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Nothing to be Ashamed Of

March 21, 2011 - Seth Staskey
Last Thursday, the Shadyside girls basketball team became the first Belmont County school since 2004 and first girls' team since 2003 to take part in the OHSAA State Basketball Final Four in Columbus. The outcome didn't go anywhere near how the Lady Tigers had envisioned when they left Shadyside Thursday morning.

The Lady Tigers were dealt a stunning 44-point defeat (72-28) by Fort Loramie, ending their magical season with a strong 26-1 record. I am sure there were some neutral fans in the Schottenstein Center that evening thinking to themselves, "how in the world did this team get here and how in the world did it win 26 straight games?"

They did it with chemistry, talent and hard work. Unfortunately, the last game didn't go as they had planned, but it does nothing to take away their accomplishments. Shadyside took care of its business all season en route to winning the OVAC, sectional, district and regional titles. Along the way, they played a challenging schedule and knocked off perennial power Hiland in the district semifinal.

While Shadyside had a talented six-girl rotation, the thing that stuck out to me about it was its aforementioned chemistry. The girls genuinely liked each other and got along. They didn't care about who scored or who had their picture in the paper. It was all about winning. That comes from senior leadership, which Kelsey Holloway and Sarah Neavin provided all season. Head coach Tina Yates did a fabulous job of preparing her team and executing game plans during the season.

It's a shame that the Lady Tigers' season ended like it did. However, while some hoop fans across the Buckeye State may be asking questions about Shadyside, we who watched them all season know how it won all of those games and how it reached the point it did.


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