SPENCERVILLE - Thursday night matchup featured two of the three unbeaten teams in the Northwest Conference for girls’ high school hoops as the Spencerville faced off against the Lady Bulldogs. An inbounds play with 2.2 seconds left in the game resulted in an Alex Carter game winning bucket to give Spencerville the 31-30 victory over Columbus Grove.

The Lady Bearcats had 19 turnovers and Columbus Grove shot a woeful 29 percent from the field.

Spencerville started the contest hot getting out to an early 10-2 lead near the two-minute mark of the first quarter. Abbygayle Satterfield led the Bearcats in scoring in the first period with four points.

Thankfully for Columbus Grove, Kenzie King went on a personal 5-0 run to end the quarter and cut the Spencerville lead to 10-7.

The Lady Bulldogs got a three-point play from Erin Downing to tie the game at 10-10. The second period featured ties at 10-10, 12-12 and finally 14-14. Columbus Grove scored on layups from Amy Vorst and Rylee Sybert to send the Bulldogs into the intermission up 18-14.

The first six minutes of the third period feature just one basket and those honors belong to Alex Carter of Spencerville to bring the score to 18-16, Grove. The final 1:57 of the period include four buckets and one made foul shots.

Emma Leis of Spencerville hit a layup to cut the Grove lead down to one at 22-21 after three quarters.

After Leis capped off the end of the third period, she began the fourth with a layup to give Spencerville their first lead since early in the second quarter, 23-22 Lady Bearcats.

Grove quickly responded with a 3-pointer from Sybert and Spencerville later tied the contest at 25-25 with a layup from Nelaya Burden with 5:57 left in the game.

Carter’s basket later put Spencerville in the driver seat with a 29-27 lead with under two minutes in the fourth quarter. Grove’s Sybert canned her second triple of the quarter at the 1:31 mark to put the Lady Bulldogs up 30-29.

The final fifty seconds of the game featured two missed layups by Spencerville which would have given them the lead. Grove also missed the front end of two one-and-one foul shots chance to increase their lead.

Spencerville had the ball under their bucket with 2.2 seconds left. Spencerville drew up one inbounds play then Grove called a timeout. They drew up another one and couldn’t get the ball inbounds so the Bearcats had to call another timeout.

After three timeouts - two by Spencerville and one by Grove - the Lady Bearcats inbound the ball to Carter who collect the it and got off the shot before the final buzzer.

“Credit to Grove for excuting very well down the stretch of that game. They are so well coached and its awesome playing a game like this. We knew coming into this game it was going to be a tough four quarter game. Grove plays so hard and we talked to the girls about matching their intensity and they did a good job of turning us over, but we were able to pull it out in the end,” said Spencerville girls basketball coach Greg Ekis.

“You aren’t going to win many games scoring thirty points outside of the last play. I thought we played well defensively. I also thought Angel Schneider and Sydney Witteborg did a good job guarding Carter all night. I wanted them to foul that last possession before they got the ball inbounds but hats off to Greg and Spencerville tonight,” said Columbus Grove girls basketball coach Brian Schroeder.

Carter’s shot found net and Spencerville picked up the hard fought victory over Grove, 31-30.

The Lady Bearcats control their own destiny in the NWC as they improve to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the NWC. Spencerville will face the other unbeaten in the NWC on Thursday when they take on the Bluffton. Columbus Grove drops to 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in the NWC.

Fields Goals: Grove 12-41, Spencerville 15-35, 3-Pointers: Grove 3-9 (Sybert 2, King), Spencerville 0-9, Rebounds: Grove 22, Spencerville 24, Fouls: Grove 8, Spencerville 13, Turnovers: Grove 15, Spencerville 19, JV 41-19 Grove