MORRISTOWN - It was a tale of two halves here Wednesday night as boys' Division IV sectional tournament basketball action continued at Union Local High School.
The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair between small school rivals Beallsville and Shadyside. Both teams entered the fray with identical 11-11 records and were deadlocked at 22 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
However, the Tigers (12-11) broke the game wide open in the third quarter and coasted to a 59-39 victory inside "The Hangar."
BEALLSVILLE’S Kyle Groves tries to get possession of a loose ball as Shadyside’s Zach Frizzi defends during Wednesday’s Division IV sectional game at Union Local High School. The Tigers used a strong second half and prevailed, 59-39. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
"We took care of the ball better," Shadyside head coach Ed Andes said of the difference between the first and second. "In the first half, we had a lot of unforced turnovers, and they (Beallsville) had more the second half."
The Tigers charted 12 first-half turnovers, but only finished with 16.
Austin Dorris scored six quick points to start the third chapter as Shadyside took the lead and never looked back.
The Blue Devils (11-12) got a bonus goal from senior standout Teryn Jarrett to stop the mini run, but that would be the lone field goal the Monroe County squad would cash in during the period. They went 1-for-13 from the floor.
"I was wondering what we were," Beallsville first-year head coach Casey Tolzda said. "I knew we only scored three points. The first half was kind of a draw and we told the kids at the half that we were playing good defense, but we needed to put the ball in the basket more. Then we come out and score three points.
"You'll have nights like that," he added. "I don't know if we got tired or what. We were getting good looks, but the ball just wouldn't fall."
Shadyside bumped the count to 36-25 after three frames and then used its free-throw shooting in the fourth to carry it the rest of the way.
"When they're fouling you, you've got to make them, and we did," Andes noted.
The second-seeded Tigers meshed 11 of 17 charity tosses in the final eight minutes. Overall, they went 18 of 27 for the game. Beallsville, meanwhile, was a mere 4 of 7.
Jarrett, who concluded a stellar 4-year career, led all scorers with 20 points. He also pulled down a game-best eight rebounds. Logan Nippert contributed seven markers and Kyle Groves finished with six.
Adam Stupak paced Shadyside with 14 points, one more than Dorris. Both also grabbed half-a-dozen rebounds, as did Jared Brooks, who scored eight points. Zach Frizzi added seven counters and eight boards in a reserve role.
Shadyside will now face Barnesville Saturday at 1 p.m. in a sectional semifinal.
BEALLSVILLE (39) - Groves 3 0-0 6; Mercer 1 0-0 2; Jarrett 7 4-4 20; Nippert 3 0-0 7; Secrest 1 0-0 2; Palmer 1 0-3 2; Rush 0 0-0 0; Totals: 16-52 4-7. SHADYSIDE (59) - Stupak 3 7-9 14; Brooks 3 2-3 8; Richardson 1 1-2 3; Gibson 2 2-2 6; Dorris 4 5-6 13; Johnson 1 1-4 3; Frizzi 3 0-0 7; Nardo 0 0-1 0; Schuetz 1 0-0 2; Fulton 0 0-0 0; Edgar 1 0-0 3; Cullen 0 0-0 0; Dalton 0 0-0 0; Totals: 19-39 18-27.
Three-Point Goals: Beallsville 3 (Jarrett 2, Nippert); Shadyside 2 (Stupak, Edgar)
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