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Titans nab Sectional title

MILLER CITY, OH – Twenty four hours after their schools girls programs met in Elida the Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville boys battled in Miller City with the same result, a running clock Titan victory 89-42.

Quick scores from Dalton Prichard and Ben Dues gave the young Bearcats a 5-2 lead in the first quarter but once the Titan offense took the lead at 6-5 on a Richie Knowlton basket at 3:37 the rout was on for OG.

Jake Dible, a 6’6 senior who finished the game with 14 markers had it working down low early in the first period as he pushed in half a dozen markers to put OG on top 16-8 after the opening stanza.

Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Jay Kaufman who would go on to lead the game in scoring with 27 points and also record his 1,000th career point in the process on the night dominated the smaller Bearcat defenders in the second period as he pumped across 11 of his points.

Missing two starters in Owen Hiegel and Bryce Schroeder due to ankle injuries the Titans not only had to search for a pair of extra bodies, they also needed to replace a combined 23.7 points per contest. Ottawa Glandorf didn’t have to look very far for a big scoring output Friday night as Carter Heringhaus knocked down two of his five three pointers and gave the home team a 41-24 halftime lead.

Spencerville’s middle quarter scoring came from the duo of Drew Armstead and Keegan Goecke who combined for 18 of the Cats points in the game during a 16 minute span.

Every time in the second half it seemed like Spencerville might make a run at Ottawa Glandorf the Titans forced a myriad of turnovers and watched them be turned directly into points on the offensive end by Kaufman, Dible, or from behind the arc by Heringhaus who dropped in three of his triples in the third.

As time began to wind down OG began to turn to their senior Kaufman to continue his pursuit of his 1,000th career point. In the middle of the final quarter the All-Ohio selection finally pushed across the milestone and headed to the bench with the game firmly in hand to a loud round of applause from the Titan supporters in the building.

On the evening nine different Titans reached the scoreboard with three, Kaufman (27), Heringhaus (17), and Richie Knowlton (11) ending in double figures in the win.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Drew Armstead who finished with 12. The Bearcats season comes to an end at 3-20 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 22-1 and will take on Tinora on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm inside Lima Senior High School to begin district play.

Game Notes: OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin won 30 games at Miller City before coming to OG in two seasons.

Ottawa Glandorf has now defeated Spencerville all five times the two teams have met overall and all three times during their tournament meetings.


OG (89):

BJ Fortman 4
Jay Kaufman 27
Chad Duling 5
Carter Heringhaus 17
Ethan White 3
Jake Dible 14
Richie Knowlton 11
Trevor Siefker 3
Aaron Rieman 3

FT: 12/21
3PT: 7 (Heringhaus 5, Kaufman, Duling)

Spencerville (42):

Drew Armstead 12
Kale Lee 2
Jackson Goecke 4
Keegan Goecke 9
Dalton Prichard 5
Ben Dues 10

FT: 6/14
3PT: 1 (K. Goecke)


Titans end Bearcats season

ELIDA, OH – Spencerville’s first trip to the Districts since 2012 came to an end at Elida on Thursday night as they fell to Ottawa Glandorf 64-27.

Kaiden Grigsby gave the Bearcats their first and only lead to open the ballgame with a runner to make it 2-0 but the rest of the period would belong to the WBL Champions.

Ashley Schroeder, Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock all knocked down first quarter three point goals to push the OG lead to 25-6 at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Johnson was the lone Titan who hit multiple times from outside as she struck down two from behind the arc in the first.

Freshman guard Emma Leis gave Spencerville their only three point goal in the first half midway through the second period but the Cats were forced into 18 turnovers and found themselves trailing at the intermission 39-11.

Spencerville was held to 5-21 shooting overall in the first half and connected on just 1/10 from beyond the arc while the OG attack was white hot in the opening two quarters finishing 14/26 overall and 8/12 from three.

Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling put her stamp on the ballgame in the third period when she sliced through the Bearcat defense for 12 of her game high 14 points to help the Titans enjoy a 30 point lead before watching the rest of the contest from the bench.

Jenna Henline, a senior who led Spencerville in three point makes this season connected on her 43rd and final attempt of the season in the third for one of her teams three field goals in the period. Moments after Henline found the bottom of the net on her triple, OG’s Paige Sutter connected on two free throws with 4:47 to go that made the game 49-14 and cued up the running clock at +35 for her team.

Nelaya Burden added the final markers of the period for Spencerville after the clock had reached zeroes on the scoreboard by connecting on her own free throws to trim the Titan lead to 59-20.

Burden would lead the scoring charge for the Bearcats on the night with 11 points and added a layup and a three pointer to her total in the final eight minutes.

Ottawa Glandorf’s only points of the last stanza came from Peyton Warnecke who hit for five points of her own including the Titans 9th and final three pointer on the evening to establish her own new personal high scoring mark.

For the game the Bearcats (16-9) finished off their best tournament run in six seasons by falling for the fourth time in school history to a Putnam County squad 64-27. Spencerville shot 11/41 overall and just 3/19 in the loss.

Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm OG (22-2) will take on Crestview inside the Elida Fieldhouse as the Knights were victorious in overtime against Coldwater 69-58.

The Titans finished the game shooting 24/44 overall and a blistering 9/16 from behind the arc and forced 23 Spencerville turnovers while giving away the ball just 12 times themselves.

Box Score:

OG (64):

Ashley Schroeder 9
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 7
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Peyton Warnecke 5
Mylee Utrup 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 24/44
3PT: 9/16 (Johnson 3, Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Kaufman, Warnecke)
FT: 7/11
TO: 12

Spencerville (27):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 5
Olivia Goecke 2
Nelaya Burden 11
Emma Leis 3
Allison Bowsher 2

FG: 11/41
3PT: 3/19 (Leis, Burden, Henline)
FT: 2/5
TO: 23


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.


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 .


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)


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.


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


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


Big Green streak past Spencerville

OTTOVILLE, OH – For the Big Green of Ottoville Saturday night’s 54-39 win over visiting Spencerville represented the start and end to a couple of streaks.

Ottoville’s win represented their first in nine tries against Spencerville dating back to their last victory in 2010 over the Bearcats when Tom Von Sossan called Heckman Gymnasium home.

Unfortunately for the Bearcats the loss represents a streak of a different kind, the fifth straight loss to open the season. The last time Spencerville suffered a five game losing streak was the opening of the 2009/10 campaign that saw the Northwest Conference squad drop their first seven contests before rallying to beat Bluffton in their eighth game of the year.

Spencerville 6’4 senior and All-Ohio Offensive lineman Ben Dues scored six of his team high 14 points in the first quarter down low to give his team an early 11-5 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second eight minutes of the contest the Big Green found themselves with many opportunities at the free throw line while their opponents found a pair of their starters on the bench with a pair of fouls. Ottoville’s Keagan Leis connected on a pair of free throws with 3:00 to go in the first half to tie the contest at 17-17 just moments before teammate Ryan Bendele split a pair to put the Big Green on top for good at 18-17.

Nick Moorman nailed all four of his charity tosses in the second stanza to help lead his team to a 12/13 performance in the quarter and to a 25-22 advantage at the break.

Six players marked tallies in the scorebook for Ottoville in the third period led by Josh Thorbahn’s eight points and back to back three pointers that forced Spencerville to utilize a timeout in effort to stop the Big Green run.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the entire contest came in the waning seconds of the third stanza as 6’6 freshman Ryan Suever ripped away a Spencerville miscue and raced the length of the floor for a slam dunk just in front of the third quarter buzzer for two of his four points in the game.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw the visitors outscore the hosts 7-6 with four players adding buckets, including Dues for his final points of the evening. Ottoville’s Logan Kemper, a 6’3 senior tossed in all of his teams points and finished the night with a game high 17 in the victory.

Ottoville sees their record rise to 6-0 on the season and will host Elida on Friday night before traveling south to Delphos on Saturday night to take on the St. Johns Blue Jays.

Things don’t get any easier for the Bearcats (0-5) on the schedule as they will be home for a pair of games against former Northwest Conference rival Lima Central Catholic and PCL foe Kalida next weekend.


Ottoville (54):
Ryan Bendele 7
Logan Kemper 17
Ryan Suever 4
Keagan Leis
Drew Fisher 3
Nick Moorman 11
Zane Martin 2
Josh Thorbahn 8

FG: 17/46
FT: 17/20
3PT: 3/18 (Thorbahn 2, Moorman)
TO: 8

Spencerville (39):
Drew Armstead 4
Jackson Goecke 7
Keegan Goecke 5
Dalton Prichard 6
Conner Holmes 2
Kolten Murray 1
Ben Dues 14

FG: 13/30
FT: 11/15
3PT: 2/10 (J. Goecke, Prichard)
TO: 24

JV: Ottoville 56-29


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


Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI


Bearcats win route 66 battle

ST. MARYS, OH – Two Allen County rivals met on the hardwood in Auglaize County on Saturday afternoon when NWC rivals Spencerville and Delphos Jefferson took the court against one another, and the result was the same as it had been in the earlier meeting as the Bearcats pulled out a 63-57 victory over their foes from Delphos.

Delphos Jefferson was led by Senior guard and perennial All-NWC 1st team selection Jace Stockwell who pumped in a game high 27 points but saw his team fall short in their bid to force an early exit for the NWC Champions. Just a few days prior to this matchup inside Murotech Court at St. Marys HS the outgoing Wildcat tossed in a career high 29 points in a semifinals victory over Lima Central Catholic to earn his squad an opportunity to cut down the Roughriders nets.

Four players for Spencerville finished in double figures in the game led by the Northwest Conference player of the year Dakota Prichard who scored 12 of his team high 17 points in the first half as he helped give the designated home squad a 31-27 lead after the first two quarters.

Before being forced to exit late in the contest when he picked up his fifth foul, 6’2 Bearcat Junior Daniel Corso provided his team a spark in the opening minutes as he used his teams focused defensive attack to score on a pair of layups and a three pointer that would mark his only points of the contest.

Three Jefferson players (Stockwell, Drew Reiss, Tyler Bratton) hit from deep behind the arc in the opening eight minutes of the ballgame to keep the Jeffcats close but Delphos found themselves behind 1 at 15-14 at the first stoppage.

Alex Rode joined the Wildcats three point brigade in the second quarter as he connected on a triple try but as he had done just a few days prior it was once again Stockwell who took over and accounted for eight of his 12 first half markers to keep his team afloat when they struggled at times offensively against the Bearcats.

If the first half was a story about how many three pointers Delphos Jefferson could hit then the third quarter was a story about just how many Spencerville’s Gary Schrolucke could hit as the Bearcat Senior connected on three in a span of just two minutes and nearly hit a fourth that rolled back out. With Schrolucke and their offense hitting on most cylinders the Bearcats pushed their lead to 45-40 heading to the final stanza.

Talk to any coach about what is important and wins games and there is a good chance they will tell you defense and free throws, and that was the case on Saturday as the Bearcats connected on every one of their nine attempts in the fourth quarter while the Wildcats hit on just one of their three shots from the line.

Spencerville was led in scoring in the fourth quarter by Bailey Croft who tossed in nine of his 14 on the afternoon in the period but it was the rebounding by his brother Griffen (10 points/10 rebounds) that helped to keep possessions alive and ultimately help give Spencerville the Sectional Title and opportunity to move on.

Delphos sees their season come to an end under alumnus and first year Head Coach Jordan Jettinghoff at 12-12 while the Bearcats (18-5) will move on to play in the District Semifinals at Lima Senior High School on Thursday, March 9th at 6:15pm against a team they were victorious against in the regular season in the Marion Local Flyers.

Box Score:

Spencerville (63):
Daniel Corso 7
Gary Schrolucke 13
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 14
Griffen Croft 10
Ben Dues 2

FG: 23/44
3PT: 7/17 (Schrolucke 3, Prichard 3, Corso)
FT: 10/11
REB: 25 (G. Croft 10)
AST: 14 (Prichard 5)

Delphos (57):
Jace Stockwell 27
Drew Reiss 5
Tyler Bratton 6
Alex Rode 17
Davion Tyson 2

FG: 22/46
3PT: 6/17 (Stockwell 2, Bratton 2, Reiss, Rode)
FT: 7/11
REB: 17 (Rode 6)
AST: 7 (Stockwell 3)


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