Tigers Eliminate Zeps
SARAHSVILLE — Shadyside had become pretty much a constant in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 2A Girls Basketball Championship game.
After appearing in five of the first six title games, the Tigers have found themselves at home on championship Saturday each of the last five years.
That is about a change.
The third-seeded Lady Tigers fought off a talented Shenandoah squad Monday evening, 54-51, to earn a spot in the 2A title game, which will be played Saturday morning at 10.
“One of the goals we set the start of the season was to be playing on Saturday at OUE,” Shadyside coach Serge Gentile said. “I am really proud of the girls for the amount of work and sacrifice they put in. Getting to this point isn’t easy. All eight people in our rotation played a pivotal role in this game at some part.”
Next up for Shadyside is a rubber match meeting with fourth-seeded River, which went on the road and knocked off top-seeded Steubenville Catholic.
“I don’t think we’d want it any other way,” Gentile said of the upcoming meeting with the Pilots. “It’s a rivalry game and anytime Shadyside and River play, in any sport, it’s going to be a fun one. It should be exciting.”
Before any focus could be shifted to the title game, Shadyside was a in a legitimate, 32-minute battle with the Zeps (15-5). It was a game that was played within no more than a seven-point window and featured 11 lead changes, including four in the fourth quarter.
Talented freshman Baylee Wach put Shadyside on top 45-43 with a nice drive to the basket. Shenandoah took the lead back when Dani Dimmerling got a rebound and goal.
However, that lead was short-lived. Shadyside senior Haylee Gregan buried her third 3-pointer of the game, giving the Tigers a 48-46 lead.
Shenandoah never recovered from there. Tigers freshman Tory Hendershot, who came up big time and time again in the fourth, drove in for a bucket, putting Shadyside back up by three.
Zeps senior Taylor Franklin, who led all scorers in the game with 24 points, meshed two at the foul line, but the Tigers responded with four straight points, including another Hendershot goal. Jaycee Mayeres and Syd Destifanes, who had a huge defensive rebound before being fouled, each sank 1 of 2 at the line to help keep the Zeps at bay.
“Both Shenandoah and us are very similar teams in terms of our size and even style of play,” Gentile said. “They’re aggressive on defense and it gave us some trouble, especially in the first half. I think we settled down in the second half and got some better looks. Every game isn’t going to be ideal where you play a perfect game. Sometimes, you have to gut out some wins and this was one of those games for us. We got a couple of key stops when we needed them and found a way.”
Shadyside held a 14-9 lead after one thanks to the early hot shooting of Gregan, who scored seven of her 13 in the first. Shenandoah got going behind Franklin in the second and climbed within two at 29-27 at the half.
With Franklin scoring seven more, the Zeps outscored the Tigers, 14-12 in the third for a 41-41 reading entering the fourth.
“It was just a back-and-forth game and I thought we had control for a little bit, but we made some dumb mistakes,” Shenandoah coach Eric Beskid said. “We allowed them to drive on us and we knew that’s what they wanted to do. It got to us late. Shadyside’a heck of a team and we knew that.”
The Tigers were led by Hendershot’s 17 points and seven rebounds. Gregan’s production backed her. Wach chipped in with nine and six boards. Freshman Brinley Steen scored seven, all of which came in the first half.
Though she only had one field goal, senior Jess Cicogna recorded five blocked shots for the Tigers.
Beallsville 40, Trinity
BEALLSVILLE — Ashley Howell and Ashlie Louden both compiled 15 points as Beallsville defeated Trinity.
River 64, Steubenville Catholic 55
STEUBENVILLE — Lauren Flannery tallied 26 points as River took down Steubenville Catholic. Candace Caldwell secured 13 points for the Pilots while Ali Long netted 12.
For the Crusaders, Julia Zatta and Christine Dombrowski each secured 17 points.
Cambridge 58, St. Clairsville 26
CAMBRIDGE — Lilly Ritz supplied 30 points as Cambridge defeated St. Clairsville.
Ari Reager tallied eight points to lead the Red Devils.
Parkersburg South 53, Brooke 42
WELLSBURG — Hope Bowman netted a team-high 15 points, but Brooke fell to Parkersburg South. Chloe Fox also netted 12 points for the Bruins.
John Marshall 64, University 57
MOUNDSVILLE — Shay Straughn compiled a game-high 34 points hitting five shots from behind the arc as John Marshall defeated University. Avery Derrow was also solid for the Monarchs as she scored 16 points.
St. John 42, Paden City 31
PADEN CITY — Kaylin Nixon tallied 15 points while Alyssa Busack netted 11 as St. John defeated Paden City.
Hannah Loy had a team-high 12 points for the Wildcats.
Valley 52, Barnesville 51
BARNESVILLE — Three Valley players scored in double figures as it edged Barnesville. Sophie Palmer had 13 points, nine steals and eight assists to lead the way for the Lumberjills while Jenna Dallison secured 12. Caitlyn Underwood had 10 points and eight rebounds to round out the double figure scorers.
Dulcie Cristman had a game-high 24 points for the Shamrocks.
Union Local 73, Monroe Central 43
BELMONT — Haley Porter secured 28 points to lead Union Local to a victory over Monroe Central. Casey Kildow netted 15 points for the Jets while Hannah Porter had 13.
For the Seminoles, Sierra Rainey tallied 12 points and Amy Bettinger secured 10.
Bridgeport 56, Caldwell 44
BRIDGEPORT — Marissa Beal scored 21 points including 12 in the fourth quarter as Bridgeport defeated Caldwell.
Harrison Central 66, Oak Geln 49
NEW CUMBERLAND — Alex Wiley and Lexee McAfee both tallied 18 points as Harrison Central defeated Oak Glen. Sydney Starr was also solid for the Huskies as she compiled 13 points.
For the Golden Bears, Reece Enochs had 12 points.
Tyler Consolidated 69, Wirt 35
MIDDLEBOURNE — Josey Jones was unstoppable as she compiled 29 points and had nine steals as Tyler Consolidated defeated Wirt.
Peyton Kocher had 14 points while JoLee Walton grabbed 10 boards for the Silver Knights.
East Richland Christian 42
Wood Co. Christian 37, 2OT
WILLIAMSTOWN — Ally Stewart filled the stat sheet as she tallied 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out six assists as East Richland Christian downed Wood County Christian.
Stewart also shot 54 percent from the floor.
St. Clairsville 57, Martins Ferry 48
MARTINS FERRY — Matt Busby netted 19 points as St. Clairsville took down Martins Ferry.
Brett Vike tallied 14 point for the Red Devils while Craig Bober netted 11.
For the Purple Riders, Deandre Pugh led the way with 13 points while Dasyn Hores had 11.