COLUMBUS GROVE — Early on, Columbus Grove senior Kenzie King was dialing up long distance.
Then King’s teammates soon followed, en route to a convincing 57-11 victory for Columbus Grove over visiting Continental in a Putnam County League girls basketball opener at Columbus Grove Tuesday night.
With the win, Columbus Grove improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the PCL. Continental falls to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The Bulldogs opened the game with a 14-0 run, and never looked back.
King poured in 20 first-quarter points, including six 3-pointers to lead the way for Columbus Grove.
King ended the game with 23 points, including seven 3-pointers. She also made two steals at the defensive end.
“That’s why she (King) is an all-league player,” Columbus Grove girls head coach Brian Schroeder said. “She’s one of the best shooters in the area. Sometimes they (her shots) are a lot deeper than teams expect her to shoot from. We have confidence in her. … She has confidence in herself and in her teammates as well. She’s a really good player who makes big plays for us, and gets us going early.”
Sage Clement added eight points, four rebounds and three steals for Columbus Grove. Teammate Lauryn Auchmuty had seven points, three boards and two steals.
“My teammates did a great job,” King said. “They saw that I was heating up. They found me in certain spots. Jaylen Sautter (six points, four rebounds, two steals) did a great job of getting offensive rebounds. It was a great team effort.”
Jensen Armey led Continental with nine points and two steals.
Columbus Grove led 26-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Columbus Grove’s lead ballooned to 45-6 by the halftime break.
In the first half, the Bulldogs were 16 of 31 shooting from the field for 52 percent, which included a total of nine made 3-pointers. King accounted for seven of those shots beyond the arc.
Grove’s defensive pressure held Continental to just 2 of 11 shooting (18-percent shooting), while forcing 20 Continental turnovers in the first 16 minutes of action. For the game, the Pirates shot 17 percent from the floor, while turning the ball over 26 times.
For the game, the Bulldogs connected on 46 percent of their field goal attempts, while committing 14 turnovers.
Schroeder said King’s torrid shooting gave her teammates some added confidence.
“It’s kind of the way it works. When you see the ball go through the hoop from your teammates, then they all tend to start to go through,” he said with a grin.
The running clock was in effect the entire second half, since the Bulldogs had at least a 35-point lead.
Columbus Grove shut out Continental in the third quarter, 7-0, to push out to a 52-6 advantage.
On the night, Columbus Grove dominated the boards, 30-15.
The Bulldogs were 4 of 6 shooting from the free throw line. The Pirates were 2 of 6 from the charity stripe.
“I told the team that every one of them contributed tonight –whether it was a skip pass from one of our guards, or if it was Jaylen Sautter or Savannah Ridenour (five points, three rebounds) getting an offensive rebound and kicking it out and finding her (King),” Schroeder said. “So, it was just a really special night for Kenzie. It was a testament on how hard she has worked to make herself the shooter that she is.”
Columbus Grove was coming off an impressive 41-30 win over Bath this past weekend.
“Bath is a really great team, and we had a really great team effort,” King said. “To carry that into today, especially with our defensive intensity, was really good to see. We take every game serious. Every game is as important as the other.”
Bluffton 46, LCC 24
LIMA — Kylie Stackhouse and Ayla Grandey had 12 points each for Bluffton. Bridget Mulcahy had eight points and Kiegh Macklin scored six for Lima Central Catholic.
MIDDLE POINT — Kendall Bollenbacher had 25 points and Carsyn Looser and Zadria King scored 12 each for Lincolnview. Janae Pease had 18 points and Audrey Giesige scored 13 for Paulding.
Hardin Northern 31
DOLA — Courtney Sumner had 18 points and Olivia Burkhart scored 15 for Ada. Emma Martin and Katie Good had eight points each for Hardin Northern.
Coldwater 46, Kalida 32
COLDWATER — Riley Rismiller had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Annelise Harlamert scored 11, Jenna Leugers contributed four assists and Claire Steinke secured nine rebounds for the host Cavaliers. Amanda Unverferth had nine points and Brooke Erhart and Brooke Vennekotter scored six each for the Wildcats.
Delphos Jefferson 49,
DELPHOS — Lyv Lindeman had 19 points and Alycia Lindeman scored 12 for the 3-0 Wildcats.
New Bremen 47
COVINGTON — Riley Trentman had 13 points and Lily Lennartz and Chloe Bornhorst scored nine each for the visiting Cardinals.
CONVOY — Cali Gregory had 17 points and four assists, Myia Etzler scored 16 and secured seven rebounds and Laci McCoy had eight points and as many rebounds for Crestview. Allison Hughes had 12 points and 18 rebounds and Emiree Knittle scored six for Parkway.
Allen East 54, Kenton 29; Spencerville 49, Elida 38; Marion Local 53, Van Wert 40
CELINA — Britt Hole had the high two-game series (368) and Alex Lehman rolled the high game (189) as part of his 351 series for Celina at Plaza Lanes. James Reinhart had the high game (167) and series (320) for Lincolnview.
LIMA — Landen Crates had the high game (278) and two-game series (512) for Elida at Westgate Entertainment Center. Isaiah Johns had the high game (219) and series (378) for Shawnee.
CELINA — Amy Hartings had the high game (180) and two-game series (337) for Celina at Plaza Lanes. Teammate Ashtyn Huber had a 336 series. Zoey Tracy had the high game (164) and series (308) for Lincolnview.
LIMA —Olivia Miller had the high game (266) and two-game series (413) for Shawnee at Westgate Entertainment Center. Sarah Monson had the high game (239) and series (422) for Elida. Teammate Luke Alexander had a 400 series.
PERRY TOWNSHIP — No other information was reported about this game.
BELLEFONTAINE — No other information was reported about this game.
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Ohio Northern 24,
Mount Union 15
ADA — Cash Thompson won by fall at 197 pounds to help Ohio Northern earn the victory against No. 22-ranked Mount Union at The MAAC. The Polar Bears (6-3 overall, 2-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) won six of the 10 bouts to post their sixth consecutive dual meet victory.
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