Shadyside steamrolls Monroe Central
SHADYSIDE — A couple of weeks ago, Shadyside got all it wanted and then some when it visited Monroe Central before pulling out a 70-67 victory.
There was no drama or suspense involved with the second meeting, which came Friday night inside a toasty Tiger Den.
Shadyside flexed its muscle early and often en route to claiming a decisive 67-41 victory against the Seminoles.
“We kept playing and our defense was a lot better (Friday) than it was the first time we played,” Shadyside head coach Ed Andes said about the differences in the first and second meetings. “Plus, Monroe Central missed a lot of shots that it made when we played before.”
On top of the missed shots, the Seminoles — quite simply — gave away a lot of possessions with the upwards of 20 turnovers. Many of those giveaways led to transition chances, which Shadyside converted.
“We had some energy, were out in the passing lane and got a lot more steals,” Andes said.
On the other side, meanwhile, Monroe Central head coach Jon Perkins was nearly at a loss for words.
“When you don’t take care of the ball, shoot poorly and don’t guard very well, it’s a recipe for disaster,” Perkins said. “We weren’t ready to play and we have to find a way to get our guys ready to win. We’ve laid four eggs on the road, including three decisively. When you lose to a team by three the first time, it shouldn’t be a 30-point game on the other side.”
Shadyside (9-4) had the lead at greater than 30 for most of the second half before the Seminoles outscored the Tigers 17-11 in the fourth.
The Tigers led 18-9 after one and upped the margin to 34-18 at half, but the third quarter is where the game was fully blown open. Shadyside outscored Monroe, 22-6, and used a 19-2 run in the middle of the quarter.
Fueling the Orange onslaught was talented senior Kelly Hendershot, who poured in 22 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore Korey Beckett continued his strong season with 12 points, all of which came in the middle two quarters.
“We got contributions from a lot of guys, which is what we’re always looking for,” Andes said. “We have another game (Saturday) at Martins Ferry, so we played a lot of people to try to rest some people.”
Monroe Central (7-6) was led by Garret Cramer, who scored 13.
The Seminoles are back in action Tuesday at Barnesville.