Girls’ Basketball Heading Into Post-Season Playoff Games
Lady Hornet Raven McDiffitt and Katie Tennant each added double-doubles Feb. 10 against Bridgeport, Ohio in the OVAC consolation match at the Hornet Nest, but the Lady ‘Dogs hung tight for a convincing 56-36 victory.
McDiffitt paced the Hornet with 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Tennant snatched 13 boards and scored 14 markers. Tennant was a force around the net, swatting away eight blocks.
Hayley Hayes netted four points and Cheyenne Myers swished a freebie from the charity stripe.
Magnolia’s Padyn Ludewig lit up the Blue Eagle scoreboard for 26 points, including four baskets from long range, but the Eagles didn’t have enough to get by the Frontier Lady Cougars, who prevailed 58-53, Feb. 10 in the OVAC Consolation match.
The Lady Cougars won it at the charity stripe, where they swished 21-22 opportunities, while Magnolia netted 12-18.
Mallory Chapman followed Ludewig in scoring with 12 points, including a pair of three-point baskets for the Lady Blue. Abby Harlan contributed seven points, Dallas Mullett, five and Jordan Babe three points.
Magnolia senior Padyn Ludewig netted a game-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to get by the Williamstown Yellowjackets, who won, 62-51 Feb. 8 at Williamstown.
Dallas Mullett chipped in with 13 points, while Abby Harlan added six markers. Jordan Babe and Mallory Chapman each tallied four points. The Eagles’ Marissa Bosley was injured during play and was sidelined for the duration.
Wildcat point guard Megan Cutlip tallied 20 points, including a basket from beyond the arch, but it wasn’t enough to get by Steubenville Central 36-35 Feb. 10 in Steubenville.
Central tallied eight points in the opening period, while holding the Wildcats to six points after one period of play. But, Paden City turned the tables on Steubenville and tallied 10 points, while holding their hosts to seven points to take a 16-15 lead with them into the locker room.
Central tallied nine points in the third, while Paden City was held to seven markers. With one period remaining, Steubenville was up a point, but couldn’t get it done on the free throw line, where they were only 3-12. However, Steubenville was also cold at the charity stripe, hitting 4-16.
Both teams scored 12 points, but the one extra point from the charity stripe was enough to get the win.
Logan Cosper followed Cutlip’s 20 points with three baskets from long range, while Amanda Heasley tallied four points and Dominique Craft sent up two points.
The Lady Pilots outscored Shenandoah 18-8 in the third period to break open a close game to win, 49-38, Feb. 5 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium in Hannibal.
Autumn Biesel paced the Pilots with 15 markers, while Chelsey Smith and Cassidy McCullough netted 13 and 10 points, respectively. Alexa Isaly followed with seven markers, including a long range bomb, while Emile Weaver netted four points.
Lady Pilots Alexa Isaly and Cassidy McCullough combined to net 30 points to help lead River to a 50-49 victory over St. Clairsville in the OVAC consolation bracket at R. L Potts Gymnasium Feb. 10.
After falling behind 8-6, the Pilots stormed back to tally 13 markers, while holding the Redskins to six points to grab a 19-12 lead at intermission.
In the second half, River outscored St. Clairsville, 31-26. Chelsey Smith and Autumn Biesel teamed for 11 points, while Lexy Wells, Megan Beard, Emily Dierkes and Emile Weaver each added a deuce and Laken Ramsay swished a free throw.
The Valley Lumberjills swished nine three-point baskets against the Cameron Lady Dragons in the consolation bracket of the OVAC Class-A tournament, but fell, 54-53, in Pine Grove, Feb. 10.
The visitors led 12-11 after one period of play, but a threeball by Valley gave the home team a 28-25 lead at the break. Cameron would go on a 15-9 run in the third period to re-take the lead. Valley would retaliate with two more points in the fourth period and needed one more to send it into overtime, but couldn’t get it done.
Valley sophomore sharp-shooter Megan Bucher tickled the twine three times on her way to a team-high 13 points, while Brittany Guthrie and Morgan Starkey each pounded in 11 points and five three-pointers between them. Tiffany Hayes also scored in double figures with 10 markers, while Chelsea Underwood and Heidi Shaw each netted four markers for the Valley Lumberjills.
Brittany Guthrie scored 20 points, including four three-point baskets, to lead four players in double figures to help Valley knock off Clarksburg Notre Dame, 72-61, Feb. 14 in Pine Grove.
Tiffany Hayes added 15 markers, including one triple, while Chelsea Underwood and Morgan Starkey netted 11 and 10 points, respectively. Megan Bucher contributed nine points; Leah Morris, five points; and Heidi Shaw, two points.