Delaware Hayes’ girls basketball team rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to record the school’s first undefeated season ever this past weekend, while Columbus Whetstone’s Tanner Furno put together an impressive triple-double in a triple-overtime win over Centennial. How many points did Furno score? Try 50. The Pacers and Furno weren’t the only ones with impressive weeks.
Fans lined up outside of Canal Winchester High School an hour before the doors opened last Saturday for a key Mid-State League Buckeye Division boys basketball game between the host Indians and the Logan Elm Braves.
Logan Elm, ranked second in Div. II in the latest Associated Press state basketball poll, atoned for its only loss of the season with a 68-60 win, and claimed a one-game lead in the Buckeye Division in the process.
“This is a game we really wanted, especially after losing to (Canal Winchester) earlier,” Logan Elm senior guard Tim Congrove said. “We want to finish the regular-season strong and put a number on our banner.”
The Braves (17-1, 11-1) took a major step to capture its first league title since 2005 by putting four players into double figures, led by Congrove who posted 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Brandon Amann scored 17 points, Tyler Pritchard had 12 points and Adam Blake 10.
Logan Elm lost the first meeting between the two schools 74-70 last month. The Braves battled sickness during the first game with Canal Winchester, leaving the team without the service of point guard Adam Blake and a less than 100-percent Congrove.
The Braves captured control of this meeting with a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter to take a 59-52 lead. After Canal Winchester cut the lead down to five, Blake hit two free throws and Tyler Pritchard had an old-fashion three-point play to put the game out of reach.
“I’m really proud of the toughness and heart our kids showed,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “They worked extremely hard and played together.
“Our defense led to those couple of spurts that were the difference. We wanted to get out in the passing lanes.”
Stiverson captured his 150th career victory in the process.
The Braves, which lost to eventual state champion Chillicothe 49-48 in a Southeast District championship game last season, returned a strong nucleus, including Congrove, Blake and Chad Holbrook, who helps to lead a traditionally strong defensive team. Pritchard emerged after playing on last season’s junior varsity team to take a starting spot. Logan Elm also had two move-ins – Amann, a guard from Ashville Teays Valley, and Logan Hauserman, a post player from Frankfort Adena.
Amann is in the top ten of scoring in central Ohio at 21.3 points per game, while Hauserman has added a valuable inside presence.
Logan Elm has earned a No. 1 seed in the Southeast District’s Southeastern sectional.
Canal Winchester (14-4, 10-2) was led by Wright State commitment Darian Cartharn with 18 points. The Indians are a second seed in the Central District, a year after losing B.J. Mullens to Ohio State.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Delaware Hayes, Girls Basketball: The 2008-09 Delaware Hayes Lady Pacers became an answer to a trivia question over the weekend, becoming the first girls basketball team to post a perfect regular-season record in school history. Delaware needed a fourth quarter comeback to cement history and claim a 55-51 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division win over New Albany.
“It feels great,” Delaware post player Makeda Matthews told the Delaware Gazette. “In the beginning, we thought we’d be good, but we didn’t think we’d do this. Twenty wins – that’s a crazy number.”
Delaware (20-0, 12-0) stormed back from a 30-19 deficit in the first half, cutting the deficit down to 32-27 at halftime, and closing the game on a 10-0 run.
Makeda Matthews had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Pacers, while twin sister Anasa had 16 points and six assists.
Delaware opens the Central District Division I sectional tournament against Lancaster Thursday at Canal Winchester Harvest Prep.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tanner Furno, Columbus Whetstone, Boys Basketball: These stats are crazy – and so was the game. Furno scored 11 points in the third overtime of a 104-89 Whetstone win over visiting Columbus Centennial in a City League North Division game.
In the win, Furno posted a triple-double of 50 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. He also made the tying shots in the first and second overtime for the Braves (12-7, 10-4).
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
New agenda: After 14 seasons at Granville High School, head football coach Mike Hensley stepped down last week.
“I’ve been coaching for 40 years and I’ve been on my agenda for 28 years, and maybe it’s time to get on my wife’s agenda a little bit,” Hensley told the Newark Advocate. “For 28 years, she’s been following me around. It’s just time.”
Hensley led the Blue Aces to its only three postseason appearances in school history and posted a record of 90-53.
Sharing Ohio: Newark Catholic forced a co-championship in the Mid-State League Ohio Division with a 56-48 girls basketball victory over Granville.
Kendra Blair led Newark Catholic (16-3, 12-2) with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Haley Snider had 13 points for Granville (16-3, 12-2).
Hail to the Chiefs: Despite carrying a 6-11 record, the Marion Harding Presidents boys basketball team upset previously top-10 ranked Lima Senior 85-79. The Presidents were paced by Marvin Owens scoring 28 points and Shawn Dyer adding 27.
Capital parity: As the final days of the regular-season tick away, three teams are still in contention for the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship. First-year school Olentangy Orange and Mount Vernon are tied for the league lead at 8-3 overall, while Franklin Heights is a game behind. Mount Vernon reduced the race by one school with a 63-49 win over Sunbury Big Walnut. Ben Severns hit four treys and had 23 points for Mount Vernon.
Perfection: Joining Delaware with perfect girls basketball records at the end of the season are top-ranked Marion Pleasant in Division III and second-ranked Dublin Coffman in Division I.
Championship streaks: Washington Court House Miami Trace girls basketball won its sixth consecutive South Central Ohio League title with a 51-35 win over Greenfield McClain. Miami Trace had a 11-0 run to start the second half, and was led by Jenna Cobb tallying 20 points. West Jefferson captured its third-straight Mid-State League Cardinal Division wrestling championship, putting six wrestlers on first-team all-league.
No sweat: Columbus Africentric had little trouble wrapping up the City League girls basketball championship with a 69-38 win over Columbus Northland. Africentric led by 22 points at intermission en route to its fourth straight city championship.
Overtime move: Teays Valley’s Nate Ormiston had the signature victory in the Vikings’ 46-10 rout of host Canal Winchester to win its second straight Mid-State League Buckeye wrestling title and finish the regular-season with a perfect overall record. Ormiston slimmed down to 160 pounds and handed Harrison Rosch only his fourth loss of the season with a takedown in overtime for a 3-1 win.
“I saw him put his arms down to try and catch me,” Ormiston said. “I couldn’t take advantage of it the first time, but the second time I made a double leg move and was able to finish him off.”
The Vikings wrestle in a Div. I Central District sectional tournament at Watkins Memorial High School this weekend.
Bloom-Carroll at Logan Elm, Fri. Feb. 20, boys basketball: Bloom-Carroll (10-7, 8-4), a traditional Central Ohio Division III power, has won five of its last six games, and has its second chance of the week to land a big win in the Mid-State League Buckeye. Logan Elm should be going for an outright league title.
Newark at Lancaster, Fri. Feb. 20, boys basketball: A year after winning the Div. I state title, Newark (16-3, 12-2) can claim at least a share of the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division crown at slumping archrival Lancaster (2-16, 2-11).
Newark Catholic at Granville, Fri. Feb. 20, boys basketball: Newark Catholic and Cinderella story Hebron Lakewood are tied atop the Mid-State League Ohio at 9-3 overall. Granville, which lost 43-40 to Newark Catholic in the first meeting last month, is a game behind in the league.
Dublin Coffman at Upper Arlington, Fri. Feb. 20, boys basketball: Coffman (16-3, 12-1) already has the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division wrapped up, but will be in store for a good tournament warm-up at second-place Upper Arlington (15-4, 10-3). Coffman beat Upper Arlington 49-44 in the first meeting last month.
Columbus Northland vs. Columbus Eastmoor Academy at Mifflin High School, Sat. Feb. 21, boys basketball: No.1 ranked Northland (18-1, 14-0) tries to wrap-up the highly coveted city championship against Eastmoor Academy (14-5, 12-2).