Monarchs Down Redskins
Derrow Goes for 24 Points in JM Victory
MOUNDSVILLE — With a strong start that has been missing sometimes this season, John Marshall coach Brock Melko liked what he saw from his Monarchs on Thursday against Indian Creek.
He really liked what he saw from Avery Derrow.
The junior standout scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the first half as John Marshall made quick work of Indian Creek, 60-39, at the John Marshall Fieldhouse.
“Avery Derrow played great from the get-go,” Melko said. “She had an aggressive mindset, looking to score and looking for her shot. Even with her scoring so much, I still feel she played pretty unselfishly. There were times in the second half where she had chances to take it herself and she tried to get other people involved.
“Up to this point, we have had three main scorers with her, (Grace) Frohnapfel and (Shay) Straughn. It is a luxury to not have one or two people that can be focused on. I like to see those three complete each other.”
John Marshall (4-3) scored the first nine points and never looked back.
The lead grew to as many as 22 and the closest Indian Creek was able to get was eight points.
Derrow also showed she was just as talented on defense as she was offense.
Her ability to get in the passing lanes helped push the Monarchs lead to 35-19 right before halftime with six straight points, including a steal and an easy layup.
John Marshall’s 1-3-1 defense made life tough on the Redskins, forcing them into 29 turnovers.
“I have been disappointed in our man defense, but our 1-3-1 trap has been pretty good,” Melko said. “When we were emphasizing our quick start, I said we are going to start in our best defense. We got some good hard traps and we were in the right position.
“That defense is just about playing smart. We are pressuring, but at the same time, we are sitting back and waiting for them to throw it to us instead of reaching and getting stupid fouls.”
Any hope of a comeback Indian Creek had went away with a poor shooting third quarter. The Redskins scored six points in the quarter, making three of their 16 shots.
“John Marshall is better than us at every facet of the game,” Indian Creek coach Jackie Rossi said. “(Turnovers) have really been a problem for us. We have a lot of cleaning up to do and right now, John Marshall is on a little different level than us.
“I took over seven days before the first official practice and (trying to find someone to shoot the ball) has been a problem since then for whatever reason. Nobody wants to shoot and if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.”
Straughn chipped in with 10 points for the Monarchs. Ivy Henderson, making her first start, had nine points.
“(Henderson) had an aggressive mindset,” Melko said. “She had a lot of steals, a lot of deflections and she was hustling all over the place. I thought she responded really well to getting that first start and earned herself some more time.”
Madison Smith paced the Redskins (3-7) with nine points.
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Kelsi Chapman made history as she recorded 23 points to reach the 1,000 career point milestone in a home victory over Tyler Consolidated.
Magnolia drained 25 of the 66 field goal attempts as Taylor Ludewig gathered 10 points and 10 assists to pick up a double-double and Kyrdra Pilant added nine points and 12 rebounds.
Amanda Reynolds paced Tyler with 12 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Valley 64, Paden City 25
PINE GROVE — Four Lumberjills reached double figures in their home win over Paden City.
Sophie Palmer led the way with 16 points, Rachel Baker supplied 13, Emma Ueltschy turned in 11 and Rachel Baker added 10 in the win.
Hannah Loy paced the Wildcats with eight points.
Monroe Central 63 Shadyside 56
SHADYSIDE — Monroe Central earned a measure of revenge from an earlier defeat to Shadyside as Marley Miller led the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Taryn Burkhart added 14 points and Allison Kuhn had 13 for the Seminoles (5-6).
Jaycee Mayers paced the Tigers (7-3) with 20 points.
Union Local 53
MORRISTOWN — Despite being double-teamed most of the game, Haley Porter scored 16 as Union Local edged rival Barnesville.
Kaitlynn Clark-Patterson added 12 for the Jets (5-4).
Kallee Dowler led all scorers with 21 points, Dulcie Christman had nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Shamrocks (4-5).
Valley 57, Paden City 43
PINE GROVE — Alex Midcap had 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Dylan Irvin added 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as Valley (3-4) knocked off Wetzel County rival Paden City.
Aaron Heasley paced the Wildcats (2-4) with 26 points and eight rebounds. Hayden Hizer added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Meadville 78, Brooke 44
WELLSBURG — Evan Cuomo led Brooke with 12 points, but the Bruins were no match for undefeated Meadville.