RIDGEWAY — Botkins jumped out to a big, early lead and held it the rest of the way in beating Ridgemont on the road in girls basketball action Monday night, 54-45.
The win kept the surprising Lady Trojans unbeaten on the year at 8-0 and it set up a showdown Saturday in County play against Jackson Center. The Lady Tigers are 4-0 and will host Botkins in a battle for first place in the league.
On Monday, Botkins jumped to a 17-8 lead after one quarter and that was the key to the game. The two teams played on even terms the rest of the way, although the Lady Trojans opened up an 18-point lead after three quarters before Ridgemont rallied back in the final period.
The first-quarter domination was led by six-foot Sarah Bergman, who scored from two-point range, three-point range and the free throw line in posting nine of her team-high 16 points in the first eight minutes. She finished with a double-double, also pulling down 11 rebounds.
Paige Lane, coming off her 24-point performance on Saturday, had a pair of threes in the first half, then scored eight points in the third quarter, when Botkins pulled out to its big lead. She finished with 15 points.
Jenna Pitts, meanwhile, added 11 points and six steals.
Botkins canned 19 of 54 shots from the field for 35 percent and was 10 for 15 from the line, with Bergman hitting four of her five attempts and Pitts all three of hers.
Casey Woodall had eight rebounds and Grace Homan handed out four assists.
Ridgemont finished with seven three-pointers, but overall hit just 26 percent from the field. And the Lady Trojans outrebounded the hosts 35-26.
Botkins (54) — Pitts 11, Jones 5, T. Greve 4, Bergman 16, Lane 15, Woodall 3.
Ridgemont (45) — Martino 3, McGroth 4, Howland 16, Cromer 4, Jordan 9, McKee 3, Totten 5.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Botkins 6 (Lane 3, Bergman 2, Jones); Ridgemont 7 (Jordan 3, McKee, Totten, Howland, Martin0).
Records: Botkins 8-0, Ridgemont 5-2.
Tipp City 43, Loramie 40
TIPP CITY — Fort Loramie led by two at the half, but Tipp City used a big third quarter to gain the lead, then held the Lady Redskins off in a 43-40 verdict in non-league girls basketball action Monday night at Tipp.
The loss left the Lady Redskins at .500 on the year at 3-3 heading into a game Saturday at home against Versailles, which is unbeaten going into a game against New Bremen Thursday.
“We led by two at the half, but foul trouble hurt us in the third quarter and we were outscored 12-4,” said Fort Loramie coach Carla Siegel.
The lead for Tipp reached a dozen in the final period before Reyan Frey caught fire. She wound up with 15 points, and 11 of those came in the final six minutes of the game.
Sara Stang added 13 points for Loramie, all of them coming in the first half. Freshman Marissa Meiring had 12 rebounds for the Lady Redskins.
The win put Tipp City at 3-1 on the year.
Fort Loramie (40) — Frey 15, Luebke 2, Stang 13, Raterman 4, Meyer 3, Meiring 3.
Tipp City (43) — Prall 11, Aselage 3, Hinkle 6, Stewart 9, Clodfelter 1, Mader 9, Schretzman 4.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Loramie 3 (Frey 2, Meyer); Tipp City 3 (Prall, Hinkle, Mader).
Records: FL 3-3, TC 3-1.
Tri-Village 84, Houston 22
NEW MADISON — Houston ran into unbeaten Tri-Village on Monday, and it was a long night for the Lady Wildcats, who lost 84-22 in non-league play.
Houston is 3-5 heading to Fairlawn Saturday. Tri-Village is now 6-0.
Houston scoring — Maier 5, Ely 2, Jeffries 2, J. Monnier 6, Jarrett 4, New 3.
Three-pointers: Houston 2 (Maier, New).