room in stunned silence. The partisan crowd headed for the exits in
disbelief. The coronation ceremony many expected never materialized. The red-hot Ashland Arrows had other ideas. The Arrows made off with a shocking 58-54 victory on Senior Night at Pete Henry
Gym. The loss was the first for Mansfield Senior since moving into
the new building before the 2004-05 season.
MANSFIELD – T.J. Lindsay and his Mansfield Senior teammates walked to the locker room in stunned silence. The partisan crowd headed for the exits in disbelief.
The coronation ceremony many expected never materialized. The red-hot Ashland Arrows had other ideas.
The Arrows outscored the Tygers 21-16 in the fourth quarter and made off with a shocking 58-54 victory on Senior Night at Pete Henry Gym.
The loss was the first for Mansfield Senior since moving into the new building before the 2004-05 season. The Tygers (16-3, 11-3) are 40-1 all-time on their new floor.
“Ashland played a great game, but we shouldn¹t have lost,” said Lindsay, who scored 30 points and single-handedly kept the Tygers in the game. ‘We should have stepped up and we didn’t.”
The Arrows (12-7, 10-4) have won seven straight after a five-game losing streak midway through the season.
“Mansfield Senior is a very good team, especially at home,” Ashland guard Taylor Housewright said. “But we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
Housewright, who came in averaging 14 points a game, was limited to nine points but grabbed a game-high 10 boards as the Arrows outrebounded Mansfield Senior by a whopping 38-24 margin.
“They did a good job of boxing out and keeping us off the glass,” said Lindsay, who had six rebounds. “That was a big factor.”
Ashland coach Rob Lavengood agreed.
“We had to limit their opportunities and not give up second shots,” he said.
“Our kids played their tails off and battled them for four quarters.”
The Tygers, who clinched a share of the OCC title with an emotional victory of Lexington on Friday, came out flat in the first half. Mansfield Senior managed just 14 first-half points and was outscored 11-4 in the second quarter.
“Our formula was to match up with them because a lot of teams play zone against them and get beat on the glass,” Lavengood said. “We played man, but it was a soft man. We had four guys with a foot in the paint. We wanted to make them shoot from the perimeter and fortunately they weren¹t hitting those shots tonight.”
The Tygers were just 6-for-32 from beyond the 3-point arc.
“Earlier in the season we settled for a lot of perimeter shots, but we had gotten a lot better at taking the ball to the rim,” Lindsay said. “Tonight we went back to what we were doing before.”
Mansfield Senior trailed 23-14 at the break, but got back into the game in the third quarter thanks largely to Lindsay. The 6-foot-2 senior, who was honored before the game for being nominated for the McDonald¹s High School All-America team, scored Mansfield Senior’s first nine points in the third quarter. He had 12 points in the period as Mansfield Senior took a 38-37 lead.
“He’s a great player,” Lavengood said. “He was the District 6 Player of the Year for a reason.
“We knew they would turn it up a couple notches in the second half. We told our guys they would have to match (Mansfield Senior¹s) intensity.”
The Tygers took a 46-42 lead on a Tevon Harris 3-pointer with 6:17 to play in the fourth quarter, but the Arrows responded with a 16-2 run to take a 58-48 lead with just 20 second to play.
“We were taking the first available shot,” Mansfield Senior coach Gregg Collins said. “We attempted more 3-pointers than 2-pointers and most of them were open looks. We’re just so inconsistent right now.
“The things we talked about doing this weekend, we were able to do (Friday) night, but not tonight. I thought we played very good defense without fouling against Lexington, but for whatever reason we didn’t do it tonight.”
The Tygers were whistled for 23 personal fouls. Ashland attempted 30 free throws, compared to 10 for Mansfield Senior.
Logan Kerr paced Ashland with 16 points. Jed Roepke came off the bench to score 12.
Di’Nero Ramseur had 10 points for the Tygers.