Nelaya Burden of Spencerville dives the ball past Kaylee Buzard of Jefferson in their matchup Tuesday. Burden scored a team-high 24 points. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Nelaya Burden of Spencerville dives the ball past Kaylee Buzard of Jefferson in their matchup Tuesday. Burden scored a team-high 24 points. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

SPENCERVILLE — Jefferson ended their regular season with a loss to the Bearcats on Thursday night. Nelaya Burden put on a show, racking up 24 points for Spencerville en route to a 51-32 win over the Wildcats.

Delphos jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the opening quarter. Aly Lindeman dropped in a layup and a pair of free throws to help give Jefferson an early advantage.

Burden helped get the Lady Bearcats rolling with a 3-pointer as the first quarter approached the midway point. She sank another triple just :30 later and gave Spencerville a 6-4 lead over the visiting Wildcats. Burden scored eight straight points for the Bearcats but a putback basket by Lindeman made it 10-6 after one.

Delphos cut the lead down to two points early in the second quarter before Emma Leis drained a 3-pointer and pushed Spencerville’s advantage back to four. Leis knocked down another triple late in the half and Kirsten Wurst connected from long range as the Lady Bearcats closed the quarter on a 15-2 run.

Jefferson played solid defense in the third quarter and cut into the Spencerville lead. The Wildcats went 4-for-4 from the line in the quarter and 11-of-14 for the game. Burden hit a 3-pointer early and Leis drained a triple with :03 remaining to give Spencerville a 34-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Burden knocked down her fourth 3-pointer of the game early in the fourth and made it 39-20. Early foul trouble came back to haunt Delphos late in the game. Kaylee Buzard fouled out with 5:42 remaining in the game and Lindeman had to take a seat with five fouls 2:00 later.

Addy Stewart hit a long 3-pointer with 5:00 remaining but the Bearcats held on for a 51-32 victory over NWC rival Jefferson.

“We have great kids,” said Jefferson head coach Denise Lindeman. “Our girls worked hard but today Spencerville outplayed us physically and we couldn’t find a way to stop Burden.

The Wildcats finish the regular season with a record of 9-13 (4-4 NWC) and Spencerville sits at 14-8 (6-2 NWC).

Jefferson 6 4 10 12 - 32

Spencerville 10 15 9 17 - 51

Jefferson (32)

Aly Lindeman 8, Delaney Deuel 8, Josie McGue 6, Addy Stewart 5, Kaylee Buzard 3, Mallory Bridges 2

Spencerville (51)

Nelaya Burden 24, Emma Leis 14, Lilyan Goecke 4, Olivia Goecke 4, Kirsten Wurst 3, Gillian Goecke 1, Raigan Staup 1