Boys basketball notebook: Lima Senior tested by adversity; O-G turns to D; DSJ freshman ties record

Lima Senior was tested by Bellbrook and by adversity in a 67-61 boys basketball win over the Eagles on Sunday night in the last game of the weekend in the Coach Q Kewpee Holiday Classic.

Freshman guard Shawn Foster scored 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead the Spartans (3-2). Isiah Wilson scored 18 points and Jaeveon Walton had 10 points and six rebounds.

It was a tie game, 43-43, heading into the fourth quarter. And it wasn’t until the final minute of the game that Lima Senior secured the win.

Lima Senior lost guard Amari Addy, a starter last season as a freshman, to a torn ACL during the summer, and he will be out long term. Friday night, the Spartans got more bad news about an injury when JeKel Cotton, who was averaging 17 points and seven rebounds a game, suffered a broken foot in a 92-38 win over Toledo Woodward.

“He’s down four to six weeks. Taking him out of the equation obviously changes the dynamic of our team. And we had a guy, Stacey Dixon, who we’re expecting to get heavy minutes and he was at home sick tonight,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said.

“We get about 12 days off now, and we can change up some things defensively, hit the weight room hard and be prepared to go to Findlay,” he said. “Once we get everyone healthy, I think we’ll be really dangerous. We may not be able to play as fast as we want because the depth isn’t there. But we’re still going to be confident in the guys we have.”

Lima Senior’s Isaiah Wilson scored 26 points in a 78-74 loss in overtime to Whitmer last Tuesday night. Wilson had 12 of those points in the second quarter.

Noah Simpson came off the bench to score 15 points, including four 3-pointers, in that OT loss to Whitmer. Je’Kel Cotton had 15 points, including two 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds in the overtime loss to Whitmer.

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Defensive pressure

Ottawa-Glandorf showed off its defensive pressure throughout its 57-21 win at Wapakoneta on Friday night.

The Titans held Wapakoneta to 29 percent shooting on field goals, forced 18 turnovers and never led by fewer than 20 points after the first minute of the second half.

“I thought our defensive effort was just phenomenal. I thought we were very disruptive. I thought our guys did a good job of getting them out of their spots. They were uncomfortable,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin said.

Colin White scored 26 points, including a pair of three-pointers early in the game and two dunks on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter. Alex Wagner added 10 points for the Titans (4-0, 1-0 Western Buckeye League).


Tying the record

Delphos St. John’s freshman Andrew Elwer tied a school record with eight 3-pointers in the Blue Jays’ 70-33 win against New Knoxville on Friday.

Elwer had five of those 3-pointers in the first quarter on his way to a 26-point night. His brother, sophomore Cameron Elwer, added 20 points in the victory.

Stepping up

Will and Owen Sensabaugh took over in the fourth quarter to lead Spencerville to a 52-49 win at Crestview on Friday night.

The matchup lived up to the hype from opening tip until the final buzzer.

“That was a classic game. That was so much fun,” Spencerville coach Kevin Sensabaugh said. “We did not shoot the ball well, and I am kind of happy about that because we still found a way to find a win. Defensively we played well. I’m proud of our effort.”

Owen Sensabaugh finished with 15 points, while Will Sensabaugh scored 12 for Spencerville.

Spencerville held Crestview’s Wren Sheets, who averaged nearly 19 points a game, to just six first-half points.


Loving the pace

Ottoville has a first-class track facility outside of LW Heckman Gymnasium, and the team brought a bit of that into the building for its 70-58 win Friday against Fort Jennings. The back-and-forth play went on for the better part of the contest, especially in the first quarter; the lead changed on several occasions before the hosts gained control in the third quarter.

“We love track meets too. I feel like that’s how basketball should be,” Ottoville coach Keith Utendorf said. “Obviously that’s a really good basketball team that’s improved immensely, and they’re going to be a tough team to contend with as the season goes.”

Ottoville used balanced scoring, getting three players in double figures with Ashton Miller leading the way with 16 points, Michael Turnwald adding 15 and Keaton Schnipke contributing 14 in the win.

Jarron Swick led Fort Jennings with 26 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. The junior drained 10 of 13 from the foul line for the Musketeers.


Big scorers

Several area boys basketball players topped the 15-point plateau in recent games:

• Beckett Bertke tallied 30 points, including 17 of his team’s 21 points in a 21-12 third-quarter run, as the Indians beat Bath, 70-46, on Friday night in their Western Buckeye League opener. Bertke also had nine rebounds in the win. Bertke followed that up with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 57-52 overtime win against Upper Scioto Valley on Saturday.

• Perry’s Zamere Daniel scored 25 points in a 49-42 win against Ada on Saturday. He also had 16 points in Perry’s 44-36 win against Temple Christian on Friday.

• Bo Birnesser led Columbus Grove with 22 points in a 69-55 win against Arlington on Saturday.

• Aiden Harris of Pandora-Gilboa tallied 21 points, including four 3-pointers, in the Rockets’ 45-18 win against Kalida last Tuesday.

• Shawnee’s Dominic Lynch tallied 20 points in Shawnee’s overtime win against Upper Scioto Valley on Saturday.

• Trenton Barraza had 20 points for Columbus Grove in a 69-55 win against Arlington on Saturday.

• Ottoville’s Keaton Schnipke tallied 20 points, including four 3-pointers, in a loss to Spencerville.

• Bath’s Jaxon Foster scored 19 points in his team’s loss at Shawnee on Friday.

• Evan Osting paced Spencerville with 18 points in a 66-54 win against Ottoville.

• Upper Scioto Valley’s Alex Sanders and Maddox Underwood each scored 18 points in a 57-52 overtime loss to Shawnee on Saturday.

• Three Bluffton players topped 15 points in the Pirates’ 76-58 win at Delphos Jefferson, including Marek Donaldson (17), Blake Sommers (17) and Wade Ginther (16).

• Ottoville’s Landon Horstman scored 16 points in the Big Green’s 46-42 loss to Antwerp last Tuesday.

• Elida’s Jackson Covault scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half as Elida rallied to beat Kenton, 59-49, on Friday.

• Spencerville’s Owen Sensabaugh put up 15 points in a win against Ottoville.

• A’mari Wash scored 15 points in Elida’s Friday night win at Kenton.

• Continental’s Jonathan Etter scored 15 points in a 57-40 loss to Antwerp.


Western Buckeye League


Ottawa-Glandorf `1-0 `5-0

Elida `1-0 `4-1

St. Marys `1-0 `3-1

Shawnee `1-0 `4-2

Celina `1-0 `1-1

Defiance `0-1 `3-3

Wapakoneta `0-1 `3-2

Van Wert `0-1 `1-5

Kenton `0-1 `3-3

Bath `0-1 `0-4

Northwest Conference


Columbus Grove `1-0 `2-0

Leipsic `1-0 `4-1

Bluffton `1-0 `3-1

Spencerville `1-0 `3-2

Allen East `0-0 `1-2

Crestview `0-1 `5-1

Delphos Jefferson `0-1 `1-3

Lincolnview `0-1 `1-3

Ada `0-1 `0-5

Northwest Central Conference


Perry `1-0 `3-2

Ridgemont `1-0 `3-2

Elgin `2-0 `2-4

Cory-Rawson `1-0 `1-2

Upper Scioto Valley `1-0 `1-4

North Baltimore `0-1 `2-1

Temple Christian `0-1 `2-2

Hardin Northern `0-1 `1-2

Ridgedale `0-2 `1-2

Waynesfield-Goshen `0-1 `0-4

Putnam County League


Pandora-Gilboa `1-0 `6-0

Miller City `1-0 `4-1

Ottoville `0-0 `4-2

Columbus Grove `0-0 `2-0

Fort Jennings `0-0 `2-3

Continental `0-0 `0-6

Leipsic `0-1 `4-1

Kalida `0-1 `0-6

Toledo City Athletic League


Start `2-0 `4-0

Lima Senior `2-1 `3-2

Scott `1-1 `4-2

Rogers `0-0 `2-4

Woodward `0-1 `1-5

Bowsher `0-1 `0-4

Waite `0-1 `0-6



Bluffton 76, Delphos Jefferson 58

Columbus Grove 53, Ada 31

Delphos St. John’s 70, New Knoxville 33

Elida 59, Kenton 49

Holgate 42, Kalida 26

Lima Senior 92, Woodward 38

Miller City 59, Patrick Henry 46

Ottawa-Glandorf 57, Wapakoneta 21

Ottoville 70, Fort Jennings 58

Pandora-Gilboa 72, Riverdale 33

Perry 44, Temple Christian 36

Shawnee 70, Bath 46

Spencerville 52, Crestview 49

Upper Scioto Valley 41, Waynesfield-Goshen 40


Columbus Grove 69, Arlington 55

Jackson Center 52, Waynesfield-Goshen 27

Miller City 65, Leipsic 40

Perry 49, Ada 42

Shawnee 57, Upper Scioto Valley 52, OT

Spencerville 66, Ottoville 54

Van Wert 55, Kalida 47

Wapakoneta 58, Rossford 32


Lima Senior 67, Bellbrook 61


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Allen East at Wapakoneta, 7:30 p.m.

Arcadia at Temple Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Continental at Delphos St. John’s, 7:30 p.m.

Crestview at Fort Jennings, 7:30 p.m.

Lima Central Catholic at Bath, 7:30 p.m.

Miller City at Tinora, 7:30 p.m.

New Knoxville at Ada, 7:30 p.m.

Shawnee at Perry, 7:30 p.m.


Bluffton at Carey, 7:30 p.m.


Antwerp at Kalida, 7:30 p.m.

Ayersville at Fort Jennings, 7:30 p.m.

Bowsher at Ottawa-Glandorf, 7 p.m.

Cory-Rawson at Allen East, 7:30 p.m.

Delphos Jefferson at Parkway, 7:30 p.m.

Delphos St. John’s at Crestview, 7:30 p.m.

Leipsic at Pandora-Gilboa, 7:30 p.m.

Minster at Spencerville, 7 p.m.

Miller City at Van Buren, 7:30 p.m.

Ottoville at Lincolnview, 7:30 p.m.

Patrick Henry at Columbus Grove, 7:30 p.m.

Shawnee at Coldwater, 7:30 p.m.

Temple Christian at New Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.

Van Wert at Lima Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Wapakoneta at Perry, 7:30 p.m.

Waynesfield-Goshen at Kenton, 7:30 p.m.


Ada at Cory-Rawson, 7:30 p.m.

Antwerp at Delphos Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.

Bath at Delphos St. John’s, 7:30 p.m.

Fort Jennings at Lincolnview, 6:30 p.m.

Miller City at McComb, 7 p.m.

Upper Scioto Valley at Elida, 7:30 p.m.



Kalida 68, Fort Jennings 31

Marion Local 55, Wapakoneta 43

McComb 58, Waynesfield-Goshen 52

Miller City 52, Holgate 18

Ottawa-Glandorf 48, Toledo Christian 42

Upper Scioto Valley 49, Pandora-Gilboa 37


Bath 42, Delphos Jefferson 16

Crestview 72, Fort Jennings 33

Delphos St. John’s 54, Shawnee 46

Lima Senior 46, Toledo Start 41

Perry 63, Lima Central Catholic 28


Ada at Vanlue, 7:30 p.m.

Allen East at Hardin Northern, 7:30 p.m.

Kalida at Columbus Grove, 7:30 p.m.

Leipsic at Miller City, 7 p.m.

Upper Scioto Valley at Spencerville, 6:30 p.m.

Wapakoneta at Waynesfield-Goshen, 7:30 p.m.


Allen East at Wapakoneta, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at Van Buren, 7:30 p.m.

Cardinal Stritch at Lima Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Delphos Jefferson at Paulding, 7:30 p.m.

Delphos St. John’s at Van Wert, 7:30 p.m.

Fort Jennings at Wayne Trace, 7:30 p.m.

Lincolnview at Miller City, 7 p.m.

Ottawa-Glandorf at Napoleon, 7:30 p.m.

Pandora-Gilboa at Hardin Northern, 7:30 p.m.

Perry at Lima Senior, 7:30 p.m.

Spencerville at St. Henry, 7 p.m.


Bath Holiday Tournament: Notre Dame vs. Bryan, 6 p.m.; Marion Local vs. Bath, 7:30 p.m.


Bath Holiday Tournament: Consolation, noon; championship, 1:30 p.m.

Crestview at Kalida, 1:30 p.m.

Delphos St. John’s at Columbus Grove, 1:30 p.m.

Lima Senior at Findlay, 7:15 p.m.

McComb at Fort Jennings, 1:30 p.m.

Wayne Trace at Ottoville, 1 p.m.


Arlington at Fort Jennings, 7:30 p.m.