Inaugural OVAC girls basketball tournament in full swing

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OVAC Girls Basketball Tournament
The inaugural Ohio Valley Athletic Conference basketball tournament
tipped off Monday with eight girls’ semi-final games being played
around the conference. The top four seeds in each of the four classes are involved in
tournament play with the winners advancing to the finals, which will be
played at Ohio University Eastern on Saturday. The top seeded squads
earned the luxury of playing the semi-final game on its home floor.


The inaugural Ohio Valley Athletic Conference basketball tournament tipped off Monday with eight girls’ semi-final games being played around the conference.

The top four seeds in each of the four classes are involved in tournament play with the winners advancing to the finals, which will be played at Ohio University Eastern on Saturday. The top seeded squads earned the luxury of playing the semi-final game on its home floor.

The losers of those games will meet at the higher seed’s home gymnasium on Wednesday or Thursday evening.

Also, the remaining teams are participating in a consolation pool. The teams that didn’t make the top four in each class were selected an opponent by a committee based on location, whether or not the team has played twice, and if they will meet in the respective state tournaments. Each team will get a home and away game, while some may have to bump up or down a class due to an odd amount of teams in some classes.

The same format will be used on the boy’s side, which will start this Monday and conclude on Saturday February 9 at Ohio University Eastern.

Keep in mind, some teams were ineligible to participate for lack of games played in conference. Schools who may have made an impact, but were ineligible on the girl’s front: Cambridge (14-4) in 4A and Tyler Consolidated (13-1) in 3A.

Monday’s Action:

CLASS 4A

Indian Creek 49 Brooke 39
The top seeded Redskins (16-3) took down the Bruins (8-9) behind 15 points from sensational sophomore point guard Ty Harris. Gabbie Davis added 13 points as top support. The Skins set a new school record for wins in a season with the triumph.

Abby Phillips and Kayla Cutrone led the Bruins with 10 points a piece in defeat.

John Marshall 71 Edison 60
The Monarchs (11-6) made 11-of-13 foul shots in the fourth quarter and 23-of-30 for the game to put away a pesky Edison (9-10) outfit. What is more, the Monarchs were under the direction of assistant coach Mark McCormick due to head coach Stan Blankenship being suspended.

The Monarchs were led in victory by sophomore Julie Young’s 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Sophomore Hannah Gossett notched 17 tallies, while senior Carrie Talkington scored 11 points and junior Aubrei Clegg totaled 10 markers. Junior Alexis Brinkman added nine points.

Megan Antigo led the Wildcats with 17 points and Kaitlin Blake contributed 12 points and 12 boards.

Finals:
John Marshall (WV) versus Indian Creek at Ohio University Eastern (7:00 p.m.)
Consolation: Brooke (WV) versus Edison at Edison (Wednesday night)

CLASS 3A

Martins Ferry 56 St. Clairsville 29
Dave Reasbeck has his lady Rider basketball team playing its best basketball at tournament time. The Purple (15-4) is currently on a 10-game winning streak thanks to last night’s rout of St. Clairsville (8-10). Ferry was led by juniors Courtney Coleman’s 20 points including three treys and Karlen Vinci’s 15 markers including three bonus balls.

The Red Devils were led in defeat by Alessia Vivod’s nine points.

Barnesville 59 Wheeling Central 40
The Shamrocks (11-7) upset the third seed Maroon Knight’s thanks in large part to a 12-of-12 foul line performance in the fourth chapter. Chelsey Keylor led the Green with 17 markers including three bonus goals and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe (all in the fourth). Erica Welch notched 16 counters, while Allie Doan added 12 tallies.

Central (12-4) received 14 points from Kat Stiglich and 11 lightings by Audra Droginske.

Finals:
Barnesville versus Martins Ferry at Ohio University Eastern (4:00 p.m.)
Consolation: St. Clairsville at Wheeling Central

CLASS 2A

Steubenville Catholic 68 Frontier 58
The top seeded Crusaders (14-5) got by Frontier thanks to junior Ginny Petties who scored a game-high 22 points. Petties now has 1,108 points in her career. Anna Shaw followed with 19 counters and Kelli Petchal added 10 markers.

Meagen Rinard scored 17 points and Mallory Hoff countered with 15 lightings to lead the Cougars (14-5) in defeat.

Monroe Central 72 Buckeye Trail 64
The Noles (16-3) defeated Pioneer Valley Conference foe Buckeye Trail (13-6) thanks in part to a strong, hard working, team effort. Taylor Jorris recorded a team-leading 23 points and Karlie.Davis tallied 13 points as did teammates Aleisha Guiler (eight rebounds) and freshman Alex Kuhn.

Hannah Nelson led the Warriors with 27 points including four three-point goals and six rebounds, while Casey Frame poured home 15 markers all on bonus goals and Chelsea Doutt tallied 13 points. Trail connected on 11 treys in all.

Finals:
Monroe Central versus Steubenville CC at Ohio University Eastern (1:00 p.m.)
Consolation: Frontier at Buckeye Trail

CLASS A

St. John 84 Valley 55
The Lady Irish improved to (17-1) on the year via rout of the Lumberjills (9-6). Sara Wamsley and Lauren Jenkins evenly split 34 points, while Natalie Perzanowski and Kritina Velkovich did the same with 32 counters to lead the Irish attack.

Lesta Kocher led Valley with 17 markers including 14 in the third stanza. Alexandra Higgenbotham added 16 tallies.

Beallsville 80 Bridgeport 59
The Blue Devils (14-5) moved one step closer to the OVAC title thanks to a huge 71-37 advantage on the glass. Alyssa Headley led the charge with 26 points and 17 caroms, while Savannah Burke dropped in 20 points and 16 rebounds. Tori Jarrett totaled 12 points and snared six boards.

The Dogs (10-9) placed four in double figures with Rachel Benda leading the way with 18 points, Moriah Agnew and Cora Kalinowski evenly dividing 28 markers, and Stephanie Bommer netting 13 points and grabbing 10 boards.

Finals:
Beallsville versus St. John Central at Ohio University Eastern (10:00 a.m.)
Consolation: Valley (WV) at Bridgeport

Top Performances from Consolation Pool

Alycia Bell scored 32 points and Renee Shepherd added 20 tallies in Magnolia’s (WV) 74-62 win over Union Local.

Fort Frye’s Kourtney Booth unleashed 39 points including an incredible 10 bonus goals, but it wasn’t enough as Shadyside came away with a 67-62 road victory.

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