A solid Adena effort falls short against Oak Hill in D-III district championship game
The Lady Warriors of Adena entered Saturdayâ€™s Division III District Championship at Waverly winners of 21 straight games. Standing between the two-shade blue and the Sweet 16 was perennial power Oak Hill. Adena played extremely hard withstanding multiple runs by Oak Hill, but in the end, Adena wasnâ€™t able to get closer than six as Oak Hill captured the title with a 55-42 win.
I thought Zane Trace head coach Joe Dunkle did a nice job describing this yearâ€™s Adena squad as well as this district final match-up on last weekâ€™s episode of SVC Sports Talk. The solid defense of Adena that Coach Dunkle referred to was definitely demonstrated Saturday as the Lady Warriors were able to cause 22 Oak Hill turnovers. Unfortunately, the free throw line as well as the three-point line proved to be the difference. Oak Hill enjoyed 23 attempts at the charity stripe compared to Adenaâ€™s nine as the Lady Oaks knocked down 18 free throws. Oak Hill also made five three-pointers compared to Adenaâ€™s two as the Lady Oaks outscored Adena in those two combined categories 33-12.
Even with this disparity, the Lady Warriors would not go away all day. Down eight at halftime, Adena found themselves down double-figures in the second half, but at one point, Adena was back within six at 39-33 in the fourth quarter. Multiple times, Adena had chances to get closer, but missed shots as well as outstanding defensive efforts from Oak Hill completed the win for the Lady Oaks.
Despite the loss, Adena ends an outstanding season. Saturdayâ€™s loss was the first since November 26th as the Lady Warriors finish at 21-2, gold ball champions of the SVC, sectional champions, and district runner-up. The Warriors say goodbye to their talented point guard Autumn Smith, but will return every other player in their quest to repeat. Jenny Grigsby, who recently was named the SVC and District Player of the Year, led Adena with 12 points in the loss.