Boys basketball: Henline powers Spencerville past Columbus Grove


Bearcats win 10th straight

By Tom Usher - [email protected]



Columbus Grove’s Noah Macke guards Spencerville’s Josh Henline during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.

Columbus Grove’s Noah Macke guards Spencerville’s Josh Henline during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.


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Columbus Grove’s Trey Sautter puts up a shot against Spencerville’s Tyler Koenig during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.

Columbus Grove’s Trey Sautter puts up a shot against Spencerville’s Tyler Koenig during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.


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Spencerville’s Eli Harter goes up for a shot against Columbus Grove’s Zach Reynolds during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.


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Spencerville’s Carter Sudhoff defends a shot by Columbus Grove’s Jacksen Schroeder during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.


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Spencerville’s Evan Osting, left, and Columbus Grove’s Trenton Barraza (3) go for a loose ball during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.


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SPENCERVILLE – Spencerville’s Josh Henline did a little of everything Friday night.

He hit 3-pointers, played sticky defense, dove across the floor and even gave up a few teeth in the victory.

In spite of losing his two front teeth, Henline scored 17 points to lead Spencerville over Columbus Grove 61-37 Friday at Spencerville.

Spencerville, which has won 10 in a row, is 13-1, 3-1 in the Northwest Conference. Columbus Grove is 8-6, 2-3 in the NWC.

For the Bearcats, the 13-1 record marks the team’s best start since the 1952 team started 13-1.

Henline was 5 of 5 on 3-pointers for his 17 points, but didn’t play in the fourth quarter when his dive across the floor jarred out two teeth.

“Josh was really good and he’s been really good all year,” Spencerville coach Kevin Sensabaugh said. “He made some shots, which stretched out the defense. He won’t play tomorrow night (against Delphos St. John’s), but hopefully he’ll be back next week.’’

Dylan Smith scored 14 for the Bearcats. Eli Harter had 10 points and nine rebounds.

“Dylan was really good at both ends and Eli was tough to guard,” Sensabaugh said. “We had a lot of good things going.’’

Bo Birnesser scored 10 for Columbus Grove. Trey Sautter scored nine.

The Bearcats’ man-to-man defense was smothering and helped push Columbus Grove out beyond where it would normally start its attack.

“We wanted to pressure them so they were never comfortable,” Sensabaugh said. “We didn’t want them to feel comfortable and we did a really good job of making it difficult for them, especially after the first quarter. After that, we were really locked in, defensively.’’

Leading the Spencerville defense was Tyler Koenig, who guarded Sautter, Grove’s lone returning starter from last year.

“He’s (Koenig) our best defender so we put him on the best guy,” Sensabaugh said. “He’s a versatile defender and he can guard a lot of positions. He’s fun to watch and I enjoy having him on our team.’’

Spencerville led 32-21 at the half.

Henline came out and sank two long 3-pointers to push the Bearcats’ lead to 38-22 with 5:35 left in the third.

Spencerville led 44-26 after three quarters and was never challenged in the final quarter.

Spencerville came out firing from the 3-point line and canned 4 of 7 threes in the first quarter.

Henline led the long-range bombing with three 3-pointers.

That helped the Bearcats take a 20-14 lead after the first quarter.

To start the second quarter, Smith sank a 12-footer, a driving layup and a fast-break layup.

That triggered a 12-2 Spencerville run to give the Bearcats a 30-16 lead with 4:45 left before halftime.

Spencerville led 32-21 at the half.

Henline had 11 points at the half, while Smith scored eight.

Grove’s Sautter had nine points at the half.

Spencerville won the boards, 34-27.

Spencerville shot 47 percent from the field and was 6 of 13 on 3-pointers.

Grove shot 30 percent from the field and was 3 of 14 on threes.

It’s been a big turnaround for the veteran Bearcats, who were 8-16 last year.

“Eli’s (Harter) is back and that helps a lot,” Sensabaugh said. “Eli didn’t play last year because of the ACL (knee injury).

“We’re older and more experienced and we have some guys in the right positions. We don’t have guys playing out of position any more. And the kids have really bought in to what we’re trying to do. They’re really fun to coach.’’

Columbus Grove’s Noah Macke guards Spencerville’s Josh Henline during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Spencerville-boys-bb-vs-Cols-Grove-DS6-1.jpgColumbus Grove’s Noah Macke guards Spencerville’s Josh Henline during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News
Columbus Grove’s Trey Sautter puts up a shot against Spencerville’s Tyler Koenig during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Spencerville-boys-bb-vs-Cols-Grove-DS2-1.jpgColumbus Grove’s Trey Sautter puts up a shot against Spencerville’s Tyler Koenig during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. Don Speck | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Eli Harter goes up for a shot against Columbus Grove’s Zach Reynolds during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Spencerville-boys-bb-vs-Cols-Grove-DS5-1.jpgSpencerville’s Eli Harter goes up for a shot against Columbus Grove’s Zach Reynolds during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. Don Speck | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Carter Sudhoff defends a shot by Columbus Grove’s Jacksen Schroeder during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Spencerville-boys-bb-vs-Cols-Grove-DS3-1.jpgSpencerville’s Carter Sudhoff defends a shot by Columbus Grove’s Jacksen Schroeder during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. Don Speck | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Evan Osting, left, and Columbus Grove’s Trenton Barraza (3) go for a loose ball during Friday night’s game at Spencerville.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Spencerville-boys-bb-vs-Cols-Grove-DS7-1.jpgSpencerville’s Evan Osting, left, and Columbus Grove’s Trenton Barraza (3) go for a loose ball during Friday night’s game at Spencerville. Don Speck | The Lima News
Bearcats win 10th straight

By Tom Usher

[email protected]

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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