion Local at Fort Loramie
McComb at Miller City
Milan Edison at Norwalk St. Paul
Minster at Jackson Center
Mohawk at Bucyrus
Montpelier at Antwerp
Napoleon at Ottawa-Glandorf
New Bremen at Botkins
New Riegel at Colonel Crawford
Old Fort at Maumee Valley Country Day
Olmsted Falls at Huron
Ontario at Mansfield Madison
Orrville at Wooster Triway
Otsego at Patrick Henry
Ottawa Hills at Evergreen
Pandora-Gilboa at Ada
Perrysburg at Toledo Start
Pettisville at Ayersville
Ridgemont at Vanlue
Riverdale at Arlington
Sandusky Senior at Sandusky Perkins
Sandusky St. Mary’s at St. Wendelin
Seneca East at New London
Sidney Fairlawn at Waynesfield-Goshen
Sidney Lehman at Tri-Village
South Central at Lucas
Springfield at Wauseon
Sylvania Northview at Bedford, Mich.
Toledo Emmanuel Baptist at Swanton
Van Buren at Bluffton
Versailles at Franklin-Monroe
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Thursday’s Results
Blanchard Valley Conference
Arlington 62, Pandora-Gilboa 51
Cory-Rawson 54, Hardin Northern 35
Leipsic 76, Van Buren 33
Liberty-Benton 55, Arcadia 40
McComb 75, Vanlue 31
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Fremont Ross at Oregon Clay
Lima Senior 86, Toledo St. Ursula 47
Toledo Notre Dame 71, Findlay 29
Toledo Whitmer 53, Tol. Cent. Catholic 50, OT
North Central Conference
Buckeye Central 55, Galion Senior 41
Riverdale 59, Colonel Crawford 26
Upper Sandusky 65, Bucyrus 61
Northern Ohio League
Willard 49, Tiffin Columbian 33
Northwest Conference
Ada 46, Bluffton 42
Allen East 50, Columbus Grove 44
Delphos Jefferson 56, Paulding 43
Spencerville 54, Convoy Crestview 42
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
Bryan 54, Swanton 48, OT
Evergreen 53, Montpelier 32
Patrick Henry 87, Liberty Center 69
Wauseon 55, Delta 54
Western Buckeye League
Elida 57, Kenton 32
Lima Bath 62, Lima Shawnee 36
Ottawa-Glandorf 49, Wapakoneta 37
St. Marys Memorial 40, Defiance 32
Van Wert 61, Celina 42
Firelands Conference
New London 54, Monroeville 35
Norwalk St. Paul 63, Ashland Crestview 45
South Central 58, Ashland Mapleton 44
Green Meadows Conference
Ayersville 60, Hicksville 26
Fairview 41, Antwerp 24
Holgate at Edgerton
Wayne Trace 45, Tinora 36
Midwest Athletic Conference
Marion Local 52, Delphos St. John’s 41
Minster 52, Fort Recovery 28
New Knoxville 62, Parkway 38
St. Henry 45, New Bremen 30
Northern Lakes League
Perrysburg at Maumee
Springfield 48, Napoleon 43
Sylvania Southview 45, Anthony Wayne 34
Putnam County League
Kalida 69, Miller City 34
Northwest Central Conference
Upper Scioto Valley 69, Lima Perry 37
Waynesfield-Goshen 66, Ridgemont 18
Ohio Cardinal Conference
Clear Fork 47, Lexington 26
Orrville 57, Mansfield Senior 48
West Holmes 59, Mansfield Madison 40
Wooster Senior 57, Ashland Senior 50
Buckeye Border Conference
Hilltop 58, North Central 32
Pettisville 51, Edon 32
Stryker 48, Fayette 45
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Cardinal Stritch at Danbury
Northwood 45, Gibsonburg 40
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By TED RADICK
staff writer
Liberty-Benton’s defensive output was apparent from the opening whistle Thursday.
“We wanted to hold Glick and Cramer down the best we could,” Eagles coach Nate Irwin said. “They came in averaging about 36 points per game between them, so we knew if we didn’t contain them we were going to have to score a lot of points to win.”
Liberty-Benton did the job on defense, keeping Arcadia’s Courtney Cramer (17.9 ppg) and Molly Glick (17.8) below their averages with 16 and 10 points, respectively, in a 55-40 Blanchard Valley Conference victory that clinched at least a share of the league title.
Liberty-Benton, ranked eighth in the latest Associated Press Division III, poll improved to 15-1 and 8-0 in league play. The Eagles host Arlington on Feb. 6 with a chance for an unbeaten BVC season; Leipsic (14-3, 7-1 BVC) plays at McComb that night and remains in the league race.
“It wasn’t just one girl playing defense on Glick and Cramer,” Irwin said. “We knew it would take a team effort. There’s times when Molly just makes plays. You think you have her guarded, and the next thing you know she’s so athletic she just jumps through the lane and makes a basket.”
Cramer scored five points in the first quarter and her putback off an offensive rebound gave Arcadia (11-4, 6-2 BVC) a 17-13 lead with 6:21 remaining to halftime.
Thus challenged, Liberty-Benton responded with a 16-2 run to close out the half. Rachel Myers got things going with a 3-pointer and Lauren Kotey added a layup off an inbounds play to give the Eagles an 18-17 edge.
Another Myers 3-pointer and another putback off an offensive board, this time by Jensen Hiegel, stretched the lead to 23-17. Carrie Reynolds, Kotey and Myers added baskets as L-B went up 29-19 at the break.
That kind of balanced Liberty-Benton scoring was just what Arcadia coach Randy Baker was afraid of.
“They’re just a solid ballclub,” Baker said. “You have an inside-ouside game, you have kids who can shoot the ball, everybody can score. You can’t slough off on one, and when we did we paid for it.”
“We have a lot of players that can shoot,” Myers said. “If other teams slide over on one player, someone else can make a basket. So they guard her tighter, and that opens it up for someone else.”
Irwin, for his part, wanted some more effort on the glass after watching the Redskins grab seven offensive rebounds in the first half.
“We held them to 19 points in the first half and had a 10-point lead, but 12 of their points came from our mistakes,” he said. “We weren’t rebounding well. We were contesting their first shot pretty well, but the points we gave up were easy ones.”
Nicolette DeVincentis added a pair of 3-pointers for L-B in the third quarter and another to start the fourth as the Eagles stretched their lead to 19 points at 46-27.
Myers led the Eagles with 22 points, with DeVincentis adding 12, Kotey 10 and Reynolds 7.
“Balance has been key for us all season,” Irwin said. “Losing Katie Simon and her 18 points before the season left a big hole for us offensively, so we’ve had to have girls respond and they have.”
Arcadia was down but not out. Abbie Dauterman, who finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, put back an offensive rebound of her own shot. Cramer nailed a 3-pointer, Glick got inside for a pair of layups and Cramer finished an 11-1 run with a pair of free throws as the Redskins cut the L-B lead to 47-38.
“We don’t care who we play, we come into every game thinking we are going to win,” Baker said.
“I thought we were playing pretty well,” Irwin said, “but against a good team like Arcadia, sometimes they have a way of making it look like we weren’t. That’s what happens when you play a good basketball team. You’re trying to do the right thing and you can’t, because they’re just making good plays.”
Myers scored six points in the final couple of minutes to finish things off for the Eagles. She added five assists; Heigel led the Eagles with seven rebounds.
Liberty-Benton now turns its focus to a perfect league record and sole possession to the BVC title.
“The three teams we lost to in the league (McComb, Arcadia and Arlington) last year are our last three league games this year,” Myers said. “We knew the final stretch was going to be the toughest, and now we’ve beaten two of the three we lost to last year.
“We’re not satisfied. We don’t want to share.”

Arcadia (11-4, 6-2 BVC)
Mock 0-0–0, Kirian 2-0–4, Pina 0-0–0, Glick 4-2–10, Cramer 5-4–16, Dauterman 4-2–10, Ware 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-41 8-13–40.
Liberty-Benton (15-1, 8-0 BVC)
Trevino 0-0–0, Kotey 4-2–10, Myers 7-6–22, Hiegel 2-0–4, DeVincentis 4-0–12, Reynolds 3-0–7. TOTALS: 20-43 8-11–55.
Arcadia 13 6 8 13 — 40
Liberty-Benton 13 16 14 12 — 55
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 2-13 (Cramer 2); Liberty-Benton 7-21 (DeVincentis 4, Myers 2, Reynolds).
rebounds: Arcadia 24 ( Dauterman 10); Liberty-Benton 18 (Hiegel 7).
turnovers: Arcadia 13, Liberty-Benton 12.
junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 22-20.
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Findlay High School’s hockey schedule, altered a time or two this season because of weather, had to be revamped again this week when Centerville informed the school it would not be coming north on Friday for its nonleague matchup with the Trojans at the Huntington Bank Arena.
Findlay, which hasn’t played a game since competing in the Walsh Jesuit Tournament on Jan. 19, will still have a home game on Friday, however. Team officials were able to line up a contest with the Eastwood Eagles, a AA Midget program that pulls 14- to 18-year olds from Northwest Ohio districts that do not have school-sponsored hockey teams.
The teams are no strangers on the ice. Eastwood was one of the teams in the Findlay Christmas Tournament. Findlay won the head-to-head matchup between the two squads, 10-2.
Findlay (11-10-4) will hit the road over the weekend, heading to Indiana to face Hamilton on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Nobelsville in a 10 a.m. contest on Sunday.
Findlay will also be looking to wrap up Northwest Hockey Conference play before district tournament competition begins Feb. 13 at Tam-O-Shanter Arena. in Sylvania.
A NHC game with Bowling Green, postponed twice by bad weather, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Bowling Green State University.

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