Lady Knights get big league win
By ROB HAMILTON
Northmor moved into sole possession of second place in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference’s Blue Division with a 55–40 win over Highland Saturday.
The Knights now are 3–4 in league play, putting them one game in front of both Cardington and Pleasant. Ridgedale leads the Blue with a perfect 5–0 record.
Northmor used a strong fourth quarter to claim the home win over the Scots. After the two teams combined for only six points in the first quarter (with the Knights up 4–2), Highland got within an 18–17 margin by the half.
Both teams scored 13 in the third quarter, but Northmor outscored their opponents 24–10 over the final eight minutes to pull away for the win.
Allie Tupps led Northmor with 18 points, while Kyndall Williams added 13 and both Shelbie Wiseman and Chantel Cline contributed eight.
Katie Davies and Abby Garcia both finished with eight to lead the Scots, while Addie Franklin scored eight.
Earlier, on Thursday, Dec. 27, the Knights took a non-league win at Mansfield Christian by a 50–25 margin.
The score was close after eight minutes of play, with Northmor up 10–8, but the Knights stretched their advantage every period.
The score was 22–14 by the half. In the second half, Northmor took the third quarter by a 16–4 margin and the fourth by a 12–7 score to finish with a 25-point win.
Tupps scored 16 to lead Northmor and Cline finished with 10.
Two days later, the Knights got off to a slow start at home against Mansfield St. Peter’s and couldn’t recover in suffering a 54–41 loss.
The Spartans jumped out to a 15–6 lead in the opening stanza. While the Knights got within a 25–18 margin at the half, St. Peter’s would shut the door on their comeback bid after the intermission.
Northmor was outscored 14–12 in the third quarter and 15–11 in the fourth, as their opponents picked up the road win.
Williams led the Knights with 13 points, while Taylor Shirley added nine and both Wiseman and Cline tallied eight.
The Lady Knights lost to Pleasant by a 34–29 margin last Thursday, as they struggled to put points on the board in the early going.
Northmor led 5–3 after eight minutes, but was outscored 12–3 in the second quarter to fall behind by seven. Pleasant added four more points to their advantage in the third quarter.
While the Knights took the fourth by a 13–7 margin, they would not be able to make up the complete deficit.
Wiseman, Cline and Brie Heminger all scored six points.
Cardington picked up their second league win of the season last Thursday with a 36–32 win at Mount Gilead.
The Indians got off to a fast start and led 12–9 after the first quarter. However, the Pirates closed within a 14–13 margin by the half and surged ahead by four points in the third quarter.
Both teams would score 10 points down the stretch, allowing the Pirates to go home with the win.
Clarisa Lyons led the winners with 12 points, while Kaitlyn Kavanaugh added 10 points and a whopping 20 rebounds and Haley Foltz finished with nine.
Shelby Rizor topped Mount Gilead with a 16-point effort.
That win was sandwiched between a pair of defeats. On Thursday, Dec. 27, Galion outscored the Pirates in every quarter in taking a 78–33 win.
The Tigers led 16–9 after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to a 36–20 margin by the half. Galion then outscored Cardington 17–9 in the third quarter and 25–4 in the fourth to continue adding to their margin of victory.
Lyons finished with 11 points to lead Cardington.
Last Saturday saw Buckeye Valley get off to a fast start in topping Cardington 51–21.
The Barons led 19–2 after the opening period and 29–5 at halftime. Buckeye Valley added six more points to their lead in the third quarter before both teams scored eight in the fourth to end the game.
Lyons once again led Cardington in scoring with 11 points.
Highland struggled offensively on Thursday, Dec. 27 in a 72–24 loss at Utica.
The Redskins jumped out to a 27–4 lead after the first quarter and 46–10 at the half. Utica added 16 points to their lead in the third period. Highland would outscore their opponents 12–8 in the fourth quarter to finish on a positive note.
Kayla Davies led Highland with eight points.
On Saturday, Dec. 29, third-quarter woes cost the Scots in a 64–47 loss at East Knox.
While Highland trailed 8–4 after the first quarter, they got within one point at 21–20 by the half. Unfortunately, they would be outscored 29–12 in the fourth quarter to fall behind by 18 — a deficit they could not overcome.
Abby Garcia led the team with 12 points, while both Lexi Winkelfoos and Nichole Carter added 10.
Last Thursday saw North Union outscore the Scots in every quarter on their way to taking a 62–21 win.
The Wildcats led 12–5 after the first quarter and 24–10 at the half. They would then go on to take the second half by a 38–11 margin to continue pulling away.
Garcia led the Scots with seven points.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead competed in Centerburg for a holiday tournament on Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28.
In their first game, the Indians lost to Centerburg 76–45. The Trojans jumped out to a 24–8 lead after the first quarter, which they improved to a 44–14 margin by the half.
The two teams played equally in the second half, with the Trojans taking a slim 32–31 advantage, allowing the host team to claim the win.
Christin Sweeney paced the Indians with 15 points, while Shelby Rizor added 13.
In a defensive battle held the next day, Mount Gilead lost 29–15 to Hillsdale. The Indians only trailed 6–4 after the first period, but were outscored 19–4 over the middle two periods. While they outscored the Falcons 7–4 in the final period, they weren’t able to overcome the large Hillsdale lead.
Rizor’s six points paced Mount Gilead.
On last Saturday, Elgin topped Mount Gilead by a 56–17 margin. No further information was available.