BATH TOWNSHIP – Longtime Lima Central Catholic boys head basketball coach Frank Kill came into Tuesday’s matchup against Bath with 199 career wins.
Sean Powell was still searching for his first win as the first-year Bath head coach. Powell coached Botkins to a Division IV state title last season before taking over the coaching duties this season at Bath.
After LCC claimed its first lead in the second quarter Tuesday night, Bath kept coming in the second half and finally slipped out with a hard-fought 57-53 victory over the T-Birds.
Britton Hall led Bath (1-3) with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Jonah Wauben added 13 points, six rebounds and a block. Cole Craddock scored 12 points for the Wildcats.
Carson Parker led LCC (2-2) with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Teammate Evan Unruh added 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
“It was a much-needed win,” Powell said. “To be able to get our first win against a crosstown rival – it definitely feels good. But the season is early. There’s probably a good chance we could see them again. So, from here, we just have to keep getting better each day.”
Bath came out aggressive right from the opening tip.
The Wildcats never trailed in the first quarter, as they slipped out with a 16-10 lead by the first stop.
Wauben led the way for Bath with seven first-quarter points. Unruh led the T-Birds with four points.
LCC grabbed its first lead of the game, 17-16, with 5:20 left to play in the first half on a steal and layup by Keiron Bailey (five points).
LCC kept pushing the pace, but Bath did not fold.
The T-Birds made a run late in the second quarter, and went into the halftime break with a 31-23 lead.
Unruh led LCC in the first half with nine points, four rebounds and three steals.
As a team, the T-Birds were 14 of 30 shooting from the field for 47 percent in the first half.
Wauben led Bath with 10 first-half points and three boards. Bath shot 39 percent from the floor.
Hall kept Bath in the hunt.
With 5:30 left in the third quarter, Hall hit a 3-pointer to knot the game at 34-34. Hall connected behind the 3-point line three times in the third period.
The T-Birds managed to come away with a 47-44 advantage by the third stop. Bath outscored LCC 21-16 in the third.
Hall poured in 13 third-quarter points for the Wildcats.
Bath cut it to one point in the fourth quarter, 50-49, on an inside move by Griffen Mikesell.
Then with 3:13 left to play, Drake Craddock made two free throws to give Bath a 51-50 lead.
Moments later, Cole Craddock hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 54-53 lead.
Bath held off LCC down the stretch for win.
For the game, Bath shot 47 percent from the field. LCC shot 49 percent.
Powell is pleased at his team’s progress.
“Tonight, we had multiple kids step up at different times in the game, which helped stop LCC’s runs,” Powell said. “The goal is to get everyone on the same page and playing at their best.”
Pandora-Gilboa 52, Kalida 46
PANDORA — Colin Harris had 10 points and Ryan Johnson and Aiden Harris each scored nine for P-G. Justin Siebeneck had 13 points and Grant Vorst scored eight for Kalida.
MINSTER — Carter Pleiman had 18 points and Jameson Meyer scored six for Minster.
Antwerp 55, Ottoville 33
Kellen Schlagbaum had 11 poitns and William Miller scored nine for Ottoville.
Delphos Jefferson 53,
RAWSON — Lyv Lindeman had 27 points and Aly Lindeman scored nine for Jefferson (5-0).
OTTAWA — Chloee Glenn had 14 points and Erin Kaufman scored nine for O-G. Brooke Erhart and Livia Recker each had six points for Kalida.
Van Wert 41
SPENCERVILLE — Kirsten Wurst had 13 points and Gabi Croft scored 10 for Spencerville. Kyra Welch had 15 points and Sofi Houg scored 12 for Van Wert.
St. Marys 49,
Delphos St. John’s 19
DELPHOS — Kendall Dieringer had 18 points and Reese Rable scored nine for St. Marys. Abby Kerner had eight points and Kierstyn Klaus scored six for DSJ.
Riverdale 53, Ada 41
ADA — Courtney Sumner had 29 points and Olivia Burkhart scored 10 for Ada.
ELIDA — The Bulldogs outscored the Lancers 18-8 to earn the win. Addisyn Freeman (22), Elli Mitchell (18) and Bella Lopez (13) each scored in double digits for Elida. Makayla Jackman and Kendall Bollenbacher each had 16 points and Ashlyn Price scored 11 for Lincolnview.
Van Buren 60,
Hardin Northern 9
DOLA — Emma Martin had four points for Hardin Northern.
Celina 2,486, Van Wert 2,129
CELINA — Britt Hole had the high game (236) and two-game series (398) for the host Bulldogs at Plaza Lanes. Logan Sutton had the high game (170) and Landon Nowak had the series (305) for Van Wert.
Celina 2,285, Van Wert 2,186
CELINA — Amielle Abner had the high game (188) and Emma Whistler had the high two-game series (331) for the host Bulldogs at Plaza Lanes. Mercades Hammond had the high game (191) and series (335) for the Cougars.
Bluffton tri match
BLUFFTON — The host Pirates defeated McComb 54-12 and lost 36-24 to Arcadia.
Against McComb, Micah Minning (138), Ethan Kohli (150), Kyle Basil (165) and Isaiah Mikesell (175) all recorded pins for Bluffton.
Against Arcadia, Thayne Kleman (113), Dustin Mortimer (144) and Kaden Basil (190) pinned their opponents.
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