For the second consecutive game, the Delaware Hayes High School girls basketball team won a battle of unbeatens.

For the second consecutive game, the Delaware Hayes High School girls basketball team won a battle of unbeatens.
This time, the Pacers defeated visiting Big Walnut 45-43 on Tuesday to improve to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Capital Division.
Big Walnut, which fell to 6-1 and 3-1, had a chance to tie the game with five seconds remaining. Jessie Simpkins missed two free throws and Delaware's Brittany Skeens then dribbled out the clock.
The free-throw shooting for both teams was very cold, as the Golden Eagles finished 2-for-12 and Delaware was 4-for-16.
"They made two more foul shots and won by two," Big Walnut coach Bob Scott said. "Foul trouble hurt us a bit, and they had a little foul trouble, too, but we couldn't capitalize on it. From our standpoint, we win if we make them. I'm sure they feel the same way, but they won."
Big Walnut guards Jessi Tutorow and Tabatha Piper were in foul trouble, as were Delaware forward Anasa Matthews and point guard Chelsie Burden.
Big Walnut had the ball and a 41-39 lead with less than four minutes left and went into a stall to eat up about two minutes.
But Skeens stole the ball and scored on a layup.
"They have good guards, they can all score, so I had to be smart about (switching to defend a ball-handler)," Skeens said. "We finally made the switch, and I was able to get the steal. Coach looks to me for a defensive stop and I had to step up with it."
That wasn't the final basket, but it proved to be the key one for the Pacers, who defeated previously-unbeaten Dublin Scioto 61-60 in overtime last Saturday.
"Brittany came up with a big leadership play, switched her man, read the play, came through passing lane and scored a bucket," Delaware coach Erin Fragale said. "That put pressure on Big Walnut to score when they got ball back. She was patient and picked right time to switch and jump the passing lane."
With the score tied, that changed the Golden Eagles' philosophy.
"At first, they weren't coming out too hard there," Scott said. "We could've kept running our offense, but that's the risk you take. They have the big girls and we were in foul trouble, so I was trying to keep them in the game. It just didn't work out.
"You learn from that and see what happens. It's a call from my standpoint. If it works, you looks great, if it doesn;t, you look stupid."
Delaware took the lead when Anasa Matthews scored off an offensive rebound with 1:16 left. After Simpkins scored a putback to tie the game with 37 seconds left, Makeda Matthews scored from the post for a 45-43 Delaware lead
with 22 seconds remaining.
That set up Big Walnuts final possession, which ended with Simpkins going to the foul line.
The Golden Eagles overcame a 37-29 deficit in the final three minutes of the third quarter to knot the score entering the final period.
Big Walnut led 13-6, but Delaware tied the game at 15 at the end of the quarter on Burden's 3-pointer.
The Golden Eagles had a six-point advantage early in the second quarter, but Shelbi Franklin hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and completed a four-point play to give Delaware a 27-25 lead at halftime and the early momentum after intermission.
"That was a huge bucket," Fragale said. "(Junior varsity coach Mark Thomas) told us halftime that that would be the bucket that would win the game. Wow, it really did because it was unexpected scoring from our bench. She really contributed and played well for us tonight."
Trailing 37-29, Big Walnut used a Jindra jumper, a Tutorow 3-pointer and Pipers old-fashioned three-point play to tie the game entering the fourth quarter.
For Delaware, Makeda Matthews had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Anasa Matthews added 10 points and 14 rebounds and Caroline Welker had seven points.
For Big Walnut, Jindra had 14 points, Tutorow had 10 and Piper added seven.