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Monday, February 11, 2013 3:48 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’s girls basketball team did just enough offensively Saturday afternoon, subduing visiting Perry 58-46 in non-league action at Spencerville High School.

Despite foul trouble, the Lady Bearcats (3-17) were led by a duo of sophomores Schylar Miller with 13 and senior Alyssa Mulholland with 12.


The Lady Commodores (6-15), who also had their share of foul woes, were topped by 6-2 junior Lexie Davis with 16 markers and 18 boards; 16 counters by Courtland Fowler and 12 from Abbie Patton.


Both teams struggled shooting the ball: Spencerville canned 20-of-51 attempts (4-of-12 3-balls) for 37.3 percent and 14-of-27 at the line (51.9%) versus Perry’s chilly 14-of-55 tries from the floor (1-of-9 beyond the arc) for 25.5 percent and 17-of-33 freebies (51.5%).

“We worked really hard on free throws early in the season but lately, we stopped; we hadn’t been getting to the line too many times, so we had some other areas we needed to address, so we focused on them,” Spencerville coach Warren Pughlsey explained. “We got to the line a lot today and we just weren’t comfortable. That’s a different kind of pressure, so we’ll go back to working on them.”

For Perry coach Herb Lane, it’s the same old song.

“We work on them every day and we’re still around 50 percent. We don’t capitalize on those opportunities and it’s costly,” he explained. “We just couldn’t quite get over the hump; we kept battling but we just couldn’t finish. I thought Courtland had a great game on her birthday.”

There was two lead changes and one tie early in the game, with the Bearcats taking the lead for good at 7-6 on a free throw by sophomore Katie Merriman (6 boards, 5 thefts) at 2:14. Mulholland hit four straight free tosses in the final 2:01 to give the Lady Bearcats an 11-6 edge,

Fouls began to pile up for both squads — Spencerville had 25 for the game versus 20 for the Lady Commodores — in the second period. The hosts led by as much as nine — 16-7 on a 3-ball by Mulholland (4 steals) at 6:55. The Commodores rallied the remainder of the period to get within 27-26 on a baseline drive by Fowler with 1:30 showing.

The start of the third period was the key for the game. In the first 3:30, the hosts outscored their foe 14-0, with Miller (5 assists) coming around for eight of the points. Perry missed four shots and two free throws and turned it over five times (26 total vs. 24 for the hosts) as the hosts built their lead to 41-26 on Miller’s deuce at 4:50. Once again, Perry tried to retaliate and did get as close as 43-35 on a steal and layin by Patton with 53 ticks on the board.

Perry needed to keep the momentum going into the fourth period to have a chance; however, it didn’t happen. By the time they scored again at 5:22, they trailed 47-37. Spencerville didn’t exactly apply the knockout blow but neither could Perry get within striking distance as both teams struggled from the foul line, combining for 11-of-25 in the fourth.

In sum, Perry gathered 46 boards, 20 offensive, as Alexis Young nabbed 10 and Patton eight, along with five assists. They finish the regular season versus Vanlue Thursday.

Spencerville attracted 41 caroms, 14 offensive, as freshman Caitlyn Probst secured 12. They host Lima Central Catholic Tuesday.

“We had it and then tried to give it away. When you don’t play with the lead much, it can be hard to learn how to put a team away,” Pughsley added. “We played well to build the lead but didn’t quite put them away when we had the chance; we just did enough.”

In one half of junior varsity action, Spencerville won 24-9.

Sophomore Shania Johnson led the victors with eight.

Kaitlyn Cox topped the Lady Commodores with five.



PERRY (46)

Lexie Davis 3-10-16, Haley King 0-0-0, Becca Henderson 0-0-0, Abbie Patton 4-3-12, Alexis Young 1-0-2, Courtney Trent 0-0-0, Courtland Fowler 6-4-16, Kaitlyn Cox 0-0-0, Imani Watson 0-0-0. Totals 13-1-17/33-46.


Shania Johnson 0-0-0, Schylar Miller 5-2-13, Alyssa Mulholland 3-4-12, Tori Hardesty 0-0-0, Kennedy Sharp 0-0-0, Karri Purdy 3-0-7, Katie Merriman 1-1-3, Jacey Grigsby 1-2-4, Megan Miller 1-0-2, Abby Freewalt 4-0-8, Caitlyn Probst 2-5-9. Totals 16-4-14/27-58.

Score by Quarters:

Perry              6 20   9 11 - 46

Spencerville 11 16 16 15 - 58

Three-point goals: Perry, Patton; Spencerville, Mulholland 2, S. Miller, Purdy.




Imani Watson 0-0-0, Jala Phillips 1-0-2, Summer Williams 0-0-0, Kimberly Dove 0-0-0, Nakayla Simpson 0-0-0, Kaylee Petaway 0-0-0, Taliah Kleman 0-0-0, Tyjia Walton 0-0-0, Courtney Trent 0-0-0, Courtland Fowler 0-2-2, Kaitlyn Cox 2-0-5. Totals 2-1-2/4-9.


Shania Johnson 3-1-8, Kennedy Sharp 0-0-0, Katie Merriman 0-0-0, Jacey Grigsby 1-0-2, Megan Miller 1-0-2, Caitlyn Probst 1-1-3, Karri Purdy 2-0-5, Tori Hardesty 2-0-4. Totals 8-2-2/5-24.

Score by Quarters:

Perry                 7   2 -  9

Spencerville    12 12 - 24

Three-point goals: Perry, Cox; Spencerville, Johnson, Purdy.


Last Updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:50 PM

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