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Girls Basketball: Seminoles Headed to 3A Final

Monroe Central holds off Ferry, 58-53

February 7, 2012
By SETH STASKEY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - When Wheeling Park played John Marshall on Jan. 19, the Patriots' pressure forced the Monarchs into 23 turnovers on the way to a 61-50 victory.

If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

Wheeling Park turned up the pressure and John Marshall again couldn't handle it, committing 24 turnovers as the Patriots won 63-55 at Wheeling Park High School in the semifinal of the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 5A Tournament.

Wheeling Park, winner of the 4A championship last season, will play Morgantown at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at OUE for the championship. The Mohigans beat rival University, 60-56, in the other semifinal.

''I'm really pleased with how our kids played - they came out with a lot of intensity,'' Wheeling Park coach Meredith Dailer said. ''The defensive stops we got, keeping them on their toes and we created a bunch of turnovers.

''We felt like (the press) was a strength the last time we played. The adjustments we made to the press were to our advantage. It was a strength and we wanted to stick with it.''

Ten of those turnovers came in the second quarter and in the middle of a 15-0 Wheeling Park (17-3) run.

John Marshall (10-8) led 13-7 as Kylie Howard scored nine of her team-high 26 in the first quarter.

Wheeling Park went to the press and Baker said. ''It is what it is. Fort Frye has a heck of a team, but I am confident our girls will be ready for the challenge.''

As both coaches expected, the game was nip-and-tuck throughout. The Seminoles led 11-9 after one, but Ferry rebounded for a 23-21 lead at the break and held a 40-36 edge after three.

Neither team had a lead bigger than four until Monroe Central went on a 6-0 spurt in the middle stages of the fourth quarter.

Ferry had a chance in the latter stages of the third quarter to get some separation but the Seminoles kept the margin at four, 40-36 entering the fourth, which Baker thought was key.

Monroe Central seized control by capitalizing on three consecutive turnovers to begin the fourth, which resulted in buckets by either Chelsie Roberts, who scored eight of her 15 in the fourth, or Chelsie Tewanger, who netted nine of her 19 in the final quarter.

After Monroe Central grabbed the lead at 42-40, it never relinquished it. A 10-2 spurt all but sealed the deal.

Martins Ferry was paced by sophomore Dionna Lee, who had 19 points. Juniors Meghan Rose and Kylie Stalder each had 10 points.

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