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Spencerville surges late past Elida

SPENCERVILLE, OH – It took a total team effort and almost all four quarters, but the Spencerville Bearcats kept their record perfect on the young season as they defeated visiting Elida 43-32.

Early in the first quarter behind a strong opening period from 6’4 junior post Alex Carter, the Bearcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead in their home gym. With 1:12 left in the stanza Elida found themselves on the scoreboard for the first time when their leading scorer Shyah Wheeler connected on a two point basket to cut the lead to 7-2.

Nelaya Burden who would lead all scorers with 16 points on the evening for Spencerville totaled 5 of her first half 7 points in the second quarter, but it was again Wheeler who would help lead the visitors back and ultimately into the lead. With 1:23 left in the opening half of play the 5’10 senior connected on a three pointer to put Elida on top 16-14. Three pointers by Hayleigh Bacome and Cienna Kuhn helped to give Elida an 18-17 halftime advantage.

One of the games biggest stories began to come together in the second half of play as each team would see their leading scorers and defenders be given extended time on the bench due to foul trouble.

A free throw to complete an and one opportunity for Burden gave Spencerville a 19-18 lead early in the period and helped to lead her squad to a 10-7 quarter and a two point lead at the third quarter stoppage.

With foul trouble beginning to deeply plague both squads, each team would get to show their skills at the free throw line. For their part the Bearcats were able to connect on 9 of 11 from the charity stripe to help secure their victory.

Jayden Smith led the home team from the stripe and on the floor in the final period as she ended the contest by hitting a key three pointer and 5/6 from the line for 10 points.

Shyah Wheeler led the Elida attack with 11 points, 3.5 under her average through the opening pair of games. The Bulldogs see their season record fall to 1-2 overall and will begin Western Buckeye League play on Thursday night when they play host to defending conference winner Ottawa Glandorf.

Spencerville sees their record move to 2-0 and will travel to Paulding for the start of Northwest Conference play on Thursday night before again hitting the road on Monday night to take on Lima Central Catholic in non-league action.


Spencerville (43):
Kaiden Grigsby 4
Jenna Henline 3
Abbygayle Satterfield 3
Jayden Smith 10
Melanie Keonig 2
Nelaya Burden 16
Alex Carter 5

FT: 12/17
3’s: 3 (Grigsby, Smith, Henline)

Elida (32):
Hayleigh Bacome 9
Cienna Kuhn 7
Shyah Wheeler 11
Amiah Jones 3
Alissa Cuffy 2

FT: 9/14
3’s: 3 (Bacome, Kuhn, Wheeler)

JV: Elida 36-27


Bearcats stop skid vs Knights

SPENCERVILLE, OH – It had been quite some time since the Spencerville girls had defeated the Crestview Knights but Thursday night the Bearcat ladies did just that as they downed their Northwest Conference rivals 49-40.

Freshman Nelaya Burden did a bit of damage to the Knights in the opening quarter as she connected on a trio of buckets for six of her ten points in the contest but Jenna Henline hit one of her three three pointers in the period and helped the home squad nab a 15-10 lead after the opening eight minutes.

Crestview Junior Paige Motycka scored seven of her game high 23 in the first quarter but couldn’t find her way in the second period due to the Bearcats strong defensive effort and was only able to add a pair of free throws to her total before the break.

Another three pointer from Henline in the second quarter along with four points from Tiffany Work helped to give the Bearcats a 26-18 advantage at the halftime buzzer.

In the third quarter the Knights cut the Bearcats lead that was as high as 11 at point to just four. Spencerville’s Kaden Grigsby’s theft of a pair of Crestview passes and scores helped thwart the visitors attack and give her own team a 36-28 lead heading into the final period.

Motycka would not let her squad give up in the fourth quarter and did everything she could to try to keep them in the contest as she dropped in 10 markers but would see that number not be enough as her team was outscored 13-12 in the final 8:00 and found themselves behind at the final buzzer.

Two players finished in double figures for the Bearcats (5-14, 3-4) led by Henline with 15 and Burden with 10. Spencerville will be in action next on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Perry in non-league play.

The Knights see their record fall to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in NWC play. Crestview will be off until Monday when they welcome Wayne Trace to Ray Etzler Gymnasium.

Box Score:

Spencerville (49):
Kaiden Grigsby 6
Jenna Henline 15
Abbygayle Satterfield 4
Tiffany Work 8
Nelaya Burden 10
Julie Mulholland 4
Alex Carter 2

FT: 10/16
3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
TO: 12

Crestview (40):
Lexi Gregory 10
Alyssa Gent 3
Ashley Dealy 4
Paige Motycka 23

FT: 5/10
3PT: 3 (Motycka 2, Gent)
TO: 11

JV: Spencerville 38-19
* Alex Carter (Spencerville) – 18 points


Bulldogs stay perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs put four players in double figures Thursday night as they routed their NWC rivals Spencerville 72-41 to remain as the Northwest Conference’s only unbeaten squad in league play.

Columbus Grove won the games opening tip and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Jade Clement tossed in a three pointer with just :06 gone in the first quarter. While Clement would score 9 of her game high 18 points in the opening quarter, teammates Macy McCluer, McKenzie Bame, Lynea Diller and Paige Bellman combined to score 15 points and give the visitors a 24-12 lead after the first period.

While the Bearcats were able to muster just 7 points in the second stanza, the Bulldogs again found themselves with a handful of players turning their opponents miscues into points and led 38-19 heading to the lockerroom for the halftime break.

Jenna Henline was the big scorer for the Bearcats on the evening as she finished with 14 points on the night. Henline’s big quarter came in the third stanza as she hit a pair of three pointers and a trio of shots from the free throw line to help her Cats cut into the Bulldogs lead. Columbus Grove’s low post duo of Diller and Bellman, each playing with a pair of fouls scored 10 of the Dogs 17 points and helped keep the home team out of the lane in the quarter.

With a big lead midway through the final period the Bulldogs pulled their starting lineup out of the game, but not until Clement connected on 5/6 free throws in the opening minutes and Diller tossed in her final basket to become the fourth players to reach double figures. Grace Schroeder, a 5’7 Junior accounted for all seven of her points including a three pointer from the wing to push the Grove lead to 30 at the time. When the clock reached zero the Bulldogs found themselves with their fourth straight defeat of the Bearcats and eighth win in a row.

Columbus Grove (17-1) will next take on Allen East at home in NWC play on February 4th and will await the tournament draw on Sunday where they likely will find themselves as a top seed and in line for a bye in sectional play.

Spencerville sees their record fall to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in Northwest Conference action. The Bearcats will return to action on Tuesday, Feb 2nd as they play host to New Bremen in a non-league tilt.


Grove (71):

Macy McCluer 11
Jade Clement 18
McKenzie Bame 9
Grace Schroeder 7
Hallie Malsam 2
Lynea Diller 11
Paige Bellman 14

3PT: 6 (McCluer 3, Clement, Bame, G. Schroeder)
FT: 12/17
TO: 17

Spencerville (41):

Jenna Henline 14
Jayden Smith 8
Tiffany Work 6
Jacey Grigsby 6
Allison Bowsher 2
Alex Carter 5

3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
FT: 8/12
TO: 22

JV: Columbus Grove 51-27


Bearcats fend off Golden Gophers

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Spencerville fired shots fast and furious allover the closet Saturday afternoon as they defeated visiting Ridgemont Golden Gophers 54-41.

The Bearcats began the first quarter with Senior Jacey Grigsby giving the home squad a 2-0 lead on a runner and used their pressure to force the Golden Gophers into a myriad of turnovers. Behind a 4-22 shooting performance in the opening stanza the Bearcats found themselves ahead 11-0 after the first eight minutes of the game.

With the Bearcats leading 15-0 the Golden Gophers finally found themselves able to erase the zero on their half of the scoring column with 5:44 left in the opening half as Faith Jenkins connected on one of her two free throw attempts. Ridgemont put their first shot from the field on the scoreboard just 90 seconds later and cut the Bearcat lead to 17-3 on a basket by leading scorer Priscilla Howland. Each squad accounted for 16 points in the second period and the Bearcats lead was again eleven at 27-16 heading into the halftime break.

Sloppy play at times and ruthless pressure at other times lead to a 13-12 quarter in favor of the visitors to allow them to get within ten points at 39-29 after the third period of play.

Each team finished with 34 turnovers in the game with a handful coming in the final quarter that was won by the Bearcats 15-12. In finishing off the final moments of their 13 point win the Cats connected on 8/9 tosses from the free throw line to seal the non-league win.

Spencerville ends their two game losing streak and improves their record to 4-6 on the season, they were led in scoring by Jenna Henline’s 18 points. The Bearcats will be on the road next week for a pair of games at Ada and Delphos St. Johns on Thursday and Saturday.

Ridgemont sees their record fall to 7-5 and will find themselves in a pair of battles with NWCC foe Upper Scioto Valley and a non-league matchup against North Baltimore.


Spencerville (54):
Jenna Henline 18
Jayden Smith 6
Tiffany Work 11
Jacey Grigsby 17
Julie Mulholland 3

FG: 29/85
FT: 14/20
TO: 34

Ridgemont (41):

Meadow Cromer 14
Faith Jenkins 6
Mackenzie Rader 1
Shauna Richardson 4
Priscilla Howland 13
Sara McFadden 3

FG: 13/46
FT: 15/24
TO: 34


Big 3rd propels Coldwater past Spencerville

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coldwater came out of the gate firing in the third quarter for the second night in a row and were able to walk out of Spencerville with a 48-34 victory Tuesday night.

Visiting Coldwater jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the Bearcats behind a pair of jumpers from Junior Madie Schoenherr but couldn’t hold it for long as the Cats came storming back behind Jacey Grigsby to take a 6-5 advantage. Maura Hoying and Danielle Welsch combined to go 4-4 from the free throw line in the rest of the quarter as the Cavaliers found themselves with a 17-13 lead after the opening stanza.

Behind Grigsby again in the second quarter the Bearcats were able to use their opponents turnovers for points and outscore the visitors 10-6 to send the game tied at 23 all into the halftime break.

Seven different Coldwater players scored in the third quarter, led by 5 from Hoying who finished the game with a team high 11 points. Of her 11 points, Hoying finished 7-7 from the free throw line. With an 18-4 quarter in their favor, the Cavaliers cruised into the final period with a comfortable 41-27 score.

Grigsby’s 12 points led all scorers in the contest, but the Bearcats were led on the perimeter by 5’10 Senior Caitlyn Propst who finished with 9 points, all on triples from the outside, including one late in the final period of the 14 point defeat.

“I’m happy I thought we competed in each possession”, said second year Bearcats coach Greg Ekis of his teams effort against the Cavaliers.

Coldwater improves their record to 2-1 on the season and will take on the Bath Wildcats on Saturday. Spencerville sees their season mark fall to 0-2 and will return to action on December 1st as the Elida Bulldogs come to town for a Tuesday night non-league tilt.

Coldwater – Hoying 11, Welsch 6, Grunden 2, Schoenherr 9, Klosterman 6, Schwieterman 6, May 2, Luthman 2
Spencerville – Kaiden Grigsby 2, Henline 1, Smith 8, Propst 9, Work 1, Jacey Grigsby 12, Mulholland 1

JV: Coldwater 45-25


Minster & New Bremen utilize turnovers, advance to Sectional Finals

Minster and New Bremen forced 80 turnovers of the opponents in Kenton Tuesday night en route to victories in their Sectional Semifinals matchups. Minster downed Ridgemont in Game 1 of the night by a 91-15 margin while the Cardinals defeated Spencerville by a 41-28 score in Game 2.

The Wildcats got things going early and often in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 29-2 lead at the end of the first quarter behind scores from 7 different players. Ridgemont’s lone markers of the opening stanza came at the 5:03 mark as Freshman Meadow Cromer knocked home a pair of free throws that put a stop to a 23-0 Minster run to open the game.

Just one free throw wouldn’t find it’s mark for the Wildcats in the first half as they finished 14/15 from the line. Ridgemont’s largest quarter of the contest was in the second period when they scored 9 of their 15 points in the game including 5/9 from the charity stripe.

One basket in each of the final two periods would find their way through the net for the Golden Gophers, far less than the 16 shots Minster was able to make from the field in the same span en route to the 91-15 win.

A dozen different players found their way into the scoring column for the Wildcats, four of those in double figures, and were led by 19 from Sophomore Rosie Westerbeck. With the win Minster improves to 17-5 overall and will head back to Kenton on Saturday night for a 6:15pm tilt with #2 seed Upper Scioto Valley in the Sectional Finals.

Ridgemont sees their season end at 3-20, they were led in scoring bu Sara McFadden and Sidney Richardson with 4 apiece.


Minster (91):

Leann Huelsman 2
Mariah McKenzie 10
Rosie Westerbeck 19
Logan Arnold 11
Lauren Roetgerman 9
Alexis Wuebker 8
Taylor Trego 12
Marissa Luthman 9
Hannah Schmitmeyer 4
Alicia Arling 2
Haley Baumer 3
Alli Fischer 2

FG: 33/56
3: 4/11 (Trego 3, Baumer)
FT: 20/23
TO: 14

Ridgemont (15):

Meadow Cromer 2
Sydney Totten 2
Taylor Cronley 2
Sara McFadden 4
Sidney Richardson 4
Alyssa Whittaker 1

FT: 5/9
TO: 50

New Bremen utilized 30 Spencerville turnovers in Game #2 of the night en route to defeating the Bearcats by double digits for the second time in two weeks, this time by a 41-28 final score,

Neither team was particularly sharp in the first quarter as each started slow in the opening minutes of the contest where they each had more turnovers than points. New Bremen would get on the scoreboard first midway through the first quarter with a bucket by Freshman Paige Jones, but the Bearcats would go up 5-2 early behind a score from Megan Miller and a three pointer by Honorable Mention NWC selection Emilee Meyer. The Cardinals stormed back with a two and a three pointer of their own from the duo of Jane Homan and Amanda Brown respectively to lead 7-5 after one period.

Coming into the night Amanda Brown was shooting 6/49 from behind the three point line this season, she finished with 6 points in the contest with both of her scores coming from deep. Her second quarter triple was one of five buckets that the Cardinals would make in the quarter as they stormed out to a 13-2 quarter and led 20-7 at the half. Miller’s jumper for the Bearcats was their only score of the quarter.

Offensively the biggest quarter of the game for Spencerville came in the games penultimate quarter as they combined to see Meyer, Katie Merriman and Jacey Grigsby score 12 of their 28 points on the night and trail by just 8 at 27-19 heading to the 4th.

Alyssa Clune and Paige Jones were a force to be reckoned with for New Bremen in the second half as they together would account for all but two of the 21 second half points en route to 29 combined markers on the night as the Cardinals defeated Spencerville 41-28.

New Bremen who was led in scoring by Jones with 16 improves their season record to 15-8 and will head back to Kenton on Saturday night to take on New Knoxville at 8pm. The Rangers defeated the Cardinals earlier this season by a 39-33 score.

Seniors Katie Merriman and Megan Miller led the Bearcats with 9 points each. Spencerville finishes their first season under Head Coach Greg Ekis at 7-15.


New Bremen (41):

Alyssa Clune 13
Paige Jones 16
Jane Homan 2
Debbie Paul 4
Amanda Brown 6

FG: 11/22
3: 3/13 (Brown 2, Clune)
FT: 10/12
Reb: 12
TO: 20
Fouls: 8

Spencerville (28):

Emilee Meyer 8
Katie Merriman 9
Jacey Grigsby 2
Megan Miller 9

FG: 5/24
3s: 5/16 (Merriman 2, Meyer, Miller)
FT: 3/4
Reb: 7
TO: 30
Fouls: 13


Wildcats claw past Bearcats

Kalida started hot from the field in the second quarter against visiting Spencerville and continued for the rest of the game as they defeated the Bearcats 52-31 Tuesday night in non-conference action/

Six players scored a total of 17 points for the home team in the first quarter and were led by 5 from Kylie Osterhage which included a three pointer from 22 feet to give her team an early lead they would never relent.

Spencerville would finish the first half with 18 points on the first half scoreboard, an issue created with the losses of their top two scorers this season in senior Schylar Miller (senior, tore ACL against Van Wert early in the season), and Caitlyn Propst (injured knee in triple OT loss to Bluffton). The Bearcats were led in the first half by Jacey Grigsby, a junior who leads the Cats in scoring at 11.3 points per game.

In the second half the Wildcats turned up their defensive intensity and utilized a stifling zone defense to keep the Bearcats from getting good looks inside and out. Kalida did a nice job of turning Bearcat turnovers (16 in the game) into points as during one stretch the home squad converted five straight Bearcat turnovers into 12 of their own markers to lead 41-24 heading into the games final stanza.

Despite trailing on the scoreboard the Bearcats never gave up their own pressure as frequent substitutions and playing time for younger players kept them chasing the lead.

Kalida would tie Spencerville 9-9 in the 4th quarter and finish with a 52-31 victory and pick up their 7th home win of the season against just 2 losses at the Palace.

The Wildcats improve to 13-5 on the year and will next travel to Pandora to take on the Pandora-Gilboa Rockets in PCL action. Spencerville’s season record drops to 6-10, they will next welcome Crestview to the Walk-In Closet on Thursday for an NWC tilt.

Box Score:

Kalida (52):

Allison Recker 15
Kylie Osterhage 11
Jackie Gardner 8
Brittany Kahle 5
Cathy Basinger 4
Nicole Recker 3
Katelyn Siebeneck 2
Joni Kaufman 2
Brooke Kimball 2

TO: 11

Spencerville (31):

Katie Merriman 10
Megan Miller 9
Jacey Grigsby 6
Jenna Henline 3
Emilee Meyer 3

TO: 16

JV: Kalida 26-17


Bulldogs outshoot Bearcats

Columbus Grove jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of their contest Thursday night and never looked back as they downed visiting Spencerville 68-44.

Despite falling behind in the first couple of minutes of the game the Bearcats kept shooting the ball and used a 12-6 run after trailing 7-0 find themselves down by just 4 at 18-14 as the first stanza came to an end.

The Bulldogs have been on a tear lately scoring and were able to stave off 8 first half turnovers en route to 37 first half points, led by freshman Carlee McCluer’s 14 first half points. Sophomore guard Jade Clement, the Bulldogs leading scorer on the season would add 9 points in the first two quarters as well.

With two of their top scorers (senior Schylar Miller and junior Caitlyn Propst) both out due to knee injuries, the Bearcats have turned to other players this season to help provide scoring. One of those players is freshman Jenna Henline who was receiving her first career start and scored a pair of points for the Cats offense.

Spencerville would find themselves unable to defense the perimeter shot from Columbus Grove as four different Bulldogs connected from long range, led by three triples each from junior Kyrah Yinger (13 points) and McCluer (career high 22 points) who finished with 35 of the teams 68 points. Jade Clement would add 11 points in the Bulldog win and has now totaled 62 points in the last three contests for her squad.

Jacey Grigsby (15) points led three players in double figures for the Bearcats who see their record fall to 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the NWC. Spencerville will next travel to Kalida on Tuesday to take on the Wildcats in a non-conference matchup.

With the win the Bulldogs improve to 11-6 overall, and 4-1 in the NWC, they will be off until next Thursday when they hit the road to take on Allen East in NWC play.


Grove (68):

Carlee McCluer 22
Kyrah Yinger 13
Jade Clement 11
Mackenzie Wurth 8
Lynea Diller 6
Paige Bellman 4
McKenzie Bame 4

3’s: 8 (Yinger/McCluer 3 each, Clement, Wurth)
FT: 2/6
TO: 15

Spencerville (44):

Jacey Grigsby 15
Megan Miller 11
Emilee Meyer 10
Katie Merriman 4
Jayden Smith 2
Jenna Henline 2

3’s: 4 (Meyer 2, Grigsby, Miller)
FT: 11/18
TO: 17

JV: Grove 57-32