GirlsHigh School Basketball
>>Wildkittens continue WBL dominance
(Lima) – The Bath Wildkittens used a 22-6 second quarter to break open a tight game on the way to their 34th consecutive Western Buckeye League win, 66-35 over Ottawa Glandorf in the league opener for both schools.
Leading 12-8 after one quarter, Bath (5-0) took over in the second quarter to build a 20-point halftime lead at 34-14.
Maddie Dackin scored seven of her 21 points in the frame and Cassie Best tallied six of her 13 points in the period as well.
Anna Brandon was a big factor in the second quarter run, scoring all six of her points.
Ellie Dackin added 11 points for the ‘Kittens who have now won 43 straight games over WBL foes when postseason is included.
Bath dominated on the boards, out rebounding the Titans 25-17. There was also a large discrepancy at the free throw line as Bath was 14-of-20 and O-G was 0-for-4.
The Titans dropped to 3-1 on the season.
In the other WBL girls basketball action:
Wapakoneta 66, Shawnee 41
Celina 57, Elida 51
St. Marys 60, Van Wert 57
Defiance 52, Kenton 32
Lima Central Catholic 77, Allen East 44
Madison Stolly 30 points to lead L.C.C.
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Whitmer 64, Lima Senior 59
Clay 61, Findlay 46
Northwest Central Conference
Perry 55, Riverside 51
Crestview 53, Columbus Grove 50
Lincolnview 52, Spencerville 50
Delphos Jefferson 46, Bluffton 45
Ada 56, Paulding 27
Midwest Athletic Conference
Marion Local 51, Ft.Recovery 49
Versailles 49, New Bremen 32
Parkway 34, Delphos St. Johns 31
Coldwater 50, St. Henry 32
New Knoxville 40, Minster 38
Liberty Benton 50, Leipsic 45
Arlington 53, Hopewell Loudon 26
Arcadia 59, McComb 47
Cory Rawson 52, Pandora Gilboa 42
North Baltimore 43, Vanlue 22
Van Buren 53, Hardin Northern 41
BoysHigh School Basketball
Wayne Trace 55, Bryan 42
>>Oilers fall at Michigan Tech
(Houghton, MI) -– The Michigan Tech Huskies used a 13-0 run to close out the first half and then held off the Findlay Oilers in the second half to post a 70-59 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win.
Tech held a 30-19 edge on the boards and defeated Findlay despite the fact that the Oilers were 11-of-22 from three-point range.
Dylan Kaufman led the Oilers (2-3, 1-2 GLIAC) with 19 points.
>>Thunder Top Cavaliers
(Oklahoma City, OK) -- Russell Westbrook posted 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Thunder topped the Cavaliers 103-94 from Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kyrie Irving poured in 20 points to pace the Cavs. Kevin Love tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland, which had won eight straight. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 caroms in defeat. The Cavs are at the Pelicans tonight.
>>James Sits Out
(Oklahoma City, OK) -- Cavaliers forward LeBron James missed yesterday's game with the Thunder because of a sore left knee. It is not believed to be serious and an MRI is not currently scheduled. Matthew Dellavedova started in his place. James is questionable for Cleveland's game against the Pelicans tonight.
>>Rockets Battle Back Against Kings
(Sacramento, CA) -- James Harden scored 12 of the Rockets 18 points in overtime leading them to a 113-109 victory over the Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Harden finished with 44 points and eight assists including a game-tying three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game to the extra session. Patrick Beverley and Trevor Ariza each added 15 points for Houston, which has won five of six. Rudy Gay had a mid-range jumper roll in and out that would have given Sacramento the win in the closing seconds of regulation. It was a rough night for Gay, who shot 4-of-18. Darren Collison posted 24 points, while Ben McLemore added 21 in the loss.
>>Reds Shaking Up Pitching Staff
(San Diego, CA) -- Thursday was a busy day for the Reds at the Winter Meetings. Cincinnati will have a new look rotation after sending Alfredo Simon to the Tigers and Mat Latos to the Marlins. The Reds got back shortstop Eugenio Suarez, catcher Chad Wallach plus pitching prospects Jonathan Crawford and Anthony DeSclafani. Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake will headline the Reds rotation. At this point the final two spots will come from Tony Cingrani, Raisel Igelsias or DeScalfani.
>>Tigers Deal At Winter Meetings
(San Diego, CA) -- The Tigers made waves on the last day of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings, as they acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Alfredo Simon. Detroit traded pitcher Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox for Cespedes, pitcher Alex Wilson and minor league pitching prospect Gabe Speier yesterday morning. In the afternoon, the Tigers sent shortstop Eugenio Suarez and minor league pitcher Jonathon Crawford to the Cincinnati Reds for starting pitcher Alfredo Simon.
>>Chryst set to take Badgers job
(Madison, WI) -- Wisconsin will reportedly hire current Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst as its new head football coach.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chryst, a former Wisconsin assistant, will take the position which was vacated by Gary Andersen, who became OregonState's new head coach earlier in
Chryst, 49, has compiled a 19-19 record in three seasons at Pittsburgh, which will play Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2.
The Madison native has many ties to the Badgers as he was a quarterback from 1986-88, a tight ends coach in 2002 and offensive coordinator from 2005-11.
Chryst has also worked as a tight ends coach with the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001 and has served as an assistant at Oregon State, Illinois State and UW-Platteville.
Earlier on Thursday, former head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez announced that he will coach the Badgers for the upcoming Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1.
>>Cardinals Top Rams
(St. Louis, MO) -- Chandler Catanzaro drilled all four field goals to lift the Cardinals to a 12-6 victory over the Rams in "Thursday Night Football" from the Edward Jones Dome. Drew Stanton completed 12 passes for 109 yards but left with a knee injury in the third quarter. Kerwynn Williams rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries and Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 30 yards in the win. Patrick Peterson sealed the deal with a game-ending interception on a Hail Mary as Arizona improved to 11-and-3 and could be playoff bound following Sunday's results in the NFL. Shaun Hill threw for 229 yards and a pick in the loss with Tre Mason rushing 13 times for 33 yards. Stedman Bailey led the receivers with 74 yards on five catches as the Rams fell to 6-and-8.
>>Blue Jackets Clip Caps In OT
(Washington, DC) -- Nick Foligno scored the winning goal late in overtime as the Blue Jackets clipped the Capitals 3-2 at the VerizonCenter. Foligno also lit the lamp in the first period, while Kevin Connauton scored the tying goal midway through the third for Columbus, which has won five straight. Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in the victory. The Jackets hosts the Pens tomorrow night.