Inaugural basketball tournament delayed by weather
The inaugural MPR Industry and United Dairy Martins Ferry Girls’ Holiday Basketball Tournament debuted Saturday inside the Tolbert Gymnasium high atop the Purple City.
However, good ole Mother Nature intervened after the first night of action when she covered the Ohio Valley with a blanket of fresh snow, forcing postponement of the event until next weekend.
The action on the court was fast and furious with one expected result, and one that wasn’t even on anyone’s radar screen.
In the opener, a quality Pickerington Central team handed Shadyside its fifth setback of the season by a 50-34 count. The nightcap saw a struggling Martins Ferry squad post a gut-check, 61-59, upset of previously unbeaten Steubenville.
It was nice to see the Purple Riders of first-year head coach Lindsay Coyne bounce back into the win column after a dreadful stretch in which they had lost three games in a row.
The event will conclude Saturday with the consolation game, pitting Shadyside and Steubenville, at 2 p.m. Martins Ferry and Pickerington Central clash in an all-Purple 4 p.m. championship tilt.
Shadyside’s Hayley Holenka joined sisters Ashley and Shayla as 1,000-point scorers Saturday when she eclipsed the milestone with the first basket of the game.
Hayley joins teammate Karli Bonar as 1,000-point scorers on this year’s Lady Tigers squad. Bonar surpassed the coveted mark in the season-opener against Shenandoah.
Harrison Central’s Jess Ledger continued her shooting prowess from behind the three-point arc as she cashed in seven attempts in the Huskies’ lone game last week – a blowout of Weir.
She now has 37 on the season.
Conotton Valley is the only OVAC?squad to sit atop both the boys’ and girls’ standings. The Rockets are 8-2 in boys and 6-3 in girls.
On the girls’ side, in addition to the Rockets, other top teams are University (5-A); Steubenville (4-A); Fort Frye (3-A); and Bridgeport (2-A).
On the boys’ side, Wellsville (2-A); Magnolia (3-A); St. Clairsville (4-A); and Morgantown (5-A) are the front-runners.
There are now just four unbeatens in the OVAC.
There are three on the girls’side, with two of them — Bridgeport (9-0) and Clay-Battelle (10-0) — being situated in Class 2-A.
The other is University in Class 5-A.
On the boys’ side, Magnolia (6-0) is the lone team still perfect.
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