By Ben Stroup
The Olentangy Orange boys basketball team completed a perfect first trip through the OCC-Capital Division, rolling past visiting Big Walnut 61-33 Tuesday in Lewis Center.
Colin Shepherd led the charge with 17 points to go with three steals. Evan Lewis was also solid, finishing with 12 points and three boards, while Grant Gossard closed with eight points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers (10-1, 6-0 OCC).
Kaleb Phillips led Big Walnut (2-11, 0-6) with 11 points.
Olentangy 81, Mount Vernon 59
The Braves picked up a solid OCC-Capital Division win Tuesday in Lewis Center, using a huge middle two quarters to take control of what was a tight game and cruise past the visiting Yellow Jackets.
Up just two, 17-15, after the first quarter, Olentangy (4-3, 3-3 OCC) outscored Mount Vernon (5-5, 4-2) 21-11 in the second and 28-20 in the third to all but end things.
Jason Sieve led a quartet of double-digit scorers, finishing with 12 points in the win. Carter Kinnaird, Sam Hyberg and Seth O’Neal each had 10 points for the Braves.
Hayes 62, Franklin Heights 53
Zach McIntire scored 30 points to go with 15 rebounds, both career-highs, and Jake Bourget dished out a career-best nine assists to lead the Pacers past the Falcons in OCC-Capital Division action Tuesday in Columbus.
Hayes (5-6, 2-3 OCC) led 15-12 after the first quarter and only added to its lead from there, outscoring Franklin Heights (0-12, 0-6) 12-11 in the second and 19-14 in the third before the teams each scored 16 in the fourth.
McIntire padded his point total at the line, draining 14 of his 19 shots from the charity stripe. Will Yoakum added 17 points in the win while freshman Terin Kinsway had his best game in a Pacer uniform, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, seven deflections, two assists and zero turnovers in 27 minutes of work.
Shekinah Christian 79, Delaware Christian 62
Delaware Christian started well, leading after one, but struggled to find its rhythm against visiting Shekinah Christian the rest of the way Tuesday in Delaware.
Drew Sedoti led the Eagles (4-6, 4-0 MOCAL) with 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half.
Dublin Coffman 58, Liberty 50
The Patriots used a solid middle two quarters to knot things at 40 before taking a fourth-quarter lead, but the host Shamrocks (9-0, 5-0 OCC) closed the game on an 18-3 run to win Tuesday’s league showdown in Dublin.
Brendon White led Liberty (5-6, 2-4) with 13 points while Spencer Mitchell added 12 in the setback.
Buckeye Valley saved its best for last, outscoring host River Valley 33-18 in the second half to notch a solid 53-42 MOAC win Tuesday night.
Down 24-20 at the break, the Barons (7-4, 5-2 MOAC) outscored the Vikings 15-8 in the third quarter and 18-10 in the fourth.
Megan Veneman led BV with 17 points while Morgan Scowden added 12. Kelsey Shearer was also solid, closing with nine points and seven rebounds, while Logan Hatcher hauled in a game-best 14 boards in the win.
Shearer and Alaina Radcliffe also made a mark on the defensive end of the floor, combining to hold Kendall Stuckman, who had averaged 30-plus points in her last handful of games, to just seven.
Hayes 48, Franklin Heights 35
The Pacers picked up their first league win of the season Tuesday, using a balanced attack and dominant second quarter to handle the visiting Falcons Tuesday in Delaware.
Brandy Bauer and Katie Blair led Hayes (2-9, 1-6 OCC), which outscored Franklin Heights (0-12, 0-7) 12-2 in the second, with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Madison Eldridge was also solid in the win, finishing with eight points.
Olentangy 69, Mount Vernon 38
Kelly Meade doubled her pleasure Tuesday, pouring in a school-record 34 points — more than enough to become the school’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) — to lead the Braves (8-2, 6-0 OCC) to a lopsided league win over the host Yellow Jackets (10-2, 4-2) Tuesday in Mount Vernon.
Meade passed the 1,170-point record set by Rob Sanders (‘82).
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