LIMA — Lima Central Catholic’s girls basketball team is riding plenty of momentum into the postseason.
Two wins in two nights — a pair of games in which two players broke regular season records — will certainly do that. On Thursday, the T-Birds sprinted by Spencerville 79-45 in a nonleague win.
At about the six-minute mark of the second quarter, LCC’s Sydney Mohler pulled down her fifth rebound of the game to break the program’s single-season record of 242. Mohler finished with 13 rebounds, giving her 250 rebounds for the season.
“It felt awesome to get it,” said Mohler, who also had six points. “I’ve been working for it all year. (Going into the game) I knew I needed five so I was counting down.”
Mohler’s record came one night after Meredith Shepherd broke the single-season 3-point record in a victory over Miller City. Shepherd made 7-of-10 treys Wednesday to set the new record at 72 3s. Then on Thursday, she made 6-of-13 to give her 78 for the season.
“It’s a cool accomplishment, but I try not to focus on that,” said Shepherd, who led LCC with 24 points. “I just shoot the ball and try to do my job.”
LCC certainly got the job done Thursday. Though Spencerville’s offense found plenty of early buckets, LCC simply outpaced its opponent. LCC scored on 10 of its opening 17 possessions and held a 23-15 lead after one quarter.
The T-Birds then caught stride in the second quarter and grabbed a 42-28 lead at intermission.
“Coming into the game, we were really looking to push the tempo,” LCC coach Katie Krieg said. “Our defense lacked that first half. We were giving them any layup they wanted. So at half, we were looking to revamp that. I thought the girls did a good job of that in the second half.”
LCC came out fierce in the second half, zipping out to a 12-1 run for a 54-29 lead and never looked back.
Sydney Santaguida finished with 15 points and Madison Stolly had 13 points for LCC (16-6). Spencerville’s Schylar Miller led all scorers with 25 points and Emilee Meyer had 9 points.
“(Miller) played very well,” Spencerville coach Warren Pughsley said. “I think she tried to carry us offensively and defensively. I think here and there, there were players feeding off her energy but we could never get five doing that at the same time.
“We knew they could shoot better than anyone we have played. So our goal was to get back in the zone and get out on the shooters. But we didn’t close out on the shooters because everyone else we’ve played doesn’t shoot the ball that quickly. Offensively, we were fine until the lead got to 20. Once the lead got to 20, we lost confidence.”
Spencerville (5-14) has another tough task awaiting it when the Bearcats face No. 1 seed Minster to start the Division IV sectional at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coldwater.
Meanwhile, top-seeded LCC takes on Parkway on Feb. 22 at Wapakoneta to open the Division III tournament.
“Spencerville gave us that 2-3 (zone), and we’ve been looking at the teams we’ll play in the tournament,” Krieg said. “Parkway plays a lot of zone, and if we can make it past them we think we’ll see a lot of zone. So it was nice to get our offense going against a zone.
“I think we’ll really hit defense hard this week going into the tournament to make sure that’s really our focus.”