Emma Leis of Spencerville drives to the bucket against Delaney Deuel of Jefferson. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Emma Leis of Spencerville drives to the bucket against Delaney Deuel of Jefferson. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — The Lady Bearcats came away with a big conference win Thursday night when they defeated Jefferson . Alex Carter of Spencerville led all scoring with 23 points and helped push her team past the Wildcats 56-37.

The Bearcats jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Carter pounded the paint and accounted for eight of Spencerville’s first 10 points and forced a Lady Cat timeout with a 10-2 advantage.

Jefferson appeared to get things on track with a pair of three’s by Kaylee Buzard but a bucket by Carter near the end of the quarter gave the Lady Bearcats a 20-10 lead.

Spencerville continued to dominate down low but also received help from Nelaya Burden who nailed a triple from the right-wing. She finished the game with 14 points.

A shot by Emma Leis missed the mark at the buzzer and left the score at 29-19 heading into the locker room.

“Spencerville is a great team and I have a lot of respect for coach Ekis,” said Jefferson head coach Chrissy Billiter. “At this point in the season, we can’t afford to be inconsistent. We are good, but not consistently good.”

Burden and Leis lit it up again from downtown in the third to bring the Bearcat lead to 41-23. Buzard went 2-for-2 from the line to close out the quarter as the Wildcats faced a 41-26 deficit entering the fourth.

Buzard nailed a three to open the final quarter and cut the lead down to 12. She finished the game with a team high 13 points.

Spencerville continued to pull away as the reserves entered the game and held on for a 56-37 victory.

“Alex Carter did a great job for us tonight,” said Bearcat head coach Greg Ekis. “We knew we had a size advantage and she did a great job around the basket. Getting the ball inside is a positive thing for us. We still want to cut down on some of our turnovers before the start of the tournament.”

Jefferson slips to 7-12 (2-4 NWC) while Spencerville improves to 15-4 (6-1 NWC).

Spencerville 56

Kelsey Shaffer 1-2 0-0 2, Abbygayle Satterfirld 1-1 0-0 2, Nelaya Burden 4-12 4-7 14, Emma Leis 4-9 3-4 12, Alex Carter 10-16 3-4 23, Gillian Goecke 0-2 0-0 0, Olivia Goecke 1-2 1-2 3, Total 21-44 11-17 56

Jefferson 37

Kaylee Buzard 3-7 4-4 13, Addy Stewart 2-13 3-6 7, Aly Lindeman 3-7 4-4 10, Delaney Deuel 0-5 1-2 1, Karly Mawhorr 2-6 0-0 4, Mallory Bridges 0-4 1-4 1, Josie McGue 0-3 0-0 0, Lizzie Chung 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Mueller 0-1 1-2 1, Total 10-47 15-22 37

Score by Quarter

Spencerville 20 9 12 15 - 56

Jefferson 12 7 7 11 - 37

JV:

Spencerville 35

Lilyan Goecke 17, Isabelle Murray 3, Ariana McMichael 7, Raigan Staup 6, Brooklyn Godsey 2

Jefferson 19

Jenna Rode 2, Kyra Foust 4, Josie McGue 8, Lizzie Chung 5

Score by Quarter

Spencerville 4 10 12 9 - 35

Jefferson 2 2 11 4 - 19