Gorham Fayette basketball teams go on the defensive


COLUMBUS (AP) — The Gorham Fayette girls basketball team set a standard against Pioneer North Central on Thursday when it posted a shutout in the third quarter en route to 61-14 win.

So what did the Fayette boys do the next night against North Central? The same thing when Fayette outscored the Eagles 16-0 in the third quarter during a 53-20 victory.

The Fayette boys (16-1) suffered a 36-35 overtime loss to Liberty Center on Saturday, but still rank sixth in this week’s Associated Press Division IV poll.

There were other strong defensive efforts throughout the state in girls basketball: Stryker held Edon to four points in each quarter during a 48-12 win on Thursday. Also, Convoy Crestview limited Paulding to just six points through three quarters of a 60-15 victory.

However, Hicksville showed that being stymied in a quarter, especially early in a game, doesn’t always lead to a defeat.

The Aces on Jan. 26 trailed Montpelier 20-6 after the first period and 31-19 at the half but rallied from there. Hicksville went on a 25-7 tear in the third quarter for a 44-38 advantage and held on for a 61-59 win.


Findlay Liberty-Benton’s senior guard Nicolette DeVincentis reached the 1,000-point career milestone in the Eagles’ 100-30 win over Vanlue on Thursday and so did in style by setting two school records along way. DeVincentis scored a school-record 51 points, breaking Katie Butler’s mark set in the 2002-03 season. She also hit 11 3-pointers, breaking current Ohio State player Cate Craft’s record set in the 2009-10 season. DeVincentis’ 3-pointers tied her for fourth-most in a game all-time in Ohio….Kalida’s Kylie Osterhage scored her 1,000th career point in a 48-39 win over Pandora-Gilboa on Saturday…. Sarah Niese scored 17 points in a 46-45 win over Pettisville to give Holgate head coach Jim Niese, Sarah’s father, his 200th career victory….West Chester Lakota West set a Greater Miami Conference record by winning its 36th straight league game, 75-23, at Cincinnati Colerain on Saturday….Clarksville Clinton-Massie senior Miquela Santoro, who has signed to play at Winthrop University, scored the 1,000th point of her career Saturday in a 66-31 win over Lees Creek East Clinton. Santoro has 1,013 points.


Dresden Tri-Valley senior Marcus Dempsey broke the school’s career and single-game scoring records after a 41-point performance in a 79-61 home win against McConnelsville Morgan….After losing 15 in a row to Ottawa-Glandorf, Napoleon made it two straight with a 67-64 win on Saturday….Antwerp’s Sam Williamson, a Division IV state cross country runner-up, reached 1,000 career points in a 54-51 victory over Montpelier on Saturday…. Edgerton’s Mitchell Cercone made seven 3-pointers in a 27-point effort during a 69-68 victory over West Unity Hilltop….Portsmouth senior Ky’re Allison scored 27 points in a 62-37 win over South Point to make him the school’s all-time leading scorer. He needed 18 points to break the old mark of 1,485 held by Craig Tubbs.


By Craig Merz

Associated Press

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