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Girls Basketball: Huge Run Keys Cadets in 3A

February 12, 2012
By SETH STASKEY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - It was a script Monroe Central coach Troy Baker had seen before.

His Seminoles found themselves in a nip-and-tuck affair with powerful Fort Frye again Saturday afternoon on the campus of Ohio University Eastern.

And then deja vu set in for the Seminoles in the OVAC Class 3A Championship Game.

The Cadets used one of their patented runs, scoring 14 consecutive points to blow the game open and from there put it on cruise control en route to a 50-34 victory and the school's sixth OVAC title.

''We didn't come here (to OUE) to get second place,'' Baker said. ''But, having said that, I really believe this game will help us next week in the (sectional) because there's no better atmosphere in the regular season than what we experienced here.''

The Seminoles were making their fourth appearance in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Basketball Championships and dropped to 2-2 in the finals. They'll open sectional play Thursday at Cambridge against Martins Ferry.

Fort Frye owned a 13-4 lead after one, but Monroe Central charged back to make it a 17-15 game at the intermission in the Cadets' favor.

''Fort Frye really jumped on us, but I am proud of how our girls battled back,'' Baker said. ''They do a good job defensively and really made it tough on us, but we were able to hit some shots from the perimeter, and I think when we shifted to a zone it threw them off a bit.''

During the third quarter, Monroe Central's Chelsie Tewanger hit a 3-pointer, bringing the Seminoles to within two at 26-24.

Then, the proverbial wheels fell off for the Seminoles.

Fort Frye turned up the heat defensively and took over, extending the lead to 40-24 early in the fourth quarter.

Junior Diedra Combs sparked the Cadets assault by scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the third.

''Diedra stepped up and gave us some big steals and hit some big shots like players do,'' Fort Frye coach Dan Liedtke said. ''But, we've got the capability with this team to have five or six girls to do that on any given night.''

The Fort Frye defense was outstanding, limiting Monroe Central to 36 percent shooting. And in turning up the heat, the Cadets were whistled for only four personal fouls and Monroe Central shot just two foul shots.

''We work on hands every day in practice,'' Liedtke said. ''We want to play tough, clean defense. We don't swat too often at the ball. We're not going to play solid defense and then commit a silly foul.''

The Cadets, meanwhile, sank 16 of 24 from the foul line.

''We just didn't get to the line and some of that has to do with their defense,'' Baker said. ''They defend the paint so well that it's tough to attack the hoop.''

Combs' production was complemented by Taylor Buchanan, who had 12 points, nine of which came in the second half.

Monroe Central was led by Tewanger who had 12. Senior Demitra Habig added six points.

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