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Girls Basketball Rolls Into Sectional Final!!!

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Madison Stolly of Lima Central Catholic puts up a shot against Alex Carter of Spencerville during a Division IV sectional semifinal Wednesday night at Bath High School.

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Lima Central Catholic vs. Spencerville

BATH TOWNSHIP – The winners weren’t a big surprise but the margins of victory might have been in girls Division IV sectional action Wednesday night at Bath.

Number-four seed Upper Scioto Valley (17-6) knocked off Waynesfield-Goshen in the opener by a final score of 64-41 and Lima Central Catholic dispatched Spencerville 61-32 in the nightcap. USV and LCC now will meet for the sectional championship Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and the right to advance to the Wapakoneta district.

LCC 61, Spencerville 32

The Thunderbirds didn’t exactly shoot the light outs in the nightcap but they certainly hit it better than the Bearcats. Spencerville (8-15) struggled making shots all game long and finished shooting a paltry 24 percent from the field on 12-of-50 shooting.

LCC (9-14) connected on 23-of-60 from the floor for 38 percent including 6-of-20 on three-point attempts.

But it was a couple of threes by Natalie Snider in the second quarter that gave the T-Birds some breathing room and sent LCC to the win.

LCC led 10-6 after the first quarter and were able to expand their lead to 28-18 at the half after outscoring the Bearcats 18-12 in the second period.

The T-Birds press began to take a toll on Spencerville (8-15) and many of their turnovers were turned into lay-ups by LCC. The Bearcats committed 16 turnovers in the contest to only seven for the T-Birds.

LCC would go on to take the third quarter by a 14-9 margin and then out-scored the Bearcats 19-5 in the final quarter to account for the final score.

LCC received excellent balance as Samantha Koenig led the way with a game-high 18 point effort. Madison Stolly chipped in with15 points and Snider would go on to finish with 14 that included four 3-pointers.

“We missed some shots early but our effort was good. “ LCC coach Katie Krieg said. “Natalie was huge tonight and hit those threes when we needed them. Our full court pressure caused them problems and led to some easy baskets for us.”

Spencerville was led in scoring by senior Caitlyn Propst with 10 points. She was the only Bearcat to reach double digits.

“We gave them extra possessions tonight with turnovers and offensive rebounds.” Spencerville coach Greg Ekis said. “We missed shots that we just have to be able to make. We lose two good seniors but return a lot of underclassmen so the future looks bright.”

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