Tough fourth
quarter squashes
sectional title
hopes of Bearcats
Division III Sectional Championship  *  Waverly High School
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the Paint Valley and Northwest
sectional championship game
Paint Valley entered Saturday evening’s Division III Sectional Championship with hopes of returning
to Athens for the first time since 2002, but a bad fourth quarter saw the title slip through the hands of the
Bearcats in a 56-45 loss to Northwest.

Paint Valley scored the first six points of the game only to see Northwest answer with a 14-6 run as the
Bearcats trailed 14-12 after one quarter of play. The run continued into the second quarter as Northwest
scored the first bucket to go up 16-12, but Paint Valley responded to score seven straight points to go up
19-16. The two teams would eventually end the seesaw first half tied at 21-21 at halftime.

The Bearcats had several chances early in the second half to grab the early advantage, but the failure to
capitalize allowed Northwest the opportunity to jump out in front. Northwest was able to stretch its lead
out to six a couple of times including the 37-31 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Once again Paint
Valley responded. The Bearcats fought back to within two at 44-42 on a Garett Tyree steal, drive, and
score, but Paint Valley would get no closer. Northwest pushed the lead back to six at 48-42, and as PV
started to fall in love with the quick three on one end, the Mohawks sealed the deal at the charity stripe at
the other end. All totaled, Northwest outscored PV 15-5 at the free throw line.

The loss marks the end of the road for a really good senior class for the Bearcats. Paint Valley says
goodbye to Tyree, Logan Markko, Caleb Stratton, Aaron Claytor, Nathan Barker, Tim Everhart, Logan
Krivak, and Kevin Littler. Markko was outstanding for PV in his final game. The senior center scored 21
points and at times was single handily keeping the Bearcats in the game. At one stretch in the second half,
PV was having trouble getting the ball inside to Markko, but he cleaned the glass on three straight
possessions to record put-back baskets. Markko ended with 12 rebounds. The all-time PV shot blocker
also was doing it on the other end as he twice in the second half blocked shots that nearly landed at the
scorer’s table.
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