Jessie Grover

Lucas senior Jessie Grover battles Ontario's Izzy Graaf for position during a non-conference game last week at the O-Rena.

LUCAS — Jessie Grover and her Lucas teammates made history over the weekend.

Grover, the Richland Bank Athlete of the Week, scored 23 points in a 66-17 win over Mansfield Christian as the Cubs locked up a share of the Mid-Buckeye Conference championship.

Lucas (16-3, 9-1) split the MBC title with Loudonville. The last time the Cubs captured a conference crown was 1985.

Saturday’s victory put an exclamation point on a busy week for the Cubs, who played four games in five days. Lucas opened the week with a 48-41 win at Ontario on Tuesday, with Grover scoring 11 points.

Lucas had an off-day Wednesday before playing three MBC games in as many days to close out the conference schedule.

“We have three games and they’re all MBC games,” Lucas coach Kathy Grover said after the win over Ontario. “We need to come and take care of business.”

The Cubs fell 57-51 at Loudonville on Thursday, forging a tie atop the MBC standings with the Division III Redbirds. Lucas rebounded with a 47-34 win over St. Peter’s on Friday before dousing the Flames on Saturday.

“It’s really exciting,” Jessie Grover said.

In four games last week, Grover scored 61 points (15.3 ppg). She had 20 in the win over the Spartans on Friday.

Scoring in bunches is nothing new to Jessie Grover, one of three Grover sisters on the varsity roster. She scored her 1,000th career point last year, earning a spot on the All-Ohio second team in Division IV. She was an All-Ohio special mention selection as a sophomore.

Lucas will close the regular season with three non-conference before embarking on what could be an extended tournament run. The Cubs are the No. 2 seed in the Division IV Willard district and open tournament play against No. 13 seed Plymouth at Crestview on Feb. 18.

Until then, the Cubs will enjoy their conference crown.

“Being co-champs is a great feeling,” Kathy Grover said.

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