Steubenville Catholic Gets Revenge on Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Just last week Steubenville Catholic and Martins Ferry hooked up in a double-overtime thriller in which the visiting Purple Riders prevailed. Tuesday night inside Tolbert Gymnasium high atop the Purple City, the Crusaders earned a measure of revenge.

The hosts led by five, 39-34, early in the fourth quarter before watching Steubenville Catholic rally for a 50-47 victory in girls’ high school basketball action.

Samm Simmons gave the Crusaders (8-2) their first lead, 44-43, since late in the first half when she scored on the inside. Moments later, she executed a backdoor cut that resulted in an uncontested layup as the margin grew to 46-43 with 1:35 remaining to play.

Following a Martins Ferry turnover, Shayna Mirabella and Britney Bertoia each connected on the front end of bonus situations as the Crusaders took a 48-43.

Sydney Bridges knocked down 1 of 2 free throws with 18.7 showing. After another Steubenville Catholic miss at the free-throw line kept the Purple Riders alive, Bridges found the bottom of the net on a power move in the paint for a 49-47 deficit with 4.6 seconds left. Martins Ferry called back-to-back timeouts to set up its last-second defensive strategy, and it nearly worked.

The Crusaders’ Gabby Capaldi missed the front end of a two-shot free throw, but made the second for a three-point advantage. The Purple Riders, with no timeouts, inbounded the ball to senior Leah Coleman, but her heave from about 30 feet on the right wing caromed off the backboard and the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

“We had some bad shot selections and then we missed some easy shots,” Martins Ferry coach Lindsay Coyne said. “At the end of the day, the girls worked hard and battled. They didn’t give up and my seniors played with a lot of passion. They showed a lot of leadership out there that I’ve kind of been waiting on.”

Afier losing in two OTs last week, Steubenville Catholic coach Jess Looman was glad to head back up Ohio 7 with a victory.

“Luckily we came out on the winning side this time,” she said. “However, like I said the other night these are two evenly matched teams. So we knew coming in it was going to be a hard game.”

Bridges led all scorers with 20 points and finished her double-double with 11 rebounds. Coleman chipped in 14 markers and handed out nine assists.

Simmons paced the Crusaders with 13 points and yanked down seven boards before fouling out. Mirabella added a dozen lightings and a team-best eight rebounds, while freshman Isabella Oliver came off the bench to score 10 points.

Steubenville Catholic was charted with one more turnover at 14-13.

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