Stanforth beats the buzzer
to beat Southeastern
Driggs leads big come-from-behind win for Lady Shermans
Thursday night at Southeastern saw two teams beat each
other up in an extremely physical SVC battle that had
over 40 total fouls called as visiting Paint Valley came
from nine down entering the final quarter to win it 41-39.
The game was tied 16-16 at halftime as Southeastern
dominated the third quarter outscoring PV 16-7 in the
period to build a 32-23 lead after three quarters play.

The fourth quarter was Paint Valley’s turn to make a
run, and by the time the game clock ticked under one
minute, the Bearcats led 39-36. Southeastern’s Neysa
Triplett dialed up a long distance three to tie the game at

Paint Valley’s Abbie Walls pushed the ball on the
next possession. Walls let go a three with about eight
seconds remaining. The missed shot came off to the left
and freshman Laci Stanforth rebounded the miss and
delivered the game-winner as time expired.

The win is a big step for Paint Valley. Last year, Paint
Valley recorded seven overall wins and a sectional
championship, but the Lady Bearcats left a few SVC
games on the table. This year is starting to show PV is
finding a way to win some of these road games –
especially some of the close games that got away from
them a year ago. Paint Valley has already won at
Huntington and now Southeastern. The Bearcats head to
Westfall Saturday, and if they can win, they would enter
the second half of the season with a legitimate chance to
still win six or seven league games.

As for Southeastern, I realize this is a tough way to lose,
but I really like what I saw from a young team tonight.
This is a completely different team than the one I saw
earlier in the year. The young Southeastern guards are
showing incredible potential. The overall ball handling
and perimeter shooting is continuing to improve, and
their ability to pressure the ball defensively was
impressive. I don’t know if the improvement will
show up in terms of wins this year, but you take the
ability of freshman Kylan Strausbaugh and sophomore
Keisha Brown at guards and you have a nice nucleus.
Triplett, just a junior, will give SE a perimeter threat
again next year, sophomore Erin Uhrig is a great athlete
who plays very hard, and Southeastern will be bringing in
an eighth-grade group that is a top-half team in this yearâ
€™s junior high league.

In other action Thursday…It sounds like a very
interesting game unfolded down in Pike County
Thursday night. Piketon opened up a nine point lead at
halftime only to see Unioto come storming back to take
the lead entering the fourth quarter. Unioto was clinging
to a one or two possession lead for most of the final
quarter. Janae Driggs – who scored a game-high 25
points – made plays down the stretch including some
clutch shooting at the charity stripe.

I look at this result in a positive way for both teams. For
Unioto, they were in my opinion the league’s most
talented team before losing Mackenzie Arledge to now
fighting for everything they get. To their credit, they
continue to find a way to win. To be on the road against
a good Piketon team, be down by nine, and come back to
win, tells me a lot about the character of this team.
Without the presence of Arledge in the middle, it
probably makes Adena and Zane Trace the new league
favorites, but keep in mind Unioto is the three-time
defending SVC champions, so you have to believe the
Lady Shermans are still going to be a factor in this yearâ
€™s race.

As for Piketon, this is a great sign. I did not see this game
tonight, but you have to assume Piketon handled the ball
and rebounded the ball better. This is a great step for
Piketon. I mentioned the other night that I didn’t feel
Piketon played their best game and they still were able to
hang around with Adena. Tonight’s score proves to
me that even though Piketon probably won’t win the
league this year, they could definitely play a key role in
terms of who does win it.

The other two games were blowout wins for Zane Trace
and Adena.
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