Girls Basketball Roundup: Birthday gift a winner for Tigers

CASTALIA – As birthday gifts go, it was memorable.

Seina Adachi celebrated her sweet 16th with a game-high 27 points and a game-winner in the closing seconds Tuesday as Seneca East knocked back Margaretta 68-67.

The teams were knotted at 66 with 5 seconds to go when Margaretta’s Lexi Harvey went to the line.

Harvey hit her first try, but missed her second.

Seneca East’s Amber Enders grabbed the rebound and fired a pass to midcourt to Adachi, who drove in for the go-ahead score with 1.4 seconds remaining.

Brittany Brookes added 14 points for Seneca East (6-7), which trailed 25-13 at the first stop before battling back to tie the score at 51 by the end of the third period.

Paige Reichert chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.

Harvey finished with 24 points for the Polar Bears. Becca Denman scored 14 and Kristen Yost netted 13.

NR turns back Warriors

SYCAMORE – New Riegel countered Mohawk’s up-and-down scoring with a balanced approach each quarter to claim a 53-43 Midland Athletic League win.

The Blue Jackets (12-1, 5-1 MAL) entered the second period clinging to a one-point lead, but used a 15-3 burst from there for a 27-14 halftime advantage.

The Warriors (7-7, 3-3) stormed back to trail 39-35 by the end of the third quarter, but New Riegel pulled away in the fourth for the victory.

Kara Scherger fueled New Riegel with 22 points and five steals. Taylor Arbogast chipped in 14 points, four steals and four assists, Lauren Ladd tallied 10 points and six rebounds, Taylor Kirian hauled in seven boards and Hailey Theis dished four assists.

The Warriors got 14 points and five rebounds from Kasey Adelsperger and 13 points from Julie Adelsperger. Taylor McClain handed out nine assists and Megan Cleveland added three assists.

Mohawks wallop Rangers

NORTHWOOD – St. Wendelin held Northwood scoreless in the second quarter Tuesday on the way to a 43-21 win.

The Mohawks (7-4) got a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds from Kamryn Troike in just under 14 minutes of play.

Allie Rutter added nine points and five steals against the Rangers, Edy Mowery had seven points and four steals and Hailee Burns turned in three steals.

H-L knocks aside Gibsonburg

GIBSONBURG – Hope Brickner approached a double-double and two teammates combined for another 29 points Tuesday in Hopewell-Loudon’s 63-45 win over Gibsonburg.

Brickner keyed the attack with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Chieftains (7-4).

Courtney Burns backed her with 15 points and seven boards and Aleta Daniel chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Brook Arbogast registered seven points and nine rebounds for H-L.

Brittney Holcomb’s 14 points and seven boards sparked the Golden Bears (4-6). Danielle Fork scored nine points, Katy Roberts also grabbed seven rebounds and Amanda Shammo dished three assists.

Old Fort can’t hang on

OLD FORT – For three quarters Old Fort lead Elmwood, but was out scored 17-7 in the fourth quarter as the Eagles swooped down and snagged up a victory, defeating Old Fort 51-43.

34 of the Eagle’s 51 points came from two key players. Kristin Curtis and Samantha Ervin each knocked in 17 points. Curtis was on fire, shooting 9 of 10 on free throws while Ervin followed that with a stellar 7 of 8 on free throws. Tiffany Hillard added eight points for the Eagles and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line.

Old Fort played a balanced game offensively having six players score five points or more. Peyton Miller led the Stockaders with nine points, Sam Hartsel was good for seven and Jordan Magers and Sammy Miller added six points for Old Fort. Hartsel led the team in rebounds with eight.