BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
VANLUE — Danbury rallied from a 13-point deficit at halftime to send its game against Vanlue into overtime, but the Lakers were denied the win, falling to the Wildcats, 87-81.
Danbury (0-3) trailed 40-27 at halftime but outscored Vanlue, 51-38, in the second half to tie the score at 78 and send the game into overtime. However, the Wildcats (2-1) won the extra session by a score of 9-3.
Vanlue guard Joey Bonham scored 29 points to lead all scorers, Jared Kloepfer finished with 20 and his brother, Jaren, scored 17 points. Jaden Kloepfer added 12 points.
Bradley Murray made five 3-pointers and led the Lakers with 23 points. Tyler Murray and Tommy Owens both scored 17 points and Kory Berhent finished with 12.
Danbury converted on 12 3-pointers, compared to just two for the Wildcats, but Vanlue won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Lakers, 42-20.
Tiffin Calvert 76, Danbury 41
Tiffin Calvert used a dominant stretch in the middle two quarters to defeat Danbury, 76-41, in non-conference action.
The Senecas (1-0) led, 15-13, after one quarter and outscored the Lakers, 43-18, in the second and third quarter combined to make it 58-31 and put the game away.
Calvert’s Blake Ronski had a game-high 20 points, Garrett Spaun chipped in with 13 points and Luke Ritzler finished with 12.
Bradley Murray had 10 points to lead Danbury and Tommy Owens and Beau Buchanan finished with nine and eight points, respectively.
Laker girls soundly defeat Gibsonburg
Danbury (1-2, 1-1 SBC River) dominated Gibsonburg in the final three quarters in its 46-28 defeat of the Lady Bears.
Both teams battled to a 7-7 tie after the first quarter, but the Lakers outscored Gibsonburg, 39-21, in the final three quarters.
Grace Hollenbeck had a game-high 11 points and Annie Tibbels, Abi Frattaroli and Kayla Rodriguez scored eight points apiece.
Huron 50, Danbury 48
Danbury rallied to take a lead with under two minutes to play but could not hold on and fell, 50-48, to Huron.
The Lakers led, 16-11, after the first quarter, but the Tigers (2-1) battled back to take a 28-21 lead at halftime. Huron pushed its lead to 42-31 after three quarters before holding off Danbury to eke out the victory.
Rae Roldan scores 17 points to lead all scorers and Ava Winnestaffer finished with 14 to help pace the Tigers.
Olivia Valenti scored 16 points and Kayla Rodriguez chipped in with 10 to lead the Lakers.
Huron shot just 6-of-22 at the free-throw line but made eight 3-pointers, compared to just three for Danbury. The Lakers shot 11-of-16 from the charity stripe.
Hopewell-Loudon 84, Danbury 24
Hopewell-Loudon dominated in all aspects and easily defeated Danbury, 84-24.
The Chieftans, who jumped out to a 35-7 lead after the first quarter, made 33 field goals compared to just eight for the Lakers.
H-L’s Makayla Elmore scored 29 points, 15 of which came in the first quarter, and Kaia Woods finished with 21 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter.
Morgan Searles scored 11 points and Olivia Zender chipped in with 10.
Sydnee Perram scored seven points to lead Danbury and Olivia Valenti finished with five.