Pacers continue hot start to season


By Michael Rich - mrichdelgazette@gmail.com



Hayes’ Piper Adkins drives to the hoop against Franklin Heights’ Lisbeth Avila (1) during the first half of Monday’s non-league showdown in Delaware.


The Delaware Hayes girls basketball team outscored visiting Franklin Heights 22-9 in the second quarter to blow it open on its way to a 59-29 victory in non-league action Monday night in Delaware.

“We’ve put in the time in the offseason and girls have improved,” Pacers coach Jim Morgan said. “We’ve got a ways to go … but I like the start we’ve had.”

Junior Rachael Bourget hit a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter and scored eight of her career-high 15 points in the period to lead the Pacers.

“Rachael has really improved since last year,” Morgan said.

Junior Madison Eldridge scored 11 points and added a game-high six assists for Delaware (3-1). She scored five of her points in the first quarter as the Pacers took a 13-6 lead.

“(Bourget and Eldridge) spend a half hour after practice shooting,” Morgan said. “They come in in the mornings and shoot and work on their ball-handling – so they’ve earned that.”

Delaware is already over halfway to last year’s win total (five).

“It’s a confidence booster – it makes you feel good about yourself,” Eldridge said about this year’s success. “You don’t feel down on yourself for losing a lot.”

Freshman Abby Weller and sophomore Piper Adkins scored four points apiece and Eldridge and Bourget each knocked down threes in the third quarter as Delaware pushed the lead to 52-22.

Weller finished with nine points and Adkins added eight. Weller, Adkins and Elishia Lowery (senior) each had a pair of blocks and Hannah Rafeld (senior) had six rebounds to lead the team. Katie Blair finished with a team-high four steals to go with four assists.

Senior Monae Williams led Franklin Heights (0-6) with 13 points, a game-high nine rebounds and four steals. Senior Rashley Reyes added six points and six rebounds and Senior Ashleigh Mayle had six points and four rebounds for the Falcons.

Delaware is back in action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at OCC-Cardinal foe Dublin Scioto.

Grove City Christian 39, Delaware Christian 27

The Eagles struggled to score for the second game in a row, falling to visiting Grove City Christian after scoring nine points or fewer in all four quarters Monday in Delaware.

Brianna Blackburn led DCS with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Madie Morgan was also steady, hitting a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points, five boards and three steals in the setback.

London 67, Big Walnut 50

Erin Boehm poured in a team-high 17 points, but the Golden Eagles were outrebounded 43-17 en route to a non-league loss Monday in London.

Paige Norman and Kelly Kreager finished with eight points apiece in the loss.

Hayes’ Piper Adkins drives to the hoop against Franklin Heights’ Lisbeth Avila (1) during the first half of Monday’s non-league showdown in Delaware.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/12/web1_4drive-1.jpgHayes’ Piper Adkins drives to the hoop against Franklin Heights’ Lisbeth Avila (1) during the first half of Monday’s non-league showdown in Delaware.

By Michael Rich

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