Frizzi’s 34 lifts Shadyside by Monroe Central, 82-67

SHADYSIDE – When a shooter has that feeling, get the ball into his hands.

Zach Frizzi was in one of those zones Wednesday night as he recorded a double-double with career-highs of 34 points and 13 rebounds in Shadyside’s 82-67 victory over visiting Monroe Central in boys’ high school basketball action inside the Tigers’ Den.

“I had the hot hand and my teammates got me the ball,” the left-handed Frizzi explained. “It was good for me to get the rebounds and get the ball out to the other players. We played well as a team. This is a good win for us.”

After five lead changes and a tie, the Tigers (5-5) took control of the game two minutes into the second quarter. Trailing 20-19, Shadyside ran off seven quick points, and 16 of the next 20, for a 35-24 advantage. The hosts led 40-31 at the half as Frizzi netted 11 on a trio of triples and a conventional basket.

Every time the Seminoles (8-2) made a run in the third period, Frizzi had an answer. Monroe Central cut the deficit to five, 40-35, early in the third quarter, but Shadyside head coach Ed Andes quickly called a timeout.

Less than 10 seconds after the stoppage in play, the sweet-shooting southpaw drained a trey and Shane Johnson added a bucket to bump the count back to 10, 45-35. A 6-2 run cut the margin to six, 47-41, with 2:45 left in the third, but Frizzi knocked down a pair of inside shots to keep the Monroe Countians at bay.

“Every time we had a chance to get a little closer than five or seven points, they had an answer, and it was usually Frizzi,” veteran Monroe Central head coach Lou “Scooter” Tolzda said. “We couldn’t get a stop on the defensive end of the floor, either.”

Shadyside held a 56-48 edge entering the final chapter, but Frizzi was just warming up. He netted eight of his team’s first 10 points as the lead grew to 66-57. Then, with the Tigers ahead 68-59, he tallied eight of his team’s next 10 markers.

“That’s good for Zach,” Andes said. “We need for people to step up like that. I thought we played well as a team. Once again, these guys are unselfish and you saw that tonight.”

During that fourth quarter, Frizzi was 6-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the foul line.

“They are a good team,” Frizzi said of the Seminoles. “They hung with us there for the first half, but we really turned it on in the second half. I liked what I was seeing.”

In addition to Frizzi, three of the other Shadyside starters reached double figures. Johnson netted 16 while Luke Nardo and John-Michael Schuetz evenly divided 20. Travis Fulton, the fifth starter, barely missed with eight points, but contributed six rebounds and half-a-dozen assists.

“We really spread the ball around tonight,” Andes noted. “We make that extra pass and we find guys wide open. It’s not hard to make a shot when you’re wide open.”

Tolzda had a feeling prior to the game that this wasn’t going to be a cakewalk for his team.

“I knew coming up here that this was going to be a battle despite them being 4-5 and us 8-1,” he said. “You can throw the records out. They just deserved to win.

“Their size inside hurt us and they put people in spots that we were vulnerable in,” he added. “Without Curtis (Nixon) we’re a small team, and it hurt us tonight. I don’t want to make any excuses though.”

Nixon will have surgery on his knee Tuesday to repair damage suffered in a game earlier this season.

Bryan Duffy had a team-high two dozen for Monroe Central, including 17 in the second half to keep the Seminoles close for awhile. Chandler Kuhn registered 14, Zach Jorris added a dozen and Levi Brown 10.

Shadyside led 43-28 off the glass behind Frizzi and Fulton. Nardo also had six boards and a like number of helpers. Brown hauled down eight caroms for Monroe Central and charted six steals.

The Tigers also won the JV game, 53-52, as Josh McFarland capped a wild fourth-quarter comeback with a three-pointer with five seconds left for the win.

Shadyside hosts River Friday, while Monroe Central welcomes Buckeye Trail to Woodsfield.

Varsity scoring:

MONROE CENTRAL (67) – Jorris 5 0-0 12; Burkhart 0 2-2 2; Brown 3 4-5 10; Duffy 9 6-9 24; Kuhn 7 0-0 14; Morton 0 2-2 2; Alleman 0 1-2 1; Howell 1 0-0 2; Ash 0 0-0 0; Totals: 25-62 15-20. SHADYSIDE (82) – Nardo 4 2-3 10; Johnson 4 7-8 16; Frizzi 13 3-4 34; Schuetz 3 1-2 10; Fulton 4 0-0 8; Cline 2 0-0 5; Totals: 30-55 13-17.

3-Point Goals: Monroe Central 2 (Jorris 2); Shadyside 9 (Frizzi 5, Schuetz 3, Cline)

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