Unioto clinches share of title Lady Shermans will try for fourth straight outright title Thursday against Adena
For the fourth time in as many years the Lady Shermans of Unioto are champions of the Scioto Valley Conference. Thursday nightâ€™s 67-42 win over Piketon clinched at least a share of the title for Unioto. The three previous seasons ended with Unioto winning outright titles. Next Thursday, Adena will be at Unioto trying to prohibit the purple and gold from making it four straight in terms of outright championships.
In Thursdayâ€™s win, it was Piketon who got out of the gate quickly scoring the first six points of the game. The size of the Lady Redstreaks was providing points in the paint and success on the offensive glass. The talented Unioto offense led by great games from Hannah Miller and Janae Driggs helped Unioto simply outscore Piketon early as the Lady Shermans took a 20-14 lead after one; however, I felt the key in the first half was the spark from freshman Tori Cox.
As mentioned, Piketonâ€™s size definitely impacted the first few minutes of the game. Cox, a 6â€™0â €� center, recorded four rebounds, blocked three shots, and changed a few more in the first half. Uniotoâ €™s defense held Piketon in check over the final 10 minutes of the first half as Unioto led 42-25 at the break. The first half tempo definitely favored Unioto as the leagueâ€™s top offense posted 42 points â€“ a total that is four more than Piketon averages giving up for an entire game.
Uniotoâ€™s lead was never really threatened in the second half. All totaled, Uniotoâ€™s pressure defense turned Piketon over 27 times â€“ a stat that really kept the game up tempo rather than in the half court.
Also, the JV league had a shake-up tonight. Adena, who had clinched a share at 12-0, lost in double-OT to Westfall. Unioto defeated Piketon, so now WF and Unioto both trail Adena by one. This means next Thursdayâ€™s varsity showdown will include a JV game that has a championship on the line as well. JV SCOREBOARD