ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Edison's Wildcats authored another defensive masterpiece Saturday. This one resulted in an OVAC championship.
The Jefferson County squad completed a season 'three-peat' of Union Local, finishing with a fourth-quarter flourish to post a 48-35 victory before a nice turnout at Ohio University Eastern's spacious athletic complex.
Coach Tony Kovalesky's 4A title-winning club sprinted to the locker room at halftime trailing by a point, 21-20. But the Cats benefited from a fortuitous play to end the third quarter, then methodically pulled away down the stretch.
"We went to a triangle and 2 (defense) the second half and may have caught them by surprise," Kovalesky said. "We hadn't shown them that look in either (regular season game)."
The sisters Prokopakis combined for 34 of the winners' 48 points. Kayla connected for 18 points with Kristen contributing a solid 16.
Indeed, Drew Greenwood's 16-4 Jets found good looks more difficult to come by after the break.
But UL was its own worst enemy more times than not. The Jets were charted for 19 turnovers.
With the Morristown-based school trailing 28-27 and holding for a final possession in the third quarter, a turnover led to a careless foul with Edison senior Kristen Prokopakis attempting a desperation 35-footer at the buzzer.
With no time on the clock, Prokopakis converted 2 of 3 free throws and it was 30-27.
The Cats used that momentum to score five quick fourth-quarter points and slowly build a comfortable lead.
The Jets, in turn, sent Edison to the line 11 times in the final minutes from where the Cats cashed in eight opportunities.
"We're a 75 percent foul shooting team and that showed up," said Kovalesky whose 17-2 team knocked down 20 of its 26 charity chances.