Linsly cruises by Shadyside

SHADYSIDE – Linsly got about everything it was looking for out of its girls’ basketball contest against Shadyside on Saturday.

The Cadets, first and foremost, earned the win, 72-25, their 17th straight after dropping the season opener at Steubenville.

Beyond that, Linsly head coach Erica Hall was pleased with numerous other intangibles.

”It was a good game all around,” she said following the matinee inside the Tiger Den. ”Everyone got playing time, we worked well as a team, we totalled 20 assists and I thought that was really good. We got some good minutes from our bench.

”I think our girls are ready for the tournament.”

Linsly is the top seed in the Class 3A portion of the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Tournament, which begins Monday night with semifinal action. The Cadets will play host to No. 4-seeded Magnolia. The other half of the championship bracket has No. 3 Shenandoah visiting No. 2 Fort Frye. The winners will meet for the title at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ohio University Eastern.

”This game kind of got us mentally prepared for what were going to face next week,” Hall said. ”We’re ready. We’re as ready as we’ll ever be.”

The Tigers (1-18) stayed with Linsly in the early going, trailing 11-8 midway through the first quarter. Then Vivian Allison got going.

Allison dropped in a jumper that gave the Cadets a 13-8 lead and sparked a 20-2 run that stretched midway into the second period. The fabulous freshman scored most of game-best 19 points along the way and propelled Linsly to a 26-6 advantage in the quarter and a 46-14 halftime lead.

”When we played them the last time we got off to a tough start … a little lackadaisical,” Hall noted. ”(Saturday), starting with our warm ups, we took a different approach. We knew we had to play hard regardless of what the score was. We stayed focused and did the right things throughout the game to keep that mindset strong.”

A bulk of Linsly’s buckets, especially in the first half, came via assists. Linsly totaled 20 on the day.

”We shared the ball well and in the second half we just focused on working the offense and getting plenty of passes in before getting our shot,” Hall said. ”We really did a good job of that and getting everyone involved.”

Linsly stretched the lead to 55-19 through three quarters.

J.J. Jackson added 15 points for the Cadets, while Morgan Brunner and Jazzie Orth each chipped in with 14.

”When you talk about Linsly, they’re a good team, a great team with great talent and depth,” Shadyside head coach Jim Miller said. ”We knew going it was going to be a challenge.”

Senior Toni Andes paced the Tigers with nine points, while Jonna Eneix had eight.

The youthful Tigers have endured injuries and roster changes this season to go along with the inexperience on its roster. Miller, however, has kept a positive outlook throughout.

”We do what we do and, hopefully, it’s enough,” he said. ”But, sometimes it isn’t.

”They’re young and learning. We’re just hoping to get through the season and build for years to come.”

No jayvee game was contested.

LINSLY (72) – Knowles 1 0-0 2; Jackson 6 3-3 15; Brunner 5 3-3 14; McDonald 0 0-0 0; Nagy 0 0-0 0; Petho 0 2-4 2; Allison 6 7-8 19; Miller 0 0-0 0; Vehola 3 0-0 6; Helmick 0 0-0 0; Orth 7 0-0 14. Totals 28 15-18 72. SHADYSIDE (25) – Ramsey 0 0-0 0; Eneix 3 2-3 8; Habig 0 0-0 0; Andes 2 4-4 9; Rosser 1 2-2 5; Hendershot 1 0-0 2; Archer 0 1-2 1. Totals 7 9-11 25.

3-Point Goals: Brunner; Andes, Rosser.