Amanda-Clearcreek sent seniors Emily Buckley and Megan Tooill out the right way on their night, igniting for 35 points in the second half on Friday on its way to a 57-34 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over visiting Logan Elm.
“I can’t say enough about Emily Buckley and Megan Tooill,” Amanda-Clearcreek coach Tim Leist said. “They’ve been through a lot the last four years. A coaching change, Covid, and a 3-19 season. But they’ve worked hard and stayed the course and guided us to 27 wins the last two years. They’ve been a tremendous blessing to coach, and they will do great things in life.”
Emily Buckley scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Aces, Rachel Weaver tallied 11 points, Taylor Evans had 10, and Addy Pugh and Hailey Sowers tossed in seven apiece.
The Aces entered the second half with a 22-13 lead and proceeded to put away their 12th win of the season with a 20-8 run.
Amanda-Clearcreek shot 8 of 14 (57.1 percent) from the field during the quarter to take a 42-21 lead.
Buckley shot 3 of 6 (50 percent) from the field and scored eight points during the quarter, Pugh drained a pair of field goals, including a three-pointer, and Weaver added a pair of baskets.
“We challenged the girls at halftime to take control of the game since we knew Logan Elm had depth issues,” Leist said. “The girls did a nice job coming out with a lot of energy in the second half to take control of that game.”
Kiki Ingram scored 14 points, Kimmy Petty had nine and Enaja Fischer contributed seven to pace the Braves (4-18, 0-14).
The Aces (12-9, 7-7) host Scioto Valley Conference champion and state-ranked Unioto (20-0) on Monday for a non-league game in the old high school gymnasium. The Braves are off until Feb. 16 when they open tournament play at defending state runner-up Sheridan (19-2).
Logan Elm 34
LOGAN ELM — Kimmy Petty 2-5-9, Enaja Fischer 3-1-7, Kiki Ingram 4-8-16, Claire King 1-0-2.Three-point goals —None. Total —10-52 14-24 34.
AMANDA-CLEARCREEK — Emily Buckley 6-1-16, Rachel Weaver 5-1-11, Allie Leist 2-0-6, Hailey Sowers 2-2-7, Taylor Evans 3-3-10, Addy Pugh 3-0-7. Three-point goals — Kellough (3), Rucker, Stewart, Hennenberger and Willis. Total — 21-53 7-18 57.
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Logan Elm 4 9 8 13 34
Am.-Clearcreek 7 15 20 15 57