Reds beat Braves 4-3 for back-to-back wins

July 25, 2011

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Delaware Christian senior Haley Kirby made history Friday … and she got it out of the way early.

Needing just three points to become the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer, Kirby took a pass from fellow senior Sarah Harp and drained a deep triple just two minutes into the contest against visiting Madison Christian, earning her place in the record books.

The game was immediately stopped from a brief ceremony to highlight the accomplishment.

“Haley’s been solid since the day she got here,” DCS coach Jackie Boggs said. “She worked real hard to get where she is, and she’s probably going to put another 100 or so points up, making the record that much harder to break in the future.”

If the individual record wasn’t nice enough, the Eagles won the game 56-34 to provide the icing on the cake, improving their overall record to 10-7 while closing out the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League slate with an even 6-6 mark.

In a game of runs, DCS picked good times to go on spurts, starting the contest with a 14-4 run while finishing in style with a 21-11 surge to seal the deal.

Kirby led the way with 22 points and six rebounds. Brenna McCullough was also solid, closing with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Emily Kirkham finished with a steady nine points and seven boards.

Olentangy 44,

Dublin Jerome 28

Senior Nicole Payne set the school’s all-time record for career three-pointers made, and the Braves used a dominate defense and balanced scoring to net their third straight OCC-Cardinal Division championship Friday in Dublin.

Not bad for a night’s work.

“This is the earliest we’ve clinched a league title,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “Other than the one blip against Scioto, we’ve been pretty dominant … and it’s nice. Winning never gets old, especially winning OCC titles.”

The Braves, who outscored the host Celtics 20-9 in the middle two quarters, improved to 16-2 overall and 11-1 in the league thanks to the win.

Payne, who made history by nailing her 59th career three-pointer, finished with eight points. Other Olentangy standouts included Brooke Zwayer, who had a team-best 13 points in the win; and the duo of Megan Beidelman and Lydia Hyburg, who had 10 points each.

The OCC crown is the program’s fourth overall.

Orange 73,

Watkins Memorial 28

The Pioneers outscored the visiting Warriors 18-4 in the first quarter and 20-5 in the fourth, easily earning Friday’s OCC-Capital Division win while clinching at least a share of the league title — their second straight.

A total of 11 players scored for Orange (17-1, 12-0 OCC), including Taylor Agler, who poured in a team-leading 18 points.

Other double-digit scorers included Maddy Joseph, who had 16 points, and Mya Walker, who closed with 10.

Westerville North 46,

Liberty 43

The visiting Patriots made a late run, but, despite outscoring the Warriors 14-10 in the final quarter, couldn’t quite complete the comeback.

Liberty led 6-5 after the first quarter, but trailed 18-15 at halftime and 36-29 after three.

Kennedy Wilke led the Patriots with 14 points while Jalynn Guice was also solid, closing with eight in the setback.