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Friday, January 18, 2013

Girls Basketball: Grove relies on its defense for third win
SPENCERVILLE -- Outstanding defense guided Columbus Grove to its third win of the season as the Bulldogs defeated Spencerville 50-35 Thursday in a Northwest Conference girls basketball game.

The Bulldogs (3-11, 2-3 NWC) forced 23 turnovers. Sydney McCluer led Grove with nine points and five assists, while Hope Schroeder had eight points and nine rebounds.

Schylar Miller led the Bearcats (2-11, 1-4 NWC) with 17 points. Jacey Grigsby scored eight points and grabbed nine boards.



Columbus grove (3-11, 2-3 NWC)

McCluer 2-5--9, Schumacher 3-1--9, Schroeder 3-1--8, Karhoff 3-0--6, Stechschulte 1-2--5, Wynn 0-4--4, Yinger 0-3--3, Halker 0-2--2, Verhoff 1-0--2, Hoffman 1-0--2. TOTALS: 14-30 18-31--50.

spencerville (2-11, 1-4 NWC)

Miller 4-8--17, Grigsby 3-2--8, Purdy 2-0--4, Meyer 1-0--2, Merriman 0-2--2, Freewalt 1-0--2. TOTALS: 11-31 12-17--35.

Columbus Grove 9 18 12 11 -- 50

Spencerville 13 6 6 10 -- 35

3-Point GOALS: Columbus Grove 4-10 (Schumacher 2, Schroeder, Stechschulte); Spencerville 1-8 (Miller)

Rebounds: Columbus Grove 26 (Schroeder 9); Spencerville 29 (Grigsby 8).

turnovers: Columbus Grove 15, Spencervillle 23.

junior varsity: Columbus Grove 18-11.



ADA 44

LIMA CENT. CATHOLIC 43

LIMA -- A strong second and third quarter proved vital for Ada in a 44-43 victory over Lima Central Catholic on Thursday night in a tight Northwest Conference girls basketball game.

Down by five after one quarter, the Bulldogs (9-6, 4-1 NWC) outscored the Thunderbirds (6-8, 2-3) 24-18 in the second and third quarters to earn the victory.

Taylor Willeke and Tori Wyss led the Bulldogs with 15 points each.

Meredith Shepherd led the Thunderbirds with 17 points. Sydney Mohler addded eight points.



ADA (9-6, 4-1 NWC)

Gonzaga 1-0--2, Rouch 1-1--3, Amburgey 1-0--3, Willeke 6-3--15, Faine 0-0--0, Wildman 0-0--0, Walden 3-0--6, Wyss 4-6--15. TOTALS: 16 10-14--44.

LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (6-8, 2-3 NWC)

Santaguida 1-3--6, Shepherd 6-2--17, Mohler 4-0--8, Taflinger 1-0--2, Warner 0-0--0, Verhoff 3-1--8, Farler 1-0--2. TOTALS: 16 6-0--43.

Ada 11 10 14 9 -- 44

Lima Central Catholic 16 7 11 9 -- 43

3-Point GOALS: Ada 2 (Amburgey & Wyss); Lima Central Catholic 5 (Shepherd 3, Santaguida & Verhoff).

junior varsity: Lima Central Catholic, 37-25.



ALLEN EAST 54

BLUFFTON 52

BLUFFTON -- A fourth-quarter rally wasn't enough for Bluffton's girls Thursday as the Pirates fell out of first place in the Northwest Conference with a 54-52 loss at home to Allen East.

The Pirates, who shared first place with Convoy Crestview entering the game, fell to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the NWC.

Paige Buroker tossed in 18 points and Sarah Schriner added 10 for Bluffton as the Pirates closed the gap on the Mustangs with an 18-13 edge in the fourth quarter.

Carly Clum scored 14 points, Erin Conkle netted 13 and Morgan Truex chipped in 10 for the Mustangs (7-7, 3-2 NWC).



Allen East (7-7, 3-2 NWC)

Rowe 3-3--9, Clum 3-8--14, Truex 4-2--10, Woods 0-0--0, Salyers 3-1--8, Richardson 0-0--0, Conkle 6-1--13. TOTALS: 19 15-23--54.

Bluffton (9-4, 4-1 NWC)

Schriner 4-1--10, Hunt 0-0--0, Buroker 6-3--18, Crisp 3-1--9, Lugibihl 2-1--5, Amstutz 2-4--8, Palte 1-0--2, Fruchey 0-0--0, Prichard 0-0--0. TOTALS: 17 10-13--52.

Allen East 13 14 14 13 -- 54

Bluffton 15 6 13 18 -- 52

3-Point GOALS: Bluffton 6 (Buroker 3, Crisp 2, Schriner); Allen East 1 (Salyers).


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