DOVER -- The great second half of the 2011-2012 Newcomerstown High girls' hoops season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon with a 53-47 loss to second-seeded Harrison Central in Division III Sectional Tournament play at Dover High School.
After getting off to a dismal 0-5 start to the campaign, the Lady Trojans won 10 of their next 15 to enter tourney play at 10-10 and with a boatload of confidence.
"We got what we wanted," Newcomerstown coach Trip Hisrich stated following the loss. "It was the kind of game we thought it would be, and we felt we could play with them. We just didn't execute as well on offense as we needed to. We've not been a strong defensive team this season, so we needed to be productive on offense. It just did not happen for us today. We didn't play four strong quarters."
Two other problems doomed the Lady Trojans' effort: Excessive turnovers plagued the NHS team as they finished with 25 errors for the contest and foul trouble to key players also hurt.
After keying the fast start for Newcomerstown (10-11) with eight first half points, 5-9 senior post player Kori Conner picked up two personals and sat for much of the second period.
Conner's absence was doubly problematic because Harrison Central's best post player, Madison Richards, left the contest with a serious knee injury early in the game.
With Richards gone, Conner was able to score almost at will until she got into foul trouble. Unfortunately, that foul trouble carried into the third and fourth periods with her picking up her fifth personal at the 7:13 of the fourth, leaving teammate Kelsey McCune to battle the bigger Lady Huskie inside players. Also fouling out for the Lady Trojans was senior guard Taylor Postel.
Conner tallied four in the opening frame to go along with single buckets from McCune and Allie Hinton to lead NHS to an 8-6 advantage after one.
The early stages of the second chapter saw the Lady Trojans pad their lead a bit, posting advantages of 10-6 and 19-11 before Harrison got its offense and defense going.
Harrison took advantage of balanced scoring and 11 turnovers in the second by Newcomerstown to close the half with a surge and create a 22-20 deficit for themselves heading into the halftime.
Harrison's Brooke Schultz put her team on her back in the third, scoring six of her game-high 24 points, and pacing the winners to a decisive 16-8 advantage in the that frame.
Helping with the Lady Huskie dominance was 5-10 freshman Katie Elzey, pressed into playing more minutes due to Richards' early injury. Elzey tallied six of her nine points in the third and dominated in the "paint".
Facing a 12-point deficit heading into the final period, Newcomerstown continued to battle, whittling Harrison's lead to as little as five in the contest's final moments.
"Our effort has been solid all year," Hisrich said, "so I wasn't surprised at all that we continued to battle. By the fourth, we just didn't have enough offensive weapons on the floor. We didn't quit today and got back within a couple of possessions."
Newcomerstown finished with a 15-of-41 field goal shooting effort and made 15-of-25 charity tosses. In addition to Conner's eight points, the Lady Trojans got 17 from Hinton and a dozen from McCune. Hinton and McCune pulled down 11 and nine rebounds, respectively.
Besides Schultz's 24 points, Harrison Central (15-6) had a pair of nine-point efforts from Julie Kelley and Elzy. The winners connected on 17-of-56 from the floor and knocked down 15-of-25 at the stripe. They committed 17 turnovers and hauled down 38 rebounds, with Elzy grabbing 12.
Following the contest, Hisrich also paid tribute to his seniors, Conner, Postel and McCune.
"They have put a lot of their hearts into our program and we will miss all three," he said.
In the second game, Tuscarawas Valley edged Indian Valley, 59-52.
Harrison Central and Tusky Valley square off in the D-III Sectional Tournament co-final Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dover. If Lady Huskies' Richards can play, she needs just three points to reach the 1000-point plateau for her career.
Division III Sectional
Sandy Valley 23
DOVER -- The Lady Generals met little resistance in their opener as they knocked off the Lady Cardinals 60-23 in the Division III sectional tournament at Dover High School.
Ridgewood (14-7) started with an 18-7 first quarter lead that ballooned to 33-10 by halftime. The Lady Generals outscored their opponents 27-13 in the second half.
Kayla Tedrick, who had four treys, and Kelsey Miller, who was 8-for-9 at the foul line, lit up the scoreboard with 20 points each to lead the charge.
Sandy Valley (1-20) got 12 points from Kennedy Bowling.
Ridgewood plays Coshocton, an upset winner over Claymont, at Dover High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.
Sandy Valley 7 3 5 8 - 23
Ridgewood 18 15 15 12 - 60
Division III Sectional
Indian Valley 59,
Buckeye Trail 35
DOVER -- Utilizing their quickness and capitalizing on poor shooting by the Lady Warriors, the eighth-seeded Lady Braves stunned fifth-seeded Buckeye Trail 59-35 on Monday in the opening round of the Division III sectional tournament hosted by Dover High School.
It was Indian Valley's first tournament win in nine years and came before a rowdy Brave's crowd that greatly outnumbered those on the Warrior side.
Indian Valley head coach Randy Emler said, "We had our first win at home in a long time this year and our first win in the PAC. Now we got our first tournament win in nine years. It's been a year of firsts. We're starting to play with confidence and that goes a long way."
Buckeye Trail shot 17 percent in the opening half (4-of-23) while Indian Valley built a 16-9 opening quarter lead and expanded it to 29-12 margin by halftime.
Regarding her team's first half shooting performance, first year Warrior coach Nicole Stevens noted, "The nerves got us. Only three of our players have ever played on this floor and are accustomed to the rims. They (IV) are quick and that was our biggest fear that we didn't match up well. We knew they would press us and we prepared, but it is a matter of executing."
While the Lady Warriors struggled, the Lady Braves shot 48 percent (12-of-25) to build the 17-point halftime lead.
Buckeye Trail hit the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to 13, but Indian Valley responded with a free throw and back-to-back buckets to up the difference to 18 points. Emily Baker buried her third trey of the night to push the lead to 22 and the Lady Braves used a 15-11 scoring edge the third round to take a commanding 44-23 lead to the final eight minutes.
The Lady Braves posted a 15-12 scoring edge in the round to provide the 59-35 final.
Indian Valley (4-17) finished at 53 percent from the floor (25-of-47) but only made 6-of-17 from the charity stripe. Baker paced the Lady Braves with 19 points while Holly Robinson followed with 14. Courtney Emler, Katie Shamel and Paige Saho chipped in with seven, six and five points, respectively.
Linda Fisher got a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Buckeye Trail while LeeAnna Sichina, followed with 11 markers.
Indian Valley advanced to the sectional semi-final to face third-seeded Tusky Valley this past Saturday. Results were not ready at press time.
Indian Valley 16 13 15 15 - 59
Buckeye Trail 9 3 11 12 - 35
BERLIN -- The Lady Hawks unleashed a staggering three-point barrage on Monday to overwhelm the Lady Trojans by a 95-44 final score in Inter-Valley Conference action.
Hiland converted 18-of-36 three-pointers in the contest, led by sophomore Regina Hochstetler who clicked on an amazing 9-of-12 treys en route to a game-high 31 points. Overall she was 11-of-14 from the field.
Led by the one-two punch of Hochstetler and McKenzie Miller in the first period, the Lady Hawks soared to a 27-9 first quarter lead.
Hiland, who shared the IVC league title with Strasburg with a 12-2 record, pushed its lead to 52-20 by half-time, thanks to a 25-11 scoring edge in the second quarter.
Newcomerstown (10-10, 6-8 IVC) was led by junior Allie Hinton with 19 points, with senior Kori Conner adding eight and Kaydi Dodd contributing seven. Conner's 11 rebounds led the Lady Trojans in that department.
For the Lady Hawks (12-8, 12-2 IVC), Miller finished with 19 points to compliment Hochstetler's big night, while Bria Coil finished with 16 markers.
Hiland won the reserve game, 60-10.
Newcomerstown 9 11 10 14 - 44
Hiland 27 25 22 21 - 95
Newcomerstown 66, Sandy Valley 43
With three players scoring in double figures, the host Lady Trojans built a big first-half lead and made it stand up for a 66-43 IVC win over the visiting Lady Cardinals last Saturday.
Newcomerstown jumped to an 18-12 lead the initial quarter, then outscored the Lady Cardinals 22-8 in the second frame to take a commanding 40-20 lead into halftime. The Lady Trojans held a third quarter 15-8 advantage to lead 55-28 with one period to go. Sandy Valley (1-19, 0-14 IVC) shaved four points off the deficit in the final eight minutes (15-11) to provide the final.
The Lady Trojans (10-9, 6-7 IVC) were led by Kori Conner with a double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds, while Allie Hinton followed with 16 points. Taylor Postel rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points. Lexi Montgomery chipped in with eight points.
Kennedy Bowling was the only Sandy Valley player to reach double digits with 18 points.
Sandy Valley 12 8 8 15 - 43
Newcomerstown 18 22 15 11 - 66
Garaway 40, Ridgewood 36
The Lady Generals fell to the Lady Pirates last Saturday in their last regular season game, 40-36.
Ridgewood had a 31-28 lead heading into the four period but was outscored 12-5 the rest of the way.
Kayla Tedrick led the Lady Generals (13-7, 9-5 IVC) with 16 points and six steals. Kelsey Miller came through with 11 points and five rebounds. Laura Frazee finished with six points and three assists.
Anya Misko paced Garaway (17-3, 11-3 IVC) with 20 points.
The Lady Generals lost the reserve game 34-18. Erica Olinger scored seven points for Ridgewood.