The Big Walnut girls basketball didn’t need a Makenna Hammond three-pointer in the final seconds to beat Olentangy this time.
Senior Stacey Walters buried a three to start an 11-1 run in the first quarter to give the Golden Eagles the lead and control for good in a convincing 47-33 victory over rival Olentangy Tuesday night (Jan. 23) in Sunbury.
Walters scored five points during the run and finished with nine points – all in the first half — to help BW snap a five-game losing streak to Olentangy.
“She’s just been a great senior leader for us,” BW coach Jason Crawford said. “She’s just one of those glue players that holds everyone together. She does a little bit of everything very well. She’s a smart basketball player.”
And that last win was decided by Hammond’s three-pointer to cap a 14-5 run in a one-point win Jan. 17, 2014.
“It was exciting because it was the first time we had beat them in five (games),” Walters said.
Walters followed her three with a long two and Emily Neff and Alexis Schone each followed with treys to push the lead to 13-5 in the first quarter.
“I thought we played pretty well in the first quarter and a half,” Crawford said. “We practice shooting game shots at game speed and we saw that starting to pay off.”
Maggie Goodman, Grace Pennington and Jessica Nation each scored baskets as Olentangy scored six of the next eight to get it as close as four.
But, BW finished the half 11-4 to push the lead to 26-15 at the break.
The Eagles pushed the lead as high as 13 early in the third before a pair of Meg Spohn free throws and a Molly Delaney basket pulled Olentangy as close as eight late in the third.
Katie Cochran, Erin Boehm and Avery Schone each knocked down a pair of free throws down the stretch and Cochran added a pair of baskets late to push BW’s lead as high as 16 in the fourth.
Boehm tied Walters with a team-high nine points and Neff and Cochran finished with seven apiece to lead BW (10-5).
“We’ve got lots of girls that can step up on any given night and have eight to 10 (points),” Crawford said. “So, you can’t just key in on one or two girls because somebody else will step up.”
Olentangy is short-handed these days. Senior Lauren Biehl will miss the rest of the season with a broken finger suffered Jan. 15 at Olentangy Liberty.
Freshman Courtney Suchan is out with a high ankle sprain sustained in last Friday’s game at Westerville South and junior Lauren Tarpey has been battling a knee injury.
“We’re going to have to figure out what we have to do to compete,” Olentangy coach Mike Daniels said. “We’ve got two or three younger girls stepping in – they’re doing a great job. They’re just not comfortable … so it’s an adjustment.”
Nation scored a game-high 11 points and Pennington chipped in eight to lead Olentangy (7-9).
“A lot of teams go through this and I guess we’ll have to ride it through the best we can,” Daniels said.
Both teams return to league action Friday night (Jan. 26) at 7:30 p.m. Olentangy hosts Westerville North in OCC-Buckeye play while Big Walnut hosts New Albany in an OCC-Capital tilt.
Big Walnut 46, New Albany 30
Big Walnut outscored visiting New Albany 24-13 in the middle two quarters to pull away for a 46-30 OCC win Friday night (Jan. 26) in Sunbury.
The game was tied 7-7 after one.
The Golden Eagles’ Erin Boehm led all scorers with 13 points while Katie Cochran and Avery Schone finished with seven apiece.
Next up, Big Walnut is scheduled to host Dublin Scioto Tuesday night, Jan. 30.
Dublin Scioto 61, Delaware Hayes 44
The Pacers fell behind 22-8 after a quarter and never quite recovered Friday (Jan. 26) in Dublin.
Madison Eldridge led Hayes with 11 points in the setback.
Westerville South 56, Olentangy Liberty 49
The Patriots did all they could to erase an early 17-8 deficit, but the Wildcats answered every run en route to an OCC win Friday (Jan. 26) in Westerville.
Kennedy Kashmiry led Liberty with 22 points.
Westerville Central 51, Olentangy Orange 41
The Pioneers kept up with the Warhawks through one and played even with the hosts in the fourth, but the middle two quarters hurt them en route to an OCC loss Friday (Jan. 26) in Westerville.
Orange was outscored 11-5 in the second quarter and 13-9 in the third.
McKenna Ford and Alyssa Feeley led the Pioneers with 12 points apiece while Casey George paced the Warhawks with 13.
Also Jan. 26: Olentangy 54, Westerville North 40.
Buckeye Valley 46, Granville 39
Morgan Scowden poured in a game-high 20 points — half of which came from the free throw line — to lead Buckeye Valley to a solid 46-39 win over visiting Granville Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Delaware.
“She attacked the basket hard,” BV coach Travis Stout said. “We played all of our players tonight, too … 11 deep. It was a great team win.”
The Barons outscored the Blue Aces 12-3 in the third to take control. The game was tied at 19 at halftime.
Hannah Cowan backed Scowden with 10 points while Tess Hughes added nine in the win.
Thomas Worthington 64, Delaware Hayes 48
The Pacers led 18-16 after one, but couldn’t keep the momentum on their sideline as the host Cardinals rolled to an OCC win Tuesday night, Jan. 23.
Thomas Worthington doubled up Hayes 24-12 in the second quarter to take control.
Delaware Christian 47, Columbus Academy 44
The Eagles finished the game 17-for-22 from the free throw line and used a 14-8 fourth quarter to rally past the host Vikings Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Gahanna.
Delaware Christian started well, leading 11-6 after one, but was outscored 10-7 in the second and 20-15 in the third to enter the final frame down three.
Lyssi Snouffer led the Eagles with a game-best 22 points — 12 of which came from the charity stripe — to go with 15 rebounds and two blocks. Abbi Maurer was also steady, finishing with nine points in the win, including her first two three-pointers of the season.
Dublin Coffman 86, Olentangy Orange 39
The Shamrocks led 28-6 after one and never looked back, rolling past the visiting Pioneers Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Dublin.
Coffman’s Jacy Sheldon led all scorers with 26 points while Alyssa Feeley had a team-best 10 for Orange.
Hilliard Davidson 55, Olentangy Liberty 50
The Patriots outscored the host Wildcats in each of the final three quarters, but couldn’t climb out of a 16-5 first-quarter hole Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Hilliard.
Kennedy Kashmiry led Liberty with 18 points while Emily Simon had a team-best 15 for Davidson.
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