By Sean LaFontaine
DHI Correspondent

CONVOY - The Crestview Lady Knights wrapped up their regular season Thursday night at home against the Columbus Grove Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Knights sent their one and only senior, Mariah Henry, away with a 55-30 victory over Columbus Grove.

The Lady Knights never trailed in the game. With the score tied at two early in the first quarter, Crestview went on an 8-0. Henry started the run with an easy bunny shot, and then sophomores Terra Crowle and Lindsey Motycka hit back-to-back threes to extend the lead to 10-2.

Columbus Grove fought back before the end of the quarter. A three by Sammi Stechschulte and two free throws by Megan Verhoff helped the Lady Bulldogs pull within five, but Crestview freshman Emily Bauer hit a basket off an assist from Mackenzie Riggenbach gave the Lady Knights a 14-7 lead after one.

After the teams exchanged baskets to being the second quarter, the Lady Knights went on another 10-2 run to close out the second quarter. Sophomore Kennis Mercer and Riggenbach had threes during the run, while Bauer added a basket and a free throw. Henry also hit a free throw to close out the scoring on the run. The late surge by the Lady Knights put them up 26-11 at the break.

Crestview put the game away by opening up the third quarter on a 9-2 run to help them take a commanding 35-13 lead midway through the third quarter. The Lady Knights outscored the Lady Bulldogs 19-6 in the third quarter, which helped them take a commanding 45-17 after three.

Crestview maintained their lead in the fourth quarter, on their way to a 55-30 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady bulldogs were led in scoring by Sydney McCluer who had nine points, while Stechschulte added five. The loss drops the Lady Bulldogs to 5-16 on the season and 3-6 in the conference.

"Crestview played extremely well tonight. We really couldn't stop their inside game so we had to play zone and that's what killed us," said Grove coach Chad Ricker. "Second half we played more man-to-man and got some points on the board. We felt sorry for ourselves at times. We struggled hitting shots and taking care of the ball. We also didn't execute as crisply as I would have liked, but give the Crestview a lot of credit for that. There is a reason they are 20-2 on the season."

The Lady Knights had a very balanced night offensively. Motycka led the Lady Knights with 13 points, while Bauer added 12. Riggenbaugh wasn't far behind with nine points, while Crowle and Kennis Mercer both had eight points for the game.

"I thought we played really well and that this was one of our most complete games from start to finish," said Crestview coach Greg Rickard. "We shot well, moved the ball well, had a lot of assists and rebounded really well. I thought we did a good job defending, challenging shots and keeping them off the glass."

The victory completed a perfect conference season for the Lady Knights at 9-0 and moved them to 20-2 overall.

"Our goal was to win the conference and run the table, which we did, and now we are just looking a tournament. 20 wins is great but like we told the girls, everyone is 0-0 now so those 20 wins don't mean a whole lot, it just shows what you are capable of doing. It's a great accomplishment and we have already reached one goal with the conference title, but now we want to make a tournament run."

Crestview plays next at 6:15 in sectional tournament play at Van Wert on Saturday, February 23 versus the winner of Tuesday night's game between Delphos St. Johns and Parkway. Presale tickets for that game will be on sale Thursday, February 21 and Friday February 22 from 7:45-3:30 in the athletic office. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Score by quarters

Crestview - 14 12 19 10 - 55

Columbus Grove - 7 4 6 13 - 30

Crestview (55)

Crowle 1-3 2-3 0-0 8, Mercer 1-2 2-2 0-0 8, Riggenbach 2-2 1-2 2-2 9, Henry 1-4 0-0 1-2 3, Bauer 5-10 0-0 2-3 12, Motycka 3-7 1-2 4-6 13, Guest 1-1 0-0 0-0 2

Columbus Grove ( 30)

Halker 2-2 0-1 0-0 4, McCluer 2-5 0-0 5-5 9, Verhoff 1-1 0-0 2-2 4, Stechschulte 1-2 1-1 0-0 5, Schumacher 1-6 0-1 0-0 2, Wynn 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Karhoff 2-5 0-0 0-0 4

Three Point Baskets

Crestview: 6 (Crowle 2, Mercer 2, Riggenbach, Motycka)

Columbus Grove: 1 (Stechschulte)