Since the inception of the Ohio Cardinal Conference in 2003, it's safe to say the West Holmes girls basketball has reigned supreme. The Knights continued that dominance against Ashland last Saturday, rolling by the Arrows by 22 points. Hiland also stayed hot with a 32-point win over rival Garaway.
West Holmes 59
West Holmes has won 90-percent of its conference games (157-17) and eight OCC titles, including six straight since 2010, and appear primed for their seventh straight. The Knights (8-2 and 6-0) showed exactly what has made them so successful under coach Lisa Ogi, and that's with a strong defense and dominate on the glass.
Kacie Leppla led the effort with seven rebounds and scored eight points, while Sammie Hall finished with a dozen points and four boards. Kylie Leppla dished out four assists and scored eight points, and Taylor Yerian chipped in eight for West Holmes.
Hiland 82, Garaway 50
The Hawks officially took command of the Inter-Valley Conference with a 32-point win over the Pirates in Sugarcreek.
Hiland's Angela Troyer scored 21 points, Morgan McMillen tallied 17 after a one-game absence to injury, with Kennedy Schlabach (15), Jessica Troyer (12), and Tiffany Weaver (11) rounding out the balanced' attack.
Hiland improved to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the IVC.
Thursday, Jan. 5
West Holmes 55
After opening up with a 10-2 first quarter, the Knights left nothing to the imagination entering halftime as they ran the Rams right out of The Dungeon with a 19-9 second-quarter spurt.
Kylie Leppla was one of the key players for West Holmes (8-2, 5-0 OCC) as she poured in a team-high 15 points and was lethal from long range, burying 4 of 5 three pointers. She wrapped up her night with three rebounds.
West Holmes' Celeste Ryman knocked down a pair from triples and finished with 10 points and Taylor Yerian dished out a team-leading four assists to go with her four points and four boards. Jess Marmet pulled down a team-high five rebounds and Kaylor Perone added three assists for the Knights.
Wednesday, Jan 4
Hiland 78, TCC 23
Angela Troyer scored a season-high 26 points on 12 of 16 shooting as the Hawks routed the Saints in an IVC tilt.
Despite trailing 13-11 after one period of play, the Hawks re-grouped and outscored the hosts 67-10 the rest of the way. Kennedy Schlabach added 13 points for Hiland, with Tiffany Weaver chipping in with 10.