DELPHOS — After a frantic, high-intensity first half (won by Delphos Jefferson 36-32) it was all Lady Jeffcats in the second 16 minutes in a 77-49 Thursday night win over Spencerville. Jefferson finishes the regular season at 11-11 overall and 6-2 in the Northwest Conference. The Lady Bearcats are 7-15 and 3-5.

“We like that up-tempo game,” said Jefferson coach Dave Hoffman. “That’s the way we play. We’re a lot of pass the ball, kick the ball, one pass, and shoot. We’ve done that a lot this season. This is my 35th year, and this is the first year that I’ve been okay with it. I’ve kinda learned to live with that because that’s the way they like to play, and basically it’s worked for us.”

Delphos junior Macy Wallace scored the last six points of the first half on a corner 3-point shot and a 3-point play inside. That turned a 32-30 Spencerville lead into a 36-32 Jefferson lead at the break.

It was still close early in the third period — 41-37, Cats, with five minutes left in the quarter — when Jefferson took over. Wallace (8 points) and freshman Ayron McClurg (6 points) sparked a 16-1 run to make it 57-38 after three. The onslaught continued in the fourth period, which started with a 15-2 Jeffcat run — 72-40 with 4:51 left in the game.

The first half, especially the second quarter, was fun to watch. With both teams pressing full-court, there were turnovers aplenty (10 by Jefferson, 9 by Spencerville), but also some fine shooting by Jefferson — 13 of 23 from the field, including 3 of 4 from long range — and outstanding rebounding by Spencerville — a big 23-10 edge. Those boards allowed the visitors to stay close despite their ice-cold field goal shooting — 11 of 35, including 3 of 14 from outside the arc.

“It was a great second half,” said Hoffman. “We didn’t get the job done off the boards in the first half. They had a lot of second and third rebounds. We allowed a little bit of dribble penetration. Once we changed the defense and went to the box-and-one (junior Devyn Carder on the Bearcats’ junior point guard Kaiden Grigsby), that helped us a lot. We turned the ball over too much the first half, but we did settle down in the second half, stepped up, made big shots, played a little bit better defense on their dribble penetration, and hit the boards.”

Jefferson scored at least 20 points in each of the last three quarters and ended up with some superb offensive statistics — 56 percent (29 of 52) from the field, including 47 percent (7 of 15) from three. Spencerville, on the contrary, shot only 29 percent (17 of 58) from the field, 26 percent (6 for 23) from long distance. Neither team was great from the line — Delphos 57 percent (12 of 21), Spencerville 50 percent (9 of 18). The Bearcats won the boards 36-26, although Jefferson out-rebounded Spencerville 16-13 in the second half. Delphos had 15 turnovers, Spencerville 16.

The Jeffcats had four players in double-digits, led by Wallace, who came off the bench to score 24. Junior Sarah Miller added 14, despite sitting out a considerable amount of time with foul trouble. McClurg and Carder added 13 and 10. Spencerville had three double-digit scorers — freshman Nelaya Burden, Grigsby, and junior Jenna Henline with 14, 13 and 11.

Jefferson, the Division III district’s No. 9 seed, will play 7th-seeded Tinora at 6:15 Tuesday at Lincolnview. Spencerville, the Division IV district’s No. 13 seed, plays Marion Local, the 8th seed, at Allen East in Wednesday’s second game at approximately 8 p.m.



Kaiden Grigsby 13, Jenna Henline 11, Tiffany Work 1, Nelaya Burden 14, Julie Mulholland 0, Sydney Shaffer 0, Kelsey Shaffer 3, Olivia Clark 0, Abbygayle Satterfield 0, Brooke Bockey 2, Torie Bockey 0, Alex Carter 5, Olivia Goeke 0, Allison Bowsher 0.


Kita Wollenhaupt 0, Devyn Carder 10, Kelsey Bereslman 7, Ayron McClurg 13, Sarah Miller 14, Sydnie McGue 0, Macy Wallace 24, Addy Stewart 8, Audrey North 0, Michelle Rode 1, Savanna Barnes 0, Sierra Marlow 0.

Spencerville 10 22 6 11 - 49

Jefferson 13 23 21 20 - 77

3-point field goals: SV - 6/23 (Henline 3, Burden 2, Grigsby), DJ - 7/15 (Carder 2, Wallace 2, Miller 2, Berelsman). Rebounds: SV - 36, DJ - 26. Fouls: SV - 16, DJ - 15. Turnovers: SV - 19, DJ - 15.