COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove moved a step closer to repeating its Northwest Conference championship from a year ago with a 59-26 win over Allen East Thursday night.

With the win, the Bulldogs moved to 6-1 in the NWC, tied for the top spot with Spencerville. Grove (11-8) closes out conference play Thursday with Ada. Allen East dropped to 2-6 in the conference and 10-9 overall.

Columbus Grove took control of this game early outscoring the Mustangs 18-9 in the first quarter. A 23-3 run by the Bulldogs in the second quarter gave them a 41-12 halftime lead.

Carlee McCluer paced the Bulldogs with a game high 23 points as she hit five three-pointers. Lauren Schroeder added 11 points and had six assists, while Rylee Sybert had 10 points and five rebounds. Angel Schneider ripped down seven rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Lauren Criblez had nine points for the Mustangs.

Leipsic 57

Cory-Rawson 21

LEIPSIC — Leipsic overcame a slow start Thursday evening to defeat Cory-Rawson 57-21 in Blanchard Valley Conference action.

After both teams scored six points in the first quarter, the Vikings took control of the game in the second quarter with a 19-8 scoring run. A 19-6 run in the third quarter by Leipsic sealed the win.

Heather Lammers paced the Vikings (9-1, 18-2) with a game high 23 points, that included five three-point goals. The 23 points allowed Lammers to surpass the 1,000 point mark in her high school career.

Kierra Meyer added 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Peyton Henry had six steals in the game.

Hopewell-Loudon 61

Pandora-Gilboa 30

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon used a strong defense in the first half Thursday night on their way to a 61-30 Blanchard Valley Conference win over Pandora-Gilboa.

The Chieftains held the Rockets to six first half points as they blanked P-G 10-0 in the first quarter. They added a 23-6 run in the second quarter for a 33-6 halftime lead.

MaKayla Elmore paced the Chieftains with 22 points, while Hailey Coppus added 11 points and Jacquelyn Burns added 10 points.

Kayla Ferguson has 12 points and six rebounds for the Rockets (0-10, 3-16). Paige Fenstermaker added nine points and had nine rebounds.