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Central falls to Red Riders

December 18, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The Lady Riders used an 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to power their way to a second straight win, 55-39, over a scrappy Lady Crusaders squad at Steubenville Central High School Monday.

Sophomore Raegan Stead torched the Crusaders for 27 points to lead the Lady Riders. Shelva Burns nearly turned in a triple-double with 13 points, seven assists and 10 rebounds, while Alyssa Shingle chipped in 11 points, three assists and four steals.

"I'm not worried about scoring," said Weir head coach Bill Smith. "We've got scorers. We can put up 50 points every night pretty easily.

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HEADS UP — Central’s Miranda Parkinson passes to a teammate during the Crusaders’ 55-39 loss to Weir Monday in Steubenville.
-- Fred Younce

"For us, it's all about rebounding and defense. If we rebound and play solid defense, we can run. That's been the difference in the way we started and these last two games and the girls know it. We have to rebound and play defense if we want to win games."

The Lady Riders did exactly that most of the night, but especially during the crucial early moments of the fourth quarter. Weir appeared poised to distance itself from Central on several occasions, but the Lady Crusaders clawed their way back each time and trailed by just four - 39-34 - after Micca Mirrabella drained a pair of free throws with 6:44 to play in the game.

From there Central had four straight turnovers on the offensive end that each turned into easy fast break points for Weir as it built a 48-35 advantage in a span of just under three minutes.

"Some defensive breakdowns really cost us there, and we gave up some easy baskets in transition," Central head coach Tom Winland said. "We turned the ball over, we didn't get back, and we didn't communicate. We just gave up too many easy baskets in that stretch.

"It's a credit to them. They just play really hard."

The Weir run started when Burns grabbed a rebound off a Central miss and fired a long pass to Stead to make it 41-35. Lady Rider senior Raven Young and Burns then came up with back-to-back a steals that each converted into easy points.

The run was finished off when Young swiped another Central pass and threw it long to Stead who was fouled and threw the ball toward the bucket. The shot went down and Stead finished the three-point play from the charity stripe to make it 48-35.

"We were lethargic early," Smith said. "When we stopped standing around and started to run our offense, we got good shots and made them. Then, of course, we really rebounded late and got to run. That was the difference."

The Lady Riders outrebounded Central 29-22 and helped themselves by grabbing eight of their 11 offensive rebounds in the second half. Weir also held a turnover edge, giving the ball away 15 times, while Central committed 22 turnovers, seven coming in the fourth quarter.

Weir senior Kayla Lemley contributed seven boards.

The Lady Crusaders were led by Tori Knight's 13 points. Knight started hot for the Lady Crusaders hitting a pair of three-pointers in the early going as Central built a 9-6 lead before Weir adjusted on defense and limited her to just five points the rest of the way.

"Well, Weir adjusted on defense and took her away," Winland said. "Then I think she got a little cold because we couldn't get her the ball and we couldn't get her going again after that."

Rachel Rigaud chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Crusaders.

Weir returns to action Wednesday when it travels to East Liverpool while Central hosts Beallsville Thursday.

Weir 55, Central 39

Weir 10 14 13 18 - 55

Central 9 11 11 8 - 39

WEIR (2-4): Raven Young 2 0-0 5; Raegan Stead 13 1-1 27; Alyssa Shingle 3 0-2 11; Kayla Lemley 0 0-0 0; Shelva Burns 4 5-7 13; Maddie Dalrymple 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 6-10 55; 3-pointers: Shingle 3, Young 1; Rebounds: 29 (Burns 10, Lemley 7).

CENTRAL: Tori Knight 5 0-0 13; Rachel Irvin 2 1-2 5; Rachel Rigaud 4 1-2 9; Micca Mirabella 2 2-2 4; Miranda Parkinson 2 0-0 5; Hannah Ondos 1 0-0 2; Lauren Hunt 0 1-4 1. Totals: 16 5-10 39; 3-pointers: Knight 3, Parkinson 1; Rebounds: 22 (Rigaud 10, Parkinson 6).

Huskies stop Redskins

CADIZ - The Harrison Central girls basketball team came away with a 59-55 win over Indian Creek Monday.

Jess Ledger led all scorers with 27 points. The junior guard knocked down eight shots from behind the three-point arc. Katie Ellzy was strong in support with 20 points for the Huskies.

Brooke Mains led the Redskins with 18 points on the evening. Bethany Davis and Kiarra Kamarec joined her in double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively.

Harrison Central travels to Bellaire Thursday while Indian Creek is off until Dec. 29 when it heads to Wheeling Park.

Harrison Central 59, Indian Creek 55

Indian Creek 15 12 19 9 - 55

Harrison Central 13 15 15 16 - 59

INDIAN CREEK: Davis 7 1-4 15, Kamarec 4 4-4 13, Mains 4 9-12 18, Shimko 0 1-2 1, Callahan 1 0-0 2, Bunbin 3 0-2 6. TOTALS: 19 15-24 55. 3-pointers: Kamarec, Mains.

HARRISON CENTRAL (2-5): Ledger 8 3-3 27, Compher 0 0-0 0, Dodds 0 0-0 0, Richards 1 0-0 3, Hatfield 0 0-0 0, Dunfee 3 1-4 7, Orr 1 0-0 2, Ellzy 9 2-4 20, Custer 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22 6-11 59. Ledger (8), Richards.

Oak Glen lose to Magnolia

NEW MARTINSVILLE - The Oak Glen girls basketball team fell at Magnolia 56-47 Monday.

Oak Glen's Vanessa Hissam led all scorers with 21 points in a losing effort. Logan Andrews added seven for the Golden Bears.

Oak Glen hosts North Marion Saturday at 2 p.m.

Magnolia 56, Oak Glen 47

Oak Glen 7 10 10 20 - 47

Magnolia 18 16 8 14 - 56

OAK GLEN (3-2): Arnott 1 0-0 2; Patterson 2 0-0 4; Andrews 3 0-0 7; Feicht 0 4-5 4; Hissam 8 5-11 21; Wiley 1 0-0 2; Stivason 2 3-4 7. Totals 17 12-20 47. 3-pointers: Andrews.

MAGNOLIA (3-3): Durig 0 0-1 0; Chapman 4 6-10 15; Standiford 3 1-4 7; Gibb 1 3-4 5; Blatt 2 4-6 8; Berisford 3 8-8 16; Litton 2 1-2 3. Totals 15 23-35 56. 3-pointers: Berisford (2), Chapman.

 
 

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