SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coldwater jumped out to a big first quarter lead on Tuesday evening on the road at Spencerville and held on to that lead late as they defeated the host Bearcats 47-45 in a non-conference tilt.
Despite not having the services of leading scorer Kourtney Diller the Cavaliers blitzed out to a 16-6 first period lead as Mara Dues and Olivia Harlamert connected on a pair of jumpers from behind the arc to stymie the home teams defensive efforts.
Jenna Henline got the scoring going from the outside for the Bearcats as she connected on a shot from deep and finished the second quarter with seven of her 10 points in the ballgame. Layups off of Coldwater turnovers by Melanie Koenig and Jayden Smith helped to keep Spencerville in the contest and down just 29-25 at the halftime stoppage.
For the Cavaliers who finished the first half 12 of 27 from the field they were lead by Lauren Gilliland with 10 first half points and a handful of rebounds as well.
In the second half of the game the Cavaliers offense was held to just four makes from the field, including a second three pointer on the night by Harlamert that helped to quell a Bearcat run in the third period.
With their makes from the field limited, the visiting team turned to the free throw line and connected on 9 of 16 in the second half.
Trailing 40-33 at the start of the final stanza the Bearcats went to work from beyond the arc as the duo of Nelaya Burden and Koenig each tossed in a three ball to pull their team to within a bucket with just under ten seconds remaining.
As the ball was inbounded for the final time in the fourth quarter Spencerville was unable to steal the basketball and even the score before the clock reached zero and fell 47-45.
Coldwater has now beaten the Bearcats six straight times in the series and could possibly meet Spencerville once more this season as each are in the Division 3 Elida District come tournament time.
The Cavaliers have now won eight straight games and sees their record sit at 11-5 overall. Coldwater will travel to St. Henry on Thursday night and look to move their Midwest Athletic Conference record to 4-3.
Spencerville with the loss sees their two game winning streak come to and end. The Bearcats will take their 8-6 overall mark and 3-1 NWC record to visit Allen East on Thursday for a conference tilt as they look to stay in the race for their first conference crown in school history.
Gilliland led all scorers with 14 in the game for Coldwater while Burden was the high mark for Spencerville with 12 in the contest.
Mara Dues 11
Alli May 2
Olivia Harlamert 8
Maura Hoying 4
Lauren Gilliland 14
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 4
Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 10
Jayden Smith 8
Nelaya Burden 12
Emma Leis 2
Melanie Koenig 11
JV: Spencerville 39-36