Lady Braves, Lady Generals advance; Lady Trojans ousted in tourney action

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Buckeye Trail 39,

Newcomerstown 35

DOVER -- A good beginning fell to the wayside for the Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans, who suffered a 39-35 defeat to Buckeye Trail on Monday night at the Division III sectional tournament at Dover High School.

The Lady Trojans stormed out to an 11-1 lead after the first quarter, with senior standout Allie Hinton leading the charge with six quick points.

But things changed as the second quarter got underway, the Lady Warriors reeled off at quick 10-0 run to tie the contest at 11-11 on a three-pointer from Kayleigh Smith with 11 seconds left in the first half. The team teams exchanged three-pointers to close out the half, with Amber Kennedy of NHS connecting from beyond the arc only to have Buckeye Trail's Allison Sichina answer at the buzzer for a 14-14 halftime deadlock.

Buckeye Trail took a 28-20 lead heading to the final period with a 14-6 scoring edge in the third frame. Newcomerstown attempted to rally in the fourth quarter with a 15-11 scoring advantage, but came out short to make an early exit from the tournament trail.

Hinton led the Lady Trojans (4-19) with a game-high 21 points, including a 12-of-14 performance from the foul line and finished with 10 rebounds and five steals to close out a stellar basketball career at Newcomerstown. Fellow seniors who played their last game for NHS included Lexi Montgomery and Molly Popadak.

"I have come up through the program with those three girls," Newcomerstown coach Tripp Hisrich said. "Each of them has improved dramatically as a player and each has contributed greatly to our program. They will be missed."

Buckeye Trail (6-15) was led in scoring by Kayleigh Smith with 10 points, while Sichinia and Alexis Williams each finished with eight.

Indian Valley 59,

Coshocton 35

DOVER -- Dominating the first half, the Indian Valley Lady Braves advanced into the championship game of the top bracket in the Division III Sectional Tournament hosted by Dover High on Wednesday, scalping the Coshocton Lady Redskins 59-35.

Indian Valley jumped in front 14-3 the initial quarter and added to the difference the second round with a commanding 23-9 scoring difference to take a 37-12 lead to the locker room at the halftime intermission.

The second half Indian Valley rested a lot of starters and gave some younger players an opportunity to gain some valuable tournament experience as the two teams played even the third round (11-11) and Coshocton forged a 12-11 scoring edge the final eight minutes to provide the 59-35 Indian Valley victory.

The Lady Braves hit 19-of-57 field goal attempts for 33.3 percent and tacked on 17-of-25 from the foul line. Emily Baker led the winners with 18 points with Paige Saho following with a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds. Katie Shamel added eight points, while Courtney Emler and Sydney Kandray added six each. Shamel also had two of the five assists and Saho picked off four of the nine steals with Emler adding three and also blocking two shots.

Coshocton was just 10-of-48 from the floor for 20.8 percent and added 14-of-25 from the bonus stripe. Kasey Means paced the Lady 'Skins with 15 points with Emilee Pell adding seven and Julia Kittel five. The Lady Redskins had no assists and seen steals with Means and Quantesha Carlton each picking off a pair, while Hannah Lain blocked one shot.

Indian Valley posted a 37-27 rebounding advantage led by Saho with Shamel also hitting double figures on the boards with 13 rebounds. Means paced Coshocton on the glass with five caroms and four other players added four each.

NEXT--Indian Valley faces Harrison Central in Thursday's D-III Sectional Final at Dover at 6 p.m. Harrison Central advanced to Thursday's encounter with a 50-46 first round triumph over Sandy Valley.

Ridgewood 61

Claymont 43

DOVER -- Ridgewood High's dominating inside game paid huge dividends as the Lady Generals began Division III Sectional Tournament play at Dover High School on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 61-43 win over Claymont.

Managing only a 13-12 lead after one, the Lady Genrals got eight points-in-the-paint from 5-11 junior Laura Frazee in the second period which contributed to a 21-11 second period advantage and a 34-23 halftime lead.

Claymont's Marija Cottis kept the Lady Mustangs within striking distance with three 'treys' during the first half, but she missed all six of her long-distance attempts in the second half.

Four points each from Frazee and 6-1 soph Amanda Lowery combined to send Ridgewood (11-11) to a 13-11 edge in the third.

Six more tallies from Frazee highlighted the final frame as the Lady Generals posted a 14-9 advantage to account for the final score.

Nor surprisingly, Frazee led all players in scoring with 20. Lowery added 13 and 6-1 senior Kelsey Miller tallied 15, despite sitting for a stretch in the first half with a pair of personal fouls. The Ridgewood "tree trio" accounted for 48 points and 25 rebounds. Miller led all players with 13 boards and also had a pair of steals.

As a team, the locals were 20-of-45 from the floor and 18-of-28 from the line. They also finished with a 40-30 rebounding advantage over Claymont (3-20) and limited the Lady Mustangs to a dismal 15-of-48 field goal shooting game. Claymont was even worse at the line, making just 8-of-22 free tosses.

Madison Stubbins and Courtney Sowers each scored 11 for Claymont.

Following the win, a happy Ridgewood coach Doug Patterson paid tribute to his post players.

"Even though Kelsey (Miller) got into a little foul trouble," he began, "our 'bigs' really played well. They looked for each other an awful lot. This is the tallest team I've had in 10 years, so we have to utilize our size wherever and whenever possible. I was glad to see us with a rebounding advantage as well because we should if we're playing to our potential."

NEXT--Ridgewood faces Tusky Valley in Thursday's D-III Sectional Final at Dover at 8 p.m. Tusky Valley earned its spot by beating Buckeye Trail, 56-25.

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