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Great start, torrid shooting propel Bearcat boys by Musketeers

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville got off to a 20-10 lead after the first period Saturday afternoon and rolled up an 80-44 non-league boys hardwood rout over Fort Jennings at Spencerville.

Zach Goecke led the Bearcats with 20, along with 18 by Dakota Prichard and 14 by Bailey Croft.

The Bearcats shot a white-hot 26-of-35 from 2-point land (74.3%) and 5-of-8 beyond the arc (62.5%), as well as 13-of-17 from the line (76.5%).

Connor Wallenhorst was the lone Musketeer in twin digits with 12. They were a respectable 16-of-40 overall (6-of-19 long range) for 40 percent.

Fort Jennings visits Ottoville Friday and Spencerville hosts Paulding.

FORT JENNINGS (44)

2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts.

Connor Wallenhorst 3-2-0-12, Nick Von Sossan 0-1-0-3, Nate German 1-2-0-8, Mark Metzger 0-0-4-4, Josh Wittler 0-0-1-1, Drew Grone 0-0-0-0, Logan Sickels 0-0-0-2, Austin Kehres 3-1-0-9, Alex Berelsman 2-0-1-5, Aaron Neidert 0-0-0-0, Tyler Ricker 1-0-0-2. Totals 10/21-6/19-6/21-44.

SPENCERVILLE (80)

2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts.

Ben Bowers 2-1-0-7, Zach Goecke 5-1-7-20, Dakota Prichard 6-1-3-18, Bailey Croft 6-0-2-14, Griffin Croft 2-0-0-4, Mason Nourse 1-2-0-8, Jacob Meyer 2-0-1-5, Jon Long 2-0-0-4, Damian Corso 0-0-0-0, Grant Goecke 0-0-0-0, David Wisher 0-0-0-0. Totals 26/35-5/8-13/17-80.

Score By Quarters:

Fort Jennings 10 7 4 23 - 44

Spencerville 20 17 21 22 - 80

Rebounds: Fort Jennings 14 - 4 offensive (Grone 4), Spencerville 28 - 2 offensive (B. Croft 7).

Turnovers: Fort Jennings 4, Spencerville 8.

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Grove pulls away from Big Green

OTTOVILLE — Columbus Grove outscored host Ottoville 31-18 in the second half Saturday night to down the Big Green 53-39 in boys Putnam County League hardwood action at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.

Jace Darbyshire poured in 21 markers and Will Vorhees 20 for the Bulldogs.

Brandt Landin netted 10 for the Big Green.

Ottoville hosts Fort Jennings Friday; Columbus Grove welcomes in Jefferson.

COLUMBUS GROVE (53)

2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts.

Colton Grothaus 0-0-0-0, Jace Darbyshire 5-3-2-21, Gabe Stechschulte 0-0-0-0, Riley Brubaker 2-1-2-9, Baily Clement 0-0-0-0, David Bogart 0-0-2-2, Joey Warnecke 0-0-0-0, Elisha Jones 0-0-0-0, Logan Diller 0-0-1-1, Noah Kohls 0-0-0-0, Tanner Neu 0-0-0-0, Will Vorhees 8-0-4-20. Totals 15-4-11/17-53.

OTTOVILLE (39)

2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts.

Colin Bendele 1-1-0-5, Tyler Roby 1-1-2-7, Austin Honigford 1-0-0-2, Brandt Landin 4-0-2-10, Matt Turnwald 0-0-0-0, Luke Schimmoeller 2-1-5-12, Kyle Bendele 0-0-3-3. Totals 9-3-12/22-39.

Score by Quarters:

Col. Grove 13 9 19 12 - 53

Ottoville 14 7 11 7 - 39

Three-point goals: Columbus Grove, Darbyshire 3, Brubaker; Ottoville, C. Bendele, Roby, Schimmoeller.

JV Score: 44-25 (Columbus Grove).

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Lady Bulldogs eke past Lady ’Dawgs

COLUMBUS GROVE — It went to the wire Saturday afternoon at Columbus Grove but the host Lady Bulldogs held on for a 51-50 non-league girls hardwood triumph over Elida.

Senior Julia Wynn led the victorious Lady Bulldogs (2-3) with 13 points and 11 boards, while Sydney McCluer added 13 markers and four steals.

Kylie Downton topped the Lady ’Dawgs (3-2) with 17 points and six boards, along with Ashley Lowry’s 11 points and seven steals.

Grove welcomes in Patrick Henry Tuesday, while Elida hosts Defiance Thursday.

ELIDA (50)

2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts.

Brett Pauff 1-0-1-3, Kylie Downton 7-0-3-17, Abby Waddle 1-0-2-4, Cassidy Slusher 0-0-0-0, Ashley Lowry 2-1-4-11, Lauren Nolan 1-0-0-2, Sabrina Kline 0-2-0-6, Torie McAdams 2-0-1-5, Carly Stetler 1-0-0-2. Totals 15/35-3/9-11/15-50.

COLUMBUS GROVE (51)

2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts.

Sydney McCluer 3-1-4-13, Jade Clement 0-2-3-9, Sammi Stechschulte 2-0-0-4, Rachel Schumacher 0-1-2-5, Julia Wynn 4-0-5-13, Kyrah Yinger 1-1-0-5, Lynea Diller 1-0-0-2. Totals 11/26-5/15-14/22-51.

Score by Quarters:

Elida 10 18 5 17 - 50

Col. Grove 12 16 7 16 - 51

Rebounds: Elida 20 (Downtown 6), Columbus Grove 26 (Wynn 11).

Turnovers: Elida 15 (McCluer 4 steals), Columbus Grove 11 (Lowry 7 steals).

JV Score: 37-19 (Columbus Grove).

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Lady Pirates subdue Ottoville

BLUFFTON — Host Bluffton knocked off Ottoville 51-39 in girls hardwood action Saturday afternoon at The Pirates’ Den.

Sarah Schreiner led the Lady Pirates with 13.

Taylor Mangas paced the Lady Green with 14 and Annie Lindeman added 12.

Ottoville visits Miller City Thursday.

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Grizzlies claw Beavers

By Evan Skilliter

Sports information assistant

BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University men welcomed Franklin College to the Sommer Center on Saturday looking to improve on a 1-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference mark.

The Grizzlies, led by Bailey Howard’s 45 points, had other plans as they outlasted a persistent Beaver squad to take a 92-82 victory home to Indiana.

The Beavers got out to an early 4-0 lead after a jumper from junior Brock Homier (Continental) and a layup by senior Dustin Kinn on back-to-back possessions. The Grizzlies responded with a 7-0 run after Terry Sargent hit a layup, Dion Smith converted a jumper and Howard hit his first three of the game to give the visitors a 7-4 lead at the 17:19 mark.

The Howard three would prove to result in the only lead change of the afternoon. However, the Beavers kept the game close, only allowing the Grizzlies to stretch the lead to as many as eight points in the first half. After another Howard triple, one of his seven of the game, extended the lead to eight with 5:38 to play in the half, Will Pope tipped in a Jordan Turner miss to cut the lead to six. Kinn followed that with a putback off a Ryan Ebbeskotte (Delphos/Jefferson) miss on the next Beaver possession which trimmed the lead to four.

After a few more Howard buckets, Ebbeskotte hit a three and Pope drained two free throws to pull the Beavers within one. Franklin scored the last points of the half, though, as Brett McCory connected on two foul shots to send the Griz into the locker room up by three, 50-47, thanks to 31 points from Howard on 11-of-13 shooting from the field.

Franklin’s Smith scored the first four points of the second half, helping his team out to a 7-point lead. Those points sparked a 12-2 Frankin run that put the visitors up 61-49 with 16:40 remaining in the game. Bluffton responded with 10-0 jag, starting with a Pope layup at the 16:23 mark and ending with a Kinn chip shot with 13:39 to play, bringing the Beavers to within one point of the lead. However, Trae Washington ended the comeback attempt with a three-pointer and Franklin never looked back, extending the lead to as many as 13 points before the final horn rang with the visitors on top, 92-82.

Pope, Thayne Recker and Billy Taflinger (Lima/Central Catholic) each finished with 17 points. Pope added 14 rebounds for his eighth career double-double. The 14 boards gives Will an even 500 for his career and he is now less than 100 points away from 1,000 as a Beaver. Taflinger added three rebounds and four assists and Recker pulled down six rebounds. Kinn finished with 15 points and eight boards while Ebbeskotte tallied nine points and a team-high five assists, Trey Elchert finished with three points, while Matt Wiesenborn and Homier rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.

The Beavers (3-4, 1-1) made 29-of-68 (42 percent) from the field, including a 2-of-11 performance from behind the arc. They struggled at the free-throw line, converting just 22-of-36 from the charity stripe. The home team outrebounded the Grizzlies (40-26) and committed four fewer turnovers (13-9).

The Bluffton University men will have Wednesday night off due to finals this week before heading to Anderson on Saturday for the second game of a women’s and men’s doubleheader with the Ravens. The men are scheduled to tip at 4 p.m. following the women’s contest.

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Lady Beavers rebound with HCAC triumph

By Kyle Stover

Sports information assistant

BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University women’s basketball team bounced back quickly after their tough road loss at Earlham on Wednesday night, knocking off conference-foe Franklin by a score of 59-54.

The Beavers took a 5-point lead into the half before battling back and forth, holding on late for their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season. The home team improved to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC with Bluffton’s third victory over Franklin in 35 meetings, snapping a 12-game losing streak at the hands of the Grizzlies in the process.

The game opened up with both teams trading blows before Bluffton went on an 8-0 run midway through the half. Three-pointers by sophomores Kaitlyn Pennekamp and Taylor Whitaker stretched the Beaver lead to 11 with 5:37 to play in the period. Bluffton pushed the lead to 12 with 1:50 left in the half when Pennekamp hit a pair of free throws but Franklin ended the first 20 minutes with a 7-0 spurt to cut the lead to five at 36-31.

A layup by freshman Rachel Beining (Ottoville) gave the Beavers a 3-point advantage with 13:57 to play but Franklin tied things back up just minutes later. Neither team led by more than four points the entire half until Pennekamp hit a layup with 34 seconds remaining to push the Bluffton lead to five, sealing the win.

Pennekamp led the Beavers in scoring with 20 points to go along with six rebounds. Beining had 11 points and eight rebounds, while junior Belicia Cooperjust missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Knight had a team-high four assists in the win for Bluffton. Brooke Ruffer added six counters to go along with her nine rebounds and team-high three steals.

The Beavers dominated the boards, pulling down 43 rebounds, compared to just 29 for Franklin. Bluffton hit 21-of-56 from the field (37.5 percent) and 14-of-20 at the stripe (70 percent). The home team came up with 10 steals and took advantage with 18 points off turnovers.

Bluffton improved to 3-4 overall with a 1-1 mark in the HCAC, while Franklin slipped to 2-6 (1-1 HCAC). The Beavers will not play again until after exams are completed, taking on Anderson Saturday on the road. That contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

 

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