Shadyside Takes Down Central
Wach, Henderson net 18 each in win
SHADYSIDE — Serge Gentile is a realist as it pertains to the basketball season and knows one game out of 22 won’t define a season, regardless of the outcome.
But, at the same time, the Shadyside girls’ basketball coach realizes some wins tend to carry more weight than others in terms of who they come against.
The Tigers scored one of those Wednesday night when they controlled Wheeling Central throughout en route to a 58-47 victory at Shadyside High School.
“We’ve played some good teams so far, but I don’t think anyone will debate that (Wheeling Central) is the best we’ve faced thus far, so I am just really happy with where we are in the season because (this win) can validate some of the things the girls have done so far.”
Now 4-0 on the young season, Shadyside is off until it meets Linsly on Monday and then a week from today, it returns the trip to East Wheeling to complete the season series with the Maroon Knights, who are 1-2.
Central, the defending West Virginia Class A state champion, seemed out of sync against the Shadyside zone, which gave the Knights fits on the offensive end.
“They were in complete control of the game throughout and we didn’t give them any resistance at all,” veteran Central coach Penn Kurtz said. “We have a very talented team, but for some reason we decided not to play very well and Shadyside had a lot to do with that.”
The game was relatively tight throughout. Shadyside led by five (12-7) after one and four (26-22) at the half.
Central appeared to be gaining some momentum in the opening four minutes of the third when it scored the first seven points of the half.
Sophomore Baylee Wach, who was held relatively in check in the first half, got going for the Tigers. She and talented classmate Tory Hendershot scored on back-to-back possessions to put Shadyside back on top for what proved to be for good.
All told, the Tigers used a 13-6 run to close the quarter for a 39-35 upperhand after three.
“The girls have bought in to the zone and the effort we need to give on the defensive end to be able to become the team that we want to be,” Gentile said. “I think they’ve seen the light a little bit and I think they deserve all of the credit for their hard work and the way they battled. Plus, we made big shots when we had to.”
Shadyside hit several big shots in the fourth. Central opened the fourth with a 3 from Hannah White to shave the deficit to one. But the Tigers proceeded to score the next 10 points to open up their biggest lead at 49-38. Senior Jaycee Mayeres and Wach split the points during the spurt.
“I like the fortitude with which this team has played so far,” Gentile said. “We’ve handled adversity well when we’ve faced it and that’s a good sign. I am just really proud of the girls.”
Central got only as close as seven the rest of the way at 54-47.
“We didn’t execute very well on the offensive end and let their zone dictate what we tried to do,” Kurtz said. “We weren’t aggressive against (the zone). We took a lot of outside shots when we had an advantage outside, so we didn’t do what we needed to do.”
Wach and Hendershot both turned in strong efforts, scoring 18 points. Wach collected nine rebounds, while Hendershot had five.
Senior Syd Destifanes ignited Shadyside in the first half by hitting all three of her 3-pointers.
The Knights were led by Eden Gainer’s 18. Shadyside was able to limit the other two-thirds of the Knights’ big three — White and Kaylee Reinbeau — to nine each. Marissa Horan also finished with nine.
“They have arguably three of the best players around and I don’t think you’re ever going to stop all three at any one time, but if you can limit the damage they do, you’re going to give yourself a chance,” Gentile offered.
Linsly 66, St. John’s 32
WHEELING–Charlie Allison and Haley Heitz tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead host Linsly past St. John’s.
Kaylin Nixon paced the Irish with 19 points.
Parkersburg Catholic 69
Tyler Consolidated 31
SISTERSVILLE–Parkersburg Catholic held host Tyler Consolidated to 12 points in the second half in an impressive road win.
Madeline Huffman paced Parkersburg Catholic with 29 points.
The Silver Knights were led by Josey Jones and Peyton Kocher with 13 points each.
St. Clairsville 55, Bridgeport 23
St. Clairsville 54, Cambridge 18
Bridgeport 42, Cambridge 41
ST. CLAIRSVILLE–Debuting St. Clairsville won both ends of a triangular high school wrestling match with Bridgeport and Cambridge on John Jenkins Court inside St. Clairsville High School. The Red Devils rolled to victories over the Bulldogs, 55-23, and the Bobcats, 54-18.
Eight St. Clairsville matmen picked up two wins each. They included Gannon Kazmirski (106), Jason DeNoble (113), Koen Kish (120), Quintin Elerick (132), Austin DaRe (145/152), Derek Witsberger (195), Justice McCamick (220) and Trey Delguzzo (285).
DeNoble was the lone Red Devil to collect two pins. Delguzzo recorded a pin and decision.
Bridgeport went 1-1 on the night as it rallied from deficits of 30-6 and 41-18 with four bouts remaining to win 42-41 over Cambridge. The Bobcats were penalized a team point when a wrestler dropped the straps on his singlet while still on the mat.
Three Bulldogs were perfect in both duals. They were Christian Waterman (106/120); Mason Kuneff (160/170) and Tino Kusic (182).
Wheeling Park 60
MORGANTOWN–Shanley Woods and the Wheeling Park Patriots had a night to remember in an impressive road win over Morgantown on Tuesday night.
Woods drained seven 3-pointers, was a perfect 12-12 at the free-throw line and finished with 33 points in the victory.
Only four Patriots scored, including Bella Abernathy’s 12 points, Emily Pavlic’s nine and Abby Snedecker’s six.