Warriors pull away from Barons


By Ben Stroup - [email protected]



The Buckeye Valley girls basketball team gave state-ranked Worthington Christian all it could handle through three-plus quarters, but Meghan Mayotte took over down the stretch to lead the Warriors to a 53-30 MSL-Ohio win Saturday night in Delaware.

The final score didn’t reflect the competitiveness of the game as the Barons (10-5, 7-3) were within single digits with less than five minutes left.

It was too much Mayotte down the stretch, though, as the Worthington Christian standout finished with a game-best 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors (15-1, 10-0) shot 8-for-11 in the final eight minutes of action while the Barons were just 2-for-14.

Buckeye Valley trailed by just four, 25-21, at the break. Ella Hazelrigg, who notched a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double, had three second-quarter buckets to get her team rolling. Emily Huston added a three-pointer and Carlie Osborne, Hazely Wagner and Addison Graham also had hoops as the Barons shook off a slow start to make it a tight game at the break.

Points were at a premium in the third — a quarter Worthington Christian won 5-3 — before a 23-6 fourth smoothed out the scoring summary.

Big Walnut 48, New Albany 45

Megan Weakley had a team-best 18 points to lead the Golden Eagles to a come-from-behind win Saturday in New Albany.

Big Walnut, which trailed by four, 39-35, heading into the fourth quarter, outscored New Albany 13-6 the rest of the way to rally for the non-league win.

Abbey Coleman backed Weakley with eight points while Denza Allen finished with six.

Groveport 89, Delaware Hayes 58

The Pacers used a 19-point second quarter to pull within seven at halftime, but the visiting Cruisers used a 28-10 third to pull away for good en route to a non-league win Saturday night in Delaware.

Adrionna Brown led Hayes with 22 points while Samantha Toney finished with 12 in the setback.

Ze’Shari Shepherd had a game-high 30 points for Groveport.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Brayden Nash’s bucket with 4.6 seconds left proved to be the difference as New Albany edged visiting Big Walnut 56-54 in non-league action Saturday night.

The game was tight throughout. The teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter before the Golden Eagles took two-point leads into the third and fourth.

Trent Minor had a big night for Big Walnut with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Conor Watters and Brody Hatfield had 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Olentangy Berlin 39, Mount Vernon 30

The Bears dominated the middle two quarters, outscoring the visiting Yellow Jackets 9-1 in the second and 12-3 in the third on the way to their third straight win Saturday in Delaware.

Noah Gamble led Berlin with 13 points.

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By Ben Stroup

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