Buckeye Valley rally falls just short
Liberty wins regular-season finale
By Ben Stroup firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckeye Valley found its form after a rough first quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback as visiting Elgin held on for a 54-47 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win to spoil girls’ senior night Wednesday in Delaware.
“We started out slow,” BV coach Landon Fraker said. “The girls looked to be a little caught up in the emotion of senior night. They played pretty well after that first quarter, especially in the fourth, but just kind of ran out of time. I was proud of the girls. They could have given in when they were down 14 points with three minutes to go, but never gave up. The seniors had a lot to do with that … they got everyone fired up. Unfortunately, like I said, we just kind of ran out of time there at the end.”
The Barons (10-10, 6-6 MOAC) fell behind 8-0 early on, but battled back with seven straight points thanks to short jumpers from seniors Becca Penrod and Cassie Ingram, and a three-point play from junior Maddie Oberle off a steal in transition. The spurt made it a 12-7 game with 3:36 left in the opening period, but BV didn’t score again until midway through the second quarter.
Elgin ballooned its cushion to 11, 26-15 by halftime, then outscored BV 13-8 in the third. Buckeye Valley played an inspired fourth, outscoring the Comets 24-15 in the period, but it wasn’t enough.
Ingram and Oberle led the Barons with 14 points apiece. Ingram also finished with six rebounds and four steals while making all six of her free throw attempts in the final regular season home game of her career. Senior Michaela Linn was also solid in her finale, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.
•Olentangy didn’t have any trouble scoring during Wednesday’s girls’ senior night showdown in Lewis Center … the problem was slowing down Newark.
The Braves scored 20 or more points in two of the four quarters, but the Wildcats, the third seed in the upcoming Central District tournament, scored no fewer than 18 in any one period en route to an 81-70 non-league win.
“We were guarding them, they just hit tough shots,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “That’s a good team … we’ll just keep working on getting better before we open the tournament Monday night. Even in the loss, the girls played pretty well, and all three of our seniors scored.”
Newark scored 22 points in the first quarter to take an early lead, but Olentangy (14-8) was right there after pouring in 20 of its own. The Wildcats earned some breathing room in the second and third quarters, though, outscoring the Braves 19-13 in the second and 18-15 in the third to take a 59-48 lead into the final frame — a quarter that saw both teams score 22 points.
Sophomore Kelly Meade and junior Morgan Horvath played well in the loss, scoring 25 and 20 points, respectively. Horvath was efficient, too, making eight of her 10 shots from the floor.
•Liberty secured a solid win in its regular-season finale, dropping host Marysville 56-51 Wednesday evening.
The Patriots (12-8, 10-4 OCC) earned all the separation they would need in the first quarter, coupling solid offense with a dominant defensive effort to take a 14-5 lead into the second. The Monarchs won the second 18-16 and the third 12-10, but Liberty made more than enough shots down the stretch to seal the deal.
Alexa Fisher led Liberty with a game-best 22 points while Kristen Levering poured in 11 in the win.
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