SHAC sweeps D-III girls district title tilts


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@aimmediamidwest.com



Ironton senior Lexie Arden (44) attempts a shot over North Adams senior Mary Sonner (3) during Saturday’s Division III girls basketball district championship game at Waverly’s Downtown Arena.

Ironton senior Lexie Arden (44) attempts a shot over North Adams senior Mary Sonner (3) during Saturday’s Division III girls basketball district championship game at Waverly’s Downtown Arena.


Courtesy of Tim Gearhart

WAVERLY — It was simply a SHAC sweep on Saturday inside Waverly’s Downtown Arena.

That’s because the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, in the pair of Division III girls basketball district championship games, punched two tickets to Wednesday night’s regional semifinals in Logan —by ending the seasons of Oak Hill and Ironton.

Eastern Brown, the top-seeded Southeast District Division III team, edged underdog Oak Hill 43-40 —while seventh-seeded North Adams led for the final three-and-a-half quarters and eliminated third-seeded Ironton 43-34.

North Adams, in last Saturday’s district semifinals at Waverly, defeated second-seeded and 22-win Wheelersburg 45-37.

The Lady Green Devils now get a third, final and rubber match meeting with SHAC Division I champion Eastern Brown, as North Adams handed the Lady Warriors their only loss all season.

Eastern Brown is now 24-1, while the Lady Green Devils are now 22-4.

The schools are separated by less than 10 miles, but will travel two hours to Logan on Wednesday night —and play the 8 p.m. semifinal at Logan High School’s Jim Myers Gymnasium.

That will follow the first semifinal between defending regional champion Berlin Hiland and Cardington.

Eastern Brown and North Adams join fellow SHAC school Peebles in advancing to the regional tournament, as the Lady Indians have a Division IV regional rematch with Notre Dame — on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Jackson High School.

As for Oak Hill and Ironton, they are traditional regulars in the regional round —but not this year.

The Lady Oaks, the 12th-seeded Southeast District Division III squad and which knocked out Northwest in the sectional championship tilt, end their season at 17-9 — but not without taking the Lady Warriors to the limit.

Oak Hill, which trailed just 11-10 and 33-30 following the first and third quarters, led 40-39 inside the final 10 ticks.

But Eastern Brown standout freshman Rylee Leonard, with under six seconds remaining, hit a driving scoop shot to ultimately give the Lady Warriors the win.

Leonard led the Lady Warriors with 16 points, while Caitlyn Brisker —Oak Hill’s senior standout in her final game —bucketed 20 points as Olivia Clarkson followed with 12.

The biggest difference in the game was the Lady Oaks being doubled up 13-7 in the second stanza to trail 24-17 at halftime.

For the Fighting Tigers, after leading the Green Devils 4-0, fell behind 6-4 —and were never closer than a 12-11 deficit the remainder of the way.

In fact, North Adams amassed a lead as large as 26-11 only 37 seconds into the second half.

Ironton senior standout Lexie Arden, who twice injured her ankle in the first half on Saturday, amounted a game-high 22 points on nine total field goals and a free throw from an old-fashioned three-point play.

Arden also, with a three-pointer at the 6:52 mark of the second quarter, scored Ironton’s only points in that period.

Delaney Harper with 13, Wylie Shipley with 12 including both of the team’s three-pointers and Mary Sonner with 10 all posted double figures for the Green Devils.

Ironton ended its season at 22-4.

Ironton senior Lexie Arden (44) attempts a shot over North Adams senior Mary Sonner (3) during Saturday’s Division III girls basketball district championship game at Waverly’s Downtown Arena.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/03/web1_Ironton-NA-Girls-Arden.jpgIronton senior Lexie Arden (44) attempts a shot over North Adams senior Mary Sonner (3) during Saturday’s Division III girls basketball district championship game at Waverly’s Downtown Arena. Courtesy of Tim Gearhart

By Paul Boggs

pboggs@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Paul Boggs at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1926, by email at pboggs@aimmediamidwest.com, or on Twitter @BoggsSports © 2020 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights reserved

Reach Paul Boggs at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1926, by email at pboggs@aimmediamidwest.com, or on Twitter @BoggsSports © 2020 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights reserved