Over the past three days, I have been at the OHSBCA Clinic. Each year, I look forward to the State Clinic, but I was disappointed
to miss Thursday nightâ€™s Zane Trace/Unioto girlsâ€™ basketball game as well as a league round in boysâ€™ basketball on
Friday night. Luckily for me, the Scioto Valley got hammered with snow late in the week, and I was able to attend the clinic without
missing any basketball.
Saturday night I was able to get a bunch of basketball. I was able to watch Zane Traceâ€™s girls in non-league action against Vinton
County. Second, I was able to watch the boys ZT/VC game, and lastly, I was able to leave there and make the tip of the
Westfall/Huntington boysâ€™ basketball game over at Huntington. Hereâ€™s a look at the three games from Saturday evening.
ROLL OVER VC
In Saturdayâ€™s non-league match-up with
Vinton County, Zane Trace received great games
from seniors Erin Dailey and Sierra Sigman as the
Lady Pioneers improved to 12-3 overall on the
season as ZT recorded a 69-38 win. Dailey
scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while
Sigman scored 18 points, pulled down 10
boards, and dished out six assists. Senior Jenna
Wiget was in double-figures as well with 12
Despite falling 57-40 to Vinton County Saturday
night, I thought Zane Trace looked much better
than I had seen them in the previous week. The
Pioneers played with a much higher energy level,
and their overall approach to the game was much
more aggressive and physical. The biggest
difference was on the offensive end. The
Pioneers were able to establish some post
threats, and their guards were attempting to get
to the rim rather than settling for jump shots.
Through the night â€“ a night where Vinton
County struggled to put ZT away for good, the
Pioneers were able to earn some points in the
paint in a variety of ways.
This performance could be used as a positive
step moving into next week. As I said in an
earlier article, ZT is obviously going to struggle
when playing without their two main returners.
This would be the case with any team. Imagine
Huntington playing without Dylan Gragg or Paint
Valley playing without Logan Markko. Zane
Trace is playing without two major pieces.
In Saturdayâ€™s game, Zane Trace got off to a
decent start. Vinton Countyâ€™s defensive
pressure took a toll throughout the game, but
Zane Trace hung in keeping the deficit around
nine or 10 for most of the second half.
|HUNTINGTON EARNS SEASON
SWEEP OF MUSTANGS
Westfall jumped out early in Saturday nightâ
€™s SVC make-up game at Huntington. The
Mustangs simply used their size to stretch the
match-up zone of Huntington, and their ability to
pass the ball over the top of the defense led to
several easy buckets for Westfall. The Mustangs
jumped out 10-2 and eventually would lead 12-
6 after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, Huntington started to
respond. On the offensive end, they were
starting to get the ball inside to Dylan Gragg, and
defensively, they were starting to become less
aggressive as they limited the paint touches for
the much bigger Mustangs.
The third quarter is where Huntington really took
control. Gragg was having his normal night as he
scored a game-high 21 points, but it was Brice
Vickers who took advantage of the attention
Gragg was drawing in the middle. Vickers
knocked down two key triples in a run that
would eventually put Huntington up 39-31. The
lead would quickly swell to double-figures as
Westfall continued to have trouble getting any
offensive opportunities in the paint, and
Huntington was constantly getting the ball to the
rim. The best evidence of this was the free throw
line. Huntington was 15-22 from the charity
stripe while Derek Robertson, who was WFâ
€™s only double-digit scorer with 16 points,
shot the only five free throws for the Mustangs
making four of them.