OREGON — Findlay High’s defense turned in a dominating performance on Monday when the Trojans shut out Oregon Clay in the second quarter, allowed just five points the entire first half and beat the Eagles 37-24 in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls basketball matchup.

Senior guard Katie Thomas pumped in 14 points to lead Findlay. Sophomore post Kaylee Brodine scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Findlay trailed 5-4 after one period of play, but blitzed Clay 10-0 in the second quarter and never looked back.

The Trojans, 7-14 overall and 3-10 in the league, will wrap up regular season play on Thursday with a TRAC contest at Toledo Central Catholic. Findlay will face Fremont Ross next Wednesday in a Division I district quarterfinal game at Toledo Start.

Olivia Dellape led Clay (3-16, 1-12 TRAC) with nine points.

FINDLAY (7-14, 3-10 TRAC)

Prusnek 2-0–6, Thomas 4-3–14, Brodine 4-3–11, Holliday 1-0–2, Hucke 2-0–4. Nichols 0-0–0, Crites 0-0–0, Welch 0-0–0, Puchta 0-0–0. TOTALS: 13-41 6-7–37.

OREGON CLAY (3-16, 1-12 TRAC)

Johnson 1-0–2, Slovak 1-0–3, Stevens 2-0–6, Dellape 2-5–9, Rew 2-0–4. TOTALS: 8-5–24.

Findlay 4 10 16 7 — 37

Oregon Clay 5 0 13 6 — 24

3-Point GOALS: Findlay 5 (Prusnek 2, Thomas 3); Oregon Clay 3 (Slovak, Stevens 2).

REBOUNDS: Findlay 22 (Brodine 8, Puchta 5).

TURNOVERS: Findlay 16.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Findlay, 30-24.

BLUFFTON 53

ALLEN EAST 42

BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s Alivia Koenig softened up Allen East’s defense with four first-quarter 3-pointers and her teammates took over from there as the Pirates beat the Mustangs 53-42 on Monday to move within a game of clinching their first Northwest Conference girls basketball title since 2005.

Koenig, a three-time first-team all-NWC selection, scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter, igniting a 20-10 advantage that gave the Pirates a lead they never lost. Libby Schaadt added 14 points and Averey Rumer tossed in 11.

Bluffton led 32-19 at the half and weathered an Allen East rally in the fourth quarter to improve to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in the NWC. The Pirates can claim at least a share of their first NWC title in 14 years Thursday at Delphos Jefferson.

Spencerville (15-4, 6-1 NWC) and Columbus Grove (14-5, 5-1 NWC) also entered this week with one league loss.

Lauren Criblez scored 15 points and Lakin Basham had 10 for Allen East (13-7, 4-4 NWC).

ALLEN EAST (13-7, 4-4 NWC)

Richardson 2-0–5, Basham 4-2–10, K. Newland -20–6, Criblez 6-3–15, T. Newland 3-0–6. TOTALS: 17-5–42.

BLUFFTON (15-5, 6-1 NWC)

Bischoff 0-1–1, White 1-0–2, Prater 0-2–2, Rumer 4-3–11, Eachus 3-0–6, Koenig 6-0–17, Schaadt 7-0–14. TOTALS: 21-6–53.

Allen East 10 9 9 14 — 42

Bluffton 20 12 10 11 — 53

3-Point GOALS: Allen East 3 (Richardson, K. Newland 2); Bluffton 5 (Koenig 5).

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