Triadelphia Girls Win PAC 8 Championship
WHEELING — The future of the Wheeling Park and Cameron girls’ basketball teams were showcased on Wednesday night in the PAC 8 Championship at Sherrard Middle School.
LaLa Woods turned in a game-high 22 points as Triadelphia’s eighth grade team won the PAC 8 title for the fifth straight year, defeating Cameron 48-26.
“We have 10 girls and all 10 can get in there and do something,” Triadelphia coach Dave Stahnke said. “Our game is to get out and pressure, then get fastbreak baskets and we were able to do that at the beginning. We try to wear teams down as we go and that’s kind of what we did.”
The Raiders forced three quick turnovers to start the game — all of which resulted in buckets by Woods for a 6-0 advantage.
Woods tallied 10 points in the first quarter to spark a 14-8 upperhand after one. She added 10 more in the second and Triadelphia never looked back — taking a 30-12 lead at halftime.
“Woods is what makes us go,” Stahnke said. “She’s played up each year. She played seventh grade ball her sixth grade year and last year she was on the eighth grade team.
“She is the leader of our team and the other girls feed off her energy.”
Triadelphia led 40-17 after three en route to the victory.
Lily Brinker and Keira Sparks netted seven points in the win and Kaylee Hunt added six as the Raiders raised their fifth consecutive trophy.
“That just means that in the five years I’ve been here, we’ve had a lot of really good players,” Stahnke said. “The players make it go. I’m just glad to coach them. We have great kids and great parents. We get a lot of support from our parents. They come to work everyday and they do everything they are asked to do. They never complain and they take tough coaching and that shows on the floor because they play well together and they play hard.”
Maci Neely paced the Dragons with 13 points, while Shaleigh Littleton and Mikalah Woods each bucketed five points.
“Triadelphia is really talented,” Cameron coach Robert Littleton said. “We’ve played this group three years in a row now in the PAC 8. Some of these players for them are going to be playing varsity next year at Wheeling Park.
“We’ve got talent on our side, too. Shots just weren’t falling for us (Wednesday).”
Cameron’s varsity team is full of young and talented freshmen including Ashlynn VanTassell, Kenzie Clutter, Ashlee Dobbs and Emilee Dobbs. Next year, the Dragons’ varsity squad will have plenty more new faces ready to hit the hardwood running.
“I’ve had the enjoyment of coaching all but three of those kids,” Coach Littleton said of the varsity team. “Ashlynn, two of my starters and a couple of those freshmen have played together since they were in like second grade so I’m excited to see what happens there next year with this eighth grade group going up.”
Sherrard Wins Title; Heller Shines in Setback
WHEELING — Riley Storm bucketed 19 points and Kaylee White added 14 as Sherrard downed Triadelphia 53-47 in the seventh grade PAC 8 title game.
Despite the loss, it was Seneca Heller’s night to shine as she poured in 45 of the team’s 47 points and drained five 3-pointers along the way in a performance for the ages.