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Girls Basketball: L-B closing in on BVC championship

MCCOMB — Shooting percentages can tell quite a story in basketball game, and Thursday’s contest between Liberty-Benton and McComb was no exception.
Liberty-Benton hit nearly half its field goal attempts and all of its free throw tries, and McComb struggled from the field as the Eagles coasted to a 75-37 win in Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball action.
Led by Rachel Myers’ 27 points, Liberty-Benton (14-1, 7-0 BVC) hit 25 of 52 attempts from the field and was a perfect 18 of 18 from the foul line. Lauren Kotey finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Nicolette DeVincentis added 13 points for the Eagles, who led 37-17 at halftime.
Nora Hemminger scored nine points to lead McComb (10-7, 3-4).
Liberty-Benton also was a force on the glass, outrebounding the host Panthers 26-17.
The Eagles still have two difficult league games remaining against Arcadia and Arlington. L-B can clinch at least a share of the BVC crown next Thursday at home against the Redskins.

LIBERTY-BENTON (14-1, 7-0)
Trevino 1-2″”4, Kotey 7-4–18, Myers 7-10–27, Hiegel 1-2–4, DeVincentis 5-0–13, Reynolds 4-0–9. TOTALS: 25-52 18-18–75.
MCCOMB (10-7, 3-4)
Hemminger 4-1–10, Buck 2-1–7, Dee 2-1–7, Clymer 3-2–8, Herr 2-1–5. TOTALS: 13-49 6-9–37.
Liberty-Benton16 21 15 23 — 75
McComb8 9 11 9 — 37
3-Point GOALS: Liberty-Benton 7-19 (Devincentis & Myers 3, Reynolds 1); McComb 5-18 (Buck & Dee 2, Hemminger).
rebounds: Liberty-Benton 26 (Kotey 13), McComb 17 (Herr 6, Clymer 5).
VAN BUREN 65
VANLUE 40
VAN BUREN — Nichole Miller dropped 18 points for Van Buren as the Black Knights jumped out to a 35-10 halftime lead against Vanlue and cruised to a 65-40 Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball win Thursday.
Lexie Hassan added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Lauren Wise scored in double figures with 10 for the Black Knights, which picked up its first BVC win (2-13, 1-6 BVC).
Chloe Kromer scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Vanlue (3-12, 0-7 BVC), and Kate Clymer added 13 points.
Van Buren outrebounded Vanlue 26-15, and committed 16 turnovers opposed to the Wildcats’ 23.

vanlue (3-12, 0-7 BVC)
H. Gerschutz 2-0–4, Kromer 7-0–14, C. Gerschutz 2-1–5, Clymer 5-0–13, Kloepfer 2-0–4, Bonham 0-0–0, Hartman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18 1-6–40.
van buren (2-13, 1-6 BVC)
Wise 4-2–10, Endicott 2-0–4, Miller 7-3–18, Wymer 1-2–5, Sturgill 4-0–8, Hassan 4-0–11, Sudlow 2-3–7, Edler 1-0–2. TOTALS: 25-59 10-15–65.
Vanlue4 6 11 19 — 40
Van Buren14 21 14 16 — 65
3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 3 (Clymer 3); Van Buren 5-13 (Hassan 3, Miller & Wymer 1).
rebounds: Vanlue 15 (Kromer 5); Van Buren 26 (Sudlow 5).
turnovers: Vanlue 23, Van Buren 16.

ARLINGTON 62
CORY-RAWSON 27
ARLINGTON — Sierra Nichols’ 12 points, five rebounds and two steals led Arlington as the Red Devils built a 38-13 halftime lead en route to a 62-27 Blanchard Valley Conference victory against Cory-Rawson Thursday night.
Arlington (11-5, 5-2 BVC) edged the Hornets on the glass 33-30 and forced them into 23 turnovers in the game.
An 18-0 run through the third quarter extended the Red Devils’ lead to 56-13 at the beginning of the final period.
Arlington’s Dani Heaster added 10 points, three assists and two steals, Haley Dillon netted 10 points and Arden McMath contributed three assists and three steals.
Kiley Scott finished with nine points and Mariah Burkholder pulled down nine boards for Cory-Rawson (7-10, 2-5).

CORY-RAWSON (7-10, 2-5 BVC)
Vonstein 2-2–6, Tuttle 2-0–5, Heldnan 0-0–0, Scott 4-1–9, Rettig 1-1–3, Burkholder 0-0–0, Galvan 0-0–0, Ritter 2-0–4. TOTALS: 11-43 4-11–27.
ARLINGTON (11-5, 5-2 BVC)
Dillon 4-2–10, H. Johnson 2-0–4, Joliff 0-0–0, Heaster 4-0–10, M. Johnson 1-0–2, Nichols 6-0–12, Mains 1-0–3, Willow 0-1–1, Alexander 3-0–8, Webb 2-0–6, Dodds 0-0–0, McMath 2-2–6, Schmehl 0-0–0, Russell 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25-58 5-14–62.
Cory-Rawson 8 5 0 14 — 27
Arlington 16 22 18 6 — 62
3-Point GOALS: Cory-Rawson 1-8 (Tuttle); Arlington 7-21 (Heaster, Alexander & Webb 2, Mains).
rebounds: Cory-Rawson 30 (Burkholder 9); Arlington 33 (H. Johnson & Nichols 5).
turnovers: Cory-Rawson 23; Arlington 11.
junior varsity: Arlington, 58-7.
LEIPSIC 60
HARDIN NORTHERN 8
LEIPSIC — Leipsic turned in a dominating performance on both ends of the floor and set a new school record Thursday in a 60-8 win over Hardin Northern in Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball action.
Haley Gerten led Leipsic with 13 points and Shaylynn Morman added 11 for Leipsic (13-3, 6-1).
Led by Miranda Niese and Amber Gerdeman with nine rebounds each, the Vikings held a commanding 47-16 advantage on the glass. Leipsic also set a new school record for fewest points allowed by an opponent, breaking the previous mark of 14 points set in 1979 in a game against Cory-Rawson.
Brooklynn Watts finished with three points for Hardin Northern (2-14, 1-6). The Polar Bears were held to four points through the first three quarters.

HARDIN NORTHERN (2-14, 1-6)
Curtis 1-0–2, Schlatter 0-1–1, Watts 1-1–3, Hooker 1-0–2. TOTALS: 3 2-4–8.
LEIPSIC (13-3, 6-1)
Ellerbrock 0-2–2, Sheckelhoff 1-0–2, Rieman 2-0–4, Morman 4-2–11, Gerdeman 3-3–9, Nadler 3-0–6, Gerten 6-0–13, Steffan 0-2–2, Kaufman 2-1–5, Schroeder 3-0–6. TOTALS: 22 2 10-15–60.
Hardin Northern 2 2 0 4 — 8
Leipsic 19 15 11 15 — 60
3-Point GOALS: Hardin Northern none; Leipsic 2 (Morman & Gerten).
rebounds: Hardin Northern 16; Leipsic 47 (Miranda Niese & Gerdeman 9).
turnovers: Hardin Northern 29; Leipsic 15.
junior varsity: Leipsic, 43-27.

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