By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald writer
SPENCERVILLE - Visiting Ada dominated host Spencerville in the second and fourth quarters to post their first league win by a 60-50 count in Northwest Conference girls basketball action Thursday night.The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Bearcats 32-19 in those periods, including a decisive 9-0 spurt to begin the fourth stanza, to take control and hold onto the victory.
Ada improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the NWC with the road win, while Spencerville fell to 1-4 and 1-1 in league play.
Senior playmaker Taylor Willeke led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points on 11 of 12 foul shooting,and added several ssists. Sophomores Tori Wyss and Alexis Amburgey each added 13 markers.
Ada led by three at the half and extended their lead on a Wyss basket from an Amburgey penetration and dish to start the third period. Alyssa Mulholland splashed one of her four three-pointers for the Bearcats and Wyss picked up her third foul to put the Bulldog lead in peril.
Yet freshman Rachael Wildman canned a right baseline shot off a Lindsay Walden kickout pass. Then Amburgey drained two foul shots and Walden tallied a three-point play putback to give the Bulldogs a four-point edge.
After a basket by Bearcat Abby Freewalt, Willeke ended the third quarter with two foul shots for a 40-36 lead.
Ada then took complete control with a 9-0 spurt to start the fourth period. Willeke and Amburgey each connected on launches from beyond the arc to stretch the lead to 10. The Bulldogs then spread the floor, where Amburgey drove and completed a conventional three-point play to take a commanding 49-36 lead.
Spencerville never got closer than nine points the rest of the way. A 12-footer by Schuyler Miller cut it to 49-40, but three Willeke foul shots and an Alexis Gonzaga basket re-built the margin to 14. Mulholland canned her final trey but it was too little, too late as the Bulldogs connected on four of six free throws and Wildman scored inside off a Willeke dish to seal the verdict.
The first half was a back and forth battle of runs. Ada jumped to a 12-5 lead as Taylor Willeke scored five points, Morgan Rouch tallied a pair of fast break layups off Willeke feeds, and Wyss added three foul shots.
The Bearcats then clawed in front as Freewalt started a 10-0 flurry with three straight field goals. Emily Meyer canned a trifecta to give the hosts a 14-13 lead near the two-minute mark. Jayce Grigsby netted a putback and Mulholland splashed a trey to cap the run and build the lead to six.
Ada tallied just before the end of the first period to finish the high-scoring stanza down 19-15.
A power layup by Wyss began the second quarter well for the Bulldogs, and they continued on a 12-2 splurge of their own to regain the lead for good. An Amburgey triple and a Wyss stickback put Ada in front midway through the period, 22-21.
Wyss added the last of her six first-half foul shots and a lane jumper to help the visitors maintain a 27-24 edge at intermission.
Ada outscored the Bearcats at the charity stripe, 24 to 10, to spell the difference. The victors canned 24 of 32 at the line (75 percent) while the Bearcats converted 10 of 12. Mulholland led the losers with 14 points.
The Lady Bulldog reserves improved to 4-1 with a 15-point junior varsity win.
Ada 60 (4-1, 1-1 NWC)
Willeke 4 11-12 21, Rouch 2 0-0 4, Wyss 3 7-12 13, Amburgey 3 5-7 13, Walden 1 1-1 3, Wildman 2 0-0 4, Gonzaga 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16/24-32/60. 3-pointers: Willeke 2, Amburgey 2.
Spencerville 50 (1-4, 1-1 NWC)
Freewalt 4 0-0 8, Miller 2 4-4 8, Mulholland 4 2-2 14, Riley 3 1-2 8, Meyer 1 0-0 2, Merriman 1 1-2 3, Grigsby 1 0-0 2, Probst 0 2-2 2, Purdy 1 0-0 3. Totals: 17/10-12/50. 3-pointers: Mulholland 4, Riley 1, Purdy 1.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 15 12 13 20 60
S'ville 19 5 12 14 50
JV: Ada 37, Spencerville 22.
Ada visits somewhat depleted defending Div. IV state champion Arlington Tuesday, December 18. The Bulldogs then resume conference play by hosting Delphos Jefferson (2-3, 1-1 NWC) Thursday, Dec. 20. League leader Crestview beat the Lady Wildcats 47-32 Thursday night.
The Lady Bulldogs are 3-0 on the road and 1-1 at home this season.