By Rob Hamilton

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Cardington jumped out to an early lead at home against a tough Buckeye Central girls’ basketball team and was able to hold onto that advantage in claiming a 52-40 win.

After the first quarter, the Pirates held a 15-8 lead and they were able to increase that to a 26-18 margin going into the half. BC trimmed two points off their deficit in the third quarter, but Cardington was able to turn a 36-30 lead into a 12-point win with a strong fourth quarter.

Casey Bertke finished with 18 points to lead Cardington, while Beth Hardwick scored 10. Both Dana Bertke and Hannah Wickline added nine.

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS