By JIM METCALFE
BLUFFTON — A 14-2 spurt in the last three minutes of the first period propeled host Bluffton past Jefferson 62-39 in Northwest Conference girls hardwood action Thursday night inside the Pirates Den of Bluffton High School.
The first five minutes of the contest saw six lead changes and one tie, with the visitors (2-2, 0-1 NWC) holding an 11-10 lead on a deuce by senior Gabby Pimpas. Then the Lady Pirates, holding Senior Parents Night, exploded behind senior Sarah Schriner (22 markers, 7 boards, 4 steals, 3 assists). She hit treys from four different parts of the floor as she got away from the Wildcats’ defense. The only Jefferson score in that stretch was two singles by junior Brooke Culp 10 counters, 7 boards, 4 steals despite battling foul trouble) at 29.8 ticks. A pair of free throws by Andie Schmutz with 10.1 ticks on the board gave the hosts a 24-13 edge.