Sofi Houg poured in 37 points to break the Van Wert all-time single-game scoring record in leading the Cougars past Paulding 74-58 on Tuesday evening.
The standout junior, a second-team all-Western Buckeye League performer a year ago, tallied 13 points in the first half, including 11 in the second quarter, to help Van Wert to a 31-24 lead at the break. Houg then scored half of the 20 points by the Cougars in the third quarter before establishing the school mark with 14 in the fourth quarter. The 37 points broke the previous record of 36 held by Allie (Clifton) Kalsow, who just last week was recognized for her accomplishments at Van Wert while serving as honorary captain for Thursday’s game with Wapakoneta.
“I could not be more proud of Sofi and her accomplishment tonight,” Van Wert coach Hannah Phlipot said. “This is the product of a lot of hard work and dedication to her craft."
“Sofi is surrounded by a special group of unselfish teammates that made tonight possible. It was a very exciting and special night for all.”
Kyra Welch got Van Wert off to a quick start with nine first-quarter points as the hosts took a 13-9 advantage after one. Welch finished with 15 points
Erin Schaufelberger added eight points in aiding the victory for the Cougars, which improved to 9-4 on the campaign, while Emilee Phillips chipped in with six.
“It was a tough battle,” Phlipot said. “Paulding really challenged our defense tonight.”
While Houg was setting a new Van Wert scoring mark, Claire Schweller tallied a career-high 29 points for Paulding. The 5-5 senior scored 13 points in the first half before adding 16 in the final two quarters of action, including a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
“Claire was spectacular on both sides tonight, scoring and defending,” Paulding coach Matt Arellano said.
Janae Pease added 15 points for the Panthers while Audrey Giesige contributed nine in the loss.
“The score doesn’t indicate how I thought we played tonight,” Arellano explained. “It’s strange to say, but I’m proud of the way we played tonight. There was a unity and sense of urgency tonight that we haven’t reached all season. That says a lot about our girls and our coaches. We haven’t had the results we want thus far but we haven’t thrown in the towel.”
The loss dropped Paulding to 3-9 on the season.
“I thought the girls did a lot of things really well, lack of rebounding and some miscommunication led to our downfall tonight,” Arellano concluded. “Janae was Janae, she just seemed to have that fire back. Audrey played a solid game rebounding, defending and got great looks for herself and others.
“I thought the energy was great for everyone that got minutes and those on the sidelines. We just need to keep working and move on to the next.”
Paulding 9 15 17 17 - 58
Van Wert 13 18 20 23 - 74
Schweller 7-4-3-29; Pease 3-2-3-15; Ankney 1-0-0-2; Giesige 3-0-3-9; A. Bakle-0-0-2; Barton 0-0-1-1. Totals 15-6-10-58.
Van Wert (74)
Young 0-1-2-5; Welch 4-1-4-15; Houg 15-1-4-37; Schaufelberger 3-0-2-8; Phillips 3-0-0-6; Jones 1-0-0-2; Krites 0-0-1-1. Totals 26-3-13-74.
Original Article Courtesy to Times Bulletin