The Buckeye Valley girls basketball team bounced back from Thursday’s slim loss to River Valley in a big way, throttling visiting Galion 70-34 in MOAC action Friday in Delaware.
Buckeye Valley (2-1) led 19-5 after the first quarter and never looked back.
The Barons scored a ton, but set the tone with their defense. They forced 29 Galion turnovers, including 13 steals, and outrebounded the Tigers 53-24 while holding them to 22-percent shooting from the floor (9-44).
Hannah Cowan led BV with 12 points to go with four rebounds. Other standouts included Tess Hughes, who finished with 11 points and nine boards; Logan Hatcher, who had nine points and a game-best 11 rebounds; Morgan Scowden, who finished with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals; and the duo of Alaina Radcliffe and Grace Smith, who had seven points apiece.
Dani Scheiber led Galion with 18 of the team’s 34 points.
Olentangy Liberty didn’t waste any time getting in the swing of things, scoring 19 first-quarter points on the way to a lopsided 70-38 season-opening victory over Perrysburg Friday in Grove City.
The Patriots were up 19-4 after one and 37-18 at the break. A dominant third ballooned the margin to 56-24 before both teams poured in 14 points in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Ben Roderick led a group of 11 different Liberty (1-0) scorers, finishing with a game-best 20 on the strength of four three-pointers.
Mitch Kershner also had a nice game, finishing with nine points while Jack Barnett and Nick Nakasian had seven apiece.
Pleasant 49, Hayes 48
The Pacers owned a 48-47 lead with 32 seconds left in overtime, but Hayden Craycraft found Joe Wood for a game-winning layup at the buzzer to lift the visiting Spartans, fresh off last year’s D-III regional championship appearance, to a thrilling non-league win Friday in Delaware.
“They deserved to win,” Hayes coach Jordan Blackburn said. “Credit Pleasant, they made a lot of plays. We will continue to work on getting better.”
The Pacers had their chances in the extra session, but made just three of their eight shots from the free-throw line. They shot 15-for-28 from the charity stripe for the game.
Will Yoakum led Hayes with 23 points while Terin Kinsway finished with 12.
Also: Worthington Kilbourne 61, Big Walnut 46.
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