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LCC holds off Elida

in boys action

LIMA — Lima Central Catholic overcame 24 points by Elida junior Dakota Mathias to down the Bulldogs 57-55 in a bib non-conference boys basketball clash Tuesday at Msgr. E.C. Herr Gymnasium.

Darius West netted 16 for the Thunderbirds (14-1), while Tre’on Johnson added 15 and Xavier Simpson 10.

Aric Thompson downed 10 for Elida (9-6), who nearly overcame a 9-point deficit starting the final period. They host Kenton Friday.


ELIDA (55)

Max Stambaugh 7, Austin Allemeier 5, Louis Gray 6, Aric Thompson 10, Dakota Mathias 24, Marquevious Wilson 3. Totals 20-7-55.


Tre’on Johnson 15, Martyce Kimbrough 6, Darius West 16, Jake Williams 8, Xavier Simpson 10, Trey Cobbs 2. Totals 22-10-57.

Score by Quarters:

Elida      9    9    12    25 - 55

LCC     14   15    10    18 - 57

Three-point goals: Elida, Thompson 2, Mathias 2, Stambaugh, Allemeier, Gray, Wilson; Lima Central Catholic, Johnson 2, Simpson.


Cougars’ depth keys

win over Kalida


DHI Correspondent

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VAN WERT - When a team’s two leading scorers, who account for 55 percent of the team’s total points, go 13 minutes without scoring to open the game, that is usually a bad sign.

Fortunately for the Van Wert Cougars Tuesday evening in a non-league contest with visiting Kalida, that was not the case as Van Wert saw some new players step up in a 58-45 win at the Cougars’ Den.

“We haven’t played particularly well on Tuesday nights and I’m not sure we played all that well tonight. When we could defend and get the tempo a little bit, we were able to get out and get some easy baskets,” said Van Wert coach Dave Froelich. Seniors in forward A.J. Smith and point guard Joey Hurless - who average more than 28 combined points per game - didn’t score until the 2:54 mark of the second quarter when Smith drained a three.

By that point in the game, however, the Cougars had things in hand, leading 22-15.

Sophomore guard Connor Holliday hit a pair of threes in the first quarter and junior forward Kyle Keber came off the bench for nine first-half points.

Holliday finished with a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds and Keber added 12 points.

“(Kalida) went a little junk on Joey (Hurless) and A.J. (Smith) is nursing a tweaked ankle, so Keber and Holliday made some shots. If we can add that balance, that makes us obviously a lot more effective,” explained Froelich.

Keber and Holliday each entered that game with 59 points scored on the season. After shooting 3-of-9 from the field in the opening period, the Wildcats stayed close to Van Wert throughout the second, shooting 6-of-10 and getting five points from junior forward Randy Zeller.

The game went to hafltime with Van Wert leading 27-21.

The third quarter was the downfall for Kalida, which went 1-of-8 from the field. The Wildcats’ only field goal in the quarter came in the opening seconds when sophomore guard Devin Kortokrax nailed a 3-pointer. Van Wert, on the other hand, went 7-of-12 in the third quarter and got six points from Holliday alone, matching Kalida’s total. By the end of the third, Van Wert held a 45-27 lead.

The Cougars ran their lead to 20 points on two occasions in the fourth, the second of which being 53-33. Kalida fought its way back late behind a huge performance from senior center Austin Horstman. Horstman scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the final frame. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it was too little, too late, as Van Wert held on.

Along with the 19 points, Horstman added a game-high 12 rebounds. “We wanted to really do a job on him if we could - with his effectiveness,” said Froelich of Horstman. “We’re not going to stop him because he is a good low-post player but our big guys did enough to get him off the block a little bit. Then we brought some help. Late in the game, it got a little misleading. He’s going to find ways to score.”

The key in the win for Van Wert may have been holding Kalida’s leading scorer, senior guard Cody Mathew, scoreless and holding him to only one shot attempt.

“Our ball pressure was pretty good and we did a good job on the Mathew kid, who is a good shooter. We just didn’t let them have a 1-2 punch,” continued Froelich.

Smith, who saw limited playing time due to the ankle injury, added nine points for Van Wert. Hurless added five. Van Wert outshot visiting Wildcats 49 percent (19-of-39) to 41 percent (17-of-43). The Cougars hit 47 percent of their long-range shots, going 9-of-19.

The rebounding was almost a push, with Van Wert grabbing one more — 22-21. The Cougars also committed one fewer turnover, seven to Kalida’s eight.

The win improves the Cougars to 9-5 on the season and they host Celina Friday evening in a return to WBL play.

Kalida hosts Leipsic Saturday night.

KALIDA (2pt. 3pt. FT Pts.)

Mathew 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, A. Langhals 1-1 0-4 0-2 2, Kortokrax 2-6 1-3 3-4 10, Zeller 1-6 2-2 0-0 8, Gerdeman 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, Horstman 7-13 0-0 5-6 19, Miller 1-4 0-0 0-0 2.


Markward 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, Smith 0-1 3-5 0-0 9, Hurless 1-3 0-2 3-4 5, Bidlack 1-2 0-0 2-2 4, Keber 1-2 3-6 1-2 12, Molliday 1-2 3-6 2-3 16, Ray 3-4 0-0 0-0 6, Wolford 1-3 0-0 0-0 2.

Score by Quarters:

Kalida 8 13 6 18 - 45

Van Wert 13 14 18 13 - 58


Knights handle Indians on the road


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SHAWNEE - The Crestview Knight basketball team traveled to Shawnee High School to take on the Indians Tuesday night and won going away, 71-53.

In the first quarter, with the score tied at four, Crestviews Josh Ream got a 3-point play to give the Knights a 7-4 advantage. Shawnee countered with five straight points from Austin Brachok to give the Indians a 9-7 lead, which happened to be Shawnee’s final lead of the game. The Knights got four 3-pointers to end the first stanza: one from Preston Zaleski and three from Connor Lautzenheiser; to give them a 21-9 lead after the first period.

In the middle of the second, the Indians cut the Knight lead to 10 with two points from Thomas Nolte and a 3-pointer from Trey Brock to make the score 26-16. Crestview got seven points from Tyson Bolenbaugh in the second quarter to help give them a 39-27 lead going into the intermission.

To start the second half, the teams exchanged 3-pointers: Alex Heffner nailed one for the Knights and Andrew Bryan countered. The Knights got another four points from Heffner and a 3-pointer from Cam Etzler to send the game into the final quarter with the score 51-35.

The Knights got balanced scoring in the fourth stanza, extending its advantage to 20 points. Crestview got seven points from Bolenbaugh and three from Lautzenheiser and Damian Helm.

The Indians tried to cut into the Knight lead with five points from Bryan and four points from Jay Thomas but Crestview proved to be too much for Shawnee in the fourth period.

Crestview had two scorers in double figures: Lautzenheiser had 21 and Bolenbaugh added in 14 points.

The Indians got 15 points from Brock, nine points from Brachok and eight points from Thomas.

“It was a unique game from the standpoint of, we know they throw a lot of different scenarios at you. A lot of different bodies, a lot of athleticism, and we knew we were going have to, in the scheme of things, just play hard and make plays,” Knights coach Jeremy Best said. “We did a better job of that tonight than we did on Friday night. I thought we got a little sloppy at times in the first half with our aggressiveness; we weren’t securing the ball and grabbing boards. I think both teams played really hard and we are happy to get out of here with a win.”

The Knights improved their overall record 11-2 on the year. With the loss, Shawnee drops to 1-13 on the year.

Crestview (FG, FT, 3PT)

Preston Zaleski 0-1 0-2 1-2 3, Cam Etzler 0-3 2-2 1-1 5, Connor Lautzenheiser 2-3 5-6 4-11 21, Damian Helm 3-9 1-3 0-1 7, Brock Rolsten 0-0 2-2 0-0 2, Isaiah Simerman 0-1 2-2 0-2 2, Alex Brown 1-2 0-0 0-1 2, Alec Heffner 2-4 0-0 1-2 7, Justin Gibson 0-0 1-2 0-0 1, Tyson Bolenbaugh 5-8 4-6 0-0 14, Eli Jones 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Josh Ream 2-4 1-1 0-0 5, Totals: 16-36, 18-26, 7-20, 71

Shawnee (FG, FT, 3PT)

Josh Bishop 0-0 1-2 0-1 1, Casey Mulcahy 1-1 1-2 0-0 3, Jaden O’Neal 0-2 0-1 1-2 3, Thad Vernon 0-6 1-2 0-3 1, Andrew Bryan 1-3 0-0 1-1 5, Trey Brock 2-11 2-2 3-6 15, Thomas Nolte 0-1 2-2 1-3 5, Austin Lause 1-2 1-2 0-0 3, Austin Brachok 2-3 2-2 1-2 9, Jay Thomas 2-7 4-4 0-1 8, Totals: 9-36, 14-19, 7-19, 53.


Lady Musketeers rally by Grove

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent

COLUMBUS GROVE — When a team is struggling on offense, a 7-point deficit looks like a big hill to climb.

That was the situation facing Fort Jennings as they battled Columbus Grove in a Putnam County League girls basketball game Monday night.

Through 21 plus minutes of play, the Lady Musketeers had been held to 17 points and were facing a 7-point deficit. In nearly the blink of an eye, the Musketeers went from seven down to one that jump started their offense as they rallied to defeat the Bulldogs 35-31.

The win moved the Musketeers to 1-4 in the PCL and 7-10 overall, while Columbus Grove dropped to 1-5 in the league and 4-12 overall.

Columbus Grove had a 19-17 lead just over a minute into the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Fort Jennings’ Macy Schroeder. The Lady Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run as Renee Karhoff hit a free throw, Sydney McCluer had a basket and Megan Verhoff two free throws that gave the Bulldogs a 24-17 lead with 2:31 left in the third quarter.

That’s when Fort Jennings used a quick 6-0 run, sparked by their defense, to pull within 24-23 with 1:21 left in the quarter. Cassie Lindeman opened the Musketeer run with a basket but was unable to convert the free throw that would have given her a 3-point play. On the missed free throw, Macy Schroeder was able to sneak inside, grab the rebound and score before the Musketeer defense forced a turnover that Ashley Gable converted into points and a 1-point deficit.

“We made a run right when we needed to,” Ft. Jennings coach Kevin Horstman said. “We kept thinking if we could get a bucket, we can put a little bit of pressure there. Lucky for us we got that bucket and got a couple of quick steals in the backcourt that led to points. That puts you right back in the game and makes it a lot easier.”

Besides the quick baskets, the big key for the Musketeers was the return of senior post Gabbie German to the lineup. German was on the bench after picking up her third foul early in the third quarter.

“We got German back in the game and she does a great job on the ball for us,” Horstman added. “We run a 1-2-2 press and she has a good habit at of forcing some turnovers. That was the thing. She came in at that point and we were able to get a couple of good traps from her.”

Megan Verhoff ended the Musketeers runs with two free throws before Schroeder sent the game to the fourth quarter tied after hitting a 3-pointer.

“We’ll play well for 28 of the 32 minutes, then we’ll have a mental breakdown for a little bit in each quarter and that was it,” Grove coach Chad Ricker said. “That was the game. A 6-point run in about seven seconds; that was the killer. They were unforced passes, laziness, being careless with the basketball, not being strong with the ball. It’s really disappointing.”

After a flourish of points to end the third quarter, both teams’ offenses were slow to get going in the final quarter. It wasn’t until there was 5:39 left to play that either team scored when German grabbed an offensive board, scored, was fouled and converted the free throw for a 3-point play.

Freshman Kyrah Yinger ended the Bulldogs’ scoreless drought with a 12-foot jumper and Renee Karhoff tied the game when she hit the second of two free throws with 3:40 left. A free throw by German broke the tie and the Bulldogs took their final lead with 2:10 left when Karhoff grabbed a rebound and scored. That also would be the Bulldogs’ final points of the game.

The Bulldogs protected their 1-point lead until there was 1:08 left when Emily Kehres scored. A basket by German with 29.9 left gave the Musketeers a 3-point lead. Columbus Grove had a chance to tie the game but saw a 3-pointer rim out. A Bulldog player grabbed the offensive rebound but had the ball taken out of her hands by a Musketeer player and Lindeman sealed the game by hitting a free throw with 2.2 seconds left.

“Our sophomores did a good job filling in tonight when we were in foul trouble,” Horstman concluded. “When we keep Schroeder and Gable out there, we are good at the guard spot. Gable picked up three fouls in the first half and her fourth in the third and that really limited us quite a bit, so those girls did a nice job of keeping us in the game until we could get her back in.”

Schroeder kept the Musketeers in the game with 17 points (three 3-pointers), along with four rebounds and three steals. German finished with six points.

McCluer led the Bulldogs with eight points and Verhoff had seven points, all at the free-throw line.

The Musketeers are back in action Thursday as they host undefeated Ottoville in Putnam County League action. The Bulldogs are at Allen East Thursday night for a Northwest Conference game.

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Fort Jennings 13-31 6-12 35: Schroeder 7-0-17; Gable 1-0-2; Lindeman 1-1-3; German 2-2-6; Kehres 1-3-5; Stechschulte 1-0-2.

Columbus Grove 7-31 15-21 31: McCluer 2-4-8; Yinger 1-0-2; Verhoff 0-7-7; Schroeder 0-0-0; Stechschulte 1-2-5; Schumacher 1-0-3; Karhoff 2-2-6; Wynn 0-0-0.

Score by Quarters:

Fort Jennings 11 3 12 9 - 35

Columbus Grove 7 10 9 5 - 31

Three-point goals: Fort Jennings 3-10 (Schroeder 3); Columbus Grove 2-16 (Stechschulte 1, Schumacher 1).

Rebounds: Fort Jennings 17 (Schroeder 6); Columbus Grove 31 (Wynn 4).

Turnovers: Columbus Grove 16, Fort Jennings 11.

Junior Varsity: Columbus Grove 41-16.


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