Aces use charity stripe to defeat Lions

Amanda-Clearcreek drained 22 free throws and rallied from a halftime deficit on Tuesday to hand visiting Liberty Union a 63-56 Mid-State League Buckeye Division setback.

The Aces were 22 of 30 (73.3 percent) at the free throw line, compared to the Lions making 8 of 12 (75 percent) attempts. Amanda-Clearcreek attacked the basket to get to the line and also pounded the glass by grabbing 13 offensive rebounds.

Taylor Evans made eight of the Aces’ 22 free throws on Tuesday against Liberty Union. View a photo gallery of the game.

Amanda-Clearcreek jumped out to a 15-11 lead following a quarter of play, but Liberty Union countered with a 21-point outburst in the second quarter to take a 32-28 advantage into halftime.

The Lions shot 6 of 10 (60 percent) from the field during the run, led by Bowling Green signee Abbie Riddle scoring 10 points and Ella Brown draining a pair of three-pointers.

Amanda-Clearcreek came out of halftime and regained the lead with a 16-8 third quarter.

The Aces held the Lions to just 3 of 15 (20 percent) shooting in the period, which included holding Riddle scoreless.

Grace Davis paced the Aces during the period with nine points on 4 of 7 shooting and Taylor Evans chipped in five points.

The Aces put away the league-opening win at the stripe in the fourth quarter, hitting 9 of 12 (75 percent) attempts.

Emily Buckley drained two triples during the final period, Evans made six free throws and Davis added five points.

Amanda-Clearcreek’s Grace Davis scored a game-high 23 points against Liberty Union. View a photo gallery of the game.

After turning the ball over nine times in the first half, the Aces had just four turnovers in the final 16 minutes of play.

“We kept our turnovers down in the second half and we hit some big shots,” A-C coach Tim Leist said. “Grace, Taylor and Emily all played well and led us offensively.

“Overall, this was a great win for our girls and the program.”

Davis led all scorers with 23 points for the Aces, while Evans and Buckley poured in 19 apiece.

Riddle, who scored 28 points in a season-opening loss to New Lexington last week, was held to 20 points. Brown followed with 10 for the Lions (0-2, 0-1).

“Rachel Weaver played a heck of a game defensively on Abbie Riddle,” Leist said.

The Aces (2-0, 1-0) continue league play on Black Friday at Teays Valley (1-0, 1-0).

Amanda-Clearceeek 63,
Liberty Union 56

LIBERTY UNION — Brooklyn Angelo 1-0-3, Morgan Love 3-1-8, Payton Hochradel 1-0-2, Abbie Riddle 6-6-20, Ella Brown 3-1-10, Delaney Peck 2-0-5, Kat Aubrey 2-0-4, Emily Blackstone 2-0-4. Three-point goals — Ella Brown (3), Abbie Riddle (2), Delaney Peck, Brooklyn Angelo, Morgan Love. Total — 20 8-12 56.

AMANDA-CLEARCREEK — Emily Buckley 6-5-19, Grace Davis 6-9-23, Haley Sowers 1-0-2, Taylor Evans 4-8-19. Three-point goals — Grace Davis (2), Emily Buckley (2), Taylor Evans (3) Total — 17 22-30 63.

Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F

Liberty Union 11 21 8 16 56
Am.-Clearcreek 15 13 16 19 63

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