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Titans, Bearcats post Sectional Final wins

BLUFFTON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville punched their tickets for a date against one another next week in Elida as they each posted Sectional Finals victories Saturday night in Bluffton.

OG got the better of Lima Central Catholic in the early game 50-16 while the Bearcats were victorious in the night cap 43-35 against Liberty Center.

In the Titans first quarter against the T-Birds it was Erin Kaufman who ignited the offense to a white hot level as she accounted for 11 of her game high 13 markers in the period. Kaufman, a second team All-District pick this season erupted for her 26th career double figures game in the opening eight minutes by knocking down a pair of three pointers that helped OG distance themselves early from their opponents.

LCC’s only score of the first stanza came with 2:43 left in the first quarter as Erin Mulcahy drained a triple try to trim the Titans lead to 13-3. Nearly seven minutes after hitting her teams first shot, Mulcahy again pushed across a score to make the scoreboard read 34-5 with 2:44 left in the opening half.

A strong defensive effort from all 15 players the Titans sent into the ballgame resulted in just five shots being made from the field for LCC on the evening and into a multitude of makes in the fast break for OG.

Once the game became final with the Titans on top, 9 Ottawa Glandorf players found themselves in the scorebook led by Kaufman with 13. Kadie Hempfling finished the contest with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the WBL Champions who move to 21-2 on the season.

LCC (3-21) was led by the duo of Jessica Wilker and Mulcahy who each ended the night with 5 points apiece.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class of Kadie Hempfling, Carri Johnson, and Mackenzie Meyer have now tied a school record with their 101st career win.

Scoring:

OG (50):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 8
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 1
Peyton Warnecke 4
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 7/14
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling)

LCC (16):

Josie Mohler 4
Jessica Wilker 5
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Erin Mulcahy 5
Kennedy Parker 1

FT: 5/10
3PT: 1 (Mulcahy)

Spencerville and Liberty Center engaged in a slugfest that lasted all four quarters with the Bearcats ultimately coming out ahead 43-35 in the second game of the evening.

Similar to how they reached the Sectional Finals in their first game at Bluffton earlier in the week the Bearcats finished with a flurry from the free throw line to secure themselves their first Sectional Championship since the 2012 season that saw them reach the District Semis.

Senior Kaden Grigsby and freshman Melanie Koenig connected on 8 of their 13 attempts in the games final eight minutes to separate themselves from the Tigers.

Neleya Burden got the offense off to a hot start in the first quarter for Spencerville (16-8) with all six of her games points but it was the duo of Grigsby and 5’5 freshman guard Emma Leis who laid down big shots from outside the arc to push their team into the lead 14-13 after one period.

Meghan Skeens launched and connected on both three pointers in the contest for Liberty Center (14-10) in the game. 5’10 senior post Jerica Hollenbaugh collected her points in the paint throughout the game and kept the Tigers close while finishing with 9 to lead her squad.

Liberty Center entered the fourth quarter with a 30-27 lead they would hold on to tight before Abbygayle Satterfield forced a 32-32 tie with 4:43 remaining.

Melanie Koenig’s free throw halfway through the final eight minutes put the Bearcats on top 34-33 where they would stay for good.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Leis with 10 markers on the evening while classmate Koenig ended with 9.

Thursday night’s district semifinals at the Elida Fieldhouse will be the first of two district games and can be heard live on WZOQ Radio .

Scoring:

Spencerville (43):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Jenna Henline 1
Abbygayle Satterfield 7
Jayden Smith 2
Melanie Koenig 9
Nelaya Burden 6
Emma Leis 10

FT: 10/17
3PT: 3 (Leis 2, Grigsby)

Liberty Center (35):

Meghan Skeens 6
Olivia Leatherman 2
Peyton Spieth 6
Syndi Altman 7
Kenzie Detmer 5
Jerica Hollenbaugh 9

FT: 7/15
3PT: 2 (Skeens 2)

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Bearcats move past Tinora

BLUFFTON, OH – Spencerville hadn’t won a tournament game since nearly six years ago until they were victorious on Wednesday night in Bluffton 64-57 over Tinora.

Not only is the win the Bearcats first postseason victory since knocking off top seeded Delphos St. Johns in their 2012 sectional finals matchup, it was also one of their most impressive nights of the season from the free throw line.

With the game close late in the fourth quarter the Spencerville five of Abby Satterfield, Jayden Smith, Melanie Koenig, Nelaya Burden, and Emma Leis combined to hit 19 of 22 from the free throw line to help keep Tinora trailing on the scoreboard.

Tinora senior Amber Schliesser connected on 9 of 9 from the charity stripe for her own team in the game but it was her first quarter performance that helped to put the Rams on top 18-15 when she hit on all seven attempts in addition to a pair of jump shots for all of her 11 first half markers.

Trailing by three in the second period the Bearcats not only turned on their defensive pressure, they also dialed long distance on a pair of occasions as Grigsby and Leis connected on a pair of wing three pointers that helped push the NWC runner ups into the locker room with a 29-26 lead.

Junior Sydney Grieser was responsible for all but two of Tinora’s points in the games penultimate period as she scored 7 of her 14 points and drained a deep three which amounted for one of her teams three makes from the field in the quarter.

A back and forth battle in the fourth quarter saw the Rams nearly pull even as they utilized their own pressure to force the Bearcats into miscues. Schliesser and Taylor Brown both worked turnovers directly into baskets in the final eight minutes of play. Madison Brown and Sarah Harris added shots from outside to the Rams count but ultimately the Spencerville free throw shooting would decide the games outcome once Grieser fouled out with just minutes remaining.

Amber Schliesser led all scorers with 18 points and was one of three Rams to finish in double figures as she was joined by Grieser with 14 and Brown with 10. The Rams finish their campaign at 11-12 overall under first year head coach Kyle Tietje.

Spencerville with the win now has their first 15 win season under fourth year coach Greg Ekis and will take on Liberty Center on Saturday night at 8pm in Bluffton looking for their first sectional championship since the 2012 season.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Nelaya Burden who finished with 15. Joining Burden in double figures was the duo of freshman Emma Leis (13), and senior Jayden Smith who ended the night with 12 points.

Burden was named to the 2nd team Northwest Conference this week while teammates Kaiden Grigsby and Jenna Henline were named to the leagues Honorable Mention squad for the second straight season.

Scoring:

Spencerville (64):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Abby Satterfield 6
Jayden Smith 12
Melanie Koenig 8
Nelaya Burden 15
Emma Leis 13
Allison Bowsher 2

FT: 21/30

Tinora (57):

Lexi Wachtman 2
Amber Schliesser 18
Taylor Brown 5
Madison Brown 10
Sydney Grieser 14
Sarah Harris 8

FT: 12/17

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Cavaliers stop Bearcat comeback

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.

Box Score:

Coldwater (47):

Mara Dues 11
Alli May 2
Olivia Harlamert 8
Maura Hoying 4
Lauren Gilliland 14
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 4

FG: 16/50
3PT: 3/11
FT: 12/21
TO: 15

Spencerville (45):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 10
Jayden Smith 8
Nelaya Burden 12
Emma Leis 2
Melanie Koenig 11

FG: 15/40

3PT: 3/15
FT: 8/13
TO: 14

JV: Spencerville 39-36

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Rangers stop skid

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – Behind a terrific team performance at the free throw line Monday night the New Knoxville Rangers stopped their three game losing streak as they handed their visitors their second loss of the season 43-28 to improve to 3-5 on the year.

Trailing early in the opening period the Bearcats pushed themselves into the lead at the end of the first quarter 7-6 and even further as the second period began on the back of an 11-0 run until a Megan Jurosic free throw put a stop to the shutout.

Following a nearly five minute drought the New Knoxville offense came back to tie the contest with 5:05 remaining in the opening half and into a 12-11 advantage when freshman Morgan Leffel connected on a pair of tosses from the charity stripe. For the evening the Ranger guard finished with 10 markers and hitting on all 10 of her free throws.

In the first half the Bearcats struggled from the field as they finished 3/12 from the field and found themselves behind the home team at the break 23-19.

Neither team was particularly sharp in the third stanza as they combined to score just 12 markers in the eight minute span.

As she had done early on for New Knoxville it was again Jurosic who was able to have herself a big quarter as she ended the final stanza with four of her game high 14 points.

Outscored 13-4 in the final period the Bearcats were hounded by the New Knoxville defense and able to connect on just one shot from the field, a basket by freshman guard Emma Leis.

Morgan Leffel led the Rangers fourth quarter attack as she connected on 4/4 from the line and added to her team high 8 rebounds on the evening.

New Knoxville finished the contest shooting 12/32 from the field as a team but a sensational total of 17/21 from the free throw line. Spencerville meanwhile ended the night just 9/33 from the field and 6/14 from the line to go with 19 turnovers.

The Rangers (3-5) will return to action on Thursday night when they play host to Anna while the Bearcats (5-2) will be off until December 28th when they travel to take on Fort Jennings for their second of five straight games in a month span away from the Walk-In closet.

Scoring:

New Knoxville (43):
Tasia Lauth 1
Tayler Doty 4
Morgan Leffel 10
Samantha Trego 10
Erin Scott 4
Megan Jurosic 14

FG: 12/32
FT: 17/21
3PT: 2/5 (Trego 2)
TO: 12

Spencerville (28):
Kaiden Grigsby 1
Jenna Henline 6
Abbygayle Satterfield 5
Jayden Smith 5
Melanie Koenig 2
Nelaya Burden 3
Emma Leis 6

FG: 9/33
FT: 6/14
3PT: 3/14 (Henline 2, Smith)
TO: 19

JV: Spencerville 37-24

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Bearcats soar past LCC to 4-0

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.

Scoring:

Spencerville (46):

Kaiden Grigsby 9
Jenna Henline 11
Abbygayle Satterfield 3
Jayden Smith 4
Melanie Koenig 2
Nelaya Burden 8
Emma Leis 6
Allison Bowsher 3

FG: 13/54
FT: 12/20
3PT: 4 (Henline 3, Leis)
TO: 14

LCC (24):

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

FG: 7/34
FT: 10/24
3PT: 0
TO: 26

JV: Spencerville 28-26 (Overtime)

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