Shadyside girls fall in two overtimes

If you looked at Shadyside’s 7-6 record and hadn’t seen the Lady Tigers play, you’d think they’re just a mediocre basketball team.

Actually, they’ve lined up and battled against one of the toughest schedules in the Ohio Valley and found themselves on the short end of several close calls.

Chalk up Saturday afternoon’s home encounter with Parkersburg South in that category.

The Lady Tigers seemingly ran out of gas down the stretch and it allowed the Lady Patriots to complete the season sweep by a 76-72 count in double overtime before a large crowd inside the Tiger Den.

“Both teams played extremely hard and left it all on the floor,” said a disappointed Shadyside head coach Tina Yates. “You can’t ask for any better effort. We knocked some shots down to come back and get the lead, but the foul line wasn’t kind to us.”

For the second time this season, talented South freshman Taryn McCutcheon was a thorn in Yates and the Lady Tigers’ side.

McCutcheon, who is already drawing interest of Division I coaches, displayed her entire arsenal of talents, especially in the second overtime when she scored all seven her team’s points.

“Hayley (Holenka) told me the last time we played (South) that (McCutcheon) was probably the best player she’s ever had to defend,” Yates said. “She’s quick, savvy with the ball and finds her teammates well. She’s got a lot of games ahead of her.”

In the second extra session, Shadyside owned a 72-69 upperhand after Holenka got free on the interior for two of her team-high 25 points.

However, on the ensuing trip down the floor, McCutcheon beat her girl off the bounce, took contact and softly laid the ball in. She then sank the charity toss to complete the conventional three-point play.

The Lady Tigers, who finished extremely thin after sophomore Kenzie Fielding left in the second half with an injury and Holenka was disqualified with fouls, didn’t score again.

McCutcheon, who pumped in 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed out six assists, scored on a pull-up jumper to put the Lady Patriots on top for good. She then drained two more foul shots to seal the deal after several Lady Tiger attempts wouldn’t go down.

“This is a tough one, but we have to bounce back,” Yates said. “We’ve got to play again on Monday against another quality opponent (Steubenville). This is definitely going to make us stronger and be a positive down the road.”

Shadyside led 15-9 after one panel, but looked up at a 30-24 deficit at the break.

The Lady Tigers got within one after three at 49-48 and took the lead early in the fourth thanks to Holenka. However, South proceeded to score 11 of the next 12 and appeared to be on the brink of taking over.

However, Shadyside had other ideas.

“We just couldn’t put them away,” said South head coach Scott Stephens. “Shadyside is a tough team and especially tough on its home floor.”

The Lady Tigers scored 11 in a row, including a huge triple from Toni Andes. However, South’s Keya Bartlett stopped the bleeding when she netted two of her 19 markers.

Kayleigh Rexroad buried a triple with 35 seconds, putting South back on top, but Shadyside got one-of-two at the line to send it to an extra session.

Holenka was complemented in the scoring column by classmate Karli Bonar, who buried five more triples and finished with 23. Andes scored 14. Senior Kristen Fijalkowski supplied yeoman’s work with eight points, 14 rebounds and tireless defense.

The game was very well played as evidenced by Shadyside had only 12 turnovers and South was charted for 10 in a 40 minute contest.

Parkersburg South made it a clean sweep by virtue of a 79-28 victory in the prelim.

PARKERSBURG SOUTH (76) – Rexroad 1, 2-2 5; McCutcheon 8, 10-13 29; Williams 2, 0-2 4; Bartlett 6, 6-8 19; Workman 4, 0-0 8; Hayton 1, 0-0 2; Wilson 3, 0-0 7; Byrd 1, 0-0 2; Totals: 26, 18-25 76. SHADYSIDE (72) – Holenka 9, 5-9 25; Bonar 8, 2-3 23; Fijalkowski 2, 4-9 8; Andes 4, 4-7 14; Fielding 1, 0-0 2; Jackson 0, 0-0 0; Gulley 0, 0-0 0; Johnson 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 24, 15-28 72.

Three-Point Goals: PS – McCutcheon (3), Rexroad, Bartlett, Wilson. S – Holenka (2), Bonar (5), Andes (2).