The 14th edition of the Classic In the Country Challenge saw plenty of action that included a pair of games needing overtime to determine a winner.
The day got off to a fast start with Orrville controlling the opening tip and hitting a three-pointer a few seconds later, but the rest of the game belonged to Tri-Village as the Patriots stayed unbeaten with a 75-37 win.
Junior Emma Printz led the Patriots with 20 points and senior Allie Downing had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Trisa Porter’s 12 assists was one shy of the Classic record.
Orrville was led by senior Lillian Suppan with 11 points.
West Holmes held off Chippewa for a 44-40 win in Game 2 of Classic in the Country.
The Knights, at one time up 37-26, were led by 19 points from senior Sam Hall and got another 10 from junior Kaylor Perone.
Sophomore Celina Koncz was the top scorer for Chippewa with 10.
The teams combined for 58 free throws attempts with Chippewa going 11-25 at the line and West Holmes 15-33.
Looking for a possible game-tying shot, Wadsworth lost the handle on the ball, Glen Este recovered, was fouled and senior Rachel Nelson stepped to the line to hit two free throws and seal a 57-52 overtime win for the Trojans.
Junior Jasmine Hale led Glen Este with 22 points and Sophomore Dakota Reeves notched 11.
Junior Peyton Banks had a game-high 26 for Wadsworth.
A pair of sophomores led Pickerington Central in scoring in a 44-42 win over Mount Notre Dame in Game 4 at the Classic In the Country.
Madison Greene put in 15 points and Maliya Perry had 10 for the Tigers.
A close game throughout, the largest lead either team had came was a 15-9 advantage for Pickerington in the first quarter and the Tigers held one-point leads at halftime and after the third quarter.
Sophomores also led Mount Notre Dame as Gabbie Marshall had 15 points and Julia Hoefling had 14.
Senior Maddie Blyer put in 17 as did junior Makenna Drabick as North Canton Hoover defeated Reynoldsburg 56-44 in the fifth game of the Classic In the Country.
Sophomore Annie Roshak had a game-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points in Hoover’s effort.
Reynoldsburg was led by junior Adrian Crockwell with 12 points.
Homestead used a 15-0 second half run to take the lead on Mason in a 53-46 win for the crew from Fort Wayne, IN.
Making their first appearance at the Classic In the Country, Homestead — with four starters already committed to play college basketball — was led by senior Karissa McLaughlin with 23 points and senior Madisen Parker with 21.
Mason sophomore Samantha Puisis paced the Comets with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Junior Morgan McMillen had 26 points to lead a trio of Hawks who were in double figures as Hiland held off Africentric 67-61 in overtime to wrap up the first day of action at the Classic In the Country.
Senior Angela Troyer kicked in 17 and sophomore Tiffany Weaver had 13 for the Hawks.
Africentric was led by sophomore Jordan Horston’s 14 points and eight rebounds and 13 points and six rebounds from senior Kynnedy Azubike.
Hiland relied heavily on its starters as four of the five played more than 33 of the game’s 36 minutes.