Shadyside’s Karli Bonar signed an NCAA Division II basketball scholarship with Findlay University earlier this month.
Thursday night inside a raucous Tigers’ Den, she showed why.
The 5-7 blonde bomber nearly recorded a triple-triple as she knocked down a game-high 19 points, snagged nine rebounds and handed out nine assists in the Lady Tigers’ season-opening, 81-32, demolition of visiting Shenandoah (0-1).
Bonar, who meshed four shots from beyond the three-point arc after nailing 102 last season in which she was named all-Ohio, surpassed the coveted milestone at the 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter.
Taking a pass from Kristen Fijalkowski, Bonar tickled the twine from just above the top of the key to give her 1,001 career points. The game was stopped briefly as she was presented with a basketball and some gifts.
“Actually, that never crossed my mind once,” she said of reaching 1,000 career points. “I knew I was kind of close, but I didn’t want to now the exact number, and even if I did know the exact number, I don’t count my points during the game. So, I had no idea how many I needed.
“I’m glad that it is out of the way and now I can concentrate solely on each game.”
Shadyside head coach Tina Yates, a 1,000-point scorer at Ohio University Eastern, knows what Bonar was going through.
“You just never know how it is going to go. Sometimes when a player is close to 1,000 (points), it might take them three games to get it. She kept plugging away, and I’m sure the nerves were there a little. She’s just a great shooter.”
Bonar and classmate Hayley Holenka each scored eight points in the first quarter as Shadyside broke out to a 23-5 lead. The hosts would never be threatened even though they were only 9-for-24 from the field in the initial eight minutes, including a 3 of 10 performance by Bonar.
“I know it might sound silly, but my dad (Mark) always gets on me about taking too long to get my shot off when I’m wide open,” Bonar added. “I was kind of really open in the beginning of the game, but the shot wouldn’t fall for me.”
But, like all good shooters, she kept heaving them up there, finishing 7-for-17.
“I think once we get into the flow of our offense good things are going to happen,” Yates noted. “We made the extra pass to the open person several times tonight, and we were set. We weren’t trying to shoot off the run. That extra pass led to some easy, good buckets and shots.”
The Lady Tigers led 43-12 at the half and 64-26 after three periods.
Holenka had a superb all-around game, as well. She scored 18 points, dished out eight assists, charted seven steals and grabbed four rebounds.
“Karli and Hayley are players,” Yates assessed. “They complement each other so well.”
Also reaching double figures were junior Toni Andes with 15, while sophomore Kenzie Fielding and senior Dana Jackson evenly divided 20.
The 5-11 Fielding also recorded a double-double with 10 of Shadyside’s 47 rebounds. Senior Kristen Fijalkowski landed seven.
Shadyside’s tenacious defense forced 22 turnovers by the Zeps, including 16 in the first half. The Tigers had 11 miscues, but seven came after the halftime break.
Shenandoah won the JV game.
SHENANDOAH (32) – King 3 0-0 8; Arick 0 0-0 0; Hall 2 0-0 4; Dollison 1 0-1 2; Rossiter 5 3-4 13; Wukelich 0 2-2 2; Fogle 1 1-2 3; Wheeler 0 0-0 0; Long 0 0-0 0; Totals: 12-45 6-9. SHADYSIDE (81) – Bonar 7 1-1 19; Holenka 7 1-1 18; Fijalkowski 3 1-2 7; Fielding 5 0-0 10; Andes 6 0-0 15; Jackson 5 0-0 10; Benedetta 0 0-0 0; Kinemond 1 0-0 2; Rosser 0 0-0 0; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 34-71 3-4.
Three-Point Goals: Shenandoah 2 (King 2); Shadyside 10 (Bonar 4, Holenka 3, Andes 3)
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