Tigers, ’Rocks rivalry renewed

It was once one of the area’s best girls’ basketball rivalries.

Though, for whatever reason, Shadyside and Barnesville opted to cease their girls’ basketball series.

The rivalry will be re-kindled, however, next Wednesday night at Union Local High School with a berth in the Division IV Eastern District Tournament at Indian Valley High School on the line.

Both the Lady Tigers and Lady Shamrocks took care of their respective business in the opening round of the Division IV sectional tournament in Morristown in convincing fashion.

Barnesville got the evening started with a 39-27 victory against Caldwell, while the Lady Tigers – the top seed in the sectional – rolled to a 67-46 victory against Frontier.

SHADYSIDE had little trouble regaining its focus after Saturday’s gut-wrenching loss in the OVAC Class 2A title game thanks to a 23-7 opening period, which set the tone against the Lady Cougars.

“We had two good practices (since last Saturday), and I think everyone is on the same page that we’ve got some bigger goals still out there,” said Lady Tigers’ head coach Tina Yates. “We’re not overlooking anyone, and we’re taking these games one at a time.”

The Lady Tigers, now 18-3, got early scoring punch from its dynamic junior duo of Karli Bonar and Hayley Holenka, which was a welcome sight.

“We came out focused and ready to go and whenever you start fast, it makes it really nice,” Yates continued. “They’re really unselfish, they work hard and they realize the other day is over and this is like a new life.”

Bonar scored 20 of her game-high 24 in the first half. Included was a quartet of triples in the second quarter, which sparked Shadyside to a 41-13 cushion at the intermission.

The lead swelled to as many as 32 during the second half and was at 31, 61-30, when Yates emptied her bench.

Holenka complemented Bonar’s scoring with 14 tallies. Toni Andes and Jillian Laslo each had seven. Senior Brooke Meintel only scored three points, but she had 10 rebounds.

Frontier (8-13) was led by junior Heather Ogaz, who scored 11. Kelsey Rinard and Christen Douglas each had 10 points.

BARNESVILLE found its groove offensively in the first quarter and used its defense the rest of the way as the Lady Shamrocks’ offense went “stale” in their victory against the Lady Redskins.

On top of preparing for the Redskins, Lady Shamrocks’ head coach Jamie Carpenter was battling distractions away from the court.

“I’d like to dedicate this game to a good friend of mine, who’s going through a tough time right now,” Carpenter said. “He helped me with everything to get to this point so far. I don’t want to mention his name, but this goes out to him.”

The Lady Shamrocks appeared focused solely on basketball in the game’s early going as they jumped out to a 21-10 lead thanks to the hot shooting of senior Kayla Stewart, who connected for 10 points in the first quarter and buried another trey in the second quarter en route to finishing with a game-high 14.

“The first quarter was great,” Carpenter confessed. “We came out, played hard and I don’t think we missed too many shots. We shot well and Kayla really stepped up.”

Lady Shamrocks’ go-to-player Jessica Hunkler was limited to seven points as Caldwell employed a junk defense against her, but Carpenter expected such a tactic.

“We talked all week that we’d need someone to step up,” Carpenter said.

After the first quarter, the Lady Shamrocks scored just 18 points. However, they limited Caldwell (4-17) to only 17.

“We played good, sound defense,” Carpenter said. “Our goal was to stop (Maggie) Tilton and (Hannah) Jones, and I thought we did a good job of that.”

Tilton, who didn’t start the game as she was battling an illness, finished with six and only one field goal, while Jones was held scoreless.

The Lady Shamrocks were charted for 24 turnovers, while Caldwell was guilty of 20 miscues.

FRONTIER (46) – Daugherty 1, 0-0 2; Douglas 5, 1-1 11; Hurst 0, 0-0 0; Ogaz 4, 3-4 11; Fickiesen 1, 0-0 2; Rinard 3, 3-4 10; McPeak 1, 1-1 3; Camino 1, 1-2 3; Haessly 1, 0-0 2; Thacker 0, 2-2 2; Totals: 17, 11-14 46. SHADYSIDE (67) – Holenka 7, 0-1 14; Bonar 9, 1-2 24; Meintel 1, 1-2 3; Fijalkowski 2, 0-0 5; Andes 3, 0-0 7; Laslo 3, 1-2 7; Fielding 3, 0-0 6; Ramsey 0, 0-0 0; Lappert 0, 0-0 0; Jackson 0, 1-2 1; Totals: 28, 4-9 67.

Three-Point Goals: F – Rinard. S – Bonar (5), Andes, Fijalkowski.

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BARNESVILLE (39) – Hanlon 2, 0-0 5; Robinson 0, 0-0 0; D. Yager 2, 1-1 6; Brice 0, 0-0 0; Plumly 0, 0-2 0; Hunkler 2, 3-6 7; Stewart 5, 1-3 14; Bahmer 1, 1-2 3; Burga 1, 2-4 4; K. Yager 0, 0-0 0; Broomhall 0, 0-0 0; Lucas 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 13, 8-18 39. CALDWELL (27) – Tilton 1, 4-4 6; Gilmour 0, 0-0 0; Leasure 3, 2-7 8; Schell 2, 0-0 4; Sawyer 1, 3-6 5; Petry 2, 0-0 4; Jones 0, 0-0 0; McKown 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 9, 9-17 27.

Three-Point Goals: B – Hanlon, Stewart (3). C – None.

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com