(BLUFFTON) - Lima Central Catholic came to town undefeated but the Lady Pirates knocked off the T-Birds 66-63 in overtime. The win levels the Pirate record at 4-4 and was a terrific result to end the calendar year. The squad does not play again until January 6, 2015.
The game looked to be in hand as Bluffton took a 35-25 halftime lead and extended it out to 50-37 after three quarters. The Pirates were balanced finding success outside the arc with Abbie Parkins and Kearstin Barry draining three pointers. But Bluffton was also lethal inside. Andie Schmutz finished the game with 22 points and Taylor Monday was everywhere, recording 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
LCC was called for a technical foul to begin the fourth quarter as they had an ineligible player on the floor. Parkins nailed both free throws to make it 52-37 with eight minutes to go. LCC began to aggressively press the Pirates full court and forced their way back into the game, eventually tying it with just over a minute left.
Schmutz scored the only four points Bluffton would need in the overtime period, banking in a layup off a nice feed from Parkins and then making two free throws down the stretch.
Schmutz and Parkins each scored 22 points to lead the way for Bluffton. Monday's 14 points gave the Pirates great balance with three players in double figures. Barry scored 5 and Haley Baker added 3 points in the win. Madison Stolly led LCC with a game high 39 points, including four three pointers.
Teams: Basketball (G)