|Leipsic holds off Lady Musketeers in PCL|
|Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:32 PM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
FORT JENNINGS — Tuesday night’s Putnam County League girls basketball tilt between the Fort Jennings Musketeers and the Leipsic Vikings was a PCL battle in every sense of the word. There were five ties, nine lead changes and the biggest lead was a 15-7 advantage by the hosts after the first period.
However, despite scoring just one basket from the field in the final stanza, the Vikings held on for a 49-45 victory.
Amber Gerdeman led Leipsic with 13 points and Kelly Nadler, Haley Gerten and Shay Morman added eight in the win.
Cassie Lindeman paced the home team with nine points and Emily Kehres and Gabby Clippinger added eight.
The teams exchanged baskets early on as Kehres hit six of her points in the first period. Rachel Rieman gave the guests a 7-6 lead before Fort Jennings tallied nine of the last 10 points in the first eight minutes.
However, after a technical foul on the Vikings bench, the visitors rallied to tie the game a 17-17; Gerten gave the Vikings a short-lived lead before Jenna Calvelage put the home team back on top with a deuce.
Jennings lead 22-20 before Morman dropped two from the line to tie it at 22-22 with 2:20 left in the half, Morman added three more to her first-half total on a basket-and-one to give the Vikings a 25-22 lead with less than two minutes to go before the break.
The visitors would hold off the Musketeers in the first half and take a 28-26 lead into the break.
Kehres came out and hit her first shot of the second half to tie the game at 28-28, then another back and forth, basket-for-basket portion ensued.
However, the Musketeers could not grab the lead. Gerdeman gave the Vikings a 36-34 advantage, a lead that Leipsic would increase to 42-34 just before the buzzer, but a Cassie Lindeman shot from the volleyball line for the hosts made it a 42-37 game headed into the final eight minutes.
The Musketeers fought and clawed despite Calvelage and Erin Osting getting their fourth fouls of the game a minute into the frame. Jennings also lost Hannah Clay in the fourth to an injury. Nevertheless, the Musketeers kept it close. Gable brought the Musketeers to within three at 46-43 with a steal and basket with just under two minutes left.
Calvalage made it 1-point game seconds later with a basket from the right elbow. But Rieman connected for two from the foul line late in the contest to seal the win for the Vikings.
H. Kreinbrink 2-0-6, Scheckelhoff 0-1-1, Rachel Rieman 1-3-5, Shay Morman 2-4-8, Amber Gerdeman 5-3-13, Kelly Nadler 4-0-8, Haley Gerten 1-6-8, Steffan 0-0-0, Kaufman 0-0-0. Totals 13/29-2/7-17/25-49.
Fort Jennings (45)
Ashley Gable 3-0-6, Emily Kehres 3-2-8, Cassie Lindeman 4-0-9, Jenna Calvelage 2-1-5, Hannah Clay 1-0-2, Gabby Clippinger 3-2-8, Erin Osting 2-1-5, Alyssa Schimmoeller 0-0-0. Totals 18/40-1/4-6/8-45.
Scoring by Quarters
Leipsic 7 21 14 7 - 49
Fort Jennings 15 11 11 8 - 45
Three-point goals: Leipsic, Kreinbrink 2; Fort Jennings, Lindeman.