Tourney preview: 9th edition

PDT Staff Report

Wheelersburg vs. Fairland @ Waverly

When Wheelersburg and Fairland meet Saturday afternoon in a Division III district semifinal at Waverly’s Downtown Gym, it’ll put two teams against each other with very different philosophies.

The Pirates come in relying on the 3-ball and spot shooting while the Dragons love to get the ball inside to McDonald’s All-American nominee Allie Marshall.

Marshall is joined by a supplying cast that includes the likes of Harlie Lyons, a 3-ball threat, and Kelsie Warnock, a physical, experienced ball-handler who can also score when called upon.

For Wheelersburg to get a win, they must do two things exceptionally well: take care of the basketball and keep the Dragons off the glass. Marshall, over 6-foot, will have something to say about that.

But if Wheelersburg’s Abbie Kallner and Kaylee Darnell can catch fire, the Pirates will be right in the thick of the ballgame.

PDT Staff Report