Shadyside fights off Barnesville

BARNESVILLE – There are times when a coach is simply happy to get a win.

Friday night was one of those nights for Shadyside’s Ed Andes.

The Tigers started strong in the first and third quarters, and that proved to be the catalyst for their 63-56 victory against Barnesville on the Shamrocks’ boards.

”We’ve had three losses in a row, so for he kids to come out with a win, it’s good for the team,” Andes said. ”It’s been 10 days (since we played). We had a cancellation (Tuesday against Shenandoah).

”We played well in spurts and it carried us.”

Shane Johnson and Zach Frizzi both finished with 15 points for Shadyside (8-9). Luke Nardo added 12 points, while Travis Fulton chipped in with 11.

The Tigers opened the game on an 8-0 run behind four points by Johnson.

Barnesville (4-12) didn’t hit a field goal until almost halfway through the first quarter – a layup by Brian Clark that made the score 10-4.

For Shamrocks head coach Chris Pack, he was a bit stunned with his team’s lack of emotion, considering it was Senior Night.

”We just didn’t show any passion or enthusiasm, especially early,” he said. ”We put ourselves in a big hole right out of the gate.”

The Tigers, meanwhile, shifted their game into another gear, and it showed in the form of a number of second-chance baskets being converted. A 10-2 surge, keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Frizzi and John Michael Schuetz, made the score 20-6. Shadyside finished the quarter with a 22-10 lead.

”For a while here lately we’ve been struggling on the offensive glass,” Andes noted. ”But, (Friday), we got some extra rebounds and some extra shots and that was a big plus for us.”

The Shamrocks didn’t let things get out of hand in the second, thanks to Isaac McGee and Zach Houston, who combined for 10 of the team’s 12 points in the period.

Houston’s two free throws made it a 27-20 game with about 3 minutes left in the half. But Shadyside bumped their advantage back up to nine, 31-22, at halftime, on a Logan Cline layup just before the buzzer.

”From the second quarter on I thought we’d come charge back,” Pack said. ”We got the engine revved up, but then, poof.”

The Rocks’ Eric Nicholson canned a jumper with about 5 minutes left in the third made the score 35-29. The Tigers answered, however, with a 13-3 run that spelled doom for Pack’s squad. Fulton poured in six points during the surge, with Frizzi adding five.

The Tigers, normally a team dependent on the 3-point shot (they canned 17 in an overtime loss to Monroe Central last month), made only two Friday to Andes’ pleasure.

”For us to only make two and win is unusual, but it’s good,” he said. ”It’s a positive because we made 22 2s, which is a lot for us.”

Pack was simply looking for any type of offense to crank up.

”We missed a couple of shots at the beginning of the game and had a hard time shaking out of it,” he said. ”I honestly thought we’d get clicking. We just never got there.”

McGee and Houston both finished with 17 points. Nicholson ended up with 13.

The Tigers return to action tonight at Linsly, before visiting Wheeling Central on Tuesday.

Barnesville plays host to Bellaire.

The Shamrocks won the junior varsity game, 46-43, in overtime.

Varsity scoring:

Shadyside 63, Barnesville 56

S – Nardo 3 6-6 12; Johnson 7 1-5 15; Cline 1 0-0 2; Frizzi 6 2-4 15; Schuetz 3 1-2 8; Fulton 4 3-4 11. Totals 24 13-21 63.

B – Nicholson 4 2-2 13; Wells 0 0-0 0; Hannahs 0 0-0 0; Decker 1 1-1 3; Clark 1 0-0 2; Stewart 1 2-2 4; McGee 7 2-3 17; Houston 6 5-6 17. Totals 19 12-14 56.

3-Point Goals: Frizzi, Schuetz; Nicholson 3, McGee.

Shadyside22 9 17 15 – 63

Barnesville10 12 16 18 – 56