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How Quickly They Fall
February 25, 2010 - Seth Staskey
Each year, I just shake my head at how quickly area teams are bounced in the Ohio tournament.
Here were are, just a little more than a week into the girls' postseason and all but three teams are preparing for softball and/or track season. At the time of this writing, only Beallsville, Monroe Central and Shadyside remain.
Obviously, there are some instances where teams are obviously going to lose to other local teams, but the area schools currently own a 2-5 record against teams outside of the area. That gives you an idea about the basketball played here and in other parts of the Eastern District.
The only teams, which have knocked off a non-area school are St. Clairsville and Harrison Central, but both were dispatched in their ensuing contest.
It's hard to fathom that in four weeks when the OHSAA hands out state championship trophies, most of the area schools will have already completed their 30-day no contact period and will be looking toward open gyms and thinking about summer basketball.
That's just girls folks. The boys won't be much better when you look at this time next week. It's just disheartening when you cover teams all season and believe they are pretty decent, but then the tournament trail never even develops.
Edison head coach Tony Kovalesky deserves major kudos because he admitted during his post-game press conference at the OVAC Tournament that the conference title was as good as it gets for the Lady Wildcats. He admitted his team was in a tough sectional and chances of advancing were extremely slim. To me, that's reality. He and all other teams prepare and work hard to win those tournament games, but at sometime, you've got to deal with reality.
Unfortunately, reality has set in for all but three teams and their reality checks might not be too far off.
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