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Balanced Rams take season opener

UPPER SANDUSKY — Despite Brianna Gillig’s game-high 36 points for New Riegel, Upper Sandusky used a balanced approach with four players in double figures to beat the Blue Jackets 67-56 in the season opener Friday.

The Rams (1-0) were ready to play out of the gate with 22 first-quarter points to New Riegel’s 11. The Rams held a 36-26 halftime advantage.

Abigail Fogle led the Rams with 17 points, while Megan Hensel added 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals and Madison McLaughlin and Alexis Fogle both scored 14 points. McLaughlin pulled down five boards, while Alexis Fogle swiped eight steals.

Kaitlyn Kirian backed Gillig with 11 points for the Blue Jackets (0-1).

New Riegel out-rebounded the Rams 43-29 and converted 10 of 13 free throws, compared to Upper Sandusky’s 4 of 12. However, the Blue Jackets compiled 18 turnovers to the Rams’ four.

Tornadoes fall in double OT

Fouls were a problem for Columbian in its season opener against Bowling Green Friday, and by the time the game reached double overtime, the Tornadoes looked a little different.

Four of the TC starters had fouled out, and the Bobcats capitalized, upending the Tornadoes 62-57 in Tiffin.

The fouls also hurt the Tornadoes in another way. The Bobcats went to the line 38 times, making 22 attempts. Columbian was 15 of 21

“That made a difference,” Columbian coach Erin Reed said.

For Bowling Green, Megan Harvey scored 17 points and had eight rebounds, while Cailyn Overhouse had 13 points.

The Tornadoes — who held a 43-26 rebounding advantage — got 14 points and eight rebounds from Abby Dryfuse, 10 points and 13 rebounds from Maddie Brisendine and nine points and 10 rebounds from Hannah Cooper.

Chieftains win big

BASCOM — After trailing 13-11 through one quarter, Hopewell-Loudon outscored Fostoria 55-19 in the next three to rout the Redmen 66-32 Friday.

The Chieftains (1-0) shot well at 42 percent (27 of 63) and out-rebounded the Redmen 40-25. The defense limited the Redmen (0-1) to 26 percent (12 of 45) shooting and caused 21 turnovers.

Jacque Burns led H-L with 16 points and five rebounds, while Makayla Elmore chipped in 15 points and nine boards, Hailey Coppus dropped in 12 points and recorded six steals and five rebounds and Kenadee Siebenaller finished with nine points and five rebounds.

Tyrianna Settles had 10 points for FHS. Evion Taylor tacked on seven points and Meredith Grine tallied six points and six rebounds.

Clyde stumbles out of the gate

FREMONT — Coming off a trip to the regionals last season, Clyde started a little rough this season with a 62-38 loss to Fremont Ross Friday.

The Clyde offense couldn’t get any traction as it managed to score in double figures in just two quarters.

Heidi Marshall led the Fliers (0-1) with 15 points, while Jackie Smith had 11 and Alayna Barrera finished with 10.

Clyde went just 14 of 25 from the free throw line.

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