Buckeye Trail Eliminates UL

Photo by Cody Tomer Union Local’s Hannah Porter attempts to drive past Buckeye Trail defender Ashleigh Wheeler during Saturday’s Division III Sectional championship game in Lore City.

LORE CITY–No lead was safe for Buckeye Trail in its Division III sectional title game with visiting Union Local.

The Warriors watched a pair of 10-point leads dwindle down to just one and two points but in the end, the veteran presence lifted Trail to a 49-44 win and a sectional championship.

“Our girls had a lot of intensity on defense,” Jets coach Kelley Hanlon said. “We came back with our defense. That brought us back and we were able to force some turnovers.

“We just couldn’t hit the shots we needed in the fourth quarter.”

Trail seniors Hannah Smith and Jenni Carmichael combined for 20 of Trail’s 38 rebounds, while the Jets were held to only 21 boards.

“We rebounded really well late in the game on the defensive end,” Trail coach Chris Starr said. “We were really preaching trying to get it inside and late in the game when we really needed, we got it done.”

In her final game in a Jets uniform, Union Local’s lone senior Haley Porter put on a show with 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the squad in both categories.

“It will be tough losing Haley,” Hanlon said. “It will be heartbreaking when it sinks in.

“This is just a great group of girls. We had our ups and downs this season but it was a great season.”

Union Local held a narrow 9-8 edge with 2:22 left in the opening stanza when the Warriors began their first run of the game.

Trail reeled off a 9-0 run late in the first but a buzzer beater from UL’s Casey Kildow made it a 17-11 score after one.

The tables turned in the second as the Jets used the last 5:50 of the quarter to tally a 12-3 run that cut a 21-11 deficit into a 24-23 battle at halftime.

Porter led Union Local at the break with 11 points.

The tides continued to turn early in the second half as Buckeye Trail jumped out with an 11-2 spurt of its own to secure a 35-25 advantage.

However, a 3-pointer from Allison Loase and a three-point play by Porter with 2:00 left in the third sparked a 12-6 finish to the quarter for the visitors, which made it a 41-38 Warriors’ lead heading into the final stanza.

Neither team reached double digit figures in the fourth as they both stepped up on the defensive side of the floor.

Buckeye Trail held a five-point lead late when Porter made another crucial shot from behind the arc with 1:50 remaining, creating a 46-44 Trail advantage.

With the game up for grabs, the Warriors looked to Smith and Ashleigh Wheeler at the free-throw line. They drained a trio of foul shots in the final 1:10 and the Jets failed to connect on a big shot in the end, giving Trail a sectional title.

“We made it,” Starr said. “It was not as smooth of a ride as we hoped it would be but we played well enough late to get it done.

‘We knew they were dangerous because of how they shoot the 3-pointers and that is what we were really concentrating on early. We didn’t play great but our defense was good late and that is where we won the game (Saturday).”

Union Local’s Hannah Porter turned in eight points. The Warriors were led by Sam Connor’s 16 points.

Division II

River View 61, Buckeye Local 51

CONNORVILLE — Emily Holzopfel, a junior with more than 1,300 career points to her credit, led Buckeye Local with 31 points and eight rebounds, while Alaire Destifanes closed with 13, but the Panthers saw their season come to an end with a loss to River View.

Philo 59, Indian Creek 28

WINTERSVILLE–Destiny Hutcheson delivered a game-high 32 points to lead Philo over host Indian Creek. The Redskins were led by Kiley Kiger’s nine points.

John Glenn 45, St. Clairsville 41

NEW CONCORD — John Glenn was true on its free throws in the closing moments and that helped the Little Muskies to victory against St. Clairsville.

Katie Strama and Maria Vincenzo both scored 10 points to pace the Red Devils.

Division IV

Bridgeport 58, Shadyside 51

SHADYSIDE — At one point this season, Bridgeport was 2-12. But it has gone 9-1 since, culminating in an upset of Shadyside in a sectional co-final.

After losing to Shadyside twice this season, the Bulldogs earned a measure of revenge, leading the whole way as Senior ace Marissa Beal, who scored a game-high 26, giving her 58 points in two tournament games, led the way.

Syd Destifanes paced the Tigers with 15. Baylee Wach netted 12.

Shenandoah 55

Steubenville Catholic 51, OT

STEUBENVILLE–It took an extra period but Shenandoah held off host Steubenville Catholic in overtime of the Division IV sectionals.

Taylor Franklin paced the Zeps with 25 points.

Christine Dombrowski and Julia Zatta each added 10 for Central Catholic.


Tri-State Prep Challenge

Consolation Game

Western Reserve 53, Linsly 43

WHEELING–Western Reserve held hosting Linsly to just five points in the opening quarter to capture third place in the Tri-State Prep Tournament.

Trevin Tush paced the Cadets with 14 points, while Chaz Ghaphery added 13.

Class A Region One, Section One

Valley 61, Hundred 46

PINE GROVE–Valley fell behind 19-7 in the first quarter but the Lumberjacks rallied for a 15-point win over visiting Hundred in Class A Region One, Section One action.

Avery Kinkade paced Valley with 21 points, followed by Levy Streets’ 11 and Peyton Bassett’s 10.

Travis McCoy led Hundred with 14 points, while Cody Soles turned in 13 and Logan Norris added 10.

Class AA

Region One, Section Two

Weir 61, Oak Glen 56

NEW MANCHESTER — Weir got big games from a pair of seniors and withstood a fourth quarter Oak Glen rally to a win in sectional play.

The senior duo of Keyshawn Faulks and Cameron Pierce combined for 46 of Weir’s 61 as they led the Red Riders to victory. Faulks scored 22 of his game-high 25 points. Pierce scored a career high 21 points.

Chris Kokoski, one of two Golden Bear seniors, led his team’s offense with 20 points.