Delaware got it done with defense in Saturday’s season opener at Buckeye Valley, limiting the host Barons to just 24 points in the final three quarters en route to a convincing 60-39 non-league win.
“I think the defense we played made the difference,” first-year Hayes head coach Peter Minardi said. “After giving up 15 points in the first quarter, we held them to six in the second, and just two field goals.”
The Pacers (1-0), who owned a 19-15 lead after a competitive first, used three three-pointers and the solid D to open up a 36-21 lead by the break. They outscored the Barons (0-1) 9-7 in the third and 15-11 in the fourth.
“The game was physical, and, with our youth, we had trouble adjusting to that,” BV coach Landon Fraker said. “We were a little anxious, I think that was a lot of it … but the girls did a nice job playing hard the whole time. We’re not happy with the loss, but the kids got experience, which is what they need.”
Kristen McMillen led Hayes with a steady shooting performance, finishing with 19 points. She had three triples in the win while connecting on eight of her 13 shots overall. Julie Bauer was also solid, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds, five steals and five assists while Maranda Merriman closed with 12 points to smooth out the stat leaders.
Buckeye Valley got a boost from Cassie Ingram, who finished with a team-best 15 points in the setback. Michaela Linn was also solid, finishing with eight points.
LIBERTY 54, ORANGE 34
Liberty started strong and finished with a flurry, outscoring visiting Orange by a combined 34-16 margin in the first and fourth quarters en route to a 54-34 non-league win Saturday in Powell.
“I though, considering everything, we did a nice job,” Liberty head coach Ron Florey said. “Orange played hard all the way through, but we shot the ball well when we needed to, making six threes in the win.”
The Patriots (1-0) raced out to a 20-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and, after the Pioneers (0-1) played virtually even with them through the middle two periods, including closing the gap with a 10-8 second quarter, sealed the deal with a 14-6 fourth-quarter spree.
Alexa Fisher paced the Patriots with 16 points including four three-pointers while Melissa Veerman finished with 12 points and Kristen Levering six to go with her six rebounds.
The Pioneers were powered by Lexi Werling, who finished with a game-high 18 points in the loss.
DELAWARE CHRISTIAN 39, HIGHLAND 28
Erin McCullough did a little of everything Saturday against visiting Highland, leading the Eagles (1-0) to a 39-28 season-opening win.
McCullough finished with a team-best 12 points to go with 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Other standouts included Emily Cornelius, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win; and Bethany Kuykendall, who closed with five rebound and four assists to complement her four points.
TEAYS VALLEY 47, OLENTANGY 38
The Braves simply couldn’t find their shooting form, sinking just four first-half field goals as they fell to the Vikings 47-38 in the Tip-Off Classic Sunday in Reynoldsburg.
“We had a little bit of cold shooting,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “We shot 4 for 26 in the first half and, combine that with a few turnovers against a good team, and you dig yourself a hole.”
The hole turned out to be a 14-point deficit as the Braves went to the locker room down 24-10. They played even with the Vikings in the third, 12-all, and won the fourth by a 16-11 margin.
Olentangy’s Morgan Horvath led the way with 14 points while Kelly Meade finished with 13.