Lady Jackets’win close oneat Bellefontaine


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Staff report

BELLEFONTAINE — It would have made it difficult for the Sidney Lady Jackets to take the next nine days off, coming off a loss to a neighboring rival.

But thanks to some clutch play down the stretch, they pulled out a 42-41 thriller Monday night at Bellefontaine for their third win in a row and eighth in their last nine games.

The Lady Jackets are now 9-4 on the season and won’t return to the hardwood until a Feb. 18 home game against Fairborn.

Sidney had to overcome a disastrous opening quarter that saw the Lady Chieftains hold a 10-2 lead when it ended. But the Lady Jackets regrouped and outscored Bellefontaine 12-7 in the second quarter to trim the lead down to just three at 17-14.

“We didn’t play that bad in the first half,” said Sidney caoch Megan Mummey. “We just didn’t hit our shots. And they were doing a good job on (Celena) Taborn inside.”

Taborn is Sidney’s 6-foot-2 senior post, who came into the game averaging 23.8 points per game, tops in the Greater Western Ohio Conference by more than six points. But Bellefontaine held her to 14.

Sidney still trailed by three after an even third quarter, 30-27, but rallied to pull it out in the final period thanks to clutch three-pointers from Carrie Nuss, Hayley Powers and Braxtyn Lee. And Nuss dropped in two pressure free throws in the waning seconds to seal the deal for the Lady Jackets.

Taborn was the only Sidney player in double figures, but Nuss and Alina Kindle both added eight.

“Celena didn’t score like she usually does, but she still had a great game,” said Mummey. “She had 12 rebounds and blocked eight shots.”

Sidney (42) — Nuss 8, Kindle 8, Powers 3, Lee 3, Johnson 6, Taborn 14.

Bellefontaine (41) — Stolly 18, Sullivan 1, Tolliver 5, Mitchell 8, West 3, Roder 6.

Score by quarters:

Sidney`2“4`27`42

Bellefontaine`10`17`30`41

Three-pointers: Sidney 6 (Nuss 2, Kindle 2, Lee, Powers); Bellefontaine 5 (Stolly 3, Mitchell 2).

Records: Sidney 9-4, Bellefontaine 6-7.

Reserve score: Sidney 39, Bellefontaine 19.

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Houston 43, F-M 39

HOUSTON — Houston overcame a four-point deficit after three quarters and pulled off an upset Monday night, beating Franklin-Monroe in non-league girls basketball action, 43-39.

The victory put the Lady Wildcats at 4-9 on the season heading into a game Thursday at league-leading Russia.

Franklin-Monroe is now 8-4.

Houston had to battle back though, trailing 20-12 at the half and 32-28 after three quarters. But they outscored the visitors 15-7 in the final period.

Jess Monnier had 12 to lead the Lady Wildcats.

Franklin-Monroe (39) — B. Cable 6, Conley 9, Morris 4, Goings 4, Cable 6.

Houston (43) — Maier 6, Ely 5, White 2, S. Monnier 7, Riesenbeck 8, J. Monnier 12, New 3.

Score by quarters:

F-M`8`20`32`39

Houston`9`12`28`43

Three-pointers: F-M 1 (B. Cable); Houston 1 (New).

Records: Houston 4-9, F-M 8-4.

Reserve score: no game played.

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New Knoxville 42, W-G 33

WAYNESFIELD — The New Knoxville Rangers pulled away from a 17-all deadlock at the half and defeated Waynesfield-Goshen 42-33 in non-league action Tuesday night.

The Lady Rangers go to 6-7 on the year and host Delphos St. John’s Thursday.

Kenzie Schroer led the way for Knoxville, tossing in 18 points, seven on those in the final period.

Knoxville was 10 for 14 from the line.

New Knoxville (42) — Doty 2, Schroer 18, Lauth 4, Scott 6, M. Jurosic 6, Trego 4, B. Jurosic 2.

Waynesfield (33) — Buffenbarger 9, Barrington 2, Lowe 2, Wicker 5, Craig 6, Biederman 4, Gilroy 5.

Score by quarters:

NK`11`17`29`42

WG`11`17`24`334

Three-pointers: NK 4 (Schroer 4); WG 3 (Buffenbarger 3).

Records: NK 6-7, WG 4-7.

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Minster 62, JC 48

JACKSON CENTER — Two state-ranked teams met at Jackson Center Tuesday night, and it was No. 1 Minster beating the No. 9 Lady Tigers 62-48 to remain unbeaten.

Minster goes to 10-0 on the year and Jackson drops to 8-3 after its third loss in the last four games.

Minster bolted to a 20-11 lead after one quarter and opened it up to 49-334 after three.

Rosie Westerbeck had 14 and Ali Borgerding 12 for Minster. Alicia Kessler led Jackson with 11.

Minster (62) — Fischer 8, Roetgerman 9, Baumer 1, Westerbeck 14, Borgerding 12, Koge 8, Prenger 8, Luthman 2.

Jackson (48) — Reese 9, Elchert 4, Meyer 8, Winner 9, Clark 7, Kessler 11.

Score by quarters:

Minster`20`34`49`62

Jackson`11`26`34`48

Three-pointers: Minster 5 (Fischer 2, Borgerding 2, Roetgerman); JC 6 (Winner 3, Meyer 2, EReese).

Records: Minster 10-0, JC 8-3.

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