The Sidney High girls basketball team showed the effects of a lengthy layoff and had their hands full with visiting Fairborn at the high school Wednesday night in division play. But they dominated an overtime session to come away with a 60-48 victory in a game highlighted by senior Celena Taborn’s triple-double.
The win puts Sidney at 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North standings going into a home game Saturday against Stebbins.
Wednesday’s game was the first for the Lady Jackets in nine days, the last game being a one-point win at Bellefontaine on Jan. 9.
Sidney trailed 16-12 after a quarter and 25-24 at the half. It was still a one-pint game after three quarters, and Sidney led most of the final period before Fairborn came back to tie it up. But the Lady Jackets took over in the overtime period, outscoring the Lady Firehawks 14-2.
“The first thing I thought about when we got off to a slow start was the layoff,” said Sidney coach Megan Mummey. “We pretty much struggled the whole game until the overtime and then we kicked it into gear.”
Taborn got off to a slow start, but went on to finish with 29 points, including nine in the overtime, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
Braxtyn Lee added 13 for the Lady Jackets, and hit three three-pointers.
Fairborn (48) — Powell 16, Suarez 4, Dagman 2, Olinger 4, Cook 22.
Sidney — Miller 9, Nuss 3, Kindle 2, Powers 4, Lee 13, Taborn 29.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Sidney 6 (Lee 3, Taborn, Nuss, Powers); Fairborn 2 (Cook, Powell).
Records: Sidney 10-4, Fairlawn 5-9.
Reserve score: Sidney 29, Fairborn 21.
JC 38, Botkins 35
BOTKINS — Botkins started out the season with eight wins in a row, but have since lost three of their last five.
And the toughest part of that is that all three have come in County play, effectively taking the Lady Trojans out of the race.
The latest was Tuesday night, when the Jackson Center Lady Tigers remained in a tie for first place with an important win, 38-35.
The win puts Jackson at 5-1 in the County and 9-3 overall, and they are tied with the Russia girls for first place in the County standings.
And as fate would have it, Jackson Center hosts Russia tonight and the winner takes over sole possession of first place.
Botkins drops to 4-3 in the league and 10-3 overall and is at Fort Loramie tonight.
Points were difficult to come by early, with Jackson leading 8-4 after a quarter. Six of the points came on threes from Kamryn Elchert and Cassie Meyer.
The second quarter continued the same way, with the two teams combining for just eight points, leaving the score 11-9 at the half.
Things picked up in the third quarter, however, thanks to Olivia Clark of Jackson and Sarah Bergman of Botkins. Clark had seven points in the quarter, and Bergman eight on the strength of two three-pointers. And when the period ended, the two teams were deadlocked at 23.
Jackson prevailed, but had to withstand a long-range barrage by Botkins’ Paige Lane. She had 10 points and hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter alone. But that wasn’t enough to offset JC’s Clark, who scored nine in the final period.
She finished with 18, and 16 of those came in the second half.
Lane had 13, including four threes, and all her points came in the second half.
Jackson Center (38) — Reese 6, Elchert 8, Meyer 4, Clark 18, Kessler 2.
Botkins (35) — Pitts 8, Bergman 8, Lane 13, Woodall 6.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Botkins 8 (Lane 4, Pitts 2, Bergman 2); JC 3 (Elchert 2, Meyer)
Records: Botkins 10-3, JC 9-3.
Bremen 64, St. Marys 60
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen and St. Marys had a shootout in non-league girls action Tuesday at Bremen, with the Lady Cardinals prevailing 64-60.
The win put Bremen at 6-8 on the season with Minster coming to town tonight.
Macy Puthoff had a big game for the Lady Cardinals, finishing with 19 points. But she was only one of four players scoring in double figures. Kayla Bergman and Kelly Naylor both had 13 points and Jane Homan added 10. Naylor drained three three-pointers.
St. Marys had 11 three-pointers in the game, six of them from Sidney Cisco.
St. Marys (60) — Koch 5, Cisco 17, Mele 5, Schmitmeyer 2, Roble 14, Taylor 17.
New Bremen (64) — Puthoff 19, Tenkman 6, Brown 3, Bergman 13, Homan 10.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: NB 5 (Naylor 3, Puthoff, Tenkman); SM 11 (Cisco 6, Taylor 3, Roble 2, Koch).
Records: NB 6-8, SM 8-7.