Clay completes regular season, rolls East

Staff report

Clay’s Kat Cochran

Clay’s Kat Cochran

Paul Boggs | Daily Times

ROSEMOUNT — In between tournament tilts, the Clay Lady Panthers completed their regular-season and Southern Ohio Conference Division I schedule — and posted their highest point total of the year.

That’s because Clay, with an SOC I makeup matchup against East on Tuesday, nearly hit the 80-point plateau —as the Lady Panthers played and defeated the visiting Lady Tartans by a count of 77-27.

It was actually the second time in which the Lady Panthers scored at least 63 points against East, as the 66 they scored in a win over Whiteoak was previously their season-high.

Clay played the Lady Tartans Tuesday because it was an SOC mandated makeup game, as all conference contests must be made up —even after both had played in separate sectional semifinal games on Monday night at Wellston High School.

The Lady Panthers, in that affair, rallied from a 10-point deficit with five minutes and 12 seconds remaining to win 55-52 over Symmes Valley —which incidentally, officially, ended its season on Tuesday with a 49-43 SOC I loss at Ironton St. Joseph.

Clay concludes league competition at 6-8, part of 8-15 overall, as the Lady Panthers played Notre Dame on Thursday for the Division IV sectional championship.

East ended its season at 1-22, and went winless in the SOC I at 0-14.

The Lady Tartans split their season series with Whiteoak for their only win —and their next-closest one (27-24 loss at Whiteoak).

Against East, the Lady Panthers stymied their guests to single digits in all four quarters, as they scored at least 14 points in each —including 28 in the opening period and 21 more in the third.

Clay led 28-9 at the first stop, tripled up the Tartans by halftime at 42-14, and amassed a 63-21 advantage following three frames.

All of the Lady Panthers which played sans one scored, and all those that scored had at least three points.

McKenzie Loper, on four three-point goals and two twos, landed 19 points to pace the winners.

Jaelyn Warnock added a dozen on three threes and 3-of-4 free throws, while Shaley Munion — on five field goals —also reached double figures with 10.

The Lady Panthers pulled down 49 rebounds as well, with Warnock —already the school’s single-season record-holder — ripping down 14.

Warnock now has 312 rebounds for the year — part of 13 season double-doubles — at an average of 13.6 boards per game.

In fact, Warnock was one assist (nine) shy of pulling off a rare triple-double, as Munion did dish out 11 assists, tying a Lady Panther school record for the most assists in a single game.

Kat Cochran’s all-around good game included nine points on three trifectas, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Kelsey Fowler, a senior along with Warnock and Laiken Skinner who added eight points, finished with seven rebounds and a team-high six blocked shots.

Of East’s 27 points, junior Grace Smith scored 16 on four deuces, two treys and two made free throws.

It was the final game for the Lady Tartans’ sole senior — Shayla Rosenogle.

East scoring: Shayla Rosenogle 2, Betty Osborne 4, Sydnee O’Connor 3, Grace Smith 16, Mia Caldwell 2

Clay scoring: Shaley Munion 10, Kelsey Fowler 6, McKenzie Loper 19, Megan Bazler 4, Kat Cochran 9, Tabby Whitt 6, Jaelyn Warnock 12, Laiken Skinner 8, Morgan McCoy 3

Clay’s Kat Cochran’s Kat Cochran Paul Boggs | Daily Times

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