knock off Musketeers
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — The Fort Jennings girls basketball team was looking to build off its big win over Jefferson Monday night when they invaded The Lancerdome of Lincolnview High School Tuesday night in a makeup game with the Lady Lancers.
The host Lancers came away with a 58-42 non-league win.
Sophomore guard Julia Thatcher and senior center Kaitlyn Brant each scored 11 to lead Lincolnview in the scoring column; the pair was followed by senior guards Katie Dye and Kaylee Thatcher, who both scored nine.
Emily Kehres topped the visitors with 10 points and Macy Schroeder and Gabbi German nine each. Ashley Gable tossed in eight.
The Lady Lancers took a 14-10 lead after a quarter of play and led 25-20 at the break.
Lincolnview gradually pulled away in the second half and was not outscored in any quarter on the night.
The Lady Lancers shot 52.4 (22-of-42) on the night, including 3-of-4 downtown, to Fort Jennings’ 38.1 percent (16-of-42). The Lady Lancers won the battle of the boards 19-15 (8-8 offensively) — Brant led the hosts with five, while Kehres also had five for the Musketeers — and the turnovers 17-21.
The Lady Lancers scored 16 bench points to the Lady Musketeers four.
Jennings (8-13) shot 9-of-13 free throws (69.2%) versus 11-of-18 for the hosts (61.1%).
Schroeder added four steals and three dimes.
The win improves Lincolnview to 16-5 on the season and they host Spencerville Thursday for the regular-season finale and a chance to claim second place in the NWC.
Jennings visits Miller City for its annual Friday night finale.
FORT JENNINGS (42)
Macy Schroeder 2-1-2-9, Ashley Gable 3-0-2-8, Cassie Lindeman 1-0-0-2, Gabbi German 4-0-1-9, Erin Osting 1-0-0-2, Emily Kehres 4-0-2-10, Gina Stechschulte 0-0-2-2. Totals 15-1-9-42.
Kaylee Thatcher 3-1-0-9, Claire Dye 1-1-0-5, Katie Dye 1-1-4-9, Julia Thatcher 5-0-1-11, Hannah McCleery 3-0-0-6, Christine Stemen 1-0-3-5, Ashley Teman 1-0-0-2, Kaitlyn Brant 4-0-3-11. Totals 19-3-11-58.
Score by Quarters:
Ft. Jennings 10 10 13 9 - 42
Lincolnview 14 11 18 15 - 58
JV score: 46-41 (Fort Jennings).
T-Birds rout Bearcats
SPENCERVILLE — Lima Central Catholic put a quartet in double digits, led by the 23 of Meredith Shepherd, to bounce Spencerville 76-43 in Northwest Conference girls action Tuesday at Spencerville.
Sydney Santaguida added 17 and Kayla Verhoff and Elizabeth Taflinger 10 each for the Lady Thunderbirds (10-11, 4-4 NWC). Shepherd added 12 boards for a double-double.
Guiding the Lady Bearcats (3-18, 2-6 NWC) was Schylar Miller with 10.
Spencerville won the junior varsity game 23-16 in overtime (2 quarters of regular play) to drop LCC to 10-10.
Spencerville visits Lincolnview Thursday to finish the regular season.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (76)
Meredith Shepherd 6-2-5-23, Sydney Santaguida 7-1-0-17, Sydney Mohler 4-0-0-8, Elizabeth Kidd 1-1-0-5, Kayla Verhoff 2-2-0-10, Elizabeth Taflinger 5-0-0-10, Shelby Warner 0-0-0-0, Shanna Farler 0-0-0-0, Sydney Zerante 0-0-0-0, Lauren Dardio 0-0-3-3. Totals 25/59-6/11-8/20-76.
Alyssa Mulholland 5, Abby Freewalt 5, Karri Purdy 9, Schylar Miller 10, Katie Merriman 2, Megan Miller 4, Emilee Meyer 2, Jacey Grigsby 6.
Score by Quarters:
Lima CC 23-19-22-12 — 76
Spencerville 10-11-15- 7 — 43
JV score: Spencerville 23-16.
Bulldogs bounce Bellefontaine
ELIDA — Elida’s boys basketball team handed visiting Bellefontaine a 56-45 loss Tuesday night in non-league action on the Union Bank Court of the Elida Fieldhouse.
Aric Thompson led the Bulldogs (12-8) with 18 markers, while Dakota Mathias was held to 12 and Austin Allemeier added 10.
AJ Gorham was tops for Bellefontaine (10-10) with 11, while Matt Gump and Logan Mitchell added 10 each.
Elida visits Celina Friday night.
AJ Gorham 11, Matt Gump 10, Logan Mitchell 10, Tristin Tillman 6, Mox Oyer 5, Jake Kennedy 3. Totals 19-2-45.
Aric Thompson 18, Dakota Mathias 12, Austin Allemeier 10, Marquevious Wilson 8, Louis Gray 5, Max Stambaugh 3. Totals 20-8-56.
Score by Quarters:
Bellefontaine 10 16 7 12 - 45
Elida 9 15 13 19 - 56
Three-point goals: Bellefontaine, Gorham 3, Gump, Kennedy; Elida, Thompson 3, Mathias 2, Wilson, Gray, Stambaugh.
JV score: 53-50 (Bellefontaine)
Benjamin joins 1,000-point club as Spartans down Lady Cougs
By JIM COX
LIMA - For 25 minutes Tuesday night, a feisty bunch of underdogs from Van Wert gave Lima Senior all it could handle.
Then came the last seven. The Lady Spartans started that with a 17-3 run to turn a 45-44 Cougar lead into a 61-48 deficit. After that, it was only a matter of time. Lima is now 13-8, while Van Wert falls to 9-12.
Senior started the fourth period with a 44-43 lead but Van Wert’s Alexa Dunlap muscled in a putback to make it 45-44, Cougars. That’s when the roof caved in on the Cougs. The Spartans’ lone senior, Stacia Allen, hit 1-of-2 free throws, then canned consecutive threes from each wing — 51-45 at 5:53. Then the other half of Lima’s 1-2 punch of 1,000-point scorers, Indiya Benjamin, took over, starting with a dandy runner from the foul-line area. Van Wert’s Erin Morrow stopped the bleeding with a trey from the right wing but Spartan Imara Haynes followed with a breakaway layup. Then Benjamin scored on a breakaway and hit both ends of a 1-and-1. Lima freshman Essence Cowan hit two freebies — 61-48 at 2:37. Morrow ended the run with another three but by then the outcome was no longer in doubt.
The big question as the game started was how soon Benjamin, only a junior, would get her fifth point of the game and the 1,000th of her career. As it turned out, it would take awhile. The Spartans hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter — two by Allen and two by freshman Caterrion Thompson. Van Wert sophomore Alexis Dowdy’s three buckets kept the Cougars close in the early going. Cheyenne Handy came off the bench to hit a slashing layup and two free throws late, followed by a trey by another sub, Emilie Moonshower, to give Van Wert a 15-14 lead after one.
Benjamin got her 998th point on a 3-pointer from the right wing with 7:04 left in the second period and her 1,000th on a 15-foot turnaround jumper from the right wing at 3:28. The game was stopped at that point to present her with the ball and to announce that she had just become the sixth Lady Spartan to reach the coveted plateau. Allen had been the fifth earlier this season.
Alexa Dunlap scored seven second-period points to lead a 17-12 quarter that had the visitors up 32-26 at the break. Although the Cougs missed a few bunnies during those 16 minutes, they couldn’t have played much better. At that point, Van Wert had outshot the Spartans from the field 44 percent (12-of-27) to 33 percent (10-of-30) and even had a surprising 20-13 rebounding edge. Those numbers would turn around drastically in the second half, however.
Benjamin started the third quarter by splitting a pair at the line but the Cougs followed that with consecutive layups by Hannah Hulbert and Claire Butler, both via Morrow assists — 36-27 at the 6:26 mark. Then came the first of two fatal Van Wert lulls. Lima whipped off 10 straight points in two minutes to take a 37-36 lead, after which the lead went back and forth until Livia Butler’s 15-foot baseliner gave the Cougars a 44-43 lead after three.
“For whatever reason, we just totally lost energy,” said Van Wert coach Lance Moonshower of the third-quarter lull. “They just started to press and they got a couple of buckets, and it’s like our heads just dropped. We’re trying to run certain things in our press-breaker and nobody’s in the right position. That’s the thing with this team — we have these lulls where all of a sudden it’s like we’ve never played basketball before, even though in the first half we played about as well as we’ve played in a while.”
Van Wert’s second-half problems also extended to the other end of the court.
“We kinda stopped guarding people,” added Moonshower. “Even early on, we had a heckuva time jogging back down the floor, and when you do that with Indiya, she’ll run right by you every time. It seemed like in the second half we did the same thing; we’re jogging back and by the time you turn around, they’re right on top of us, and they’re getting good looks that way. But they hit some tough shots in the third quarter, some runners and stuff like that, so it wasn’t all us — a lot of it was them.”
Lima had the better of it in all statistical categories. The Lady Spartans shot better from the field — 43 percent (23-of-54) to 37 percent (21-of-57) — and from the stripe — 70 percent (14-of-20) to 54 percent (7-of-13). Senior won the boards 35-29 and had fewer turnovers — 19-21.
Lima’s sharpshooting trio of Benjamin, Allen, and Thompson all hit double digits — 21, 20 and 10, respectively. Dowdy and Dunlap led Van Wert with 16 and 13, respectively.
Lima Senior (10-11) broke out of a fourth-quarter tie to win the jayvee game 51-38.
Amelya Upthegrove led the Lady Spartan scoring with 17. Phoebe Eutsler had 16 for Van Wert (3-18).
Van Wert entertains St. Marys Memorial Thursday.
Van Wert (56)
Hulbert 2 0-0 5, Dunlap 6 1-3 13, Claire Butler 1 1-2 3, Morrow 2 1-2 7, Dowdy 6 2-3 16, Livia Butler 1 0-0 2, Moonshower 2 0-0 6, Handy 1 2-2 4, Hall 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-13 56.
Lima Senior (68)
Benjamin 7 6-7 21, Allen 7 1-2 20, Thompson 4 0-0 10, Johnson 0 2-4 2, Haynes 4 0-0 8, Cowan 1 3-5 5, Upthegrove 0 2-2 2, Washington 0 0-0 0, Reed 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 14-20 68.
Score by Quarters:
Van Wert 15 17 11 13 - 56
Lima Senior 14 12 18 24 - 68
Three-point field goals: Van Wert 7 (Morrow 2, Moonshower 2, Dowdy 2, Hulbert), Lima Senior 8 (Allen 5, Thompson 2, Benjamin).