Early run proves too much for Heidelberg

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Heidelberg’s Maddie Crawford, a Willard graduate, fights off an Otterbein defender as she goes up for a shot in the lane.

The home court advantage hasn’t really been there so far this season for the Heidelberg women’s basketball team and Saturday’s game against Otterbein was no different.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 19-6 lead in the first quarter of Ohio Athletic Conference action that helped them take a 66-50 win over the struggling Student Princes.

Down 19-6 late in the first, Heidelberg (4-15, 2-10 OAC) cut into the lead with back-to-back 3-pointers by Brooke Beamer and Megan Siesel. Otterbein (11-8, 7-5) led 19-12 at the end of one, led by a seven-point spark by Delaney Cutteridge off the bench.

Both teams scored 12 points in the second and the Cardinals took a seven-point lead into the halftime break. Nine HU players scored in the first half, but none scored more than four in the half.

The Cardinals started the third with a 15-4 run to take a 50-38 lead. Otterbein kept its foot on the pedal in the fourth to keep its comfortable lead.

Seneca East graduate Megan Siesel led the Student Princes with 10 points. The Cardinals held Madelyn Crawford in check, allowing her to score only nine points and grab six rebounds — about half of her usual amount of boards. Brittanie Ulmer added eight points while New Riegel graduate Leah Bouillon added four.

Cutteridge scored a game-high 18 points to lead Otterbein followed by Kiersten Taylor (12).

Eagles rout Dragons, tie Division II record

ASHLAND — The Tiffin women’s basketball team became the latest victim in a 57-game win streak for Ashland Saturday.

The Eagles trounced the Dragons 111-46 to tie the NCAA Division II record — regardless of gender –for their 57th consecutive win. The record ties the run set by Winona State’s men from Jan. 13, 2006-March 22, 2007.

Ashland (20-0, 12-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) was dominant in the first half, outscoring Tiffin 69-22 and shooting just under 64 percent from the field. Tiffin (6-14, 2-10) gave the ball up 27 times in the first half and was out-rebounded 17-9.

The Eagles tacked on 42 more points in the second half while holding TU to 24 in the half.

Jensen Hiegel led the Dragons with 13 points while shooting 5 of 10 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. Cynthia Concepcion followed with eight points.

Eagles soar past Dragons

ASHLAND — Ashland used a 28-18 free throw advantage and a 33-26 rebounding edge to drop Tiffin in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday.

A mid-game run by Ashland helped the Eagles secure an 87-65 win over the Dragons.

Over the final six minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second, Ashland (14-5, 7-4 GLIAC) went on a 37-12 run to jump out to a 61-37 lead in the second half. In that run, the Eagles hit 17 of 21 free throws. Tiffin (6-13, 2-9) scored 32 points in the second half, but its deficit was too much to overcome.

The Dragons were led by Terrell Mabins with 14 points while Quientin Jones tossed in 13 and grabbed a team high five rebounds coming off the bench. Alex Brown added 11 points while Shane Waldon also had four boards.

Cardinals earn first win against ‘Berg

WESTERVILLE — It looked as though the Heidelberg men’s basketball team had turned things around after beating then No. 24 Baldwin Wallace, but a loss to an 0-18 team proved that the struggle continues.

The Student Princes gave Otterbein its first win of the 2017-18 season after falling 78-69 Saturday.

Heidelberg (8-11, 4-8 Ohio Athletic Conference) held a five-point lead on multiple occasions in the first half including a 34-29 edge with 4:43 left in the first after a Bailey Croft layup. The Princes missed four triples and coughed up three turnovers to allow Otterbein (1-18, 1-11) to take a 46-34 advantage in after a 17-0 run going into the half.

Down 52-38 with about 16 minutes remaining in the game, the Princes hit a 15-2 run that spanned seven minutes to cut the deficit to 54-53. The run prompted a Cardinal timeout.

After the break, the Cardinals scored the next six points to regain control. With less than two minutes left, Otterbein took a 10-point lead.

Heidelberg managed to close the gap to six points, but that was the closest it came in the final minutes.

Kiere Bennie led HU with 18 points while Prince Benson and James Hanley each added 10. Hanley led the team with five assists while Myron Prewitt grabbed six boards and tossed in eight points.

Dragons close Regional Duals 6-0

BELMONT, N.C. — After posting a 2-0 mark Friday, the Tiffin wrestling squad finished the Regional Duals with four more win to finish 6-0.

On Day 2, Tiffin beat Queens 43-9, Belmont Abbey 27-19, Coker 39-15 and Limestone 30-13.

The Dragons topped Queens after six grapplers pinned their opponents. Rico Puente (133) dropped Noah Gilbert in 6:49 and Bryan Lavearn (141) flattened Daniel Goodwin in 1:04. Collin Adkins followed at 149 with a pin over Devinarie Hayes (5:52). At 165, Mateo Lybarger pinned Stephon Halliburton in 1:59. Hayden Bronne (184) added a pin in 1:05 over Brandon Stern before Nicholas Mason (197) dropped Benji Hund in 2:01.

Giuseppe Penzone added a 15-9 win at 125 over Queens’ Melvin Rubio. Tiffin’s 157-pounder Beau Minnick took a 51-2 major decision over Micah Marcin.

Tiffin’s second match was against Belmont Abbey. Ahead 15-13 with three matches to go, the Dragons collected a pair of quick pins to secure the win.

Bronne pinned Luke Glunt in 40 seconds before Mason dropped Colton Brittain in 43 seconds to secure the team win. Penzone took a 15-4 major decision followed Adkins’ 11-3 major decision. Lybarger added a 19-5 major decision and Minnick finished with 9-4 decision.

The Dragons dispatched Coker in the third bout, posting six pins in seven wins. TU opened with three straight pins with Penzone dropping Chris Navarro in 1:48. Puente followed with a pin in 4:34 before LaVearn flattened Otto Wolin in 2:26. Richard Screptock (165) topped Hunter Corwin in 4:47. Brone had the quickest pin in 23 seconds over Grayson Spell before Mason took the final pin over Chris Coyle in 3:20. Tiffin also got a win from Minnick with a narrow 3-2 decision.

TU finished Day 2 of the Regional Duals with Limestone. Four straight win in the final four weight classes helped Tiffin finish on top.

Bronne finshed his day with a pin in 1:14 against Raekwon Reggler followed by a Mason’s pin against Clif-Steven Decius in 4:59. Other TU wins came with Adkins (14-3 major), Minnick (4-3 decision), 174-pounder Chase Boyd (6-5 decision), and heavyweight Chase Carter pulled out a 5-3 win in sudden victory.

Rockets clip Falcons

BOWLING GREEN — The Bowling Green women’s basketball team dug itself out of a 16-point first quarter hole, but Toledo was able to hold off the Falcons 77-67 in the Battle of I-75 Saturday in Mid-America Conference action.

The BG efforts were led by junior Sydney Lambert with 24 points, five rebounds and three steals. Bellevue graduate Carly Santoro added 12 points while grabbing a team-high eight boards and snaring three steals.

The Rockets jumped out to a quick lead scoring the first five points of the game and Toledo (14-7, 5-4 MAC) sank 10 of 16 shots from the field in the first quarter. In the final minute of the period, UT took a 29-15 lead — the biggest of the game.

The Falcons battled back outscoring the Rockets 26-8 over the next 11 minutes spanning across the halftime break. The run ended with a pair of and-1 buckets by Lambert and Clare Glowniak in the first minute of the third quarter. Glowniak’s free throw gave BG a 39-37 lead.

Bowling Green (10-10, 2-7) led by five late in the third, but Toledo scored the final eight points of the third and the first seven of the fourth. With 7:33 left in the game, the Rockets held a 10-point lead.

BG fought back again to close the gap to five on several occasions, but UT managed to stay in front after sinking its free throws down the stretch.

Cahill-led Hoosiers hold off Scarlet Knights

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Four players, led by Clyde graduate Amanda Cahill, scored in double figures to hold off Big 10 Conference foes Rutgers Saturday.

Cahill, Kym Royster and Jaelynn Penn each scored a team-high 14 points in the win. Cahill also had a team-high seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Royster grabbed five boards while shooting 6 of 8 from the charity stripe. Penn scored 10 of her points in the first half while shooting a perfect 6 for 6 from the line.

Tyra Buss added 12 points for Indiana (11-12, 4-6 B10) while dishing out four assists and three steals. Buss became the program’s all-time steals leader with 261 career swipes.

At the end of one, the game was knotted at 16. With 40 seconds left, Indiana had a three point lead after a pair of layups from Penn and Buss. Ciani Cryor found the equalizer for Rutgers (17-5, 5-4) with 20 seconds remaining.

Indiana pushed out to a four-point lead in the second as Buss found Royster inside while Bendu Yeaney was fouled. She completed a three-point play with 7:45 left in the first half. The Scarlet Knights cut the deficit down to one multiple times, but Indiana used a pair of free throws by Cahill and Penn along with a triple by Buss to go up by eight with about a minute left. The Hoosiers took a 36-29 lead into the half.

Shooting 66.7 percent in the third, the Scarlet Knights used an early 12-0 run to take a seven-point lead while Indiana went cold from the field for the next five minutes. Royster completed two three-point plays to cut lead and closed out the quarter the same way to cut the deficit to 49-46.

Cahill put the Hoosiers back on top with a trey with 3:43 left to play before Rutgers tied the game at 51. The Hoosiers were in the bonus in the final minute of action and hit 10-straight free throws to put away the game.