Basketball (G)
 
Lady Pirates Finish Second in NWC Play
Published: February 6, 2017

Game 22 : Columbus Grove 69  Bluffton 24  (16-6, 7-1 NWC)

(COLUMBUS GROVE) - In the impromptu title game for the Northwest Conference title, both Bluffton and Columbus Grove came into the contest with undefeated conference records.  The Bulldogs were quick to put the Pirates in the rearview mirror and led 45-6 at the halftime break.

Abbie Parkins led Bluffton with 8 points.  Averey Rumer and Libby Schaadt each scored 4, Katie Prater and Alivia Koenig 3 and Brinkley Garmatter 2.  

The Pirates close the regular season with a 16-6 mark and finished second in the conference standings.  Columbus Grove ends the regular campaign at 21-1 and 8-0 in NWC play. 

Game 21 :  Bluffton 65  Miller City 52  (16-5, 7-0 NWC)

(MILLER CITY) - Senior Abbie Parkins and sophomore Averey Rumer each poured in twenty points leading Bluffton to a 65-52 road victory Saturday afternoon. While BHS enjoyed a double digit victory, the lead was never safe at Wildcat Gymnasium.  Bluffton led 15-12 after one quarter and 35-28 at the half.  

Kayla White connected on three 3's for the Lady Pirates who improved to 16-5 with the win.  
Scoring: Abbie Parkins - 20 points, Averey Rumer 20 points (5 rebounds), Kayla White 9 points (3 threes), Alivia Koenig 7 points (2 threes), Libby Schaadt 5 points, Katie Prater 4 points.  

Game 20 : Bluffton 69  Ada 41  (15-5, 7-0 NWC)

(ADA) - The Lady Pirates wasted no time righting the ship with a dominating 28 point win at Ada.  The win keeps the Pirates perfect in Northwest Conference play at 7-0 and sets up a showdown at Columbus Grove for the conference title next week.  The Bulldogs are also 7-0 in the league. 

Alivia Koenig stole the show in this contest.  The sophomore sharpshooter connected on seven 3's on her way to a career high 31 points.  Koenig nailed three straight three pointers during an 11-0 second quarter to set the Pirates up with a 25-13 lead.  

On the night, BHS drained twelve shots from beyond the arc.  Averey Rumer drained one of those shots at the halftime buzzer giving Bluffton a 39-28 lead.  An 8-0 run to start the second half extended the Pirate cushion to 19 and the rout was on. 

Scoring:  Alivia Koenig 31 points (7 threes), Abbie Parkins 11 points, Averey Rumer 9, Katie Prater 8, Abby Schaadt 4, Kayla White 3, Brinkley Garmatter 2. 

Game 19 : Liberty Benton 63  Bluffton 27  (14-5, 6-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - The visiting Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead after just a minute of play and rolled to a 63-27 win in the final home game of the season for the Lady Pirates.  LB, ranked tenth in the most recent state poll, snapped Bluffton's nine game winning streak. 

The Eagles foiled any plans the Pirates brought into the game using a deadly full court press on defense and an adept offensive attack.  The visitors drained 11 threes on the night, including 7 in the first half.  

The Pirates were limited to seven points in each of the first two quarters as the Eagles held a superior advantage in size, led by 6'2" freshman Caitlin Elsesses.  

Senior Abbie Parkins was honored before the game as this was her final home contest.  The three point sharpshooter has played four years of varsity ball and been a team leader for several seasons.  During the game, Abbie scored six points moving her into third place on the Bluffton Career Scoring mark behind Caity Matter ('00) and Julie Friesen ('89) with 957 points scored.

Scoring: Alivia Koenig 7, Abbie Parkins 6, Katie Prater 4, Libby Schaadt 4, Averey Rumer 3, Brinkley Garmatter 2, Ashley Eachus 1.

Game 18 : Bluffton 58  Allen East 40  (14-4, 6-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - The Lady Pirates blitzed visiting Allen East from the opening tip off and coasted to a 58-40 Northwest Conference victory. Kayla White, Katie Prater and Averey Rumer each scored six first quarter points to pace BHS to a 24-8 lead after just eight minutes. Bluffton's full court defense was too much for the Mustangs to handle as the Pirates got steal after steal.  AE closed off the lane in the second quarter so Bluffton went to work behind the arc.  Alivia Koenig buried two 3s and Rumer added another in the second quarter and all of a sudden BHS held a 41-18 half time lead. 

The second half got a little closer than Bluffton wanted with the Mustangs cutting the lead to fifteen points however two more 3s from Koenig and another from senior Abbie Parkins quelled any thoughts of a rally.  The win was the ninth straight for BHS. 

Scoring : Alivia Koenig 13, Averey Rumer 12, Abbie Parkins 11, Katie Prater 9, Kayla White 9, Libby Schaadt 4. 

Game 17 : Bluffton 56  Riverdale 47  (13-4, 5-0 NWC)

(RIVERDALE) - Behind the balance of four players scoring in double digits, Bluffton won their eighth straight contest in a nine point road victory.  Averey Rumer and Alivia Koenig each scored 13 for BHS and Abbie Parkins and Kayla White each dropped in 11 for the difficult to guard Pirates.  Trailing 15-13 after one quarter, the Pirates outscored the Falcons 22-14 in the second quarter to build a lead they would not surrender. 

The Pirates were lethal from behind the arc Saturday afternoon, making 11 of 27 shots.  Koenig hit 4, Rumer 3, Parkins 2 and White 2.  The Falcons were just 3 of 20 from distance.  BHS won the rebound battle 38-28. 

Scoring : Averey Rumer 13, Alivia Koenig 13, Abbie Parkins 11, Kayla Whilte 11, Katie Prater 4, Libby Schaadt 4.  

Game 16 : Bluffton 54  Spencerville 44  (12-4, 5-0 NWC)

(SPENCERVILLE) - A pesky Spencerville team proved difficult for the Lady Pirates to put away in a tough road contest Thursday evening.  However, the Pirates used an 11-2 fourth quarter run to pull away from the host Bearcats for good and earned their seventh straight win.  Averey Rumer led the way with 23 big points for BHS, including 12 in the decisive fourth quarter. The sophomore was 6/8 from the free throw line in the final stanza. 

Alivia Koenig scored 16 points of her own and got warm in the second quarter, knocking down three 3s.  BHS led 29-25 at the break and maintained their four point lead going into the fourth.  BHS were their own worst enemy on this night turning the ball over 17 times and shooting 12/21 on free throws.  Despite not playing their top game, the Lady Pirates found a way to win.  

In the fourth quarter, Bluffton collected five offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive.  These hustle plays enabled the Pirates to escape with the win.  Rumer grabbed 12 boards in addition to her game high 23 points. 

Scoring: Averey Rumer 23 points - 12 rebounds, Alivia Koenig 16, 

Game 15 : Bluffton 57  Pandora-Gilboa 34  (11-4, 4-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - Both teams entered the game with four losses but Bluffton wasted no time pulling away from visiting Pandora-Gilboa on Saturday afternoon.  The Pirates started the game on a 15-2 spurt and never let PG get closer than ten points on the day. 

The Pirates took advantage of open three points looks early on. Alivia Koenig connected on two 3s, and Averey Rumer and Abbie Parkins each hit a long ball in the first quarter alone. Koenig added two more and Parkins one in the second quarter.  In all, Bluffton nailed ten 3s for the game.  Koenig's effort on the day pushed her over the 100 career three pointers made plateau.  The career mark at Bluffton is 209 by Caity Matter. 

BHS led 32-18 at the break and pushed that lead out to 43-24 after three quarters on their way to the big win.  

The usually balanced Pirates only got scoring four teammates.  Alivia Koenig scored a game high 25 points and nailed four 3s.  Abbie Parkins scored 15 including three 3s and a 6/6 effort at the line.  The senior made several hustle plays and kep other possessions alive by grabbing an offensive rebound.  Averey Rumer added 10 points including two 3s. Katie Prater scored 7.  In all, BHS shot 19/23 from the free throw line. 

Game 14 : Bluffton 55  Paulding  42  (10-4, 4-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - On paper, this game seemed like a mismatch.  Paulding entered with just 4 wins on the year while Bluffton sat at 9-4.  However, it was the Panthers that controlled the game through the first three quarters before Bluffton pulled away in the fourth for a 55-42 win. The victory was the fifth straight for Bluffton and kept the Pirates perfect in NWC play at 4-0. 

Paulding led 28-24 at the break behind strong inside play of 6'0 forward Faith Vogel.  The senior had 12 first half points.  The Pirate defense clamped down on her in the second half, allowing just two points.  In the third quarter, BHS used a 2-3 zone and were able to pull even at 35-35 with just eight minutes to play. In the fourth quarter the Pirates extended their pressure out to half court which was a move that proved fateful for the Panthers.  Paulding turned the ball over on five of its first six fourth quarter possessions.  BHS opened the quarter on a 15-5 run lead and was able to extend the lead throughout the quarter.

Averey Rumer had another strong outing with a team high 15 points. The sophomore had several fourth quarter steals which led to easy Pirate buckets.  Bluffton again put three players in double figures.  In addition to Rumer's 15, Alivia Koenig scored 13 and Abbie Parkins 12. 

Scoring : Averey Rumer - 15 points, one 3. Alivia Koenig 13 points, one 3. Abbie Parkins 12, Katie Prater 8, Libby Schaadt 3, Kayla White 3 and Brinkley Garmatter 1. 

Game 13 : Bluffton 65  Van Buren 35  (9-4, 3-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - The Lady Pirates put four players in double figures on their way to a lopsided 30 point victory over visiting Van Buren.  Abbie Parkins, Alivia Koenig, Averey Rumer and Ashley Eachus each filled the score book to lead a balanced scoring attack.  This game was a rescheduled game from a December snow storm.  It wasn't snowing Tuesday night..it was raining threes inside Pirate Gymnasium

The Pirates were determined to go inside from the onset. Averey Rumer scored six points in the paint in the first quarter.  Abbie Parkins matched her with six first quarter points of her own.  In the second quarter, BHS pressured VB full court and created turnovers and hectic play.  Alivia Koenig repeatedly got to the rim and finished or was hacked.  The sophomore made 5/8 free throws in the period and Bluffton led 35-17. 

Parkins opened the second half with back to back threes and the rout was on.  The lone senior scored a game high 17 for the Pirates. BHS outscored the Black Knights 19-5 in the quarter and coasted for the victory. 

Scoring:  Abbie Parkins 17 points with three 3's.  Alivia Koenig 14 points with two 3's. Averey Rumer 14 points. Ashley Eachus 10 points, a career high. Katie Pratier 4, Kalya White 3 and Libby Schaadt 3.  

Game 12 : Bluffton 58  Waynesfield-Goshen 41  (8-4, 3-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - Sophomore Averey Rumer continued her stellar play, dropping 23 points on Waynesfield-Goshen in a 58-41 Saturday afternoon victory.  Rumer scored 13 in the first half, powering BHS to a 24-16 lead.  

Rumer was far from the only dangerous Pirate on the day.  Abbie Parkins scored 12 including an 8/9 effort from the free throw line. Alivia Koenig scored 9 and also was accurate from the stripe, going 7/10.  Kayla White added 8 points, knocking down a team high 2 three pointers.   

The game was the first of four straight home contests for the Lady Pirates. Bluffton will host Van Buren Tuesday, Paulding Thursday and Pandora-Gilboa Saturday.

Scoring : Averey Rumer 23, Abbie Parkins 12, Alivia Koenig 9, Kayla White 8, Libby Schaadt 4, Katie Prater 2.

Game 11 : Bluffton 50  Lincolnview 44  (7-4, 3-0 NWC)

(VAN WERT) - Averey Rumer scored a game high 19 points and Abbie Parkins was red hot from three point range.  The senior connected on four of eight shots from beyond the arc on her way to 17 points.  Katie Prater provided terrific balance for the Pirates with 10 points.  Rumer also grabbed a team high 8 boards.

The tandem led the Pirates to a 50-44 road victory over Lincolnview.  The Lancers entered the game at 6-4 and 3-0 in conference play but are undefeated no longer. 

Bluffton trailed 20-11 in the second quarter before going on an 11-0 run fueled by Rumer who scored 8 points in the paint.  The Pirates took a 26-23 lead into halftime.  The Pirates pushed the lead to four after three quarters and a 7-0 run in the fourth provided a final cushion.  BHS shot well overall on the evening, connecting on 18/36 from the field. 

Scoring :  Averey Rumer 19, Abbie Parkins 17, Katie Prater 10, Alivia Koenig 2, Brinkley Garmatter 2.  

Game 10 : Bluffton 59  Perry 32  (6-4, 2-0 NWC)

(LIMA) - Bluffton burst out to a 20-5 first quarter lead in Lima and coasted to a much needed easy victory.  Alivia Koenig scored a game high 26 points to lead BHS, nailing eight 3's in the game. 

Abbie Parkins and Averey Rumer dropped in 9 points and 8 rebounds each in the win.  Katie Prater and Libby Schaadt added 6 each and Brinkley Garmatter scored 3.  The Pirates forced 26 turnovers in the win. 

Game 9 : Kenton 54   Bluffton 41  (5-4, 2-0 NWC)

(KENTON) - After a 13 day layoff, the Lady Pirates welcomed 2017 with a long trip to Kenton.  The Pirates trailed for most of the game and Kenton took a 39-34 lead into the fourth quarter.  BHS could get no closer and were defeated 54-41 to fall to 5-4 on the season. 

Leading scorers for the Pirates were Alivia Koenig with 18 points including four 3's.  Averey Rumer scored 13 and snared a team high 11 rebounds, Abbie Parkins 8 and Kayla White 2.  

Game 8 : Bluffton 48  Lima Central Catholic 45  (5-3, 2-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - The Pirates rode the strength of a 12-6 third quarter advantage and terrific free throw shooting to down LCC 48-45 in the team’s last game of the 2016 calendar year.  This game was nip and tuck from the opening tip.  Bluffton led 13-11 after one quarter and 26-24 at the halftime break.  The Pirates were balanced on the evening with Alivia Koenig totaling 20 points, Abbie Parkins 13 and Averey Rumer 9.  For LCC, it was the Madison Stolly show.  The senior scored a game high 23 points and the vast majority of the Thunderbird offense ran through her.  Several Pirates took a shot at guarding her and did a fair job. Stolly picked up her fourth foul midway through the third quarter but was able to avoid her fifth throughout the remainder of the contest. 

Parkins got white hot in the third quarter, nailing two 3 pointers and adding a layup as Bluffton took a 38-30 lead into the fourth stanza.  LCC outscored Bluffton 15-10 over the final eight minutes but the Pirates calmly sank 8/9 free throws for the win.  Koenig was 6/6 from the stripe in the fourth quarter and Parkins was 2/2.  Kayla White scored 4 points and Katie Prater 2 to round out the Bluffton scoring attack. 

Game 7 : Bluffton 60  Delphos Jefferson 55    (4-3, 2-0 NWC)

(DELPHOS) - The Lady Pirates gritted out a five point road victory at Delphos to improve to 2-0 in Northwest Conference play.  Averey Rumer scored the first 7 points of the game as Bluffton opened a 16-10 lead after one quarter.  Abbie Parkins drained a three pointer at the second quarter buzzer giving BHS a 29-20 lead.  Jefferson came out aggressive in the third quarter and chipped tbhe Pirate lead down to 37-34 heading into the fourth.  

Jefferson continued their comeback and took a 48-47 lead with two minutes to go.  The Pirate leaders stepped up immediately.  Abbie Parkins and Alivia Koenig drained back to back three pointers to give BHS a 53-50 lead they would not relinquish again.  

Averey Rumer led the scoring attack with 17 points.  Katie Prater scored 14 points including four 3 pointers. Abbie Parkins & Alivia Koenig added 13 points a piece.   Kayla White scored 3 to round out the scoring. 

Game 6 :  Ottoville 78  Bluffton 36   3-3, (1-0 NWC)

(OTTOVILLE) - For the first time in six games, Bluffton played a game outside the friendly confines at the corner of Jackson St & College Ave.  Undefeated perennial power Ottoville lived up to the hype, taking a 34-16 halftime lead and going on for the big victory. 

Alivia Koenig led Bluffton with 19 points, including two 3 pointers. 

Game 5 : Bluffton 52   Crestview 42  (3-2, 1-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - For the first time in twelve tries, Bluffton got the best of Crestview.  The win got the Northwest Conference off to a positive start for BHS.  

Both teams came out on fire with Crestview posting a 22-19 lead after one quarter.  Alivia Koenig came to play with 8 first quarter points and two 3 pointers.  Lauren Black dropped in nine of her own, but BHS limited her to just just three points the remainder of the game.  Bluffton limited Crestview to just six second quarter points and took a 29-28 halftime lead.  Abbie Parkins fueled a third quarter spurt with six points all from the free throw line as Bluffton outscored CHS 11-6 and took a 40-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  The aggressive Pirates attacked the Knight defense to get to the rim for buckets and fouls throughout the second half.  The Pirates were able to keep the Knights at arm’s length in the fourth quarter by making enough free throws.  Koenig went 6/6 in the final stanza, the rest of the team shot just 4/12 but Bluffton got the win.  

Alivia Koenig finished with 18 points and three 3 pointers. Averey Rumer continued her aggressive play with 12 points and team high 8 boards.  Abbie Parkins added 11 for the balanced Pirates.  Freshman Kayla White and Sophomore Katie Prater each scored 5 and Brinkley Garmatter added 1 for the BHS scoring. 

Game 4 : Bluffton 53  Fort Jennings 30  (2-2, 0-0 NWC) 

(BLUFFTON) - Needing a win, Bluffton got one.  The Pirates blitzed Fort Jennings immediately and often.  Bluffton led 15-3 after one quarter and 26-7 at halftime.  Five Pirates scored in the opening stanza.  Abbie Parkins, Brinkley Garmatter, Kayla White and Katie Prater all drained 3 pointers for BHS.  The Pirates pressed on defense and got to the rim on offense, creating chances.  Bluffton made 7/9 free throws in the second quarter on their way to the 26-7 halftime advantage.  BHS coasted for the 53-30 victory in the second half. 

Abbie Parkins and Averey Rumer each scored 12 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.  Garmatter added 9, Alivia Koenig 8, Prater 7 and White 5.  

Game 3 : Upper Scioto Valley 65   Bluffton  42  (1-2, 0-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - A 25-14 third quarter scoring advantage pushed USV to a 23 point victory over Bluffton.  The Pirates, reeling from a loss three days prior, were not able to handle USV’s size inside and Shelby Spradlin on offense.  The Ram senior scored 20 points including 11 in the third quarter.  Spradlin was one of four Ram players in double figures.  

For Bluffton, Katie Prater led the way with 13 points.  The sophomore drained two 3 pointers in the first quarter and added a third in the second half.  Abbie Parkins added 10 points. 

Game 2 : Arlington 65   Bluffton 36  (1-1, 0-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - For the fourth straight season, Bluffton and Arlington met for the title of the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament.  Unfortunately for the Pirates, the Devils were victorious for the fourth straight year.  Arlington forced 25 Pirate turnovers on their way to the win.  AHS led 30-18 at halftime.  Averey Rumer (8 points) and Abbie Parkins (7) led Bluffton’s first half attack. Sierra Nichols led Arlington with 8 first half points; she would finish with 22 and capture the Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.  

The Devils extended their lead to 17 after three quarters and used a 19-7 fourth quarter to finalize the blowout.  Averey Rumer led Bluffton with 14 points and earned All Tournament Team honors along with Abbie Parkins.  Abbie scored 9 points in the finale.  

Game 1: Bluffton 80    Cory Rawson 23   (1-0, 0-0 NWC)

(BLUFFTON) - Coming off a fifteen win season a year ago, Bluffton’s girls basketball team got their 2016-17 season off on a successful note with an 80-23 wallop of Cory-Rawson in the opening round of the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament.  The Pirates advanced to the Championship game against Arlington with the win.  The Red Devils defeated Allen East 71-17 in the tournament’s other first round game.

For Bluffton, it was bombs away from the opening tip.  Sophomore Alivia Koenig and Senior Abbie Parkins led BHS to a 43-11 halftime lead  The two combined for five made three pointers in the first half on their way to 24 combined points.  For the game, Keonig finished with 24 and Parkins 20.  BHS canned 14 three pointers on the evening.  Averey Rumer had an outstanding game with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Cory-Rawson committed 35 turnovers on the night. 

 

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