Day 3 the final day in Amish country by Adrian Curry
Yesterday was the final day of the classic in the country. What a great event as always with great food, hospitality and elite basketball. It started with one of the local teams in Reynoldsburg going against perennial power in new Philadelphia. It wasn’t a great day for the lady raiders as they struggled against the lady quakers and didn’t shoot well from the field. They could never get that rhythm they had in the win versus Coffman last Tuesday. They couldn’t handle Julia ress in the post and their emotional leader who was the mvp of the game scoring 13 points leading a balanced attack as the lady quakers pulled away late winning 49-37 over Reynoldsburg. Reynoldsburg is in the middle of a tough stretch that includes games this week with Westerville south and pickerington central. Next up was Solon vs Princeton with talented freshmen Kyla oldacre and sole Williams. This game was nip and tick in the first quarter until a buzzer beating basket by Princeton triggered a 14-2 run which game Princeton the breathing room they needed. Solon made several runs in the 2nd quarter especially with Kyla oldacre in early foul trouble. They had the lead down to 8 at the start of the 3rd quarter. The 2nd half was all Princeton as they dominated to win going away by 25. Got big contributions from Ashley Davis who scored 13 and sole Williams was the mvp of the game scored 16 points. The game with pickerington central and homestead from Indiana was as advertised. It was close throughout as both teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the game. With the biggest lead being 7 points for homestead. As has been the story in pickerington central’s losses this season turnovers were a big factor. A late turnover turned into a late basket by super sophomore Ayanna Patterson who ended up with 17 points. Jocelyn Tate had a great look for the win for pickerington central but was just short. What turned out to be the best game of the day was between aurora and Huber heights Wayne. It looked like Wayne would run away and hide from aurora but give aurora credit they would not go away. They trailed by only 5 at half. Wayne would stretch the lead to 10 at one point only to see aurora trim it to 2 at the end of the 3rd despite an injury to shyanne sellers that kept her out for most of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter had plenty of momentum shifts but in the end Wayne and Bree hall showed why they have the chance to do special things come the postseason as they are currently ranked #2 in this week’s state poll. You have a great matchup of star players between cotie mcmahon versus grace van slooten as centerville played Toledo notre dame. Centerville jumped out fast on Toledo notre dame as they scored the first 9 points of the game and was up 20-9 at the end of the first quarter. Centerville was red hot from the field and they couldn’t miss from the perimeter while Toledo notre dame struggled not only the field but was also turning the ball over leading to easy baskets for the elks. Everytime the eagles would make run, the elks had an answer. Eventually the eagles wore down and centerville cruised to a 61-37 victory. The elks were led by cotie and Amy velasco with a combined 33 points while grace van slooten led Toledo notre dame with 19. Next up was mercy mcauley taking on wadsworth. For awhile this was a close game until mcauley started to get hot from the field and were able to get a comfortable margin. Mcauley played great defense which led to tough shots from wadsworth and turnovers which led to easy baskets. Led by Ashley Tudor who set the tone and Lexi Fleming who played well for mcauley. They were able to build a big enough lead to hold off a late push and beat a scrappy wadsworth team by the score of 42-35. Then in what was a low-scoring and defensive struggle between Chippewa and west branch. No one could really get into an offensive flow due to the physical play inside and very poor shooting. West branch was able to make enough shots and free throws in the end to hold off Chippewa by a score of 34-29. Led by Peyton alazaus with 13 points who was named mvp of the game and one of the better shooters in northeast Ohio as well as Hannah ridgway who chipped in with 10 points and was great on the defensive end. The finale of the weekend was supposed to be a great matchup between Hiland and undefeated Shelby but it turned into a rout as Hiland proved how good they are and made a good Shelby team look very bad as they were beaten 99-25. Hiland was led by zoey Miller’s 22 points and 15 rebounds. They hit shots early and often and proved they will be a force in division 3 again this season. Thanks to Bryce McKey and Tenishia Benson for putting a great event and already looking forward to next year.