By CHARLIE WARNIMONT
MILLER CITY 52, KALIDA 44
OTTAWA — Miller City used a big edge at the free-throw line to defeat Kalida 52-44 in a Division IV sectional final at Ottawa-Glandorf Friday night.
The win pushes the Wildcats to the Division IV district semifinals at Elida Tuesday night at 8 p.m. against Delphos St. John’s.
Miller City connected on 19-of-32 free throws in the contest, while Kalida went to the charity stripe just 11 times, making five. Adam Niese hit eight free throws for the Wildcats and Jacob Gerten seven.
Kalida had a 10-9 lead after the opening quarter before Miller City used an 11-7 run in the second quarter for a 20-17 halftime lead. Miller City was still up three points after three quarters before they went on a 19-14 run in the fourth quarter for the win.
Gerten, Cory Heuerman and Adam Drummelsmith all had 11 points for Miller City. Niese added 10 points and had five rebounds.
Devin Kortokrax led Kalida with 13 points and seven rebounds. Randy Zeller had 10 points and 1o rebounds for the Wildcats.
Kalida was 16-of-43 shooting in the game as they hit 7-of-26 three-point attempts in the game. Miller City was 14-of-33 shooting as they were 5-of-19 from three-point range.
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Kalida 16-43 5-11 44: Adam Langhals 2-1-6; Austin Swift 0-0-0; Luke Langhals 3-0-9; Devin Kortokrax 5-2-13; Randy Zeller 3-2-10; Trent Gerding 1-0-2; Logan Roebke 0-0-0; Cole Miller 0-0-0; Joe Gerdeman 2-0-4.
Miller City 14-33 19-32 52: Mick Lammers 0-2-2; Jackson Lammers 3-0-7; Jacob Gerten 2-7-11; Cory Heuerman 5-0-11; Adam Drummelsmith 3-2-11; Adam Niese 1-8-10.
Score by Quarters:
Kalida 10 7 13 14 - 44
Miller City 9 11 13 19 - 52
Three-point goals: Kalida 7-26 (L. Langhals 3, Zeller 2, A. Langhals, Kortokrax); Miller City 5-19 (Drummelsmith 3, Heuerman, J. Lammers).
Rebounds: Kalida 27 (Zeller 10); Miller City 22 (Niese 5).
Turnovers: Kalida 16, Miller City 7.
COLUMBUS GROVE 55, LEIPSIC 33
Columbus Grove bolted out to a big lead early Friday night in defeating Leipsic 55-33 in a Division IV sectional final at Ottawa-Glandorf.
The win advances the Bulldogs to the Division IV district semi-finals at Elida Tuesday night to face Crestview at 6:15 p.m.
The Bulldogs wasted little time in getting a big lead as they outscored the Vikings 19-1 in the first quarter. Columbus Grove added to its lead with a slim 16-15 second quarter scoring advantage for a 35-16 halftime lead. The Vikings outscored Grove 11-8 in the third quarter before Grove closed out the game with a 12-6 fourth quarter scoring advantage.
Jace Darbyshire had 18 points for Grove, while Will Vorhees had 16 points and eight rebounds. Logan Diller had nine points for the Bulldogs and Riley Brubaker pulled down eight rebounds.
Zach Kuhlman led the Vikings with 16 points and five rebounds.
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Columbus Grove 19-37 15-17 55: Colin Grothaus 0-0-0; Jace Darbyshire 4-9-18; Riley Brubaker 3-0-7; Baily Clement 1-0-2; Joey Warnecke 1-1-3; Elisha Jones 0-0-0; Logan Diller 3-3-9; Noah Kohls 0-0-0; Tanner Neu 0-0-0; Will Vorhees 7-2-16.
Leipsic 11-43 8-19 33: Gavin Cupp 1-0-2; Matt Schroeder 3-1-8; Neil Haselman 0-0-0; Ross Mangas 0-0-0; Jordan Brown 1-4-6; Zach Kuhlman 6-2-16; Ross Schroeder 0-0-0; Oscar Lopez 0-1-1.
Score by Quarters:
Columbus Grove 19 16 8 12 - 55
Leipsic 1 15 11 6 - 33
Three-point goals: Columbus Grove 2-7 (Darbyshire, Brubaker); Leipsic 3-11 (Kuhlman 2, M. Schroeder).
Rebounds: Columbus Grove 32 (Brubaker 8, Vorhees 8); Leipsic 20 (Kuhlman 5).
Turnovers: Columbus Grove 17, Leipsic 14.
Bearcats slip by Cardinals in sectionals
COLDWATER — Spencerville’s boys basketball team withered a fourth-quarter New Bremen rally to slip by the Cardinals 52-48 in Division IV Sectional-final action Friday night at Coldwater High School’s The Palace.
A trio of Bearcats (16-5) led the way: 15 by Zach Goecke and 13 each by Ben Bowers and Mason Nourse.
The Cardinals (10-13) also placed a trio in double digits: 15 by Carson Manger, 11 from Ben Homan and 10 by Brent Goettemoeller.
Spencerville plays the winner of Arlington/Perry in game 1 at Tuesday’s Wapakoneta District (6:15 p.m.).