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Musketeer boys lasso Mustangs

FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings built a 12-point lead at the end of one quarter Saturday night and went on to down Allen East 62-54 in non-league boys cage action inside “The Fort” of Fort Jennings High School.

Nick Von Sossan led a trio of Musketeers in double digits with 18, along with 12 from Connor Wallenhorst and 10 by Alex Berelsman.

Miller downed 17 for the Mustangs, while Sherrick and Perkins each had 10.

Fort Jennings had 12 steals in the effort, led by four from Berelsman. They counted 13-of-24 shots from 2-point range, 6-of-17 from 3-land and 18-of-27 at the line. They grabbed 23 boards (5 offensive) as Drew Grone had five. They added 18 fouls and five turnovers.

Allen East canned 12-of-26 shots from 2-point land, 4-of-12 3-pointers and 18-of-23 free throws. They secured 28 boards (7 offensive) as Shuey had eight, adding 17 fouls and six miscues.

The Musketeers host PCL foe and archrival Ottoville Tuesday.


2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.

Miller 4-0-9-17, Sherrick 0-3-1-10, Perkins 3-1-1-10, Shuey 3-0-1-7, Ryan 0-0-4-4, Friesner 1-0-1-3, Rex 1-0-0-2, Stippith 0-0-1-1, Wireman 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-4-18-54.


2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.

Connor Wallenhorst 3-1-3-12, Nick Von Sossan 2-2-8-18, Mark Metzger 1-1-1-6, Josh Wittler 0-1-2-5, Drew Grone 3-0-1-7, Logan Sickels 0-0-0-0, Austin Kehres 2-0-0-4, Alex Berelsman 2-1-3-10. Totals 13-6-18-62.

Score by Quarters:

Allen East 5 14 11 24 - 54

Ft. Jennings 17 12 17 16 - 62


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Rockets get by LadyCats

KALIDA — Pandora-Gilboa edged out Kalida 41-35 in Putnam County League girls basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Wildcat Den of Kalida High School.

Leading the Rockets (9-8, 3-2 PCL) were M. Maag with 15 and H. Hermiller with 10.

For the LadyCats (7-11, 2-3 PCL), Brittany Kahle was the lone double-digit scorer with 19.

Kalida finished at 14-of-27 shooting on 2s, 0-of-4 on 3s and 7-of-13 singles. They added 33 boards (7 offensive) as Allison Recker and Kylie Osterhage grabbed seven each, 25 errors and 19 fouls.

P-G downed 11-of-35 2-pointers, 2-of-15 3-pointers and 13-of-25 free tosses. They totaled 21 caroms (10 offensive) as Maag had six, 10 turnovers and 15 fouls.

Kalida won the junior varsity game 35-24.

Kalida visits Holgate Tuesday.


2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.

M. Maag 5-0-5-15, H. Hermiller 2-1-3-10, Shea Watkins 1-1-1-6, Brittany Hovest 2-0-0-4, V. McCullough 1-0-1-3, A. Abelovska 0-0-2-2, O. Maag 0-0-1-1, Mackenzie Swary 0-0-0-0, Lindsay Macke 0-0-0-0, B. Hovest 0-0-0-0. Totals 11-2-13-41.


2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.

Nicole Recker 0-0-0-0, Makenna Vorst 0-0-0-0, Brittany Kahle 6-0-7-19, Nicole Reindel 0-0-0-0, Kennedy Hoffman 2-0-0-4, Joni Kaufman 0-0-0-0, Kylie Osterhage 2-0-0-4, Elizabeth Turnwald 1-0-0-2, Allison Recker 3-0-0-6. Totals 14-0-7-35.

Score by Quarters:

Pan.-Gil. 4 12 11 14 - 41

Kalida 4 6 19 6 - 35


Hanover knocks off BU women

By Blade Tackett

Sports information assistant

HANOVER, Ind. - An 18-point first-half deficit was too much to overcome as the Bluffton University women had their 2-game winning streak snapped at Hanover College on Saturday, 79-66.

The Panthers improved to 11-8 overall and 9-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Bluffton dropped to 11-8 and 7-5 in the HCAC.

Eight turnovers by the Beavers in the first five minutes allowed Hanover go up 13-2 before the visitors knew what hit them. Bluffton answered back with eight straight points to pull within three (13-10) midway through the opening stanza.

A 23-8 spurt by the Panthers pushed Hanover’s lead to 36-18 at the 3:39 mark before Bluffton started to chip away again. Six straight points from sophomore Taylor Whitaker followed by an Anna Hairston deep ball helped the Beavers make the score 41-27 at the break.

A Brooke Ruffer trifecta and Taylor Knight’s hoop-and-harm kept Bluffton within striking distance (50-38) at the 14:30 mark but that was as close as the Beavers would get. Hanover again pushed out to an 18-point advantage with 6:13 to play before the visitors made one final stand. Knight and Ruffer powered a 10-4 run but the Panthers avenged an 81-71 loss in the Sommer Center three short weeks ago with a 79-66 victory over the Beavers.

Ruffer was spectacular in posting her 11th career double-double. The sophomore sensation hit 11-of-17 from the field for a career-high 26 points and she also ripped down a game-high 14 boards. Knight added a career-high 17 points for the visitors. Whitaker was also in double figures with 11 counters. Freshman Rachel Beining (Ottoville) and Belicia Cooper pulled down nine and six rebounds, respectively.

Bluffton finished the game 25-of-67 (37.3 percent) from the field which was slightly better than Hanover (22-of-62 for 35.5 percent). The Panthers drained five more triples (7-2) and pulled down four more rebounds (44-40). The Beavers coughed it up four more times (19-15) leading to a 17-9 advantage in points off turnovers for the home team.

The Beavers jump back into action on Wednesday when Manchester University comes to town. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Sommer Center.


Taflinger’s outburst lifts Bluffton men

By Blade Tackett

Sports information assistant

HANOVER, Ind. - A career-high 32 points by sophomore Billy Taflinger (Lima/Central Catholic) powered Bluffton to its first win of 2014 over a talented Hanover College squad on Saturday, grabbing a 76-66 victory.

The Beavers snapped an 8-game skid while improving to 7-12 overall and 3-9 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Hanover (12-7, 8-4 HCAC) fell to fourth place in the conference thanks to Taflinger’s outburst which was the first 30-point game for a Beaver since Josh Fisher accomplished it twice in 2011.

Senior Will Pope scored four quick points to put Bluffton up 4-0 less than 40 seconds into the game. The home team retaliated with 10 straight to take a six-point lead at the 17:04 mark. Taflinger hit back-to-back deuces following a Thayne Recker hoop, knotting the game at 10. Two Tim Bass free throws helped Hanover stretch the lead to seven with 3:37 left in the half before Bluffton reclaimed the momentum with an 8-3 run which cut the lead to 29-27 as Dustin Kinn drained four free throws.

The battle continued into the second half as the teams went back and forth in the first 10 minutes. The Beavers tightened down their defense while Taflinger, Pope and Recker went to work on the offensive end, scoring Bluffton’s only points in the first nine minutes before Blake Green hit a clutch 3-pointer with 11:10 left to make it a 1-point game.

A layup by Pope the following offensive possession put Bluffton ahead with the fifth lead change in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. The final 10 minutes was all Bluffton as Hanover was unable to match Bluffton’s intensity. The Beaver defense was too much as they went on a 21-9 run late in the contest. Bluffton sealed the game with free throws, drilling 13-of-15 from the line in the last 1:20 for a satisfying 76-66 victory. Taflinger exploded in the second half with a 25-point performance while Tim Bass did his best to keep Hanover in the game with 15 points himself in the second frame.

Taflinger dropped in runner after runner while going 9-of-14 from the field. He also cashed in with 14-of-17 at the line for his career-high 32 points. Taflinger equaled his career best with seven rebounds and also handed out three assists. Recker bulldozed his way to a fifth career double-double. He tallied 14 points and ripped down 13 boards which knotted his career best. Pope checked in with nine points and freshman Austin Rohde added a career-high eight markers.

Bluffton was extremely efficient from the field, going 22-of-42 (52.4 percent), while Hanover struggled to a 20-of-55 (36.4 percent) afternoon. Both teams took advantage at the charity stripe with Bluffton knocking down 30-of-38 (78.9 percent) and Hanover converting 22-of-28 (78.6 percent). Bluffton turned it over six more times (14-8) but the Beavers dominated on the glass to the tune of a 36-24 advantage. The visitors hit 2-of-6 (33.3 percent) from distance.

The Beavers will take to the road again on Wednesday when they travel to North Manchester, Ind. Bluffton faces an improving Manchester University squad at 7:30 p.m.


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