McMillen’s late jumper halts Kilbourne rally

Ben Stroup Sports Editor

January 19, 2014

Annie Mosca drilled a deep three to give Worthington Kilbourne a one-point lead with 38 seconds left, but Kristen McMillen answered with a mid-range jumper from the middle of the lane 20 seconds later to lift Hayes to a thrilling 45-44 OCC-Capital Division win Friday in Delaware.

The Wolves’ (9-5, 5-4 OCC) Kayla Pack, who scored 16 of her game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, got off a shot at the buzzer, but it went wide as a Pacers’ (10-6, 5-4) double team did its job.

Hayes looked to be in control for awhile, up 7-3 after eight minutes of action and 25-17 by the break. The Pacers ballooned the lead to 13 thanks to an 11-6 third, but the Wolves reeled off a 21-9 run to rally big time in the fourth.

McMillen, who netted 11 points in the win, finished tied for team scoring honors with Julie Bauer.

Hayes returns to action Tuesday, set to face Hilliard Bradley in its Hoops for Hope game. Proceeds from the event will go toward the fight against cancer, with some set aside for Ashleigh Hunt — a former Pacer player who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, last summer.

•Buckeye Valley picked up a solid Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win Saturday, dropping host Fairbanks 51-37.

Maddie Oberle and Cassie Ingram led the Barons, who controlled the game most of the way, with 15 points apiece. Michaela Linn was also solid in the win, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Amy Stought sparked the team on the defensive end by holding Fairbanks’ leading scorer to just three points.

•Liberty had an up-and-down weekend, starting things with a tight 32-29 OCC-Central Division win over visiting Central Crossing Friday night before falling to Reedsville Eastern 70-38 in non-league action Saturday at Pickerington Central’s Tiger Prep Shoot-Out.

Friday’s win came in comeback fashion as the Patriots, who trailed 17-12 at halftime, outscored the Comets 12-4 in the third to swing the momentum back in their favor.

Alexa Fisher had a solid all-around game in the win, closing with 11 points, seven steals and four rebounds.

The Patriots actually increased their scoring output Saturday against Reedsville Eastern, but scored seven points or fewer in three of the four quarters. They were outscored 14-5 in the first, 24-2o in the second, 19-6 in the third and 13-7 in the fourth.

Madison King and Kristen Levering led Liberty with 10 points apiece in the setback.

•Morgan Horvath and Kelly Meade combined for 41 points, but the rest of the Braves combined for just eight as Olentangy fell to Huntington (W.Va.) St. Joseph 62-49 Saturday at Pickerington Central’s Tiger Prep Shoot-Out.

Olentangy kept things close early, but St. Joseph owned a 17-14 lead by the end of the first quarter and built on the cushion each of the following three — outscoring the Braves 10-9 in the second, 14-12 in the third and 21-14 in the fourth.