HUBER HEIGHTS — On Saturday the Lady Aviators basketball team played Lebanon in the first round of the OHSAA Dayton sectional basketball tournament at Wayne High School.
Butler came into the game off of a victory over Oakwood on Monday. Lebanon had also won their previous game when they defeated Little Miami on Wednesday. The Aviators started the game solid, and held a lead throughout the opening quarter. The Warriors caught fire and grabbed a 23-11 by half time. Butler tried to climb back in the second half but couldn’t make much headway. Lebanon would finally defeat Butler by a final score of 51-41. This loss dropped the Aviators to 14-9 on the season.
The opening quarter started well for the Aviators, as they limited outside scoring chances for Lebanon added points of their own offensively. Butler would hold a three possession lead deep into the first quarter. Lebanon went on an 8-2 run to end the first quarter, which gave them a four point lead after the first period of play. The Aviators were led in the opening quarter was Senior Abby Grooms who added four points. Lebanon led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Lebanon continued to half success in the second quarter, as they carried their momentum from the end of the first quarter. The Aviators continued to fight though, as they did their best to prevent outside scoring and fast break chances for the Warriors. Butler was outscored in the quarter by eight, 11-3. The Aviators were led by Junior Olivia Schoenherr who went three of four from the foul line. At halftime, Butler would trail Lebanon by a score of 23-11.
The second half was a close race, with both teams playing physical on both ends of the floor. Neither team could find any footing to challenge each other. Lebanon added a few quick baskets late in the third quarter which added to their twelve point lead. Butler scored 12 points in the third, while Lebanon added 16. The Aviators were led in the third quarter by Senior Shelby Moses, who added a two point field goal from the floor. With only one quarter remaining and a season on the line, Butler trailed Lebanon by 16, with a score of 39-23.
The Aviators played their hearts out in the final quarter, and stayed focused on making a comeback. Butler outscored Lebanon in the final quarter, but couldn’t make up the double digit margin they trailed by. The Aviators added 18 points in the final quarter, while the Warriors added 12.
Leading scorers for the Aviators were Abby Grooms, Brittney Petrosky and Olivia Schoenherr who each scored 10 points.
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