SHADYSIDE - When a team plays the Shadyside girls, it had better know where juniors Karli Bonar and Hayley Holenka are on the court.
Monroe Central lost site of the two talented Tigers and it cost the Seminoles in a big way.
The duo combined for 31 of the Tigers' points in a 44-27 victory against the invading Seminoles (3-1) on Monday evening inside the Tigers' Den.
Shadyside’s Kristen Fijalkowski looks to pass during Monday’s game against Monroe Central.
''I thought we lost the game on the defensive end because of lack of communication,'' Monroe Central coach Troy Baker said. ''We lost (Bonar and Holenka) and a couple of times, and our lack of communication and execution allowed them to get going.''
While Bonar and Holenka did their thing on the offensive end, the Tigers were also quite sound on the defensive end, limiting the Seminoles to eight points in the middle two quarters. They also controlled the boards.
''Defensively, we were very solid especially after our first game when I didn't think our defense was very good,'' Shadyside coach Tina Yates said. ''On the offensive end, we're really being plagued with turnovers right now, and part of that's on me because I am yelling 'go, go go' and it should be 'slow, slow, slow.'''
Shadyside (2-0) surged to an 18-8 lead after one thanks to Holenka, who became an aunt in the wee hours of Monday morning when her sister, Ashley, gave birth to a baby girl.
She showed no ill effects of the late night by scoring nine points right out of the gate.
Bonar took over in the second period as the Tigers extended their lead to 30-14 at the intermission. Bonar scored eight of her 13 points in the second.
''We have to get some different things going offensively,'' Yates said. ''We're definitely going to need to get the other three players involved, but that will come as we slow down and start taking care of the basketball (better).''
Shadyside put the game out of reach in the third when it outscored the Seminoles, 9-2.
Holenka finished with 20 points. Senior post Brooke Meintel finished with six tallies.
Monroe Central was led in the scoring column by Kayley Stephens and Demitra Habig, who evenly divided 12 points.
''We didn't shoot the ball well,'' Baker said. ''We couldn't get any shots to fall early, and we gave up second and third chances, which will kill you eventually. I think we lack someone (offensively) who has the mental part of being a scorer. I thought we passed up shots that we should have taken, but some of our better shooters weren't making shots, so the other girls didn't want to take the shot either.''
Shadyside is home again Thursday against Zanesville Rosecrans. It could prove to be one of the Tigers' biggest tests as they put a 22-game regular-season winning streak on the line against a Bishops team which gave Shadyside all it wanted last season in three meetings.
''It's definitely going to be a test,'' Yates said. ''Obviously, they've got a lot of revenge on their mind after last year. They're going to come in ready to play, so we'll have to take care of the ball.''