By Ben Stroup
Lisa Leienberger calmly connected on a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to lift the Buckeye Valley girls basketball team to a thrilling 60-58 overtime win over visiting Marion Harding Saturday in Delaware.
“It was a good game … back and fourth,” BV coach Landon Fraker said. “Logan (Hatcher) hit some critical shots in overtime, and so did Alaina (Radcliffe).”
The Barons trailed 13-8 after a quarter, but doubled up the Presidents 18-9 in the second to take a 26-22 lead into the locker room.
Harding sliced into the deficit by a point in the third and outscored Buckeye Valley 13-10 in the fourth to force overtime — a period the Barons won 12-10 to seal the deal.
As Leienberger’s pressure-packed tosses would suggest, the free throw line was very good to BV, which made 21 of its 29 shots from the charity stripe (72 percent) to notch the key MOAC-Red Division win.
Morgan Scowden, who hit four of the team’s five three-pointers, led the Barons with 16 points. Radcliffe was also solid, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds while Megan Veneman added 14 points and a team-best four assists and Hatcher closed with six points and nine boards.
Orange 44, Dublin Scioto 42
Lena Mancini hit what proved to be a game-winning free throw with 30 seconds remaining as Orange held off a hard-charging Dublin Scioto squad for a non-league win Saturday in Lewis Center.
The Pioneers looked to be in good shape after an 18-10 third quarter ballooned a 19-16 halftime edge into a 37-26 lead heading into the fourth.
The Irish outscored the hosts 16-7 in the fourth, but, thanks to Mancini’s clutch toss, couldn’t complete the comeback.
Schae Lilley led Orange with a game-best 15 points while Hannah Sargent finished with 10 in the win.
Wellington 48, Delaware Christian 26
Erin McCullough scored 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, but her double-double wasn’t nearly enough as visiting Wellington notched a non-league win Saturday in Delaware.
The Eagles were outscored 12-6 in the first quarter and, after winning the second 11-8, scored just two in the third quarter as points came at a premium against the taller Wellington squad.
Liz Sullivan added six points and five boards while Elizabeth Blackburn closed with two points and four rebounds in the setback.
Orange picked up its second win in as many days Saturday, using a big third quarter to knock off visiting Dublin Scioto 60-54 in non-league action in Lewis Center.
Down 27-25 at halftime, the Pioneers outscored the Irish 19-11 in the third to take control.
Grant Gossard led the way with a game-high 16 points while Zack Stablein and Colin Shepherd finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Also: Wellington 81, Delaware Christian 38
Cole Foster won an individual championship in the 126-pound division and six other Golden Eagles nabbed runner-up honors as Big Walnut took home the team title at Saturday’s Jonathan Alder Invitational.
Bailey Munday (113), Matt Halbakken (138), Drew Cochran (145), Anthony Pisano (152), Carson Dearth (160) and Phillip Roberto (170) secured second-place points while Josh Halbakken (132) and Tyler Hogg (220) finished third in their respective weight classes.
BW won with 237 points. Bexley finished second with 217 points while West Jefferson smoothed out the top three with 179.
Upper Arlington 129, Olentangy 47
Upper Arlington 140, Olentangy 43
New Albany 3, Olentangy 2
Big Walnut 5th (127.25 points) at Worthington Kilbourne Invitational
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