Tigers battle by Lady
St. John’s senior Katie Vorst takes a lob inside against taller Versailles for two of her game-high 17 in the second half Thursday night at Arnzen Gymnasium. However, the visiting Lady Tigers grabbed a 12-point triumph.
Jays in MAC action
DELPHOS — St. John’s has had its share of ups and downs in the 2012-13 girls basketball season as they have struggled to a 8-10 mark.
The Lady Blue Jays were looking to put a crimp into someone’s else’s season as Midwest Athletic Conference power and front-runner Versailles came to Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium Thursday night.
Alas for the Lady Blue Jays, it was not to be.
The Lady Tigers moved to 18-3 (8-1 in the MAC) with a 45-33 triumph, clinching at least a title tie.
Pacing the Lady Jays (8-11, 1-7 MAC) were seniors Katie Vorst with 17 and Jessica Recker tacked on eight.
The Jays return to action at home Saturday night (6 p.m. JV tip) against non-league archrival Ottoville.
The Lady Tigers end regular-season play (their sectional starts a week earlier) Saturday at Jackson Center.
split final tri-match
DEFIANCE — The Jefferson grapplers split their final tuneup for the Division III sectionals set for Feb. 15 with a victory over Lima Senior and a loss to host Defiance Thursday night.
The Wildcats bested Lima Senior 46-33 but lost to the host Bulldogs 36-31.
Sectionals are at Lima Central Catholic next week.
Jefferson 46, Lima Senior 33
106- Cody Moore (L), void.
113- Damon Moore (L), void.
120- Chris Holbrook (L) pinned Blake Kimmet.
126- Kaleb Russei (L), void.
132- Dylan Hicks (D) pinned Devin Wilcutt.
138- Tanner Vermule (D) pinned Christopher Proby.
145- Chris Truesdale (D) pinned Andre’as Williams.
152- Darquarious Brown (L), void.
160- Noah Illig (D) pinned Travis Tuttle.
170- Lane Bennett (D) maj. dec. Jacob Fike 11-2.
182- Alexander Wick (L) dec. Josh Kroeger 8-2.
195- Colin McConnahea (D) pinned Alex Moore.
220- Quinten Wessell (D), void.
285- Geoff Ketcham (D), void.
Defiance 36, Jefferson 31
106- Kasym Assaf (DE), void.
113- Double void.
120- Chase Marroquin (DE) pinned Blake Kimmet.
126- Santana Villarreal (DE), void.
132- Dylan Hicks (DJ) pinned Riley Zipfel.
138- Francisco Chavez (DE) dec. Tanner Vermule 8-2.
145- Chris Truesdale (DJ) maj. dec. Kohle Clellan 18-8.
152- Zach Boteck (DE) dec. Noah Illig 3-2.
160- Anthony Martinez (DE), void.
170- AJ Readon (Def) pinned Lane Bennett.
182- Josh Kroeger (DJ) dec. Michaelangelo Villar 5-1.
195- Colin McConnahea (DJ) pinned Elijah Osborne.
220- Quinten Wessell (DJ) pinned Zach Morris.
285- Geoff Ketcham (DJ) pinned John Siebert.
Lady Lancers use quick start to down Panthers
PAULDING - The Lincolnview Lady Lancer basketball team traveled to Paulding Thursday evening to take on the Lady Panthers in Northwest Conference action.
The visiting Lancers jumped out to an early lead, which became 24-8 by halftime, and held on for a 49-38 win.
The win improves the Lady Lancers to 15-5 on the season and 6-2 in the NWC. Paulding falls to 4-16 and 0-8 with the loss.
Lincolnview shot an even 50 percent from the field, going 17-of-34. Paulding managed 35.3 percent, hitting on 12-of-34 shots.
The Lady Lancers jumped out to a 16-5 lead after a quarter of play and turned that lead into a 24-8 halftime lead by holding the host Lady Panthers to three points in the second quarter.
Paulding held an edge from deep — 42.9 percent (3-of-7) to 35.7 percent (5-of-14) — and on the boards, grabbing 20 rebounds to Lincolnview’s 18.
The Lady Lancers made up for that by causing 24 Lady Panther turnovers but committed 20 of their own.
Paulding’s Sierra McCullough led all scorers with 13 points but top scorer Abby Pease was next with only five points.
Lincolnview had a nice distribution of scoring, getting a team-high 12 from senior guard Katie Dye, while sophomore guard Julia Thatcher and senior guard Claire Dye added 10 each.
Claire Dye led the visitors with six rebounds and Katie Dye had five assists.
The Lady Lancers return to action next Thursday for their season-finale as they host the Spencerville Lady Bearcats in NWC action.
Katie Dye 12, Julia Thatcher 10, Claire Dye 10, Hannah McCleery 6, Christine Stemen 6, Kaitlyn Brant 4, Devonn Springer 1.
Abbey Edwards 5, Sierra McCullough 13, Brooke Combs 5, Abby Pease 5, Sarah Nardone 2, Samantha Martinez 2.
Score by Quarters:
Lincolnview 16 8 14 11 - 49
Paulding 5 3 12 18 - 38
Wildkittens down rival ’Dawgs in WBL action
ELIDA — Elida gave it their best shot against Western Buckeye League girls cage power Bath Thursday night at the Elida Fieldhouse but in the end fell 55-45.
O’Sha Owens led the host Bulldogs (8-11, 3-5 WBL) with 16.
Emily Ruhe was top scorer for the Wildkittens (15-5, 8-0 WBL) with 18, Taylor Dackin 12 and Alyssa Manley 11.
Elida closes its season Thursday at home versus Celina.
Emily Ruhe 18, Taylor Dackin 12, Alyssa Manley 11, Jenna Hollar 8, Madison Dackin 4, Audrey Brandon 2. Totals 21-9-55.
O’Sha Owens 16, Ashley Lowry 9, Torie McAdams 6, Kylie Downton 5, Sabrina Kline 5, Cassidy Slusher 2, Carly Stetler 2. Totals 19-2-45.
Score by Quarters:
Bath 9 17 11 18 - 55
Elida 12 9 7 17 - 45
Three-point goals: Bath, Manley 2, T. Dackin, Hollar; Elida, Owens 3, Lowry, Kline.
JV score: 52-32 (Bath).
Ada knocks off Grove
ADA — After Columbus Grove had the better of the first half of its Northwest Conference girls hardwood game Thursday night, leading 25-18, host Ada controlled the second half 36-17 to seize a 54-42 victory inside The Kennel of Ada High School.
Tori Wyss led all scorers and the victors (12-8, 6-2 NWC) with 23 and Taylor Willeke added 11.
Sammi Stechschulte led the visiting Bulldogs (4-15, 2-6 NWC) with nine and Sydney McCluer added eight.
COLUMBUS GROVE (42)
Sammi Stechschulte 9, Sydney McCluer 8, Breanne Halker 7, Julia Wynn 7, Kyrah Yinger 6, Hope Schroeder 3, Aubrey Fruchey 2.
Tori Wyss 23, Taylor Willeke 11, Alexis Amburgey 8, Morgan Rouch 4, Lindsay Walden 4, Alexis Gonzaga 2, Sidney Faine 2.
Score by Quarters:
Col. Grove 12 13 6 11 - 42
Ada 10 8 19 17 - 54
Redskins edge Lady Cougs
By NICK JOHNSON
WAPAKONETA- The Van Wert Lady Cougars travelled to Wapakoneta High School to take on the Wapak Lady Redskins on Thursday night in Western Buckeye League action and lost a hard-fought battle 51-50.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls,” said Van Wert coach Lance Moonshower. “I think we got down 17-3 to start the game and we had no energy. Then we switched out of our zone and went to man. Then they really picked it up, fought their butts off and fought back to a tie game. Wapak hit some shots at the end. I told these girls, you don’t feel like you deserve to lose that (game) but I guarantee Wapak feels that they didn’t deserve to lose that game. It was just a really hard-fought game that was very fun to be a part of.”
Wapak jumped out to a 10-1 lead to start the first quarter, getting five points, including a 3-pointer, from Sara Warner. After a 3-point play by Annie Henderson, Wapak had a 13-3 lead over the Lady Cougars. Van Wert ended the first quarter on a high note as Erin Morrow nailed a 3-pointer to make the Lady Redskin lead at the end of the first stanza 17-6.
The second quarter was a different story as the Lady Cougars battle back into the game with good defense and better shot selection. Claire Butler got the first four points of the period for Van Wert to cut the lead to 17-10. Another Morrow 3-pointer cut the Wapak lead to 23-15. The Lady Cougars got a layup from Cheyenne Handy and two foul shots from Livia Butler to make it 23-22, Lady Redskins. Alexa Dunlap then sunk a free throw to tie the game up at 23 with just a couple of minutes left in the first half. Wapak got a late layup from Megan Watt to go into the intermission with a 25-23 lead over Van Wert.
To start the third quarter, the Lady Cougars got a pair of layups from Alexis Dowdy to take a a 30-28 lead. The Lady Redskins tied the game at 36 with layups from Watt and Henderson. The Lady Cougars countered that with a 5-1 run to end the third quarter, with all five points coming from Dunlap, including a 3-point play to the end the period and make the score 41-37, Van Wert.
Wapak open the final period with two quick jumpers from Brown to tie the game at 41. The Lady Redskins got a 3-pointer from Warner to give them a 46-43. Van Wert got a 3-pointer from Morrow and three points from Dowdy to make the score 49-46, Lady Cougars. Wapak countered with two fouls shots from Amy Hume to cut the Lady Cougar lead to 49-48. Then the Lady Redskins got a Warner basket and free throw from Maddie Stiles to take a 51-49 lead.
Van Wert got a foul shot from Claire Butler but that’s all the Lady Cougars could manage as Wapak pulled out the victory.
Henderson had 11 points to lead the Lady Redskins and Warner had 10.
Morrow led all scorers with 18 points on the night, Dowdy added in 11 points for Van Wert.
“We told them to keep doing what they did the second quarter, not what they did the first quarter. In the third quarter we came out and had a good quarter,” added Moonshower. “I don’t think we really did anything differently in the fourth; we had some girls who got tired who have been sick all week long; they were a little dragging but they sucked it up. I can’t put my finger on anything that was different from the third and fourth quarter. They just made some shots on us.”
The win improves the Lady Redskins to 6-2 in the WBL and 10-10 overall on the year.
The loss drops the Lady Cougars to 2-6 in the WBL and 9-11 overall on the season.
They visit Lima Senior Tuesday.
Wapak (FG, FT, 3PT)
Karli Schneider 1-2 0-0 0-1 2, Maddi Stiles 1-2 1-2 1-1 6, Annie Henderson 5-8 1-3 0-2 11, Amy Hume 0-2 3-5 0-0 3, Nicole Brown 3-3 0-0 1-4 9, Sara Warner 2-4 0-3 2-5 10, Carly Buzzard 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Megan Watt 2-2 0-0 0-0 4, Riley Culver 2-4 0-0 0-0 4, Totals: 17-30, 5-13, 4-13, 51.
Van Wert (FG, FT, 3PT)
Kaitlynn Hall 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Hannah Hulbert 0-2 0-0 0-1 0, Livia Butler 1-1 3-4 0-0 5, Emilie Moonshower 0-1 1-2 0-3 1, Alexa Dunlap 3-4 2-3 0-1 8, Claire Butler 1-3 3-4 0-0 5, Cheyenne Handy 1-3 0-0 0-2 2, Erin Morrow 3-8 0-0 4-6 18, Alexis Dowdy 5-9 1-6 0-0 11, Totals: 14-31 10-19 4-14, 50.
Lady Knights rally to dump Pirates
By JIM COX
BLUFFTON - It’s often said that a game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. Never was that more true than Thursday night when Crestview took down Bluffton 47-37.
The Lady Knights trailed by seven going into the fourth quarter but won that stanza 24-7 to escape with the win.
Crestview is 18-2 overall, 8-0 in the Northwest Conference as the undisputed league champions. Bluffton is 9-10 and 4-4.
In that fourth quarter alone, Knight sophomore Lindsey Motycka and freshman Emily Bauer scored 10 points apiece. An equally important factor was nine Lady Pirate turnovers.
Entering the last eight minutes, Bluffton had a 30-23 lead, but sophomore Mackenzie Riggenbach immediately drained her fourth 3-pointer of the game to start it off. After a Pirate turnover, Motycka hit the first of two freebies after being fouled on a put-back. Bluffton senior Anna Crisp split a pair at the line but Motycka was fouled on another putback and hit both charity tosses — 31-29, Bluffton, at 4:57. The Pirates’ pesky point guard, junior Sara Schriner, sliced inside for a layup to lead by four.
However, Bauer then canned three straight layups (on entry passes from sophomore Kennis Mercer, sophomore Terra Crowle and Mercer) to get the first Crestview lead of the game — 35-33. Bluffton senior Katie Palte escaped for an open layup to tie it at 35-35 with 3:17 left. Helped by four straight Pirate turnovers, the Knights went on a 6-0 spree to put it away: 3-point play by Motycka, two Bauer free throws and a Riggenbach free throw. Schriner slashed inside again at 34 seconds to give Bluffton brief hope, 41-37, but Crestview then iced it with two Bauer free throws and two Motycka layups.
The first quarter couldn’t have been a sharper contrast to the fourth. After a 2-2 tie, the hosts scored the next 14 points to lead 16-2. Bauer hit the second of two free throws to make it 16-3 after one. The hot-shooting Pirates were 7-of-10 from the field at that point, the Knights 1-of-7.
The momentum turned 180 degrees in the second period. Long-range sniper Riggenbach started it with two consecutive threes and Bauer nailed a 15-foot angle shot to narrow the gap to 16-11. After a Bluffton free throw, Riggenbach pilfered the ball and went the distance. Crowle rattled in a trifecta from straight out to narrow it to 17-16 but Pirate junior Paige Buroker trumped that with one of her own just before the buzzer to make it 20-16 at the break.
The third period was the only one that was remotely close. Bluffton’s lead fluctuated between four and eight during that quarter but the Pirates got the better of it, winning the period 10-7 to take a 7-point lead into the fourth.
“About everything we could do wrong, we were doing wrong, especially defensively,” said Knight coach Greg Rickard of the first-quarter travails. “We were falling down and giving them layups. Our goal (then) was to just get it within reason going into halftime and we did a good job of that. At least down four, we knew it was anybody’s game. I was kinda hoping we would do a little more damage in the third quarter but we were down seven going into the fourth. Defensively, we just had to tighten it up a little bit. Second quarter, we did a lot better. Then the fourth quarter we did a great job like we’re capable of doing.”
The statistics reflected the wildness of the game. Bluffton outshot Crestview by a wide margin from the field — 59 percent (16-of-27) to 44 percent (16-of-36); however, that was offset by a huge disparity in turnovers — 18 for the Pirates, five for the Knights. Although both teams shot a lowly 50 percent from the stripe, the visitors shot 20, the home team only four. Rebounds were even: 17 apiece.
Bauer, who didn’t start because of an illness on Wednesday, led all scorers with 17. Riggenbach and Motycka added 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Schriner had 13 for Bluffton.
The Crestview junior varsity (13-5 overall, 8-0 in the NWC) cruised to a 38-28 win. Brady Guest led Knight scoring with 14. Sami Fruchey had 10 for Bluffton.
Crestview hosts Wayne Trace Monday.
Crowle 1 0-0 3, Riggenbach 5 1-2 15, Motycka 4 4-6 12, Henry 0 0-2 0, Mercer 0 0-0 0, Bauer 6 5-10 17. Totals 16 10-20 47.
Schriner 6 0-0 13, Buroker 3 0-0 7, Crisp 1 1-2 4, Amstutz 1 0-0 2, Palte 2 0-0 4, Prichard 3 1-2 7, Hunt 0 0-0 0, Lugibihl 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 2-4 37.
Score by quarters:
Crestview 3 13 7 24 - 47
Bluffton 16 4 10 7 - 37
Three-point field goals: Bluffton 3 (Schriner, Buroker, Crisp), Crestview 5 (Riggenbach 4, Crowle).
Inaugural team wrestling state tournament starts Saturday
COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s first winter state tournament arrives Saturday when the first annual team wrestling state tournament is held inside Ohio State’s St. John Arena, which hosted the OHSAA’s individual wrestling tournament from 1962-89.
For the last 75 years, wrestling team champions have been determined through point accumulation during the individual tournament; however, eight teams in each of three divisions have advanced through the regional brackets to qualify for the state tournament.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance through TicketMaster at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05004A31D464AD77
State Quarterfinals (six mats) – Upper Bracket: 11 a.m.; Quarterfinals (six mats) – Lower Bracket: 1:15 p.m.; Semifinals (six mats): 3:30 p.m.; Finals (three mats): 8 p.m.
Qualifiers and Seeding
1. Lakewood St. Edward (48)
2. Massillon Perry (42)
3. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (34)
4. Brecksville-Broadview Heights (32)
5. Oregon Clay (21)
6. Centerville (17)
7. Marysville (15)
8. Pickerington Central (7)
1. St. Paris Graham Local (48)
2. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (42)
3. Uhrichsville Claymont (32)
4. Lexington (26)
5. Toledo Central Catholic (25)
6. Perry (21)
7. Hamilton Ross (15)
8. Athens (7)
1. Delta (47)
2. Massillon Tuslaw (38)
3. Amanda-Clearcreek (32)
4. Versailles (31)
5. Upper Sandusky (24)
6. Johnstown Northridge (18)
7. Blanchester (17)
8. LaGrange Keystone (9)
DC’s Wolfrum named to D3hoops.com National Team of the Week
MINNEAPOLIS – Another honor has rolled in for Defiance College’s Logan Wolfrum after the senior guard set the new all-time scoring mark for the Yellow Jackets at the NCAA Division III level on Feb. 2.
This time D3hoops.com has selected Wolfrum as one of five players to make their National Team of the Week.
Wolfrum also joined the 1,700-point club, scored 40 points and hit the game-winning shot in a win at Manchester and added 18 more points in Defiance’s win at MSJ.
Wolfrum averaged 29.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in the two road victories, while hitting 72.4 percent of his shots and connecting on 12-of-16 attempts from 3-point distance.
The honor marks the fourth time that Wolfrum has been named to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week and the first time during the 2012-13 campaign.
Wolfrum and the Jackets will be back in action on Saturday when they host No. 19 Rose-Hulman (20-2, 14-1 HCAC) at 3 pm. Wolfrum will be honored prior to the start of the game as part of DC’s Senior Day ceremonies.