YORK TOWNSHIP — The Buckeye Bucks earned their twentieth win on the season, defeating the Clearview Lady Clippers 57-48 in a Division II sectional championship game from the Elyria District on Thursday night at Buckeye.
Meeting for the second time this season, this game was very different from the first meeting. When the Clippers and Bucks met at Clearview in the regular season, Buckeye dominated from start to finish, cruising to a 73-40 win. Tonight, the Clippers gave the Bucks all they could handle.
Clearview led 13-9 after a quarter, with Brooke Rebman and Ariana Vazquez both getting to the free throw line four times in the quarter, each scoring 4 points in the quarter.
Buckeye took the lead in the second quarter, as the Clippers struggled to keep pace. The Clippers turned the ball over nine times in the quarter as the Bucks outscored Clearview 20-9 in the quarter to take a 29-22 lead to the halftime locker room.
Clearview came out of the locker room and answered quickly to start the third quarter. Clearview opened on a 6-2 run on a field goal from Samantha Jancsura, a free throw from Madison Pennington and a Brooke Rebman bucket and free throw that pulled the Clippers within three at 31-28. Buckeye responded to build a ten point lead by the end of the quarter, 46-36.
Foul trouble in the third quarter forced the Clippers to go deeper into the bench, as Madilyn Love, Jayden Colbert and Sanai Flowers played meaningful minutes as the Clippers tried to buy time for its starters on the bench.
Clearview opened the fourth quarter on another 6-2 run to pull within six again at the 6:25 mark, forcing a Buckeye tonight. Rebman hit a triple, then had a three-point play to get the Clippers to trail 48-42. But Buckeye made free throws down the stretch, as Gabby Glancy hit 3-of-4 in the final minutes to seal the win for Buckeye. Sydney Bell also added 6 points in the final quarter for Buckeye.
Gabby Glancy had 17 points to lead Buckeye, while Sydney Bell had 16 and Madison Ross had 12. Brooke Rebman led all scorers in the game with 19 points, while Ariana Vazquez had 13 points and Olivia Romes added 6.
Buckeye improves to 20-3 overall, as the second-seeded Bucks will travel to Elyria to face the third-seeded Cloverleaf Colts in Monday evening’s district semifinal.
Clearview’s season ends at 12-11 overall.
Buckeye 57, Clearview 48
Clearview 13 9 14 12 48
Buckeye 9 20 17 11 57
CLEARVIEW (48): Arriana Noble 1-0-3, Mya English 0-0-0, Samantha Jancsura 1-0-2, Sanai Flowers 0-0-0, Brooke Rebman 6-6-19, Olivia Romes 2-1-6, Madilyn Love 0-0-0, LeAnna Rogers 2-0-4, Madison Pennington 0-1-1, Jayden Colbert 0-0-0. TOTALS: 17-11-48.
BUCKEYE (57): Sydney Bell 7-2-16, Courtney Keeler 1-0-2, Gabby Glancy 4-9-17, Madison Ross 5-2-12, Elizabeth Whetstone 2-0-4, Autumn Meyer 1-0-2, Tatum Widenmeyer 0-0-0, Alyssa Beckett 2-0-4. TOTALS: 22-13-57.
Turnovers: Clearview 19, Buckeye 15. Three Point Field Goals: Clearview 3 (Noble, Rebman, Romes), Buckeye 0. Free Throws: Clearview 11-22, Buckeye 13-18. Team Fouls: Buckeye 17, Clearview 17. Fouled Out: Rebman (C). Technical Fouls: None. Bench Scoring: Buckeye 8, Clearview 5.