Early surge helps Pacers sink Golden Eagles

Ben Stroup Sports Editor

December 15, 2013

Hayes’ girls basketball team coupled a steady opening quarter with a nearly flawless second to parlay a 32-12 halftime edge into an impressive 51-29 OCC-Capital Division win Friday night in Delaware.

Julie Bauer set the tone for the Pacers, finishing with a game-best 24 points in the win. She also had three assists and six steals, all while shooting the ball extremely well. The senior made nine of her 11 free throws and six of her eight shots from the field.

Other Hayes (5-2, 2-2 OCC) standouts included Maranda Merriman, who finished with nine points and four rebounds; and Kristen McMillen, who had five assists to go with her seven points.

Skylar Fleak led Big Walnut (3-1, 1-1) with 12 points in the setback.

•Buckeye Valley battled early on, trailing just 30-25 at the break, but host North Union put the game out of reach with a 25-6 third-quarter run en route to a 64-43 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win Friday night.

BV guards Maddie Oberle and Cassie Ingram provided two of the team’s bright spots, finishing with 13 points apiece.

•Liberty had a hard time cracking the Upper Arlington defense Friday, falling to the visitors 34-25 in OCC-Central Division action.

The Patriots (3-2, 1-1 OCC) used a 7-0 second quarter to take a 17-15 lead into halftime, but scored just eight points in the second half as they were outscored 12-3 in the third and 7-5 in the fourth.

Hayley Hickman led Liberty with eight points in the setback.


Bethany Kuykendall and Erin McCullough had monster games Saturday, lifting Delaware Christian to a 39-28 Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League win over host Madison Christian.

DCS led early and never looked back, leading 12-7 after a quarter, 18-15 at the break and 27-20 heading into the final eight minutes of action.

Kuykendall finished with a triple-double, netting a game-best 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and 11 steals. McCullough, meanwhile, closed with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in the win. Alex Stone was also steady, scoring all five of her points during a critical stretch in the fourth quarter.