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Prep Schedule & Updates: 02-20-13

One regular-season boys basketball games and a handful of girls sectional tournament basketball games are on tap tonight and we’ll have the latest on all of the hardwood action from around the region tonight here at The Courier.
Courier writer Dave Hanneman will be at Findlay High School for tonight’s Division IV sectional girls doubleheader. Cory-Rawson takes on Arlington at 6:15 and Vanlue plays McComb at 8 p.m. in the nightcap.
In Division III action, Bluffton takes on Coldwater at Lima Bath, Van Buren plays Otsego at Bowling Green and Bucyrus and Fostoria square off at Seneca East.
There is one other Division IV game tonight as Ada plays Ridgemont at Kenton.
For scores and more after the game check out The Courier’s sports weblog, The Blanchard River Buzz.
You’ll get the best local sports coverage in the region in the daily print edition of The Courier and online at TheCourier.com.

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Wednesday’s Games
NW Ohio Games
Mansfield St. Peter’s at Clear Fork
Liberty-Benton 70, Tiffin Calvert 32

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Wednesday’s Sectional Semifinals
Division I
At Toledo Central Catholic
Toledo Notre Dame 72, Toledo Bowsher 26
At Oregon Clay
Toledo Central Catholic 56, Toledo Waite 40
Division II
At Hicksville
Napoleon 27, Bryan 26
At Toledo Bowsher
Toledo Rogers 80, Toledo Scott 20
At Sandusky
Oak Harbor 39, Sandusky Perkins 38
At Ontario
Lexington 46, Galion 40
At Fostoria
Kenton 57, Tiffin Columbian 38
Division III
At Defiance
Delta 64, Paulding 38
Archbold 82, Liberty Center 26
At Lima Bath
Bluffton 41, Coldwater 39
Lima Central Catholic 49, Wayne Trace 46
At Bowling Green
Swanton 45, Evergreen 38
Van Buren 59, Otsego 47
At Eastwood
Lakota 43, Gibsonburg 35
Lake 49, Northwood 27
At Seneca East
Bucyrus 60, Fostoria 42
At Willard
Huron 61, Edison 50
Margaretta 64, New London 35
Division IV
At Kenton
Ada 76, Ridgemont 19
At Findlay
Arlington 71, Cory-Rawson 40
McComb 59, Vanlue 27

Girls Tournament Basketball
VAN BUREN 59
OTSEGO 47
BOWLING GREEN — Kristen Tropf and Nichole Miller combined for 31 points and the Van Buren girls basketball team won its first tournament game since 2007 with a 59-47 victory over Otsego in the Division III sectional semifinals at Bowling Green High School.
The Black Knights, who improved to 5-17 on the season, advance to face Blanchard Valley Conference rival Liberty-Benton (17-5) at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday at Bowling Green High School in the sectional championship. The Knights finished their season at 8-15.
Van Buren trailed 14-12 after one quarter, but outscored Otsego 21-6 in the second to take a 33-20 lead into the intermission.
Kristen Tropf drained four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points. Nichole Miller (13 points) and Taylor Gilliland (11) also scored in double digits for the Black Knights.
Jessica Roberts led the Knights with 12 points.

van buren (5-17)
Tropf 6-2—18, Wymer 1-0—3, Gilliland 5-0—11, Miller 5-3—13, Sudlow 2-2—6, Frampton 4-0—8. TOTALS: 23-7—59.
otsego (8-15)
Asmus 0-1—1, Hesselschwandt 4-1—9, McCullough 1-2—4, Donald 4-1—10, Smoyer 4-0—8, Garrett 0-1—1, Schutzberg 1-0—2, Roberts 5-1—12. TOTALS: 19-7—47.
Van Buren   12 21 18 8 — 59
Otsego   14 6 16 11 — 47
3-Point GOALS: Van Buren 6 (Tropf 4, Wymer & Gilliland 1); Otsego 2 (Donald & Roberts 1).

ADA 76
RIDGEMONT 19
KENTON — Ada standout Taylor Willeke was held to nine points Wednesday night, but the Bulldogs were just fine as four other players scored in double figures for a 76-19 Division IV sectional semifinal win over Ridgemont at Kenton High School.
Ada (14-9) moves on to face Hardin Northern (2-20) in the sectional final at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday at Kenton. The Bulldogs beat the Polar Bears 60-14 earlier this season.
Ada benefitted from a balanced scoring effort as 10 players scored. Tori Wyss led the way with a game-high 14 points.
Alexis Amburgey (11 points), Lindsay Walden (11) and Sidney Faine (10) points also scored in double digits as the Bulldogs raced out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and a 37-6 advantage by halftime.
Aislinn McCullough scored eight points to pace Ridgemont, which ends its season at 0-22.

BLUFFTON 41
COLDWATER 39
LIMA — Sarah Schriner drove down the middle of the lane and converted a lay-up with 2.4 seconds left as Bluffton pulled out an exciting 41-39 Division III sectional semifinal win over Coldwater Wednesday night at Lima Bath High School.
The Pirates (12-11) will face Northwest Conference rival Allen East (12-8) at 6:15 on Saturday at Bath High School for the sectional championship. The Mustangs defeated Bluffton 54-52 earlier this season.
Coldwater (13-10) made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to tie the game at 39 apiece. The Pirates milked the clock and let Schriner, a 5-foot-5 senior guard, split the defense for her game-winning bucket.
Schriner led Bluffton with 15 points. Anna Crisp hit three treys and finished with 10.
Brooke Welsch paced Coldwater with a game-high 16 points.

coldwater (13-10)
Hemmelgarn 1-0—2, A. Dues 1-0—2, B. Dues 1-0—2, Welsch 7-2—16, Bruns 2-1—5, Sudhoff 1-0—2, Kanney 4-0—10. TOTALS: 17-7—39.
bluffton (12-11)
Schriner 6-3—15, Buroker 3-1—8, Crisp 3-1—10, Lugibihl 0-1—1, Amstutz 2-2—6, Prichard 0-1—1. TOTALS: 14-9—41.
Coldwater   13 8 11 7 — 39
Bluffton   16 10 5 10 — 41
3-Point GOALS: Coldwater 2 (Kanney 2); Bluffton 4 (Crisp 3, Buroker 1).

BUCYRUS 60
FOSTORIA 42
ATTICA — Bucyrus outscored Fostoria 18-2 in the second quarter and Bucyrus won the battle of the Redmen with a 60-42 Division III sectional semifinal victory over Fostoria Wednesday night.
Bucyrus (13-10) moves on to face rival Wynford (16-6) at 6:15 on Saturday at Seneca East in the sectional championship. Fostoria finishes its season at 1-22.
Macey Sheerer scored a game-high 22 points for Bucyrus.
Erica Moore (15 points) and Taylor Tucker (12) scored in double figures for Fostoria.

fostoria (1-22)
Hampton 2-0—5, Settles 1-2—4, Smith 2-0—4, Tucker 5-2—12, Valenti 1-0—2, Lenz 0-0—0, Moore 7-1—15, Cleveland 0-0—0. TOTALS: 18-44 5-8—42.
bucyrus (13-10)
Flaherty 4-0—8, Sheerer 6-10—22, Orewiler 3-3—9, Wyeth 2-1—6, Williams 1-2—4, Awbrey 0-0—0, Seibert 0-0—0, Thompson 2-0—4, Hildebrand 2-0—4, Gulley 0-0—0, Bryant 0-0—0, Tanner 0-0—0, Hawkins 1-0—3, Taylor 0-0—0. TOTALS: 21-46 16-20—60.
Fostoria   10 2 7 23 — 42
Bucyrus   16 18 17 9 — 60
3-Point GOALS: Fostoria 1-7 (Hampton 1); Bucyrus 2-10 (Wyeth & Hawkins).
rebounds: Fostoria 21 (Tucker & Moore 6); Bucyrus 24 (Thompson 6).
turnovers: Fostoria 22, Bucyrus 18.

Boys Regular Season
LIBERTY-BENTON   70

TIFFIN CALVERT   32
Ryan Geise made four 3-pointers in both the second and third quarters and went off for a game-high 26 points as Liberty-Benton trounced Tiffin Calvert 70-32 Wednesday in boys nonconfernce basketball action.
The Eagles, ranked second in the final Associated Press Division III poll, finish their regular season at 21-1 and have won their last 17 games.
Liberty-Benton head coach Steve Williman also recorded his 14th 20-win seasons in 26 years at the helm of the Eagles’ program.
Mitch Linhart scored 12 first half points for L-B and Zach Garver added 11 points for the Eagles, who led 20-5 after one quarter.
John Darnall handed out eight assists as L-B assisted on 24 of their 30 field goals. Brandon May snared six rebounds.

tiffin calvert (4-17)
Warnement 4-0—9, Gross 0-0—0, Iannantuono 0-2—2, Bennett 4-0—11, Smith 1-2—5, Stith 0-0—0, Thompson 1-0—2, Long 1-1—3. TOTALS: 11-38 5-8—32.
liberty-benton (21-1)
Cytlak 0-0—0, Darnall 4-0—8, Lawson 0-0—0, Haan 0-0—0, Geise 9-0—26, Rhodes 0-0—0, Garver 5-0—11, Linhart 6-0—12, Maag 3-0—6, May 2-0—4, Craft 0-0—0, Steinman 1-0—2, Loughman 0-1—1. TOTALS: 30-59 1-4—70.
Tiffin Calvert   5 13 5 9 — 32
Liberty-Benton   20 23 18 9 — 70
3-Point GOALS: Tiffin Calvert 5-11 (Bennett 3, Warnement & Smith 1); Liberty-Benton 9-22 (Geise 8, Garver 1).
rebounds: Tiffin Calvert 18; Liberty-Benton 32 (May 6).
turnovers: Tiffin Calvert 15, Liberty-Benton 6.
junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 42-25.