DELPHOS — Before Tuesday’s nonconference matchup with visiting Miller City, Delphos Jefferson had controlled most of its previous opponents, en route to winning its first 11 contests.
However, Tuesday’s matchup against Miller City played out a little differently.
The game was tightly-contested throughout.
Down the stretch, Delphos Jefferson made the final play of the game to notch a hard-fought 44-42 victory over Miller City in girls basketball action.
With 12 seconds left to play, Miller City knotted the score at 42 apiece, on a 3-pointer by Carley Hermiller.
However, on the ensuing possession, Delphos Jefferson pushed the ball down the court and Lyv Lindeman scored on a layup with time running out, to give her team the thrilling win.
With the victory, Delphos Jefferson improves to 12-0. Miller City slips to 8-2.
“What a great team,” Delphos Jefferson head coach Denise Lindeman said in reference to Miller City. “They’re well coached. We knew it was going to be a battle. Our girls at the end, found a way. Lyv did a great job of going to the rack. I’m so proud of her right now.”
It was the Lindeman sisters (Coach Lindeman’s daughters) leading the way for Delphos Jefferson on Tuesday. Lyv Lindeman ended the night with 16 points, six steals and five rebounds. Alycia Lindeman scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Lauren French, a 6-foot-2 sophomore post player, added seven points and eight rebounds for Delphos Jefferson.
Abi Lammers led Miller City with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Carley Hermiller had 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
“We knew it was going to be a battle,” Coach Lindeman said. “Lammers is a great player. Our girls just found a way to win.”
After Miller City opened the game with a 5-0 run, Delphos Jefferson battled back and went on to claim a 15-13 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Both teams were 6 of 12 shooting from the floor in the first eight minutes of action.
Alycia Lindeman scored six points, on two 3-pointers. She ended the half with nine points, all on 3-pointers. Lyv Lindeman scored seven points and pulled down five rebounds in the first 16 minutes.
It was a tightly-contested first half.
However, Delphos Jefferson made a small run right before the halftime break, to take a 25-20 lead into the locker room.
After Miller City turned the ball over just one time in the opening stanza, Delphos Jefferson’s defensive pressure helped force six second-quarter turnovers for Miller City in the second stanza.
For the game, Miller City committed 15 turnovers. Delphos Jefferson turned it over 14 times.
In the first half, Delphos Jefferson was 9 of 27 shooting from the field. Miller City connected on 9 of 17 of its field goal attempts.
Delphos Jefferson was clinging to a 34-33 lead by the third stop.
“We tried going to a zone to try to slow them down – and try to stop Lammers from attacking the hoop,” Coach Lindeman said. “But at the end, I thought, ‘Let’s just play our game’. I’m so proud of their effort. They found a way to win. … That’s what good teams do.”
In the fourth quarter, Delphos Jefferson was 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Miller City was 0 for 3 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes.
For the game, Miller City shot 46 percent from the field. Delphos Jefferson shot 37 percent.
Delphos Jefferson held a slight 23-21 edge on the boards.
“That was our closest game of the year. I was so proud of their effort,” Coach Lindeman said. “We battled. It was a good game. I’m glad that our girls came out on top.”
COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf is ranked No. 6 in the first Associated Press poll of the season. Delphos Jefferson is 15th. Crestview is ranked 10th in Division IV followed by Miller City and New Knoxville at 12th and 13th respectively. Shawnee is 15th in D-II.
Lima Central Catholic 31
ADA — Daicy Robinson and Courtney Sumner each had eight points for the host Bulldogs. Olivia Stolly had 16 points and Bridget Mulcahy scored nine for LCC.
Hardin Northern 32
RAWSON — Paige McVetta had 23 points and Chelcie McVetta scored 12 for C-R. Bella Wilson had 15 points and Emma Martin and Makenna Eibling each scored six for Hardin Northern.
MIDDLE POINT — Brooke Vennekotter had 10 points and Camryn Recker scored nine for Kalida. Zadria King had nine points and Makayla Jackman scored five for Lincolnview.
New Knoxville 69,
WAYNESFIELD — Avery Henschen had 23 points and Carsyn Henschen and Ellie Gabel each scored 15 for the Rangers. Zoe Schlegel had five points for W-G.
Fort Loramie 69,
New Bremen 30
NEW BREMEN — Chloe Bornhorst had nine points and Lily Lennartz scored eight for the host Cardinals.
Bath 40, Ottoville 32
OTTOVILLE — Ava Craddock had 14 points and Anne Oliver scored eight for Bath. Erica Thorbahn had 12 points and Carly Thorbahn scored seven for Ottoville.
Delphos St. John’s 29
PAULDING — Audrey Giesige had 13 points and Claire Schweller scored 12 for the host Panthers. Abby Kerner had 11 points and Emma Will scored seven for DSJ.
St. Marys 63,
ST. MARYS — Kendall Dieringer (23), Noey Ruane (14) and Karsyn McGlothen (12) each scored in double digits for the Roughriders. Claire Hoback had 10 points and Lilyan Goecke scored nine for the Bearcats.
Columbus Grove 24
FINDLAY — Kenzie King had nine points and Lauryn Auchmuty scored six for CG.
Leipsic 61, Patrick Henry 25
LEIPSIC — Whitney Langhals (19), Krysten Martinez (14) and Ava Henry (10) each scored in double digits for the Vikings.
Wapakoneta 37, Bellefontaine 35
WAPAKONETA — Reagan Courter had eight points and Nikane Ambos scored seven for Wapak.
Lima Senior 62,
Toledo St John’s Jesuit 58
TOLEDO — Brent Moss (17), Khalil Luster (16) and Anthony Mosley (10) each scored in double digits for Lima Senior, which improved to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
Perry 92, Kenton 68
KENTON — Bubby Knight (23), Ryan Yingst (20) and Ayden Simpson (12) each scored in double digits for the visiting Commodores. Jarrett Jolliff had 14 points and Gavin Payne and Tyson Lawrence had 11 and 10 points respectively for the Wildcats.
Allen East 61,
Temple Christian 49
LIMA — Garett Newland had 24 points and Keaton Miller scored 13 for Allen East. Dawson Clay had 14 points and Landon Callahan scored 13 for Temple Christian.
Russia 63, Minster 36
RUSSIA — Johnny Nixon had 10 points and Logan Kohne, Brogan Stephey and Kole Richard each scored five for Minster.
Hall of Fame
FORT RECOVERY — The High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting the 1971 OSHAA Boys’ Basketball Class A State Championship Team. The induction will take place between the JV and varsity boys basketball games against Fort Loramie scheduled for Saturday, Jan, 22. The 1971 Indians will join the previous 45 individuals that have been selected since the Hall of Fame was established in 2007 in honor of long-time Indian fan David Neff.
The 1971 Indians were coached by Allen Souder. They completed their regular season with a record of 18-2. They won the Mercer County League, going undefeated in league play. Their overall record ended at 26-2.
KENTON — Devin Hastings led Kenton with a 380 two-game series and a 212 high game. Spencer Angelmyer added a 203.
Celina 2,192, Parkway 1,788
CELINA — Emma Whistler had the high game (195) and two-game series (347) for Celina at Plaza Lanes. Jocie Waters had the high game (148) and Raegan Roehm had the high series (271) for Parkway.
ADA — Ohio Northern has canceled its Ohio Athletic Conference home game with Otterbein today due to COVID-19 protocol issues.
The game will be counted as a no contest and Otterbein will pick up a win and ONU a loss in the OAC Standings.
The Polar Bears have a 9-3 record (3-2 OAC).
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