Shadyside head coach Ed Andes knew before the season and still realizes there were going to be growing pains for his basketball team.
However, the veteran Tigers' head coach isn't seeing any sort of consistency from his club and the frustration due to that continues to grow.
"It's just one game to the next," Andes said inside his office Tuesday evening. "We've been going forward, then back, then forward and back again. We're just not consistent at all."
Such was the case again as the Tigers dropped a 68-43 decision to Shenandoah in front of a sparse crowd inside the Tigers' Den.
"There are times when we play well, but then it's back again," Andes pointed out.
He must have felt like he was experiencing a case of deja vu because he watched his team fall behind by a 34-17 score at the intermission.
However, the Tigers came out of the gates in the second half scoring 13 of the first 15 points of the half to get within 36-30, forcing a Shenandoah 30-second timeout.
"We knew (Shadyside) was going to make a run," said Zeps' head coach Dan Schweiterman. "We actually talked at the half about wanting to keep putting the pressure on them and trying to extend the lead, but obviously that didn't happen."
The Zeps' Eli Hurst stopped the bleeding with a bucket on the ensuing possession. The Zeps (7-8) were able to finish the period with the final eight points after Tigers' senior Ellis Brown was relegated to the bench with four fouls.
"We can't afford to have (Brown) sitting on the bench," Andes said. "It's kind of like Ellis and everyone else, so having him sit down for extended minutes with foul trouble is really a big problem for us."
Shadyside (1-13) stared up at a 44-30 disadvantage after three chapters and never got any closer in the fourth.
Hurst led all scorers in the games, netting a season-high 16 in the second half. Brett Farnsworth added 15 and Marcus Wise ignited the Zeps with four first-half triples and finished with 14.
"We knew Wise was their shooter and Farnsworth was a slasher, but we still lost sight of them," Andes lamented.
Shadyside was paced by Brown, who put forth another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Richardson lended top support for the Tigers with eight tallies. George Jackson and Adam Stupak each had seven.
Shenandoah held a 21-19 edge on the boards. The Tigers were charted for 20 turnovers, which was three more than the winners.
The Zeps were also a lopsided winner in the jayvee game.
The Tigers have two more home games this week. They host Barnesville and Union Local on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
SHENANDOAH (68) - Farnsworth 6, 0-0 15; Starr 0, 0-0 0; Watson 5, 0-1 10; Wise 5, 0-0 14; Crum 3, 2-2 8; Rick 1, 0-0 2; Hurst 8, 0-0 16; Thompson 1, 1-2 3; Neuhart 0, 0-0 0; Davis 0, 0-0 0; Luyster 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 29, 3-5 68. SHADYSIDE (43) - Stupak 3, 0-0 7; Brooks 1, 0-0 2; Brown 7, 2-2 17; Richardson 3, 0-0 8; Jackson 3, 1-2 7; Gibson 0, 2-2 2; Akers 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 17, 5-6 43.
Three-Point Goals: Shen - Farnsworth (3), Wise (4). Shady - Brown, Richardson (2), Stupak.
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