Shadyside Routs Ferry
Hendershot’s 19 points, Wach’s 17 lead Tigers
MARTINS FERRY — The outcome was decided quickly inside the Tolbert Gymnasium at Martins Ferry High School Wednesday evening.
Shadyside scored seven points before Martins Ferry got the ball across halfcourt and truly never looked back en route to a convincing 56-23 rout of the Riders.
“I thought we came out focused, were smart and patient in the press, so we weren’t out of position and made (Martins Ferry) work,” Tiger head coach Serge Gentile said.
The pressure defense was certainly effective because the Riders weren’t able to solve it despite two, first-quarter timeouts. All told, the Riders committed 16 of their 35 turnovers in the first quarter, which led to the Tigers owning a 26-8 lead.
“It’s a credit to the girls for executing what we wanted to do (in the press) and capitalizing on the extra chances,” Gentile said.
Things never got any better for the Riders, who stared up at a 36-15 deficit at the half and then proceeded to score four points in both the third and fourth quarters.
Shadyside (7-2) was once again led by its dynamic senior duo. Tory Hendershot and Baylee Wach made their presences felt on both ends of the floor, combining to outscore the Riders by 13 by themselves.
Hendershot led the way with a game-high 19 points. She also snagged seven rebounds and collected seven steals. Wach buried five bonus goals and finished with 17. She grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots.
Hard-working junior Paige Gorby turned in a solid effort on the interior, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore Gentry Brown scored just five points, but she was a relentless on defense and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Martins Ferry, which saw its leading scorers — Danielle Lude and Allarah Jones — evenly divide 12 points, drops to 5-7 on the season. The Riders have dropped three straight and have won just twice since opening the season at 3-0.
“To say we’re not playing well is an understatement,” Ferry head coach Dave Reasbeck said. “But, more importantly than that, our compete level, which should be a given, just is not there.”
These teams won’t have to wait long to complete their season series. The Riders return the trip down Route 7 Saturday for a 2 p.m. varsity only game.
Frontier 70, Bridgeport 28
BRIDGEPORT — The Cougars jumped out to a 42-13 lead at halftime and were never challenged Wednesday evening in the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium.
Frontier was led by Tacey Kirkpatrick, who scored 15 points. Logan Haught added 13.
Bridgeport was led by Hailee Aubrey’s 13.
Edison 52, Heartland Christian 48
COLUMBIANA — The Edison girls pulled off a big win in a very competitive game that came down to the wire.
The Wildcats were led by Savanna Ankrom with 17 points, Olivia Huff with 11 points, and Gracie fox with 8.
Barnesville 84, Steubenville Central 76
BARNESVILLE — The Shamrocks needed two overtimes, but outscored invading Steubenville Catholic, 12-4 in the second overtime to pull out the victory.
Kason Powell the Shamrocks with 23. Evan Hudson and Colton Hines added 18 and 16, respectively. Freshman Asa Geillenger added 13 and Jeremy Hunkler contributed 10.
Charles Miller went for 32 to pace the Crusaders, while Ryan Gorman netted 19.
Steubenville d. East Liverpool 72-0
STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville improved to 7-0 in duals after a victory over the Potters.
In the first of the two marquee matchups, Aaron Ferguson trailed early in the 160-pound match but wrestled his way back against Eric Williams (ranked 11th) for a slim 3-2 victory.
Ethan Pappas, meanwhile, had a slightly tougher challenge but defeated two-time OVAC champion Howard Williams (ranked seventh) in the 170-pound tilt.