LIMA, OH – A big third quarter Monday night helped the Spencerville Bearcats defeat the LCC T-Birds 46-24.
Leading 18-8 at the halftime break the Bearcats blitzed LCC on the defensive end and turned multiple turnovers by the home team into points en route to their fourth victory of the season. A trio of three pointers fell for Spencerville in the games penultimate stanza, one from freshman guard Emma Leis and a pair from senior sharpshooter Jenna Henline to lead the points barrage.
The past ten meetings between the two schools have ended with LCC claiming victories until the clock struck all zeroes with the Bearcats on top this time around.
Spencerville jumped out to a 9-4 lead after the first quarter behind a pair of buckets from their leading scorer Nelaya Burden, a jumper from Kaiden Grigsby and a trio of converted free throws from Grigsby and Jayden Smith.
With LCC again picking up just a pair of markers in the second quarter, a pair of free throws from Josie Mohler and a basket by Madeleine Mohler the T-Birds finished their first half with eight points on 3/15 shooting but also with 16 turnovers.
For their part the Bearcats finished 7/30 in the opening two periods but were able to give away the basketball just four times to push their advantage to ten at the break.
On the evening the Thunderbirds made their biggest mark in the game from the free throw line as they finished 10 of 24. From the field LCC ended the game 7 of 34 and were hounded into 26 turnovers.
Offensively Spencerville shot 13 of 54 from the field and 12 of 20 from the charity stripe while committing 14 miscues.
Jenna Henline led the Bearcats (4-0, 1-0 NWC) and all scorers with 11 while LCC (0-6) was paced by Josie Mohler’s 7.
Up next for the Thunderbirds is a Saturday afternoon contest against city rival Lima Senior while the Bearcats will take on Van Wert on Tuesday night and league foe Lincolnview on Thursday night.
Kaiden Grigsby 9
Jenna Henline 11
Abbygayle Satterfield 3
Jayden Smith 4
Melanie Koenig 2
Nelaya Burden 8
Emma Leis 6
Allison Bowsher 3
3PT: 4 (Henline 3, Leis)
Sophia Santaguida 2
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Josie Mohler 7
Erin Mulcahy 2
Jessica Wilker 4
Madeleine Mohler 2
D’Ayra Hurley 2
Tae Rios 4
JV: Spencerville 28-26 (Overtime)