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February 16, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
The Wheeling Hospital-sponsored OVAC Girls' Basketball Championship is a bright spotlight for a sport that deserves a bigger share of the Ohio Valley athletic limelight. Girls' basketball all too often takes a backseat to its male counterpart. But some would argue that the female version of hoops in the valley is more entertaining. The OVAC quartet of title games featured a trio of closely contested affairs with Indian Creek posting the lone blowout. Edison opened the day with a white-knuckling win over St. C. Beallsville and Bridgeport did battle in the game's closest affair, with the Blue Devils escaping with a 1-point victory. For fans with a liking for defense, Shadyside and Fort Frye provided plenty in their 2-A nightcap battle, won by the Lady Cadets. The bottom line is that girls' basketball was showcased in a fashion that a new and large Ohio Valley audience was exposed to an exciting brand of basketball. Several newspapers, radio and television all teamed up to give girls the media focus they rarely receive. For no other reason, Wheeling Hospital and the OVAC should be commended for providing girls prep hoopsters their just do.
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