Knoxville handsJC girls first loss


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Staff report

NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville overcame a 10-point deficit in the final quarter to send the game to overtime, then went on to pull off a 49-43 upset victory in overtime over the previously unbeaten Jackson Center Lady Tigers in non-league girls basketball Tuesday at Knoxville.

The loss leaves Jackson Center at 7-1 on the year heading to Fort Loramie Thursday.

New Knoxville is now 5-6 on the year and is in conference play Thursday at Coldwater.

Jackson Center led 32-22 after hitting the first basket of the final period, but New Knoxville went on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to three. And it was close the rest of the way.

Knoxville forced the Lady Tigers into numerous fourth-quarter turnovers and took advantage of Jackson’s inability to hit free throws — the Lady Tigers were just 2-for-10 for the game, and missed some crucial ones down the stretch in overtime trying to protect their lead.

Jackson took a 35-29 lead on a three-pointer with 2:50 remaining, but four straight Lady Ranger points made it 35-33. Then after three missed free throws by the Lady Tigers, Jenna Schwieterman tied the game with two free throws for Knoxville, and that’s how regulation ended.

Kenzie Schroer gave Knoxville a one-point lead in overtime, but Cassie Meyer hit a bucket to give Jackson a 37-36 lead. But perhaps the biggest bucket of the game followed, a three by Ashlyn Miller to make it 39-37 in favor of the Lady Rangers.

They added four more points to make it 43-37, and the Lady Tigers could get no closer than three the rest of the way.

Schroer and Miller had 14 apiece for Knoxville, and Meyer had 15 and Kamryn Elchert 11 for Jackson.

New Knoxville put on a free-throw shooting clinic. In contrast to Jackson Center’s 2-for-10, the Lady Rangers were 20-for-22.

Jackson Center (43) — Reese 8, Elchert 11, Meyer 15, Clark 7, Kessler 1.

New Knoxville (49) — Doty 2, Schroer 14, Miller 14, Schwieterman 6, Scott 7, Jurosic 6.

Score by quarters:

`1`2`3`4`OT

JC`7`19`30`35`43

NK`9`16`22`35`44

Three-pointers: JC 7 (Elchert 3, Meyer 2, Reese 2); NK 5 (Miller 2, Schroer, Scott).

Records: JC 7-1, NK 5-6.

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Anna 44, Bellefontaine 38

ANNA — The Anna Lady Rockets trailed by four at the half, but had a big final period to pull out a 44-38 victory over Bellefontaine in non-league girls basketball action at Anna Tuesday.

Anna goes to 4-5 with the win and plays at Botkins Thursday.

Bellefontaine led 9-6 after one and 21-17 at the half. Anna cut two points off the lead after three quarters, then outscored the Lady Chiefs 14-6 in the fourth quarter.

Anna was led by Macey Huelskamp with 15 and Breah Kuck with 13. Huelskamp also had 10 rebounds for a double-double, and Kuck took three three-pointers and hit them all.

Bellefontaine (38) — Rader 5, West 4, Mitchell 9, Sullivan 3, Stolly 17.

Anna (44) — Spicer 2, Aufderhaar 6, Huelskamp 15, Kuck 13, Scully 8.

Score by quarters:

Belle.`9`21`32`38

Anna`6`17`30`44

Three-pointers: Anna 4 (Kuck 3, Scully); Bellefontaine 4 (Mitchell 2, Stolly 2).

Records: Anna 4-5, Bellefontaine 5-4.

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Bremen 39, Houston 37

HOUSTON — Houston was edged by New Bremen in non-league girls basketball Tuesday 39-37, leaving the Lady Wildcats at 3-8 on the year.

Houston is back in action at Jackson enter Saturday.

New Bremen is now 4-5 and hosts Marion Local Thursday.

The two teams were deadlocked at 28 after three quarters and the game wasn’t decided until the final 30 seconds.

Sara Monnier had 15 for Houston and Kayla Bergman 11 for New Bremen.

Bremen (39) — Tenkman 7, Smith 5, Brown 8, Bergman 11, Homan 8.

Houston (37) — Maier 4, Ely 1, S. Monnier 15, J. Monnier 6, Riesenbeck 2, Jarrett 2, New 7.

Score by quarters:

Bremen`7`15`28`39

Houston`11`18`28`37

Three-pointers: NB 5 (Tenkman 2, Brown 2, Smith); Houston 1 (S. Monnier).

Records: Houston 3-8, NB 4-5.

Reserve score: Houston 23, NB 16.

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