Park Bounces Back with A Vengeance

Abernathy nets game-high 19

Photo by Cody Tomer Wheeling Park’s Abby Snedeker goes for the steal against Zanesville’s Emmah Kronenbitter during Wednesday night’s game at the Palace on the Hill.

WHEELING — Zanesville was in the wrong place at the wrong time Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils paid a visit to “The Palace On The Hill” to face a Wheeling Park team that suffered a tough road loss at University some 24 hours earlier. Coach Ryan Young had his Patriots primed to make certain a second straight loss wasn’t in the cards.

Park exhibited stifling defense and deft outside shooting in hammering the Blue Devils, 69-25. The Patriots made a statement immediately, scoring the game’s first 11 points.

Zanesville was never a real threat after the Patriots’ fast getaway. The win took on an even more impressive look as Park played without the services of Emily Pavlic. The standout point guard incurred an injury in the University contest.

Park led 14-9 after one quarter before breaking matters open in the second thanks to the deadly shooting of Lindsey Garrison. The talented sophomore drained five 3s in the frame, pushing Park to a 38-15 halftime lead.

The Blue Devils never recovered. The Patriots stretched their margin to 49-20 after three quarters.

“I was glad we played (Wednesday). After a loss you cannot wait to play again,” Young said. “We shot 60 percent from 3-point range (Wednesday). We looked much more like ourselves, something we have shown for a while.

“I thought we played well together. Our good look on 3s was a result of nice teamwork and finding the open man. Bella (Abernathy) was real active. When she plays like she did (Wednesday) it really opens things up for our shooters. Lindsey and Shanley (Woods) shot it real well while Abby (Snedeker) and Keiran (Johnson) again did a lot of the dirty work that doesn’t show up in the box score.”

Abernathy, a 5-foot-10 inside force, led all scorers with 19 points while also grabbing five boards to go with four blocked shots. Woods and Garrison delivered 16 and 15 points, respectively.

All told, nine Patriots found the scoring column. The hosts meshed 12 3s. Snedeker snared six rebounds while Johnson hauled down five. Both played with non-stop energy and hustle.

“You can tell Park has girls who put a lot of time into their game. They shoot the ball really well,” Zanesville coach Seth Martin said. “That is what we are trying to instill in our girls. Our numbers have really dropped. We only have 12 girls out.

“Park has tough kids. They play well together. They are very patient on offense. We have had an up and down season. When we play someone the caliber of Park, we struggle.”

Zanesville dropped to 5-11. They face Marietta Saturday.

Sophomore guard Emma Kronenbitter paced the visitors with nine points.

Park, the state’s No. 3 ranked Class AAA team, improved to 12-3. Young’s charges have a chance to avenge one of those losses when they visit Greenbrier East Friday night. The Spartans are rated No. 2 in Class AAA.

“Greenbrier beat us in overtime here (48-47). They shoot it well and have an all-state post player,” Young said. “It is a long road trip and it will be a tough environment. It will be a tournament setting.”

Zanesville committed 18 turnovers. Park committed just six.

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