Valley to determine a winner Thursday. The difference on the scoreboard
grew no bigger than five points all night in this seesaw, Scioto Valley
Conference scuffle. The game was
finally decided in overtime when Adena’s Brooke Snyder buried a
left-wing triple just before the final buzzer to give the Lady Warriors
a 38-35 win.
A sloppy first half that produced more turnovers than made field goals ended in a 14-13 Paint Valley advantage, but in the third quarter, Adena finally was able to get the tempo going in its favor. After Paint Valley scored the first field goal of the second half, Adena’s defense did not allow another point over the quarter’s final six minutes. During that stretch, the Warriors got a free throw from freshman point guard Brytan Givens, a Brooke Snyder field goal both before and after a Megan Davidson free throw, and finally, a Kristin Snyder bucket to complete an 8-0 run to give Adena its biggest lead of the night at 21-16 entering the fourth and final quarter.
“Paint Valley’s perimeter does present us with some difficult match-ups,” said Adena head coach Lee Snyder. “In the third quarter, we were able to get the tempo going a little faster, and we were able to force Paint Valley to play in the full court. Did we give up some easy shots? Yes. Did we foul some? Yes, but overall I thought it got the game going at a tempo that favored us.”
With Paint Valley in jeopardy of letting things slip away, it turned to Whitney Hollon. Hollon, just a sophomore, was held to just three points in the game’s first three periods, but the PV leading scorer awakened at the start of the fourth quarter scoring six of her game-high 14 points in the first few minutes to swing the momentum back to the Bearcats.
Paint Valley also received a big game from its senior center Bree Knauff. Knauff, who had a game-high 14 rebounds, knocked down two free throws to help Paint Valley take a 24-23 lead, and after Brooke Snyder hit two free throws to put Adena back up one, it was Knauff again cashing in on an offensive rebound for another Bearcat one-point advantage.
This time Paint Valley would get a defensive stop and then stretch its lead to three on two Hollon free throws. Adena’s Ashley Jordan, who spent nearly the entire first half on the bench in foul trouble, became a big factor over the final four minutes of regulation and overtime. Jordan first scored to cut the PV lead to 28-27, and after Paint Valley freshman Abbie Walls knocked down a jumper from just inside the arc, it was Jordan again this time scoring on a put-back basket.
“She is just a phenomenal athlete,” said Paint Valley head coach Jeff Everhart of Jordan. “You do everything you can to try and force her to take the midrange jump shot, but she is so difficult to handle on the block and on the offensive glass.”
After a pair of turnovers from each team, Adena’s Kirsti Yates delivered a free throw to tie the game at 30-30. Both teams had chances to win it in the final minute of regulation, but both defenses found a way to get a stop to force the extra four-minutes.
In overtime, Jordan delivered first to put Adena up 32-30, but Hollon answered with a pair of free throws to tie it. Yates then made two free throws of her own only to see Paint Valley freshman Dacia Posey step to the charity stripe and calmly knock down both attempts to notch the two teams at 34-34. Finally, after Jordan and Hollon took turns splitting on a pair of free throws the game stood tied at 35-35 with 14.1 seconds remaining.
Adena came out of a timeout using a dribble entry to the right wing looking for Kristin Snyder coming to the corner and Jordan on the block. The Bearcat defense did a nice job taking away the first few options, but with time ticking down, the Warriors skipped the ball across court to Brooke Snyder who delivered the game-winner. Brooke ended with a team-high 11 points while Jordan added nine.
“We were fortunate to have Paint Valley miss some shots down the stretch, but I think a lot of that had to do with fatigue,” said Coach Snyder. “We were able to play a lot of people, and we were also able to get the game going a little faster in the second half. I know they had some starters that played the entire 36-minutes, and as physical as the game was tonight, I think that definitely played a key part.”
The loss drops Paint Valley to 3-9 overall and 1-8 in the SVC. Paint Valley travels to Huntington Saturday night to play the 13th ranked Lady Huntsmen who won again Thursday night 69-40 on the strength of 34 points from Lydia Bridenbaugh. Huntington remains in a tie for the SVC lead with Unioto who beat Westfall Thursday 65-33.
Hollon’s before mentioned 14-points marked the only Bearcat in double figures while Erica Barker added 7 and the freshmen duo of Posey and Walls added five and four, respectively. Posey also grabbed six rebounds.
“I couldn’t be happier with how Dacia and Abbie have continued to improve,” said Coach Everhart who continues to lead a Paint Valley team that has been without two-year starter in junior Tristan Rumfield due to injury for the entire year so far, but could get her back next week. “I told both of them I look at them as sophomores now. They are both playing close to 28 minutes per night.
“Whitney and Erica do a lot for our team and I thought Bree played well tonight,” the PV coach continued. “I also thought we got some nice minutes from our bench. Hopefully we can keep getting better, get healthy here in the next week or so, and finish the season strong.”
Adena improves to 7-6 overall and 6-3 in the SVC. The Lady Warriors travel to Zane Trace Saturday. ZT beat Southeastern on Thursday 49-43.
“We’re just trying to continue building for the tournament draw,” said Coach Snyder. “Hopefully, we can keep improving and build towards a positive finish to the regular season and give ourselves a chance to possibly get to the districts.”