Panthers Rally Past Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — Buckeye Local turned up the heat, and Steubenville wilted under the pressure.

Danielle Dvorcek sank two foul shots with 5.7 seconds left to play to lift the Buckeye Local girls’ basketball team to a 51-49 comeback victory over Jefferson County rival Big Red on Saturday afternoon inside the Crimson Center to sweep the season series.

The Panthers trailed 47-40 in the fourth quarter, but the visitors ended the game on an 11-2 spurt to win the ballgame.

“Intensity,” Buckeye Local (7-3) coach Tom Figurski said when asked what changed for his team. “These girls never quit. They work until the last minute.

“Our defensive was not that great. (Rhiannon) Petrisko is a heckuva player. Maddy Gill and Angelina Piergallini did as a good of a job on her as they could. Defensively, we did not pressure them enough in the first half.”

Turnovers proved costly for the hosts down the stretch.

“Turnovers,” Big Red (5-7) coach Jeff Lombardo said asked what changed for his team in the final minutes of the game. “We turned the ball over on six straight possessions. Everything we did to get the lead, we stopped doing.  We were waiting for one of guards to step up and want the ball, but that didn’t happen. We had six straight turnovers, and that was compounded by fouls on us. Turnovers were the difference in the game.

“We had 24 turnovers in the first game against them. We thought if we could limit our turnovers in this game to 15 that we would have a really good chance of winning the game, but we started out and threw the ball all over the place. At halftime, we had 14 turnovers.”

Four players scored for the Panthers, three of which reached double digits. Individually, Emily Holzopfel tallied a team-high 19 points, Dvorcek delivered 14 points and Alaire Destifanes finished with 11 points.

“Defensively, we want to a triangle-and-2 in the second half,” Lombardo said. “Emily and Alaire are two of the better players in the valley. I thought our girls did a great job on them in the third and fourth quarter, but they are the type of players that they are still going to get their points.”

Four players also scored for Big Red,  two of which reached double figures. Individually, Petrisko produced a game-high 25 points, while Seana Ragusa recorded 13 points.

“Petrisko got in foul trouble down there in the first game,” Figurski said. “Big Red did a good job of protecting her today. We knew Petrisko and Ragusa are good players. We tried to control Petrisko’s scoring.”

Trailing 47-40, Holzopfel started the rally with a basket, but a foul shot by Madison Fields made the score 48-42. Then, four straight foul shots by Destifanes pulled the Panthers to within 48-46 with 1:50 showing on the scoreboard clock.

Next, Ragusa hit 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to put Big Red up 49-46, but a basket by Holzopfel and a free throw by Dvorcek tied the score at 49 with 54.8 seconds left to play.

After Dvorcek gave the Panthers the lead, Big Red turned the ball over with 2.8 seconds left. Buckeye Local was able to inbound and run out the clock before the Red and Black could extend the game by fouling.

Magnolia 67

Union Local 53

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Kelsi Chapman scored 26 points in leading Magnolia past Union Local.

Taylor Ludewig added 14 points and seven assists for the Blue Eagles (6-4), while Autumn Cecil chipped in with 10 rebounds.

Haley Porter hit seven 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 28 points for the Jets, while her sister Hannah added 16 points.

Barnesville 52

Martins Ferry 41

BARNESVILLE — Kallee Dowler entered the 1,000-point club Saturday afternoon as Barnesville topped Martins Ferry.

Dowler, a senior who finished with a game-high 17 points, eclipsed the milestone in the first quarter with a 3-pointer. She needed six points to reach the plateau. Dowler also had four assists and three steals.

Sarah Powell added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Shamrocks (5-6), while Dulcie Christman had eight points and five blocks.

Shayla Schuster and Leah Coleman each scored 10 for the Purple Riders (8-4).

Trinity 57, St. John 47

MORGANTOWN — Taylor Lowe scored 14 points, but it wasn’t enough as St. John fell to Trinity.

Maddie DeLuca and Kaylin Nixon each added 11 points for St. John.

Steub. Catholic 45

Bridgeport 34

STEUBENVILLE — Brittany Bertoia scored 15 points as Steubenville Catholic edged Bridgeport.

Gabby Capaldi added 11 points for the Crusaders.

Marissa Beal paced the Bulldogs (3-8) with 14 .

Buckeye Trail 45

Monroe Central 37

WOODSFIELD — Jenni Carmichael poured in a game-high 20 points as Buckeye Trail topped Monroe Central.

Allison Kuhn led the Seminoles (6-7) with 16 points. Taryn Burkhart had seven points and six rebounds.

Harrison Central 54

East Liverpool 39

CADIZ — Morgan Carter led the way with 12 points and Harrison Central held East Liverpool to six combined points in the first and third quarters en route to a victory.

Bishop Donahue 48

Notre Dame 42, OT

McMECHEN — An exciting day at Bishop Donahue began early as Jewel Purpura scored a game-high 24 points, including five of her team’s 10 points in the extra period, as the Bishops edged Notre Dame.


Martins Ferry 64

Shadyside 45

MARTINS FERRY –Martins Ferry scored the game’s first 17 points en route to a victory.

Darius Ray led the Purple Riders (7-1) with 18 points. Micade Masters was next with 14 and Jack Davis added 10.

Colby Sherwood, Chase Wade and Josh Zandron all had nine points for the Tigers (6-4).

Burgettstown 68, Weir 61

BURGETTSTOWN — Matt Anderson scored 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as Weir dropped a close one to Burgettstown.

Steubenville 83

Meadowbrook 79

STEUBENVILLE — Charles Reeves led four double-digits scorers with 23 and Steubenville handed Meadowbrook its first loss.

Jack Marx was next for Big Red (6-2) with 14 points, followed by Davon Smith (13) and Alec Davis (11).

Parker Black and Trey Singleton each led the Colts (10-1) with 18 points.


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