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Pirate boys' beat Ft. Jennings; girls' stop Van Buren

Kyler hits 22 for boys' • Kylie nets 13 for girls'

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton edged Fort Jennings 69-66 in a tight non-conference boys basketball battle Saturday night.

And, Bluffton defeated visiting Van Buren 39-31 in a low-scoring, non-conference girls' basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Accounts of both games are part of this story.

Boys' over Ft. Jennings
The Pirates and FJ battled to a 37-37 halftime tie as Trenton Donley drained four trifectas. Bluffton edged ahead with a 20-17 third quarter behind eight Carson Soper points.

Kyler Kinn netted seven fourth period points to help keep the Musketeers at bay and hold on for the victory.

Three of the four quarters in the close contest were exactly even, all except the third.

Bluffton upped its record to 4-6 overall by snapping a four-game losing skid. The Musketeers fell to 2-5 after the defeat.     

Kinn led Bluffton with 22 points, and Donley netted all 14 of his markers in the first half. Soper tallied a dozen and Nate Schaadt contributed 10 points. 

FJ's Nick Trentman led all players with 24 points. Jon Grote scored 16 markers and Evan Hoersten added 13.

Both teams connected on 23 field goals in the evenly-played game. 

The Musketeers sank five shots from three-point territory, and made 18 baskets inside the arc. FJ canned 15 of 21 attempts from the charity stripe (71 percent).     

The Pirates canned 14 shots inside the arc, and drained nine from three-point land. Bluffton converted 14 of 21 free throws (67 percent) from the charity stripe, including four of seven in the final period.  

Bluffton committed 11 turnovers, while FJ was guilty of 17 miscues.

FJ 66 (2-5)
Trentman 9 3-4 24, Horstman 1 0-0 3, Hoersten 4 5-8 13, Grote 7 2-2 16, Schulte 2 4-5 9, Liebrecht 0 1-2 1, Niedert 0.
Totals: 18-5/15-21/66. 3-pointers: Trentman 3, Horstman 1, Schulte 1.

Bluffton 69 (4-6)
Donley 5 0-0 14, T. Shutler 0 1-2 1, Kinn 7 6-8 22, Boblitt 2 2-2 8, Schaadt 4 1-3 10, Soper 4 4-6 12, Essinger 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 14-9/14-21/69. 3-pointers: Donley 4, Boblitt 2, Kinn 2, Schaadt 1. 
 
    1    2    3    4    F
FtJ    21    16    17    12    66     
Blf    21    16    20    12    69     

The Pirates (1-2 NWC) host tough league rival Lincolnview (7-1, 1-0 NWC) Friday, January 15.

Bluffton girls' over Van Buren
BLUFFTON - Bluffton defeated visiting Van Buren 39-31 in a low-scoring, non-conference girls basketball game Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Pirates led 20-13 at halftime, but VB inched within 27-24 after three periods of play.

The Pirate girls won the fourth quarter 12-7 by making 10 of 13 free throws to clinch the victory.

Bluffton's record improved to 8-6 overall with their second victory in three days. VB fell to 6-6 after the defeat. 

The Pirates broke away from a 9-9 tie after one period with an 11-4 second quarter, and held on to that margin.

Pirate post Kylie Stackhouse led all scorers with 13 points. Kylie Monday netted 10 points, and Laykin Garmatter added eight for Bluffton.

Sophia Reineke topped VB with a dozen points.

The Pirate girls canned 12 baskets. They sank 10 two-pointers and made two triples. Bluffton converted 13 of 20 free throw attempts (65 percent). 

VB connected on 13 field goals, all two-pointers with no from three-pointers made. The Black Knight girls canned five of 10 foul shots (50 percent).

VB 31 (6-6)
Tabler 3 2-3 8, Reineke 5 2-3 12, Durliat 2 1-2 5, Bishop 1 0-0 2, Busey 1 0-0 2, Bowman 0, Ma. Pawlak 1 0-2 2.
Totals: 13/5-10/31. 3-pointers: none. 

Bluffton 39 (8-6)
Garmatter 2 3-4 8, Busch 0 0-2 0, Eachus 0 2-2 2, Stackhouse 5 3-4 13, Bricker 0 2-3 2, Scoles 1 1-2 4, Monday 4 2-3 10. 
Totals: 10-2/13-20/39. 3-pointers: Scoles 1, Garmatter 1.     
 
    1    2    3    4    F
VB    9    4    11    7    31    
Blf    9    11    7    12    39    

Bluffton (2-2 NWC) plays at last-place NWC foe Lincolnview (2-8, 0-3 NWC) Thursday, January 14. 

The Pirates are 3-2 at home and 1-4 on the road this season.

 

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