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River starts postseason with beatdown vs. Trojans

By NICK HENTHORN Sports Editor HANNIBAL — As far as starts to a postseason go, the River Pilots got off to a good one Monday night inside R.L. Potts gymnasium, dismantling the Newcomerstown Trojans 60-19 in a D-IV sectional ‘pigtail’ game before taking on Malvern on Wednesday. “It’s always good to start off with a win tonight, no matter who it is,” River head coach Rick Isaly said. “I could have waited until Wednesday, but I have 10 kids and lots of times over the last two weeks we’ve had kids hurt, some kids haven’t practiced. I used this as kind of a practice to get ready for our next game.” River had nine players in the scoring column Monday, led by Kelsey Harlan who scored 15, all in the first half before sitting all the second. Harlan also grabbed seven rebounds, dished five assists and nabbed five steals. Kaylee Hagan scored 11 points with five rebounds, and Maci Isaly scored 10 points with five steals. Both players, similar to Harlan, did all their damage in the first half. River led 52-10 at halftime. The Pilots started the game with eight straight second-chance points, as River owned the glass on both ends of the court and opened Monday’s game with a 22-0 scoring start before Newcomerstown’s Bug Peoples got the Trojans on the board with a long two a the 2:45 mark of the quarter. People led the visitors with seven points, and made the lone 3-pointer for the Trojans in Monday’s game. River grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first quarter, a stretch where the Trojans managed two total, and took six shots. The Pilots were ahead 30-6 at the end of eight. “We came out early and took care of business,” Isaly said. “Put them away early and we got to give some of the kids who haven’t played all year a chance. We have a JV team, they got the whole second half.” River ended up with 18 offensive rebounds on the game. The Pilots made seven 3-pointers as a team, Hagan making three. They committed 12 turnovers to Newcomerstown’s 31 giveaways. Isaly and his squad, now 20-3, will take on the Malvern Hornets (7-15) on Wednesday at home.

HANNIBAL — As far as starts to a postseason go, the River Pilots got off to a good one Monday night inside R.L. Potts gymnasium, dismantling the Newcomerstown Trojans 60-19 in a D-IV sectional ‘pigtail’ game before taking on Malvern on Wednesday.

“It’s always good to start off with a win tonight, no matter who it is,” River head coach Rick Isaly said. “I could have waited until Wednesday, but I have 10 kids and lots of times over the last two weeks we’ve had kids hurt, some kids haven’t practiced. I used this as kind of a practice to get ready for our next game.”

River had nine players in the scoring column Monday, led by Kelsey Harlan who scored 15, all in the first half before sitting all the second. Harlan also grabbed seven rebounds, dished five assists and nabbed five steals. Kaylee Hagan scored 11 points with five rebounds, and Maci Isaly scored 10 points with five steals. Both players, similar to Harlan, did all their damage in the first half.

River led 52-10 at halftime.

The Pilots started the game with eight straight second-chance points, as River owned the glass on both ends of the court and opened Monday’s game with a 22-0 scoring start before Newcomerstown’s Bug Peoples got the Trojans on the board with a long two a the 2:45 mark of the quarter.

People led the visitors with seven points, and made the lone 3-pointer for the Trojans in Monday’s game.

River grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first quarter, a stretch where the Trojans managed two total, and took six shots. The Pilots were ahead 30-6 at the end of eight.

“We came out early and took care of business,” Isaly said. “Put them away early and we got to give some of the kids who haven’t played all year a chance. We have a JV team, they got the whole second half.”

River ended up with 18 offensive rebounds on the game.

The Pilots made seven 3-pointers as a team, Hagan making three. They committed 12 turnovers to Newcomerstown’s 31 giveaways.

Isaly and his squad, now 20-3, will take on the Malvern Hornets (7-15) on Wednesday at home.

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