Shadyside Unloads on Bellaire

SHADYSIDE — The Shadyside Tigers took a page out of their head coach’s book Friday night.

Ed Andes is regarded as one of the greatest shooters in Ohio Valley annals. The former Tigers great watched his charges put on an impressive long-range shooting display in besting rival Bellaire, 79-58.

Shadyside came out sizzling, unloading 32 first-quarter points on the Big Reds, including six treys. Senior sharpshooter Josh Zandron fueled the surge with 11 points in the quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers. Sophomore dandy Kelly Hendershot donated nine points in the period (one 3) while Collin Holmes added eight points, six coming on 3s.

The hosts drained three more treys in the second period in building a 45-30 halftime advantage. While the Tigers received contributions from a host of players in the first two quarters, Bellaire had just two players reach the scoring column during that span. Senior stalwarts Chase Yoho (20) and Mason Ramsay (10) shouldered all of the Big Reds’ scoring burden.

Bellaire made a mini-run in the early stages of the third quarter but the Tigers silenced the surge thanks to six Alex Krupa points and five from Hendershot. The hosts maintained a comfortable 59-43 edge after three and continued to stretch that margin during the final eight minutes.

“It was nice to see,” Andes said about his team’s offensive performance. “We have had some quarters this season when we really had a tough time scoring. So, 32 points in the first quarter is a great way to start the game.

“I think a start like that puts everyone at ease and they are able to play more relaxed. Our guys were very unselfish. They moved the ball well and found the open man. They didn’t care who was scoring.”

Hendershot and Zandron were a lethal Tigers tandem. Hendershot poured in 27 points while Zandron meshed six 3-pointers en route to a 24-point night. Holmes was solid support with 13 points. Shadyside finished with 11 three-point goals on the night.

“We are an up-and-down team. We have to come out more focused,” first-year Bellaire coach Ben Doyle said. “Give Shadyside credit they shot the ball very well, but we have to give a better effort. We dug too deep an early hole.

“We need to get mentally tougher. We have to take care of the little things. We must get contributions from more people. We can’t rely on just two scorers.”

Yoho led all point-producers with 30 points. Ramsay muscled his way for 19 tallies.

Shadyside improved to 2-6. Bellaire fell to 3-7.

“We have faced a challenging schedule. But I like it that way as it prepares us for the post-season and teams like Hiland and Malvern,” Andes said. “The second half of our schedule shapes up more home friendly. Hopefully, (Friday) gets us headed in the right direction.”

Shadyside committed 10 turnovers. Bellaire had just seven miscues.