Girls’ Hoops Take Center Stage
Monroe Central 74
The Monroe Central Lady Seminoles outscored the Magnolia Lady Eagles 41-28 in the two middle periods to gain the 74-65 victory at the HammerDome Jan. 28.
Padyn Ludewig led the Eagles with 24 points, while Abby Harlan followed with 19 points. Marissa Bosley netted 14 points for the Eagles, while Jordan Babe, Lindsay Cain, and Dallas Mullett finished the scoring for the Eagles.
Lady Eagles 53,
The Lady Blue Eagles had three players hit in double figures, but couldn’t get past a 45-point outburst by the Williamstown Yellowjackets, who triumphed 72-53 Jan. 25 at Williamstown. The Eagles opened with a 19-15 lead after one period of play, but couldn’t get on track the rest of the way.
Padyn “Buffy’ Ludewig led MHS scoring with a game-high 19 points, while Marissa Bosley chipped in with 16 points, including a trio of three point baskets. Abby Harlan contributed 11 points, while Jordan Babe and Dallas Mullet added five and two points, respectively.
Lady Hornets 54,
Valley ‘Jills 49
The Hornets’ big three – Jordyn Gorby, Macy Woods, and Raven McDiffitt – were too much for the Valley Lumberjills to overcome in a 54-49 home victory Jan. 25 at the Hornet’s Nest.
The ‘Jills Brittany Guthrie led all scorers with 26 points, including a career-high seven three-point baskets. Tiffany Hayes netted a baker’s dozen, including one long range bomb, while Morgan Starkey added six markers. Both Jackie Greathouse and Leah Morris were each held to a basket apiece.
Fresh off her 1,000 point career night against Madonna, Gorby knocked in a team-high 24 points, including a pair of three pointers, while Woods chipped in with 17 tallies, including a trio of baskets from beyond the arc. Rachel Ashcraft added a deuce, while Katie Tennant contributed a free throw.
McDiffitt caromed 13 boards for a double-double, while adding two blocks and a steal. Woods led the Lady Hornets with four thefts. Lindsay Burley didn’t score, but she and Tennant each hauled in 10 rebounds.
Lady Hornets 62.
The Hornets made 22-27 charity tosses, with Jordyn Gorby drilling 12-14 of them, to beat Clay-Battelle 62-57 Jan. 28 in Blacksville.
Hundred fell behind in the first two periods before out scoring their hosts by eight to get the hard-fought win.
Gorby led all scorers with 24 points, including a pair of triples, while Raven McDiffitt added 17 points. Macy Woods knocked in nine markers, while Halley Hayes added six tallies. Katie Tennant contributed five points, while Lindsay Burley added a deuce to help Hundred win its seventh game of the season.
Paden City 45,
The Lady Wildcats Amanda Tallman torched the nets with a game-high 17 points, but it wasn’t quite enough, as the ‘Cats dropped a 47-45 game to Cameron at Bob Burton Gymnasium Jan. 25.
The Wildcats were on fire in the opening period, netting 12 points, while their defense limited the high-scoring Lady Dragons to just one bucket to grab a 12-2 lead after one period. The ‘Cats tallied three more points than Cameron in the second to grab a 22-9 lead at the break.
The Wildcat offense hung around, but their defense yielded 36 points the second period to lose by two points, 47-45.
Courtney Conaway backed Tallman with 11 points, while Alli Bertozzi netted seven points and hauled in nine rebounds. Megan Cutlip tallied six markers, while Dominique Craft and Erika Sapp each tallied two points for Paden City.
Lady Dragons 57
Two Paden City comebacks against the Cameron Dragons fell a little short Jan. 27, as Cameron defeated the Lady Wildcats 57-44 at the Dragon’s Den.
The Lady Dragons bolted out from the opening tip with a 13-0 run and took a 21-7 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Cameron opened the second period on a 6-2 run, before the Lady ‘Cats clawed their way back with a 17-0 run of their own. Eventually, they closed the gap to one point at 27-26. The Dragons would then score 18 straight points to put the game out of reach. Paden City made another run, but time ran out.
Alli Bertozzi tallied a team-high 17 points and was rewarded another double-double when she hauled in 14 off the glass. Courtney Conaway followed with 11 points, while Amanda Tallman fell one point from getting a double-double with nine points and hauling in 11 rebounds.
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Lady Pilots, 33,
Caldwell Redskins 36
In a low scoring affair, the home-standing Caldwell Redskins sank three more foul shots than the Lady Pilots, and that was enough to gain a 36-33 victory Jan. 30.
The Redskins outscored the Lady Pilots 28-18 in the first three periods before River went on a 15-8 run that fell a little short in the end.
The Pilots’ Autumn Beisel and Alexa Isaly led their team with 11 points each, while Jordan Ramsay netted five markers. Cassidy McCullough chipped in four points, while Megan Beard dropped in two points.
This was the identical score as the first meeting, in the same situation, needing a three in the end to win it. Isaly added six seals and dished off four assists, while Ramsay chipped in with four steals. The Lady Pilots lost McCullough in the first period due to an ankle injury and didn’t return.
Lady Pilots 38, Shenandoah Zeps 37
Down a point with 30 seconds remaining, the River Pilots took the ball out at mid court and gave it to Isaly who dribbled and found Beisel open in the corner for a 12-foot jump shot to hit the game-winner on Jan. 29 against Shenandoah to claim a hard-fought 38-37 victory.
“Our defense played well and scored enough points to get the win,” said Pilot Head Coach Rick Isaly.
Ramsay paced the Pilots with 12 points, while Biesel tallied nine. Isaly contributed seven points, including a basket from beyond the arc and dished off a team-high four assists. Beard chipped in with six markers, while McCollough tallied four points.
Valley ‘Jills 42,
The Lady Lumberjills knocked off the highly-ranked Morgantown Trinity team for the second time this season in Morgantown, Jan. 30 by the score of 42-41.
The Lumberjills jumped out to a 12-9 lead after the opening period and pushed their advantage to 28-16 before the Trinity Warriors fought back to tie it after three periods of play.
The Lumberjills took what the Warriors gave to them and won, despite the hosts having a two-point advantage at the line. The ‘Jills had one more basket than Trinity and had one more basket beyond the arc to claim the one-point victory.
Brittany Guthrie knocked in a game-high 15 points, including a trio of baskets beyond the arc, while Morgan Starkey followed with a dozen points. Leah Morris and Tiffany Hayes each netted six markers, while Jackie Greathouse contributed three points.
The ‘Jills will play in the Mason-Dixon Night of Champions Feb. 6 and will play two OVAC games on Feb. 8 and 11 before finishing the regular season at home against Wirt County on Feb. 16 and Hundred on Feb. 18, before sectional play starts.