|Cougars take own championship; Lady Green evens mark|
|Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:00 PM|
By NICK JOHNSON
VAN WERT — The Van Wert Cougars girls basketball team faced off against the Crestview Knights in the championship game of the McDonald’s Tip-Off Classic at Van Wert High School on Saturday night.
The Cougars were able to stop a fierce comeback by the Knights and Van Wert won by a score of 51-49.
Crestview got on the board with a big 3-pointer from the top of the arc from Mackenzie Riggenbach. Both the Cougars and Knights traded baskets until Van Wert got a 3-pointer from Emilie Moonshower to give Van Wert a 7-5 lead. Erin Morrow scored the last four points for the Cougars and Van Wert ended the first quarter with an 11-9 lead.
Crestview got a quick basket from Lindsey Motycka with a nice jumper to start the second quarter and tie the game at 11-11. The Cougars went on a 7-0 run, getting five points from Riley Jones, including a 3pointer from the top of the arc. With the score 18-11 Van Wert, the Knights got a layup from Riggenbach and two foul shots from Kirsten Hicks to cut the Cougar lead in half. The Knights closed out the first half with a three from Riggenbach and two made foul shots from Kennis Mercer to make it a 1-score game, with Van Wert up 22-20.
The second half started with baskets by Motycka and Hicks for Crestview but the Cougars got a jumper from Alexis Dowdy to tie the score 24-24. Van Wert got two 3-pointers from Cheyenne Handy and one from Moonshower. The Knights countered with a trey from Emily Bauer but the hot Cougar shooting forced Crestview to use a timeout with 3:21 left in the third quarter with the score 33-27. Crestview got four points from Bauer and a three from Terra Crowle to end the third quarter but Van Wert still had a 39-34 lead,
The Knights got a layup from Bauer and a corner three from Crowle to start the fourth period and tie the game at 39-39. Dowdy for Van Wert and Crowle for Crestview exchanged triples to bring the score to 42-42. The Cougars got four straight points from Morrow but a Crowle three meant that Van Wert’s lead was only one, 46-45. Motycka knocked down two free throws to give the Knights a 47-46 lead but five straight points by Handy — including a triple — gave the Cougars a 51-47 lead.
In the final seconds of the game, the Knights could only get a layup from Riggenbach to cut the deficit to 51-49 but that was the final score.
“When you don’t play defense, you aren’t going to win. We scored 49 points and that should be enough to win a game and when you are playing man-to-man defense and you keep giving up a lot of uncontested threes, you don’t deserve to win,” Crestview coach Greg Rickard said.
The Knights had three scorers in double figures: Crowle with a team-high 12 points, Bauer 11 and Riggenbach 10.
“A big win — and we can’t remember the last time we won this tournament — so our goal coming into this year was to win this tournament,” Van Wert coach Lance Moonshower said. “Against a team like Crestview, getting an early-season win like this will really boost our confidence. We have a deep team and we have some girls stepping up. We got three girls injured right now but we got other girls stepping up and taking their place.”
The Cougars had the game leading scorer in Cheyenne Handy with 14 points and Erin Morrow chipped in 11 points.
Ottoville’s girls basketball team evened its mark at 1-1 with a 54-49 defeat of Wayne Trace (0-2) in the consolation bracket.
Junior Annie Lindeman led the Lady Big Green with 19 markers (6 boards) and freshman Brooke Mangas added 13. Out of 35 rebounds, senior Taylor Mangas grabbed 11 and Alicia Honigford seven. The Green and Gold forced 17 steals led by Brooke Mangas with seven.
For the Lady Raiders, Erin Mohr netted 16 and Brenda Feasby 11. Out of 50 rebounds, Lauren Speice nabbed 16 and Mohr nine.
Ottoville visits Lincolnview at 1 p.m. Saturday.
2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts
Nicole Kramer 0-0-2-2, Taylor Mangas 3-0-3-9, Brooke Mangas 2-1-6-13, Monica Sarka 1-0-0-2, Alicia Honigford 1-0-2-4, Alexis Thorbahn 2-0-0-4, Courtney Von Sossan 0-0-0-0, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 3-3-4-19, Lexie Wannemacher 0-0-1-1. Totals 12-34 4-19 18-32 54.
WAYNE TRACE (49)
2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts
Stacy Flint 0-0-0-0, Erin Mohr 8-0-0-16, Shayna Temple 1-1-1-6, Lauren Speice 2-0-0-4, Brooke Wilcox 2-0-0-4, Brenda Feasby 3-1-2-11, Estie Sinn 0-0-0-0, Madi Poling 2-0-0-4, Sylvia Young 2-0-0-4. Totals 20-55 2-5 3-8 49.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 9 12 11 22 - 54
Wayne Trace 13 10 15 11 - 49
Three-point goals: Ottoville, Lindeman 3, B. Mangas; Wayne Trace, Temple, Feasby.
Turnovers – Ottoville 15, Wayne Trace 24.