MIDDLE POINT — Host Lincolnview    scored the final 10 points of the game to stave off a determined Ada second half charge and post a 42-35 win in Northwest Conference girls basketball action Thursday night.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to 4-15 overall and 0-7 in conference play with the tough loss. Meanwhile, the Lady Lancers improved to 10-11 and 2-5 in the NWC with the hard-fought victory.

Ada trailed 25-12 at intermission, but rallied within a point at the end of the third period. Senior Anney Archer sparked a 17-5 Bulldog quarter with eight third stanza points.



The visitors then surged in front 35-32 midway through the final period on three-point goals by Raina England and Maddie Gossard.

Yet the Lancers pulled away with a 10-0 closing run to register the victory. Maddie Gorman started the decisive spurt by hitting a trifecta that tied it at the 3:20 mark.

A stickback by Olivia Gorman gave the Lancers the lead back for good. Maddie Gorman added another basket for a 39-35 lead, and the hosts canned three of four from the foul line down the stretch to pull out the seven-point win.

"We played a really good second half," said Ada head coach Bill Taflinger.

Archer led the Bulldogs with a dozen points with three treys. Senior teammate Gossard tallied 11, and England added seven markers.

The Bulldogs sank seven trifectas and five two-point goals in 45 total field attempts (27 percent). Ada converted four of six charity stripers (67 percent).

The Lancers sank 17 of 46 from the field (37 percent) and canned six of 11 from the foul line (55 percent).

Lincolnview out-rebounded Ada 33-20 and committed 13 turnovers to 19 miscues by the Bulldogs. Ada outscored Lincolnview 23-17 after intermission.


Ada 35 (4-15, 0-7 NWC)
Gossard 3 3-4 11, Coulson 1 0-0 3, Archer 4 1-2 12, England 3 0-0 7, Conley 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 12-45/4-6/35. 3-pointers: Archer 3, M. Gossard 2,  Coulson 1, England 1.

Lincolnview 42 (10-11, 2-5 NWC)
O. Gorman 4 4-5 12, Carey 0 0-2 0, M. Gorman 5 1-2 13, Looser 2 0-0 4, Schimoeller 3 1-2 7, Adams 1 0-0 2, Brant 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 17-46/6-11/42. 3-pointers: M. Gorman 2.

    1    2    3    4    F
Ada    4    8    17    6    35    
Lvw    12    13    5    12    42
JV: Lincolnview 24, Ada 4.


Ada (3-4 road) plays at Waynesfield-Goshen (5-13) next Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs knocked off W-G 45-38 on the road Dec. 28 behind a career-high 18 points from England.

Ada then visits league co-leader Columbus Grove (10-8, 6-1 NWC) in the regular season and conference finale Thursday, Feb. 15.

A Grove win would clinch at least a tie for the league crown, depending on what Spencerville (6-1 NWC) also does in its league finale.

Bluffton and Crestview are tied for third at 5-2 in league play, with Delphos Jefferson fifth at 4-3.