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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.

Scoring:

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

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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.

Scoring:

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

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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

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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)

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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

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Defense keeps Bearcats perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – A strong defensive effort coupled with a big opening offensive run to open the game helped the Spencerville Bearcats move their league leading Northwest Conference record to 6-0 Friday night as they defeated rival Columbus Grove 47-27.

Hot shooting from four different Bearcats in the opening eight minutes gave the home squad a quick 12-0 lead minutes into the game. Bailey Croft, the Bearcats 6’6 Senior knocked down a shot from behind the arc and a pair of free throws en route to seven of his game high 14 markers and helped create a handful of Grove turnovers to push the Cats advantage to a dozen.

Trailing 12-0 with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter the Bulldogs finally posted a tally on the scoreboard when St. Francis football commit Rece Roney found the bottom of the net. Roney who found himself in foul trouble early for Columbus Grove would score the only points of the quarter for his squad and see the visitors trek into the break down 14-2.

Everything that went wrong in the first quarter for Columbus Grove went right in the second quarter as the Bulldogs forced the Bearcats into a myriad of fouls and capitalized to cut the lead to just four at 20-16 at the halftime break courtesy of a 10-0 run midway through the period that included five points from Junior Logan Malsam.

Turnovers and missed shots were the story of the third quarter as the two rivals combined to score just 17 points and see the Bearcats head to the final stanza leading 30-23.

Five players scored for Spencerville in the fourth quarter including their leading scorer on the season Dakota Prichard who secured seven of his 11 points on the evening in the period to help solidify the fifth straight win for the NWC leaders in the series 47-27.

Columbus Grove (4-11, 0-5) was led in scoring by Roney who finished with 10. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Continental in Putnam County League play Saturday night where they will look to improve their PCL mark to 3-2 against the Pirates.

Spencerville improves their record to 13-4 overall and 6-0 in the NWC. The Bearcats travel to fellow league undefeated foe Crestview on Friday night in a game that could very well determine the conference champion.

Scoring:

Spencerville (47):
Drew Armstead 2
Daniel Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 6
Dakota Prichard 11
Bailey Croft 14 (9 rebounds)
Griffen Croft 6

FT: 7/14
TO: 8

Grove (27):
Caiden Grothaus 2
Ryan Tabler 2
Grant Cassidy 5
Logan Schroeder 2
Lachlan Clymer 1
Logan Malsam 5
Rece Roney 10

FT: 8/9
TO: 9

JV: Spencerville 50-49 (Brady Nolan putback with .6 left wins game for Bearcats)

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Prichard joins 1,000 point club in Bearcat win

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Dakota Prichard pumped in 29 points for Spencerville and helped his squad improve to 9-3 on the season Monday night as the Bearcats downed visiting Ottoville 73-56.

Prichard, a 6’4 Senior entered play Monday night needing 21 points to become just the sixth member of the schools 1,000 point club. Seven points in the opening eight minutes found their way on the board for the Bearcat leading scorer this season but it was an eight point first period from classmate Bailey Croft that helped push Spencerville to a 21-11 lead at the first quarter stoppage.

Ottoville responded to their opponents markers shot for shot in the second stanza as the Big Green outscored Spencerville 18-11 to trim the halftime lead to just three at 32-29 at the buzzer on a three point goal from Nick Moorman. Five first half shots from deep for Ottoville dropped in the hoop as Todd Turnwald’s crew were led by Moorman, Logan Kemper, and Eric Von Sossan’s makes.

In the third period the Bearcats added four shots from deep themselves including one from Prichard that beat the quarter buzzer and sent the home fans into a frenzy when it was announced that the make put Dakota at exactly 1,000 points and gave the home team a 56-42 lead.

Moorman finished the game with 26 points for the Big Green and did a lot of his damage from the free throw line in the second half as he connected on 6/7 in the final two quarters to couple along with a pair of shots from inside the arc and a late three for half of his scores on the evening.

Along with Prichard the Bearcats added two in double figures as the duo of Gary Schrolucke (12) and Bailey Croft (18) helped Spencerville secure their 11th win in 14 all-time meetings with their Route 66 Putnam County League foes.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 7-5 on the season with the loss and will travel to Miller City on Friday night in an attempt to hand the defending PCL winners their first conference loss of the season. Spencerville, the leaders of the Northwest Conference at 3-0 welcome Allen East to the Walk-In Closet Friday night for a league battle before Arlington finishes a three game home-stand for the Bearcats on Saturday night.

The previous five members of the Bearcat 1,000 point scoring club feature four players coached by current mentor Kevin Sensabaugh, who himself is a club member along with Zach Goecke, Logan Nourse (schools all-time leading scorer at 1500 points), Isaac Bowers and now Dakota Prichard. The remaining member of the group for the Bearcats to accomplish the feat is Mick Miller.

Box Score:

Spencerville (73):
Daniel Corso 4
Gary Schrolucke 12
Brady Nolan 3
Dakota Prichard 29
Bailey Croft 18
Griffen Croft 3
Ben Dues 4

3PT: 7 (Prichard 4, Schrolucke 2, Nolan)
FT: 10/16

Ottoville (56):
Ryan Bendele 5
Andy Schimmoeller 3
Logan Kemper 11
Eric Von Sossan 7
Nick Moorman 26
Zane Martin

3PT: 9 (Moorman 3, Kemper 2, Von Sossan 2, Martin, Bendele)
FT: 21/25

JV: Spencerville 39-15 *2 quarters*
Jacob Propst (SP) – 21 points (5 three pointers)

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Riders rally past Bearcats

ST. MARYS, OH – Trailing by nine heading into the final quarter on Saturday night the St. Marys Roughriders outpaced visiting Spencerville 23-8 in the final stanza and posted a 63-57 win to put a stop to their two game skid.

Jacob Grannan entered play against Spencerville averaging just a shade under 10 points per game but tossed in that mark for that amount through the first two and a half quarters before exploding in the fourth quarter for 14 of his game high 26 points.

St. Marys finished the contest by shooting 22/44 from the field, but it was the strong last eight minutes from the line for Grannan and Derek Jay who combined for 7/7 on charity shots that helped secure the come from behind win.

Spencerville jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter because four three pointers from the trio of Bailey and Griffen Croft, and Gary Schrolucke who hit half of the shots from beyond the arc to put the Cats up 20-11 at the first quarter stoppage.

Schrolucke’s hot streak from three point land continued in the second period as he again tossed in two buckets from deep before falling scoreless for the rest of the evening. Dakota Prichard’s 11 first half points helped give the Bearcats a 37-24 advantage at the midway stop.

During the third quarter it was the Roughriders all-time leading three point shooter Jay that stole the show as pumped in three triples and set up a fourth make for the home squad with an assist on a Drew Jacobs make from deep to cut into the deficit. Bailey Croft and Prichard scored the only points of the stanza for the visiting team as they each hit on six points apiece.

Grannan ended the night by hitting on 10/16 field goals and 5/5 from the free throw line and led the Roughriders in scoring while Dakota Prichard paced Spencerville by connecting on 8/20 shots from the field for his 20 markers.

Entering play Saturday night the Roughriders had dropped six straight to their Route 66 rivals dating back to their last victory in the series on January 9th, 2010.

With the win the Riders improve their record to 3-5 on the season. St. Marys will next be in action on Tuesday night as they welcome Fort Recovery (6-1) to the Horseshoe for a non-league contest.

The Bearcats loss snaps a five game winning streak and sees the team at 7-2 heading into next Friday night as they continue their six game road trip at Ada (2-6) and on Saturday at Bath (2-7).

Box Score:

Spencerville (57):
Daniel Corso 2
Gary Schrolucke 12
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 17
Griffen Croft 4
Ben Dues 2

FG: 20/49
3PT: 8/23 (Schrolucke 4, Prichard 2, B. Croft, G. Croft)
FT: 9/14

St. Marys (63):
Braedan Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 26
Austin Wilker 2
Drew Jacobs 3
Colin Clements 3
Sam Young 6
Derek Jay 19

FG: 22/44
3PT: 8/14 (Jay 4, Young, Jacobs, Grannan, Clements)
FT: 9/13

JV: St. Marys 45-23

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Bearcats victory earns Sensabaugh 200th win

PAULDING, OH – With their 75-56 victory in Paulding on Friday night the Spencerville Bearcats gave mentor Kevin Sensabaugh his 200th career victory.

In the midst of a six game swing away from home the Bearcats got solid contributions from their bench and saw four players finish in double figures as they improved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in Northwest Conference play while dropping host Paulding to 3-7, and 0-2.

Seniors Dakota Prichard and Bailey Croft led the visitors attack as they scored 23 and 17 points respectively, but it was the contribution from Junior Ben Dues (11 points, 8 rebounds) that had the Bearcat mentor smiling most. “Ben has played really well for us in back to back games and gave us good minutes tonight” said Sensabaugh.

Daniel Corso had solid first and third quarters for Spencerville as well as he pumped in 11 of his 13 points, including hitting all four of his free throws in the contest.

Paulding finished with two players in double figures as Jaret Miller led the Panthers in scoring and was joined by 6’6 Senior Griffin Harder who netted 10 markers before fouling out late in the fourth period.

Spencerville outscored Paulding 14-12 in the first quarter and pushed their advantage to 27-19 at the halftime break before outpacing the hosts 48-47 in the second half to secure the victory, their 10th in the last 13 meetings with the Panthers.

Free throws were a big story for the game in the second half as the two teams committed enough fouls to put the other deep into the double bonus limit. Paulding hit on 15 of their 21 charity tosses while the Bearcats went 13/15 in the second half. Overall the Bearcats were 21/24 in the game from the line while Paulding finished 19/26.

Saturday night will see Spencerville take their 4-0 road record down St. Route 66 to St. Marys as they battle the Roughriders (2-5) in a non-conference tilt. Paulding will wait until next Friday night, January 13th when they travel to take on Allen East for their next contest, an NWC battle.

Box Score:

Spencerville (75):
Daniel Corso 13
Gary Schrolucke 3
Brady Nolan 6
Dakota Prichard 23
Bailey Croft 17
Conner Holmes 2
Ben Dues 11

FT: 21/24
3PT: 2 (Nolan, B. Croft)

Paulding (56):
Marcus Miller 2
Ethan Rhonehouse 6
Jaret Miller 15
Kameron Echols 6
Cameron Doster 5
Preston Ingol 5
Logan Bradford 1
Griffin Harder 10
Carson Shull 3
Fletcher Cook 3

FT: 19/26
3PT: 3 (Miller 2, Cook)

JV: Paulding 55-39

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Bearcats win 3rd straight

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – Gary Schrolucke and Dakota Prichard combined for 21 of Spencerville’s 31 points in the second half, and the Bearcats grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the final two periods as the visitors defeated New Knoxville 54-42 in non-conference action at the Barn Friday night.

Each squad opened the first quarter with a pair of turnovers and shots from inside the arc but were unable to get into an effective flow of their offense early on as the opposing defense consistently found themselves in key position to keep the score in single digits. With only seconds left in the first quarter the Rangers nabbed an 11-10 advantage at the first quarter break as they sank a three pointer just before the buzzer.

Dakota Prichard’s seven second quarter points helped fuel a 12-7 second quarter that gave Spencerville a 22-18 halftime lead, but the Bearcat defense helped keep New Knoxville’s leading scorer Nick Topp to just one make from the field in the period and held the 6’1 Senior to 8 in the opening two quarters while not allowing him to create many open opportunities as well for his teammates.

Four players scored for the Bearcats in the second half as they again outscored their opponents in a quarter 12-7 and took their largest lead of the game into the final period leading by 9 at 34-25.

Missed free throws would become a story for Spencerville in the third and into the fourth quarter as the visitors finished just 7/15 on the evening but hit enough shots from the perimeter that they were able to keep the score near or in double digits until the clock struck all zeroes.

Nick Topp accounted for 10 of his team high 21 points in the final eight minutes but was unable to keep Prichard at bay for the Bearcats as he also tossed in 10 points. Schrolucke’s three pointer and basket provided 5 of his 13 markers in the ballgame and helped Spencerville to wrap up a 54-42 victory.

New Knoxville (2-3) has not beaten the Bearcats at home since they were victorious over Spencerville by a 60-38 score on December 30th, 2008. The Rangers will be off until next Friday, December 30th when they travel to St. Marys to take on the Roughriders.

Spencerville sees their record move to 5-1 on the season and will have a week off for the Christmas break as well before they travel to take on the Kalida Wildcats on Friday night.

Box Score:

Spencerville (54)
Daniel Corso 3
Gary Schrolucke 13
Jacob Propst 2
Brady Nolan 5
Dakota Prichard 24
Bailey Croft 6
Griffen Croft 1

FG: 21/42
3PT: 5/17 (Schrolucke 2, Prichard 2, Nolan)
FT: 7/15
REB: 29 (10 Offensive – Prichard 8)
TO: 13

New Knoxville (42):
Nick Topp 21
Ben Lammers 3
Jonah Lageman 6
Nathan Tinnerman 6
Nick Thobe 4
Nathan Merges 2

3PT: 6/16 (Topp 4, Lammers, Tinnerman)
FT: 4/7
REB: 18 (4 Offensive – Tinnerman 8)
TO: 14

JV: Spencerville 32-19

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