Bishop Donahue Can’t Tame Shadyside Tigers

Four score in double figures for Shadyside

Photo by Cody Tomer Shadyside’s Jaycee Mayers looks to pass during Thursday’s game at Bishop Donahue as head coach Serge Gentile looks on.

McMECHEN — Four Tigers reached double figures on the Tommy “Dino” Smith Memorial Court at Bishop Donahue on Thursday as Shadyside rolled to an 81-64 road victory over the Bishops.

Macy Coffland paced Shadyside (7-2) with 21 points, followed by Haylee Gregan who drained a trio of 3-pointers en route to 20 points, while Jonna Eneix turned in 16 points and Sydnie Destifanes collected 12 in the victory.

In fact, the top two scorers for the Tigers — Coffland and Gregan — both came off the bench to spark the offense.

“We make a lot of shots in practice and when you see them go in there, it carries over to the game,” Shadyside coach Serge Gentile said. “Any time you see the ball go in, whether it is practice or shooting at home by yourself, it gives you the confidence to take those shots in a game.”

Bishop Donahue (2-4) trailed 45-37 heading into halftime but Shadyside came out of the locker room and reeled off 12 consecutive points to begin the second half, which gave the visitors a 57-37 advantage and the momentum.

“They are a really good ball team and I give them a lot of credit,” Bishop Donahue Shawn Martin said. “They are a really good outside shooting team that moves the ball well on the perimeter. They look for their teammates and can always make one more pass. They play unselfish basketball and can kick the ball really good. They are always looking to shoot the three and they got really hot (Thursday).

“They knocked down a few shots and we tried to go to a three-guard and tried to attack and stall the clock. It was working but when we got to the other end, they were still knocking down baskets and at that point, you can’t trade baskets.”

Josie Purpura led the Bishops with 26 points and Jewel Purpura poured in 20 points to provide the majority of the offense.

Shadyside led 7-5 early when Bishop Donahue went on an 8-0 run behind four points from Josie Purpura, to give the hosts a 13-7 edge.

The Tigers responded late in the first as they provided an 8-0 run of their own, sparked by five points from Gregan to give her team a narrow 25-21 lead after the opening frame.

Shadyside stayed hot to start the second as it scored the first seven points of the stanza to extend its lead to 32-21.

At that point in the game, the Tigers started to pull away from the Bishops and they sealed the deal with the 12-0 run to start the second half.

“We have been playing pretty well all season,” Gentile said. “It comes from sharing the basketball. We’ve been unselfish, we find the open girl and we have been able to make shots.”

The Bishops did answer following the Tigers big run in the third quarter with a 7-0 run, which cut the deficit to 57-44 but it was still too big of a hill to climb for the hosts.

“We switched to man defense but when we went to help, they still found shooters,” Martin said. “When we stayed, they just put in on the floor and went to the paint and when they are knocking down shots like that, it is hard to defend.

Although, the Bishops took the tough defeat on their home court, Martin was still excited to get his younger athletes experience.

“We have a lot of young girls,” he said. “At one point, we had four sophomores and a senior out there. In a game like that, you have to have a bunch of girls in there who can run up and down and shoot the ball because they push the pace and we have to keep up.

Bishop Donahue will look to bounce back on Tuesday in the Undo’s Tournament as it takes on Bishop Rosecrans, while Shadyside hopes to continue its success next Thursday against Monroe Central.

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