Buckeye Central took control during its 45-36 victory over Colonel Crawford on Tuesday.
The game was tied 30-30 heading into the fourth quarter, and the Buckettes opened up a 9-0 run, putting pressure on the Eagles.
Buckeye Central held Colonel Crawford scoreless for the first six minutes of the quarter.
“We started playing inside,” Buckettes coach Greg Moore said.
“Our guards were more patient trying to get it in.”
The Eagles had a number of opportunities to score, but were unable to convert, allowing Buckeye Central to extend its lead further.
“We just could not find a way to score,” Eagles coach Kyle Fenner said.
“I don’t think we were really executing the fourth quarter and running our sets. They made plays down the stretch. We didn’t make plays down the stretch, but we made them Friday night down the stretch, but not today.”
Senior Kilee Kimmel had a big game for Buckeye Central, finishing with 17 points, including six in the fourth quarter.
Emily Weithman also finished in the double digits with 10 points.
“I thought Brooke (Karl) and Kilee played like seniors,” Moore said. “They played well tonight.”
Buckeye Central dominated the boards during the first half, 13-5, but also committed 11 turnovers to Colonel Crawford’s two.
The game was a back and forth affair, with the biggest lead early on coming off of a 3-pointer by Cassie Sager with 3:04 remaining, giving the Eagles a 19-13 lead. Colonel Crawford senior Courtney Tinkey closed out the first half with a steal for an easy bucket, giving the Eagles a narrow 21-18 advantage. In the second half, the rebounding and turnovers balanced out for both teams.
The Eagles were led in scoring by Sager with 10 points, while Katie Siegel, Tinkey and Lexi Hoepf each had eight.