PAULDING – Sometimes you have to save your best for last. The Lady Rams did just that as they picked up a hard fought GMC victory Thursday night on the road versus a very young and scrappy Paulding Panthers basketball team.
Having graduated seven seniors, the young Panthers were set out to make a late season mark while hosting the Tinora Lady Rams.
Tinora’s Liv Mueller drained a three pointer to give the Lady Rams an early 3-0 lead, that was the only bucket in the first six minutes of the ballgame.
The Panthers first points of the game came art the two-minute mark as sophomore Brooklyn Bakle hit a shot in the lane at the two-minute mark, the Lady Rams had a 3-2 lead with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter from The Jungle at Paulding High School.
A Mueller baseline jumper would give Tinora a 7-6 lead after one quarter of play, Mueller had five for the Lady Rams.
Both teams continued to struggle offensively in the second quarter. The young Panthers defense seemed to give the Lady Rams fits at times.
The Panthers would grab a 12-11 lead with 90 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
A driving Nova Okuley layup would give the Lady Rams a 13-12 lead at the half.
Paulding was led by Pease and Bakle with four points, Tinora’s Mueller would bucket eight in the initial half.
The Tinora offense would get a bit warmer in the third quarter. The Lady Rams would score the first seven points of the second half, breaking out to a 20-12 lead with 4:30 in the quarter.
Maggi Nagel of Tinora would battle inside throughout, bucketing six total points and grabbing key rebounds.
Mueller would again be the key in the quarter, scoring seven of her game high 18 points, giving Tinora a 27-17 lead after three quarters of play.
The fourth quarter saw both team combined for a total of 30 points as both offenses caught fire.
The Panthers would cut the Tinora lead down to 32-29 with just over two minutes remaining. The Panthers would fight to the end, but the Lady Rams of Tinora would eventually prevail with a 39-33 win.
Paulding’s freshman Addison Pease had eight points, and sophomore Brooklyn Schlatter would shine on defense throughout while scoring six points. The Panthers were led in scoring by sophomore Brooklyn Bakle with 10.
Tinora’s Mueller had 18, while Nova Okuley ended with eight hard fought points.
TINORA 7-6-12-14=39 PAULDING 6-5-5-16=33
Tinora scoring: D Sines 2, Norden 0, Harr 0, Lee 2, M Nagel 6, K Okuley 2, Mueller 18, Durfey 1, N Oluley 8
JEWELL – A story of two separate halves was the difference on Parents Night at Tinora High School.
With both teams coming in playing their best ball of the season, the red-hot Kalida Ladycats brought in their six game winning streak and 14-5 record against the Lady Rams of Tinora.
Coach Teil has had the Lady Rams playing their best ball of the season, winning three straight, and six of their last nine contests.
A tight first quarter would end with both teams tied at 7-7.
The second quarter saw the Lady Rams grow to as much as five, at 12-7 on a Liv Mueller jumper, 12-7 with 7:10 on the clock.
After a coach Huber timeout, the Ladycats responded, going on an 11-5 run to end the half. Several minutes passed during the middle of the second quarter, with the score at 12-7.
Despite the low scoring quarter, Tinora entered the half with a 17-16 lead in a very sluggish half for both teams.
Kalida’s senior Camile Vovest dominated the inside with the Lady Rams Addison Lee saddled to the bench with two early fouls.
Tinora’s Nova Okuley with an impressive first half with 10 points
The second half would begin with coach Huber dialing up the heat with a full court press that forced. Andrea Burgei started the Kalida run with a steal and score, taking an 18-17 lead with 7:10 remaining in the third.
Ladycats would never trail, scoring the first six points of the quarter and stretching the Kalida lead to 31-21 after three.
The Kalida defense would put the clamps on the Lady Rams top two scorers, Nova Okuley and Liv Muller, limiting the two to just two points in the second half, and a total of 15 total points from both.
Tinora could never get the offense on track in the second half, Kalida would stretch the lead in the fourth, coming away with a 42-31 win over the Lady Rams.
The Ladycats were led by Hovest and her 13 points in the paint.
The Lady Rams fall to 9-9, and will travel to Paulding on Thursday to take on the Panthers in a GMC game.
The Ladycats of Kalida improve to 15-4. They will travel to Leipsic on 2/4.
KALIDA 7-9-15-11=42 TINORA 7-10-4-10=31
Kalida scoring: Burgei 2, W unverferth 5, A Unverferth 2, Recker 4, Miller 2, Bockrath 8, Erhart 7, Hovest 13
Tinora scoring:D Sines 3, Norden 3, Lee 2, Nagel 3, K Oluley 2, Mueller 5, Durfey 3, N Okuley 10
JV – Kalida 52-37 Rams C meyer 19 Kalida M Unverferth 12
Friday: 2/3 4:00 pm Bowling vs Napoleon – home 6:00 pm Boys basketball vs Paulding – home📺🎙
Saturday: 2/4 10 am OHSWAC Regional Duals @ Tinora 10 am Girls wrestling @ Toledo Start 1:30 pm Girls basketball @ Elmwood – looking for a crew to broadcast 4:30 pm Gymnastics @ Tumble for a Cure – @ Napoleon 6:00 pm Boys basketball at Archbold📺🎙
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HICKSVILLE – Team, as defined by Webster dictionary: a number of persons associated together in work or activity.
Nothing could be more true on a Friday night at Hicksville High School’s “The Red Zone.”
Coming in off a back to back wins last week vs rival Ayersville and a non league win at Hilltop, the Rams were looking to stay in the GMC race as they made the journey in from Tinora.
As the Rams caravan made the rollercoaster trip over to west Defiance County, many a driver was exhausted as they made their way into the Aces gym as icy roads and blowing snow plagued many on the trip over. They could only hope the game would be as exciting as the road trip.
Tinora would jump out to an early 9-3 lead on a deep three from the right wing by Aiden Rittenhouse, Tinora was off and rolling halfway through the first quarter.
The Rams would eventually increase their lead to 10, 15-5 at the 1:30 mark on a circus shot by Luke Harris. Harris would lead the Rams with eight first quarter points and a 15-8 lead after one quarter.
Unfortunately for Tinora, they would see the Rams lose Owen Ackerman due to injury in the opening quarter. Ackerman playing his best ball of the year the past few weeks was lost at the buzzer to end the first quarter.
Now playing without Ackerman, the Rams needed to ask for the bench to step up as the second quarter started. After leading by 10, Hicksville would rally behind Aaron Klima and his 13 first half points.
Harris and Klima would battle throughout the remainder of the half.
Brody Balser would give the Aces a 19-18 lead with 3:10 remaining in the half with a left wing deep three pointer.
Tinora’s Cole Anders would tie the game at 23-23 with a deep left corner three right before the halftime buzzer.
The third quarter would see both head coaches, Hicksville Tony Tear, and Tinora Kris Lymanstall become frustrated with the physical play inside and outside.
Both teams were scratching and clawing for every loose ball, and tight defense were the words shouted by both coaches throughout.
Again, Harris and Klima had other ideas for their respective teams. Klima building on his 13 first half points would pour in six more, ending the quarter with 19, Harris would exit with 14 total points overall.
Tinora would escape with a 38-33 lead after three quarters.
With both Rittenhouse and Eckert battling foul trouble, each with three fouls, Tinora would look to hold on and close out the final stanza.
Tinora would start the quarter taking close to two minutes off the clock, moving the ball around, looking for the perfect shot, still holding that 41-34 lead at the five-minute mark.
Enter the Klima vs Harris battle again.
With the Rams leading 41-36 with 3:30 on the clock, another Ram would go down. Unfortunately for Tinora, they would lose a second to injury, as Aiden Rittenhouse would also exit due to injury. On the same play, Tinora’s Gavin Eckert would also exit briefly due to injury, but would re-enter.
Coach Lymanstall was forced to grab sophomores Adam Spychala and Adam Homier, into the fire they both went in the final three minutes. Eckert would re-enter after injury with just under three minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, Eckert would exit for good, this time with his fifth foul at the 1:57 mark of the fourth quarter with the Rams still leading, 41-36.
The Rams Alex Homier would get a layup that would give Tinora a 43-36 lead with 1:35 left in the final stanza.
After two free throws by the Aces Klima to cut the lead to 43-38, Tinora’s Harris would also get two free throws, getting the lead to 45-38 in favor of the Rams at the 1:15 mark.
Klima would nail a deep right wing three, his 28th point, with 44 seconds remaining, cutting the Tinora lead to 47-43.
Harris would split a pair of free throws after being fouled at the 29-second mark, Tinora lead 48-43.
Another deep three from the same spot for Hicksville’s Klima would be his 31st and last point, the bucket cut the Rams lead to 48-46 with 24 seconds left.
The Rams would miss back to back free throws, Hicksville has a chance at the tie or take the lead with 7 seconds remaining, a three pointer by the Aces was short, the Rams Harris grabbed the rebound with 1.8 seconds and was fouled. Klima would foul out on the play.
Luke Harris would step to the line, bucketing both free throws for a thrilling 50-46 Tinora victory.
A great job by Spychala and Homier for stepping up, and best wishes for Ackerman and Rittenhouse.
JEWELL – The Lady Rams of Tinora entered Tinora High School on a cold, snowy Thursday evening in a GMC contest vs the Hicksville Lady Aces.
Tinora was coming in off an impressive comeback win on Tuesday vs Montpelier, while the Lady Aces of Hicksville entered without the reigning GMC Player of the year, and possible player of the year in the area this season, Kenzie Schroeder.
Schroeder, a three time first team GMC player, was lost for the season in game four of the Lady Aces season.
The Lady Rams wasted little time in the initial quarter, led by junior point guard Karli Okuley, the Lady Rams defense was again in lockdown mode in a carry over from Tuesday’s win.
Not only was Okuley a threat on defense, she lit up the scoreboard with eight first quarter points, setting the tone for the rest of the game for Tinora as the Lady Rams grabbed a 16-3 lead after one quarter.
Tinora continued to score at will in the second quarter, Nova Okuley led the Rams in the initial half with 10 points as the Lady Rams entered the half with a 33-10 lead over the Lady Aces of Hicksville.
Tinora bucketed 10 points in the third quarter, Hicksville 9, Tinora led after three quarters, 43-19.
The fourth quarter was all Lady Rams as Dakota Sines had a great quarter, ending with nine points. Tinoira exited with a59-27 win over the Lady Aces.
Liv Mueller led the Rams in scoring with 15.
Leah Seitz led the Lady Aces with six.
The Lady Rams improve to 9-8, 2-23 in the GMC. The Lady Rams will face a tough Kalida team (10-5) on Tuesday, 1/31. Get out and support the Lady Rams hoopsters,
The tough season for Hicksville continues as they drop to 2-16, 0-5 in conference play.
The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game goes to Karli Okuley, congratulations, Karli.
Tinora honored the 7th and 8th grad GMC teams tonight. Congratulations!
Hicksville 3-7-9-8=27 Tinora 16-17-10-16=5
JV – Tinora 30-15 C Meyer 8 Norden 6
Hicksville scoring – Adams 2, L Seitz 6, Bergman 4, Rice 5, Steury 4, Porter 3, R Mazur 3
Tinora scoring -D Sines 9, Harr 2, Lee 8, M Nagel 2, K Okuley 8, Mueller 15, Durfey 2, N Okuely 13