BW hands Loudonville 1st loss

By Michael Rich - For the Gazette

Senior Night for the Big Walnut Girls Varsity team.

Senior Night for the Big Walnut Girls Varsity team.


Big Walnut 60, Loudonville 56

Big Walnut was solid down the stretch, outscoring host Loudonville 17-10 in the fourth quarter to notch a 60-56 non-league win Saturday afternoon, Feb. 3.

The loss was Loudonville’s first of the season.

Erin Boehm led the Golden Eagles with 23 points while Katie Cochran poured in 13 in the win.

Big Walnut 46, New Albany 30

Varsity Girls Basketball beat New Albany 46 to 30 on Senior Night, Jan. 26. Congratulations to Seniors Katie Cochran and Stacey Walters.

Big Walnut 54, Dublin Scioto 39

The Big Walnut girls basketball team used a 20-3 run in the first half to take control on its way to a convincing 54-39 victory over Dublin Scioto in non-league action Tuesday night (Jan. 30) in Sunbury.

Erin Boehm finished with 16 points, Katie Cochran added 14 and Avery Schone added eight to extend the Golden Eagles’ winning streak to five.

“They’re a good (Division I) school – so it’s a good win so we can (get seeded higher) in the tournament,” Boehm said. “We have trust in each other and we believe in each other … that we can get the job done every night.”

“(Boehm and Cochran) are a good one-two punch because Katie can play inside and out and Erin can get to the hole and create for herself and others,” BW coach Jason Crawford said. “With Avery Schone coming up as a sophomore and being a good third scorer for us – that’s been a big help.”

Lauren Erickson knocked down a pair of three-pointers to help the Irish build a 10-6 lead midway through the first quarter.

After a Cochran free throw, Boehm scored off her own steal to cut the deficit to one.

Then, an Alexis Schone put-back gave Big Walnut a brief one-point lead before Scioto’s Sabrina Veliev found Madison Healsey for a basket underneath.

Boehm followed with a three-pointer to give the Eagles (12-5) a 14-12 lead late in the frame.

They never trailed again.

“(Scioto plays) a very aggressive style of basketball – they try to speed you up and get turnovers so they can score in transition,” Crawford said. “It’s hard in practice to simulate that style. We started out slow, but the next two and a half quarters we played pretty well.”

Defense took over for BW in the second quarter, holding the Irish to just one free throw as a four-point lead turned into a 26-13 lead midway through the second. The Eagles led 31-16 at the break.

Boehm knocked down her second three in the final seconds of the third quarter as the Eagles ballooned the lead to 46-28.

“Erin has been really coming on lately,” Crawford said. “She’s starting to come into her own as we get halfway through the season. She’s really starting to get some confidence.”

BW pushed the lead as high as 23 a couple of times in the fourth quarter. But, the Irish finished 8-0 to account for the final margin, highlighted by a couple of steal-and-scores by Karleigh Rothe.

Erickson finished with 12 points to lead the Irish (10-8) and Madison Heasley added seven.

“Scioto is a quality team and it’s good to see a measuring stick for us outside the league,” Crawford said. “It’s a good assessment for where we stand. It helps us build confidence.”

Next up, Big Walnut visits Newark in OCC-Capital action Thursday night (Feb. 1) at 7:30 p.m.

“With Newark coming up Thursday, we really have to value the basketball a lot more than we did tonight,” Crawford said.

1.26.18 BWHS Girls Basketball Team 2nd & 7 Reading at Souders Elementary

On Friday, 1.26.18 the high school girls basketball team went to Souders Elementary and read books to the 2nd graders as part of the 2nd & 7 reading program. Varsity Assistant Tabatha Piper, 2011 BW Alumni, works with the 2nd & 7 Foundation to bring this program to BW 2nd graders and coordinates the high school sports team athletes to help with the reading. What an AWESOME opportunity for our 2nd graders who receive a free book and our athletes who read to them!!


Lancaster 40, Big Walnut 37

The Golden Eagles raced out to a 14-9 lead after a quarter of play, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as the Golden Gales rallied for a non-league win Tuesday (Jan. 30) in Lancaster.

Lancaster outscored Big Walnut 10-4 in the second and 15-13 in the third to spark the comeback.

Nathan Montgomery Paced BW with 10 points while Lancaster’s Austin Gootee led all scorers with 16 in the win.

Newark 78, Big Walnut 47

The Golden Eagles hung around early, down just three points after the first quarter, but couldn’t keep up with the visiting Wildcats the rest of the way Friday (Feb. 2) in Sunbury.

Newark outscored Big Walnut 18-11 in the second, 26-17 in the third and 18-6 in the fourth.

Jordan Koebel and Sam Elliott led BW with 12 points apiece.

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By Michael Rich

For the Gazette

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