Taborn’s 40 leads Sidney

Top-ranked Minster suffers first loss, 49-46


Botkins’ Aliya Jones takes a shot as Houston’s Jess Monnier defends in County girls action at Botkins Saturday.

Botkins’ Aliya Jones takes a shot as Houston’s Jess Monnier defends in County girls action at Botkins Saturday.

Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

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For the third time this season, Sidney’s 6-foot-2 senior standout Celena Taborn has reached the 40-point mark.

She did it in amazing fashion Saturday afternoon at Sidney against Stebbins.

The Lady Jackets trailed a good Stebbins team 45-42 going to the fourth quarter. But that’s when Taborn took over. She scored 19 in the final period alone to lead the Lady Jackets to a 29-point explosion, good enough to pull out a 71-57 victory over the Lady Indians in Greater Western Ohio Conference division play.

The win kept the Lady Jackets just one game off the pace in the American North Division at 8-1 and put them 11-4 overall with a big test coming up Wednesday night at 10-3 Trotwood.

Taborn finished with 40 points, but that’s not her high for the season. She poured in 45 on Dec. 22 in a win over St. Marys. She also had 40 against Xenia on Jan. 7.

Her latest total upped her league-leading season average to 24.5. She added 12 rebounds for a double-double.

Stebbins, also 11-4 on the season, led 16-12 after a quarter, but the Lady Jackets came back to lead by one at the half at 23-22.

Stebbins again took the upper hand in the third quarter with a 23-point outburst, but Taborn was too much for the visitors in the final period. She had seven field goals and dropped in 5-for-7 from the line in the fourth quarter.

“It was back-and-forth until we opened with a run in the fourth quarter, led by Celena,” said Sidney coach Megan Mummey. “We did a better job of taking advantage of the zone in the second half, and we had good depth in the scoring column.”

In all, the Lady Jackets were 15-for-21 from the line in the final period, and 17-for-24 for the game.

Hayley Powers added 12 for the Lady Jackets, hitting a pair of threes and also connecting on four of her six free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Carrie Nuss was 4-for-4 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Mummey also credited the defensive effort of Nuss and Kiara Miller on Stebbins’ Mackenzie Lingg. She came into the game averaging 14.9 points per game but was held to just seven by the two Sidney defenders.

“They did a fantastic job on her,” said Mummey. “And I was very pleased with our unselfish play.”

Sidney’s junior varsity team won 42-34 for its fifth straight victory.

Stebbins (57) — Cook 4, Bowman 17, Bransford 13, Murphy 11, Lingg 7, Rowe 3, Marks 2.

Sidney (71) — Miller 3, Nuss 7, Kindle 3, Powers 12, Lee 6, Taborn 40.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Stebbins 10 (Bowman 3, Murphy 3, Lingg 2, Rowe, Bransford); Sidney 6 (Powers 2, Lee 2, Taborn, Nuss).

Records: Both teams 11-4.

Reserve score: Sidney 42, Stebbins 34.


Ottoville 49, Minster 46

OTTOVILLE — The top-ranked Minster Lady Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, a rally falling short in a 49-46 verdict at Ottoville.

Minster entered the game as the No. 1-ranked team in Ohio in Division 4 this week, and Ottoville was No. 8.

Minster is now 13-1 on the year heading into a huge game on Thursday at home against the Versailles Lady Tigers. Versailles is ranked No. 3 in the state in Division 3, and like Minster is unbeaten in Midwest Athletic Conference play.

Ottoville controlled the game from the start and led by as many as 10 points in the final period before the Lady Wildcats rallied back. A three-pointer that would have tied the game and sent it to overtime bounced away at the buzzer.

Ottoville led 9-6 after a quarter and 20-16 at the half, then outscored the Lady Wildcats 16-10 in the third quarter to take a 36-26 lead into the final period.

Minster erupted for 20 points in the final quarter, but fell just short.

Rosie Westerbeck had 14 and Courtney Prenger added 10.

Minster (46) — Fischer 2, Roetgerman 5, Baumer 3, Westerbeck 14, Borgerding 5, Kogge 7, Prenger 10.

Ottoville (49) — Kemper 18, Knodell 3, Landin 6, Mangas 3, Miller 5, Knippen 4, Honigford 8, Thorbahn 2.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Minster 1 (Borgerding), Ottoville 1 (Miller).

Records: Minster 13-1, Ottoville 12-3.


Botkins 44, Houston 32

BOTKINS — Botkins snapped a two-game losing streak with a 44-32 win over the Houston Lady Wildcats in County play Saturday at Botkins.

The Lady Trojans are now 5-4 in the league and 11-4 overall and host Indian Lake tonight.

Houston falls to 1-7 and 4-12 and hosts Fairlawn Thursday.

Houston led 9-6 after one quarter and trailed by just one at the half. But the third quarter was the big difference, the Lady Trojans outscoring Houston 18-4 to open up a 33-15 lead heading to the final period.

Sarah Bergman had 13 and Paige Lane 12 for Botkins. The Lady Trojans had four three-pointers in the third quarter and Lane had two of them.

Lane also had three assists and Bergman four steals.

Kara Maier had 11 for Houston.

Houston (32) — Maier 11, Ely 6, S. Monnier 5, J. Monnier 4, Jarrett 4, New 2.

Botkins (44) — Pitts 3, Jones 3, Oakley 1, Bergman 13, Lane 12, J. Greve 2, Woodall 2, Homan 8.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Houston 2 (S. Monnier, Maier); Botkins 5 (Bergman 2, Lane 2, Jones).

Records: Houston 4-12, Botkins 11-4.

County standings



Jackson Center`7-1`11-3

Fort Loramie`7-2`11-5







Lehman 66, Mississinawa 42

Lehman rolled to a 17-5 lead after a quarter and went on to beat visiting Mississinawa Valley 66-42 in non-league action Saturday.

Lehman goes to 6-8 with the win and heads to Springfield Catholic Thursday.

The Lady Cavs led 17-5 after a quarter, but Mississinawa shaved three off the lead and it was 31-22 at the half. But in the third quarter, Lehman outscored the visitors 16-2 to put it away.

Despite all the points, Lehman had just one player in double figures. Alanna O’Leary had 11. Eleven players scored for Lehman and seven had six or more points.

Hannah Fogt had 10 rebounds.

Mississinawa (42) — Johnson 9, Stump 12, Willis 1, Murphy 2, Hunt 18.

Lehman (66) — Monnin 6, O’Leary 11, Olding 3, Schutt 9, B. McIver 6, Brandt 6, McFarland 5, H. Fogt 8, E. Fogt 2, Bornhorst 2, R. McIver 9.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Lehman 1 (B. McIver); Mississinawa unavailable).

Records: Lehman 6-8, Mississinawa 1-14.


Jackson Center 43, Anna 36

ANNA — The Jackson Center girls passed a big test Saturday, beating Anna on the road to remain alone atop the County girls basketball standings, 43-36.

The Lady Tigers are now 7-1 in the league and 11-3 overall with Botkins coming to the JC gym on Thursday.

Anna drops to 3-5 in the league and 8-7 overall and is at Russia Thursday.

Anna had won five of its last six games coming into Saturday’s action, and got off to a good start, leading the Lady Tigers after one quarter 14-10. But the second quarter was a lot different. Jackson outscored the Lady Rockets 16-9 to lead by three at the half.

Jackson’s balanced attack was led by Cassie Meyer with nine, and three other girls added seven. Macey Huelskamp had 11 for Anna.

Jackson Center (43) — Ware 1, Kessler 6, Clark 7, Winner 4, Meyer 9, Elchert 7, Hickey 2, Reese 7.

Anna (36) — Aufderhaar 7, Rowland 4, Freytag 2, Huelskamp 11, Kuck 4, Scully 2, Kauffman 6.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: JC 4 (Elchert 2, Clark, Reese); Anna 1 (Huelskamp).

Records: JC 11-2, Anna 8-7.


Loramie 55, Fairlawn 18

Fort Loramie had an easy time at Fairlawn Saturday, winning 55-18.

The win put the Lady Redskins at 7-2 in the league and 11-5 overall, and they are off until Saturday at Miami East.

Fairlawn falls to 0-7 and 0-14 and is at Bethel tonight.

Ten players scored for Loramie, with Sara Stang’s 11 leading the way. Taylor Ratermann had nine and Kaitlyn Luebke and Kennedi Gephart eight apiece. Hunter Barga had eight rebounds and Gephart added four assists.

Fort Loramie (55) — Luebke 8, Barga 4, S. Stang 11, Ratermann 9, Meyer 3, Raterman 2, Holthaus 5, C. Stang 4, Gephart 8, Wrasman 2.

Fairlawn (18) — Dudgeon 6, Huelskamp 6, Batton 1, Spicer 5.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Loramie 1 (Ratermann); Fairlawn 1 (Spicer).

Records: Loramie 11-5, Fairlawn 0-14.

Reserve score: no game played.

Botkins’ Aliya Jones takes a shot as Houston’s Jess Monnier defends in County girls action at Botkins Saturday.’ Aliya Jones takes a shot as Houston’s Jess Monnier defends in County girls action at Botkins Saturday. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

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Top-ranked Minster suffers first loss, 49-46