Big Walnut 50, Marion Harding 33
Katie Cochran opened the season in style, netting a game-best 26 points to go with 10 rebounds and four steals to lead the Golden Eagles to a non-league win over the visiting Presidents Tuesday night (Nov. 28) in Sunbury.
Big Walnut (1-0) built its lead in the first half, outscoring Harding 15-11 in the first quarter and 13-9 in the second en route to a 28-20 halftime lead … a lead it only added to as the game wore on.
Erin Boehm backed Cochran with a solid showing, finishing with nine points, five rebounds and five assists, and Paige Norman added seven points of her own.
Buckeye Valley 70, Linden McKinley 40
The Buckeye Valley girls basketball team started fast and never looked back, rolling to a 74-40 win over host Linden McKinley to start the season Tuesday night in Columbus.
“I thought we applied what we’ve been working on for the last month and a half pretty well,” first-year Baron coach Travis Stout said. “It was also nice to be able to get everyone in and get some confidence, which is big this time of year.”
Buckeye Valley (1-0) led 19-9 after the first quarter and 39-22 by the break. BV outscored Linden McKinley 25-11 in the third and 10-7 in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Alaina Radcliffe led a balanced Baron attack with 17 points. Sophomore Dani Grether chipped in 15 off the bench despite battling foul trouble, Lisa Leienberger added 12, Hannah Cowan finished with 11 and Morgan Scowden closed with nine in the win.
Leienberger also got it done on the defensive end, anchoring a BV unit that had its way with the hosts from start to finish. She held Linden McKinley’s best player to just nine points.
Olentangy Liberty 51, Hilliard Bradley 43
Teegan Pifher poured in a game-best 18 points and Emma Humenay hit a trio of triples on the way to 13 points to lead the Olentangy Liberty girls basketball team to a season-opening win over host Hilliard Bradley Tuesday night.
The Patriots (1-0) raced out to a 12-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Jaguars cut into their deficit by a point in the second, but couldn’t get much closer.
Delaware Hayes 39, Patriot Prep 28
The future was on display in the Pacers’ season-opening win over host Patriot Prep as a trio of freshmen combined to score 28 of Hayes’ (1-0) 39 points.
Jordan Lantz had 12 points in the win while fellow freshmen Alexis Amabile and Alyssa Griner had 10 and six points, respectively.
Olentangy 49, River Valley 32
Grace Pennington (13), Molly Delaney (12) and Lauren Biehl (12) each finished in double figures to lead the Braves to a win over the Vikings in Tuesday’s home opener.
Olentangy (2-1) outscored River Valley in all four quarters, including 14-8 in the second to build a 10-point halftime lead.
Final Girls Basketball
Big Walnut 50 Fairfield Union 39
Big Walnut 47, Massillon Perry 46
Erin Boehm made some clutch free throws to put her squad up for good as the Big Walnut girls basketball team improved to 3-0 with a thrilling 47-46 win over visiting Massillon Perry Saturday in Sunbury.
Boehm’s connections from the charity stripe put the Golden Eagles up four points — a lead they managed to maintain by fouling the Panthers’ Rylee Pireau while shooting a three at the buzzer.
Pireau made all three to account for the final margin.
The game was tight throughout.
“It was definitely back and fourth the entire game,” BW coach Jason Crawford said. “We were up two at the half, but knew we had to change some things in order to win.
“We had 11 turnovers at half, so we talked about taking care of the ball, getting to the free throw line, taking better shots and limiting Pireau’s opportunities. We were able to do all of those things in the second half — we only had five turnovers, went 9-for-10 at the line and we held Pireau to six points in the second half … and three of those were at the line with no time left.”
Boehm finished with 17 points in the win while Katie Cochran chipped in eight and Avery Schone and Peyton Carter had six apiece.
Olentangy Orange 56, Buckeye Valley 40
The Pioneers (1-1) led 14-8 after the first quarter and never looked back, adding to their edge over the course of the next three on the way to a non-league win over the visiting Barons (1-2) Saturday in Lewis Center.
Orange outscored BV 13-11 in the second, 14-10 in the third and 15-11 in the fourth to account for the final margin.
McKenna Ford led the Pioneers with 16 points while Hannah Cowen paced the Barons with 13.