upend ’Dawgs in OT
FORT JENNINGS — Senior Gabbi German put back a missed 3 by Macy Schroeder to beat the horn at the end of regulation and the Fort Jennings girls basketball team outscored Elida 12-9 in the extra four minutes to grab a 70-67 non-league hardwood contest Tuesday night inside The Fort.
Schroeder, a senior, led the Lady Musketeers (5-7) with 18 points, while German and junior Ashley Gable (3 treys) added 15 each. They connected on 29-of-71 shots (7-of-24 downtown) for 40.9 percent; secured 24 rebounds (led by German with 6); and turned it over 18 times. Jennings hosts Miller City Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs (6-6) were led by senior Osha Owens with 24 and junior Kylie Downton with 20. They canned 25-of-50 shots (3-of-7 long range) for 50 percent; nabbed 22 boards; and added 31 miscues.
Kylie Downton 9-0-2-20, Ashley Lowery 4-0-08, Cassidy Slusher 0-1-2-5, Osha Owens 6-2-6-24, Sabrina Kline 3-0-2-8, Torie McAdams 0-0-1-1, Carly Stetler 0-0-1-1. Totals 22-3-14-67.
FORT JENNINGS (70)
Alyssa Schimmoeller 0-2-0-6, Macy Schroeder 6-1-3-18, Ashley Gable 3-3-0-15, Cassie Lindeman 3-0-0-6, Gabbi German 7-0-1-15, Erin Osting 0-0-2-2, Gabby Clippinger 0-1-1-4, Emily Kehres 2-0-0-4. Totals 22-7-7-70.
Score by Quarters:
Elida 23 8 12 15 (9) - 67
Ft. Jennings 14 12 19 3 (12) - 70
Cougs fall in barn-burner
By BRIAN BASSETT
VAN WERT - Despite turning the ball over 22 times and shooting only 31 percent from the field in an out-of-state game with Fort Wayne Carroll at the Cougars’ Den Tuesday night, the Van Wert Cougar basketball team had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds - twice.
Unfortunately for Van Wert, both possessions ended in turnovers and the visitors from Indiana escaped with a 45-41 victory.
“We turned it (over) 22 times and we had two bad possessions at the end of the game. We had the basketball and turned it over - never got a shot opportunity. That was kind of the story all night,” explained Van Wert coach Dave Froelich.
The Chargers led the game by six points with 2:25 to play in the final frame and had a 39-34 lead with as little at 1:07 left before senior point guard Joey Hurless hit a free throw for the Cougars.
When sophomore guard Chandler White put in a layup with 58 seconds left in the game to run the Carroll lead to 41-35 with 58 seconds in the game, however, the stands on both sides of the gym began to clear.
Then things got interesting.
After a single free throw from sophomore guard Connor Holliday brought Van Wert within five, Carroll freshman forward Kyle Mallers hit a pair of free throws to extend the Charger lead to 43-36 with 37.8 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Cougars got the ball back quickly and senior post Nik Wolford got a putback to go. Wolford was fouled while shooting and was granted a foul shot but before he could take a shot, White picked up a technical for the Chargers, which was also his fifth foul, and he was run from the game.
Wolford made the shot to bring the Cougars within four, then senior forward A.J. Smith hit both free throws from the technical to cut Carroll’s lead to two, 43-41, and Van Wert retained the ball with 28.8 seconds showing on the clock.
Van Wert then picked up its 21st turnover of the night when a Smith pass went to a Charger defender with 18.2 to play. Mallers stole the pass and was immediately fouled but gave Van Wert new life at the other end when he missed the front end of a 1-and-1.
Van Wert called a timeout with 11.8 seconds left but never got a shot off before committing turnover number 22 with 2.6 seconds left.
Two late free throws from senior forward Tony Orr and a missed full-court heave by Van Wert later, Carroll came away with the 45-41 win.
Van Wert led 11-6 after the first quarter and ran the score to 14-6 before Carroll went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-14 lead late in the second quarter. Van Wert got a Smith jump shot and two Hurless free throws to force an 18-18 tie at the break.
A Hurless three and a Smith drive helped the Cougars secure a 26-20 lead to open the second half. Carroll answered with another big run, this time a 14-2 surge, spanning part of two quarters, to take a 34-28 lead with 4:55 to play in the game.
“We turned it (over). That’s what happens - the floodgates open. They had a 12-0 run in the first half and whatever that (run) was in the second half. We’re not good enough to overcome that,” Froelich said.
The Cougars shot 9-of-24 from 2-point range and 4-of-18 from deep, good for 13-of-42 (31%) from the field.
“Defensively, they caused us problems with their length. We had a hard time getting looks. We just weren’t very good with the ball tonight,” Froelich described.
The Chargers went 17-of-37 (46%) on the evening but managed 15-of-25 from 2-point land (60%).
White had a game-high 13 points for Carroll (6-8) and Mallers added 12.
Van Wert (6-3) was led by Hurless, who scored 11 points, while Smith added 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Matt Bidlack grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with six points.
The Cougars return to action Friday when the travel to Elida to take on the Bulldogs.
CARROLL (2pt. 3pt. FT Pts.)
White 4-8 0-0 5-6 13, Miller 4-7 0-6 0-1 8, Freiburger 3-3 0-1 0-0 6, Kalonji 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Orr 0-1 0-1 2-2 2, Hammond 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Mallers 2-3 2-3 2-5 12, Gutierrez 1-1 0-1 0-0 2.
Markward 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 2-8 1-10 3-4 10, Hurless 2-4 1-3 4-6 11, Bidlack 3-6 0-0 0-0 6, Wolford 1-2 0-0 1-1 3, K. Keber 1-2 0-0 0-1 2, Ray 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Holliday 0-1 2-4 3-6 9, N. Keber 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.
Carroll 6 12 10 17 - 45
Van Wert 11 7 7 16 - 41
Lady Knights dispel Pirates
By NICK JOHNSON
CONVOY — The Crestview Lady Knight basketball team welcomed the Continental Lady Pirates to Crestview High School on Monday night in girls basketball action.
The Lady Knights got a hard-fought 49-44 victory over the Lady Pirates.
The first quarter started out slow for both teams, as neither scored double digits. The Lady Knights got four straight points from Kennis Mercer to give Crestview an 8-2 lead. Continental got a putback basket from Leva Weller to push the score to 8-5 to end the first.
Continental started the second quarter with a quick basket from Paige Ordway to cut the Crestview lead to 8-7. The Lady Knights then went on a 10-0 run, including a 3-pointer from Mercer and a basket Lindsey Motycka, to push the score to 18-7, Crestview.
The Lady Pirates got a 3-pointer and a layup from Taylor Williamson to decrease the Crestview lead to 18-13. The Lady Knights got a layup from Mariah Henry to go into halftime with a 23-15 lead.
Continental started the second half hot as Williamson sank a 3-pointer and added another layup to go along with a Weller layup that put the score at 25-22, Crestview. The Lady Knights got seven points from Emily Bauer to end the third quarter and give Crestview a 34-24 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Crestview used a Bauer layup and a Motycka layup to push the lead to 11, 41-30.
With the score 44-35, the Lady Pirates went on a 7-0 run to narrow the gap to four points. Continental got two points from Weller and five from Ordway to cut the score 44-40. The Lady Knights got two points from Mercer and two points from Motycka to help close out the game.
Crestview had two girls in double figures: Mercer and Bauer, both with 11 points.
Continental’s leading scorer was Williamson, who also led all scorers, with 18 points and Weller contributed 10 points in the game.
Both teams came into Monday night’s matchup with a 9-1 record on the year. With the victory, the Lady Knights improve to 10-1 on the year, while the Lady Pirates drop to 9-2 on the year.
Crestview (FG, FT, 3PT): Kennis Mercer 3-7 2-2 1-5 11, Mackenzie Riggenbach 1-3 1-3 2-7 9, Mariah Henry 1-4 1-2 0-0 3, Emily Bauer 4-7 3-3 0-0 11, Lindsey Motycka 4-8 0-1 0-2 8, Kristen Hicks 3-6 1-2 0-0 7 Totals: 16-35, 8-13, 3-14, 49.
Continental (FG, FT, 3PT)
Krystle Prowant 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Erica Fitzwater 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Williamson 4-7 4-4 2-6 18, Vanessa Koppenhofer 3-9 2-4 0-0 8, Sloane Zachrich 0-3 1-5 0-0 1, Paige Ordway 2-3 0-0 1-3 7, Sara Deken 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Leva Weller 4-6 2-3 0-0 10, Totals: 13-33, 9-16, 3-9, 44.
Jefferson junior high splits games
The Jefferson seventh-grade boys basketball team defeated Paulding Tuesday night 38-30 to improve to 6-0 (3-0 NWC) on the year. Scoring for the Wildcats were: Brenen Auer (20), Trey Gossman (7), Caleb Lucas (5), Alex Rode (4) and Tyler Bratton (2).
However, the eighth-graders lost 25-20 to Paulding to drop to 3-3 (1-2 NWC). Scoring for the Wildcats were: Drew Reiss (12), Jace Stockwell (5), Eli Edie (2), Ben Curth (2) and Cole Arroyo (1).