By Ben Stroup
The Buckeye Valley girls basketball team won its second league game in three days Thursday, outlasting host Marion Harding 48-44 thanks to some clutch free throws and solid defense down the stretch.
With the Barons up two late, Morgan Scowden, who finished with 12 points and four assists, calmly sank a pair of tosses from the charity stripe to seal the deal. The defense then forced a steal to prevent the Presidents from getting off a final shot.
The game was tight throughout. Really tight.
Harding owned an 11-10 edge after the first quarter, but, thanks to a 10-9 BV advantage in the second, the teams went to the break tied at 20. Both squads scored nine points in the third to set up a nip-and-tuck fourth.
Megan Veneman led Buckeye Valley (3-3, 3-1 MOAC-Red Division) with 13 points to go with four assists. Other standouts included Logan Hatcher, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds; and Tess Hughes, who closed with 10 points and six boards in the win.
Next up, the Barons return home to take on visiting Hayes in non-league action Tuesday night.
Gahanna (boys) def. Olentangy 2,130-2,121; Gahanna (girls) def. Olentangy 2,173-1,848.
The Big Walnut girls bowling team put together a steady showing Tuesday at Capri Lanes, outlasting Worthington Kilbourne 1,631-1,549.
Kaitlyn Morrison led the Golden Eagles with games of 196 and 130 for a combined 326. Codie Muth and Mara Hartings were also solid. Hartings finished with a 278 series while Muth rolled her way to a 277.
The boys were solid, but in a losing effort. The Wolves edged the Eagles 2,115-1,937.
Riley Mengel led Big Walnut with games of 178 and 181 for a 359 series. Drew Alnzer backed him up with a 347 series while Evan Thiergartner had games of 152 and 179 for a combined 331.
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