Lady Pirates Onto Districts
By Sam Brauen Saturday, February 23, 2019 09:54:25 PM
(HARROD) - Bluffton’s girls basketball team gritted out a 46-40 overtime victory over Leipsic to advance to the OHSAA District Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Averey Rumer scored 14 points in the win to pace Bluffton.
Rumer buried a three pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Bluffton a 19-17 advantage. The Pirates maintained a 24-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In true Pirate fashion, balance was key as several team members stepped up at various spots in the game. Kayla White drilled a ‘3’ to open the Pirate scoring in the fourth. Katie Prater swished a ‘3’ to tie the game at 30-30 with 2:15 left. Leipsic answered with a three pointer of their own to reclaim a three point lead. Koenig missed a ‘3’ but Rumer tied up the rebound to keep possession the jump ball. Libby Schaadt scored in the lane to bring Bluffton within one with 59 seconds left. Prater stole the ball at mid court and fed Rumer for the go ahead layup with 44 seconds left. Leipsic threw away the inbounds pass however Bluffton turned the ball back over immediately. Leipsic regained the lead with 20 seconds to go. Schaadt grabbed an offensive board and was fouled on Bluffton’s next possession. She made the first free throw with 6 seconds left. While Schaadt missed the second free throw, the Pirates grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Unfortunately, both free throws were missed sending the game to overtime.
Leipsic immediately grabbed the lead on a three pointer in the extra session but Bluffton scored the next nine points to take control of the game. Rumer converted a smooth reverse layup, then scored off a pass from Kayla White following a steal. Prater grabbed an offensive board and fed Koenig for an open ‘3’. Koenig and Rumer each drained two free throws in the final minute to push Bluffton’s lead out to 46-38. The Pirates could have pushed the lead even further but were unsuccessful on their final five free throw attempts.
Bluffton advances to play Arlington in the District Semifinals at Ottawa-Glandorf. The Red Devils bested the Pirates 40-39 in the finals of the McDonalds Holiday Tournament this season.