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By Glen Miller
The only thing worse than facing the Okarche High School girls basketball team in the first round of the playoffs is running across the Warriors on a winning streak.
However, that will be the scenario for the winner of the Ringwood/Kremlin-Hillsdale game after Okarche closed out the regular season with a 56-19 pounding of Crescent.
Okarche, which hosts the District 6 Championships, drew a first-round bye. The Warriors enter the postseason with a 22-2 overall record and an eight-game winning streak.
Cherie Myers’ team has lost only once in 2013 and has held the No.1 spot in the Class A polls since before the holiday break. The win over Crescent secured the Three Rivers Conference regular season title for OHS with a 6-0 record.
Okarche led 27-2 after one period, getting 13 points from Madison Lee, six from Morgan Vogt and four from Kenadey Grellner.
The Warriors offense cooled off to 15 points in the second period, led by Vogt with four points, but the OHS defense limited CHS to four points.
Okarche led 42-6 at the break.
The Warriors scored just 14 points over the final two periods, but held Crescent to 13 over the same stretch. Grellner’s four points led Okarche in the second half, while Natasha Heupel and Kaelan Jeffrey added a 3-pointer each.
Lee closed with a game-high 17 points and completed a double-double with 11 rebounds and two steals. Vogt added 12 points, five rebounds and two steals. Grellner was the third player in double figures with a line of 10 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
Madi Grellner ended with five points and three rebounds, while Chelsea Mueggenborg had four points, a rebound and a steal. Rae Grellner rounded out the scoring with two points, two rebounds and a steal.
Skylar Spomer grabbed four rebounds and Taylor Bomhoff a board and a steal.
While most teams in the top 20 had an easy tune-up to close out the regular season, Okarche High School’s boys basketball team tangled with Class 2A power Crescent.
The outcome was anything but easy.
The Warriors, who slipped two more spots in the Class A poll to No.11, were held to single-digit scoring in three of the four periods en route to a 50-27 setback to Crescent – ranked No.16 in the state.
The loss dropped Okarche to 15-9 on the season and closed out the Three Rivers Conference slate with a 4-2 record.
Okarche fell behind 18-5 after one period, getting one basket from Wyatt Carter and a 3-of-4 effort from the free-throw line by Sam Grellner.
The Warriors were outscored 12-6 in the second period as Grellner scored two buckets and John Schaefer netted two free throws.
Trailing 30-11 at the break, Okarche’s third period would prove to be its worst of the night. Schaefer scored the lone basket as OHS emerged on the short end of an 11-2 scoring edge and a 41-13 deficit.
Okarche trimmed the 28-point deficit down to 23 in the fourth period by way of a 16-9 run. Shay Pratt and Kyle Pfaff led the way with a 3-pointer each. Ben Annuschat and Elijah Petty added a basket each.
Okarche ended the game shooting 9-of-45 from the field for 20 percent, which included 2-of-16 (13 percent) from 3-point range. The teams were tied 28-all in rebounds and 10-all in steals, but Crescent led in assists (14-6).
Grellner led Okarche with nine points, six boards and a steal. Schaefer closed with four points, seven caroms and two assists. Pratt added a rebound, two steals and two assists to his fourth-period trey.
Carter logged five rebounds and four steals, while Petty added four boards and a dish-off to his resume. Chris Rund had two points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist.