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Hillary Heiby added 15, Beth Homan 14 and Katie Stahl 13 for the balanced Green-and-White Bulldogs (20-2, 8-1 WBL). They dominated the first half 39-22.
The Lady Knights never trailed in the game. With the score tied at two early in the first quarter, Crestview went on an 8-0 run started by Henry with an easy bunny shot, then sophomores Terra Crowle and Lindsey Motycka hit back-to-back threes to extend the lead to 10-2. Columbus Grove fought back before the end of the quarter. A three by Sammi Stechschulte and two free throws by Megan Verhoff helped the Lady Bulldogs pull within five but Crestview freshman Emily Bauer hit a basket off an assist from Mackenzie Riggenbach that gave the Lady Knights a 14-7 lead after one.
After the teams exchanged baskets to begin the second quarter, the Lady Knights went on another 10-2 run to close out the period. Sophomore Kennis Mercer and Riggenbach had threes during the run, while Bauer added a basket and a free throw. Henry also hit a free throw to close out the scoring on the run, putting the Lady Knights up 26-11 at the break.
Crestview put the game away by opening up the third quarter on a 9-2 run to take a commanding 35-13 lead midway through the period. The Lady Knights outscored the Lady Bulldogs 19-6 overall, grabbing total control at 45-17 after three.
Crestview maintained its lead in the fourth quarter on its way to a 25-point rout.
The Lady bulldogs were led in scoring by Sydney McCluer’s nine points. The loss drops the Lady Bulldogs to 5-16 on the season (3-6 NWC). Grove ends the regular season Saturday afternoon (1 p.m. JV) at home versus Pandora-Gilboa.
“Crestview played extremely well tonight. We really couldn’t stop their inside game, so we had to play zone and that’s what killed us,” said Grove coach Chad Ricker. “Second half, we played more man-to-man and got some points on the board. We felt sorry for ourselves at times; we struggled hitting shots and taking care of the ball. We also didn’t execute as crisply as I would have liked but give Crestview a lot of credit for that. There is a reason they are 20-2 on the season.”
The Lady Knights had a very balanced night offensively. Motycka led the with 13 points, Bauer added 12 and Riggenbaugh wasn’t far behind with nine.
“I thought we played really well and that this was one of our most complete games from start to finish,” said Crestview coach Greg Rickard. “We shot well, moved the ball well, had a lot of assists and rebounded really well. I thought we did a good job defending, challenging shots and keeping them off the glass.”