By Ben Stroup
The Olentangy Orange girls basketball team did it with defense over the weekend, limiting host Buckeye Valley to six second-half points on the way to a 36-27 non-league win Saturday in Delaware.
The game was a back-and-fourth affair early on, with the Pioneers owning a 14-11 edge after a competitive first quarter.
BV flashed a little defense of its own in the second, using a 10-5 frame to take a 21-19 lead into the break, but Orange controlled much of the second half, allowing just three points in each of the final two quarters.
The free throw line played a pivotal role. Orange finished with 12 attempts from the line while Buckeye Valley had 11. The difference, though, was the Pioneers made eight while the Barons sank just two.
Nia Lee led Orange with a game-high 13 points to go with three rebounds and a pair of steals. Bree McCague also had a nice game, closing with seven points and five boards.
Morgan Scowden led BV with nine points, three assists and two steals. Logan Hatcher, meanwhile, closed with seven points and seven rebounds in the setback.
Delaware Christian 55, Tree of Life 37
Erin McCullough had a double-double, 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Elizabeth Blackburn added 17 points and four boards as DCS cruised to a win over visiting Tree of Life Saturday in Delaware.
Nick Hyatt finished with a game-high 19 points and Mitch Rotondo added 13 to go with four rebounds and four assists as Buckeye Valley stayed perfect in league play with Saturday’s 66-54 win over host Fairbanks.
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