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Thoughts from a great two days of hoops
By Shayne Combs, email@example.com
The basketball crazy weekend started at Zane Trace Friday night. I thought the Lady Pioneers played
well. I realize Alexander is down, but Zane Trace did show some ability on the offensive end to do some
things that I had question marks about coming into the season. Kelsey Dunkle played well. She shot the
ball well from three, and she showed some ability off the dribble to create her own shot as well as shots
for her teammates. I also thought Hayley Carle played great. Carle had a double-double with points and
rebounds, and her ability on the defensive end is game-changing.
Next up was Adena. I did not see Adena in its Miami Trace loss last week, but I thought McClain was a
great test. The Lady Tigers attempted to really keep the game in the half court, but Adena had success
early causing turnovers and creating some easy scoring chances. I felt like Natalie Cooper was a big factor
in this game. Cooper - very similar to Carle in terms of being able to guard a lot of different positions -
was able to get in the passing lanes and force some turnovers. Jenny Grigsby really started to get things
going in the second quarter of this game before foul trouble made this one closer than it should have been
in the second half.
The crazy thing about the Adena game was I left close to halftime in order to head to Unioto thinking
Adena was in control. I was surprised when I got the later text showing me the much closer final score.
Anyways, I was able to arrive at Unioto on time. First, at the end of the first quarter, I appreciate Unioto
allowing me to present the students their well-deserved SVCsportszone.comâ€™s Student Section of the
Year banner. After Westfall own the title in 2009-2010, Unioto is now the current champion for 2010-
2011. At the end of this year, our committee will vote the winner and that school will get the banner for
Now back to basketball! As for the game at Unioto, it was a great match-up of two complete teams. This
was a great win for Unioto against a really good team. Unioto got great frontline line play from Chase
Detillion, Andrew Warner, and Adams Woods, but the biggest key was the fine point guard play from
Cole Murray. On nights these four play as well as they did Friday, Unioto is going to be tough to beat.
Saturdayâ€¦it was back to Zane Trace. First, Westfall was in an interesting game with McClain. Westfallâ
€™s size and athleticism took over this game early, but foul trouble forced the game into a more favorable
pace for McClain. Finally, Westfall was able to turn the pressure up and create some easier chances to
score. As the game got late, Westfall was able to avoid the constant McClain pressure by simply attacking
the rim off the dribble. I give Derek Robertson a lot of credit. I did not feel he played great through the
first three quarter, but he really took the game over in the final quarter with 11 points. The final play was
described to me as a â€œbustedâ€� play, but Neal Hegarty â€“ who had a nice fourth quarter himself â€“
made a great individual play and hit a big shot. Great win for Westfall to start the year. I watched them
lose a heartbreaking, triple OT game at Unioto early last year, and I felt that hurt them for weeks to come.
Perhaps a win like this can work in a positive way this season.
Next up was Huntington. I thought the Huntsmen played very well. Brice Vickers was outstanding in the
first half of this game. With Dylan Gragg drawing a lot of attention, Vickers was everywhere making shots,
pulling down offensive rebounds, and recording steals as he helped Huntington get out to a quick start. The
second big factor in this game was Huntingtonâ€™s bench led by Jake Kellough. Huntington was battling
foul trouble as Vinton County came storming back in the second half, but as soon as foul trouble hit the
Vikings in the early part of the fourth quarter, Huntington delivered the knockout punch. Kellough played a
great floor game, and Greg Magill gave Coach Rinehart some nice minutes as well. Perhaps the biggest
shot of the day was a Blake Campbell three-pointer from the top of the key with about six minutes to go in
the game to give Huntington a lead that they would never surrender.
With no SVC team in the third game, it was off to the hospitality room. I appreciate the fine people of
Zane Trace taking care of us at SVCsportszone.com. For all who know me and my not so flattering
physique, I am obviously not a picky eater, but I will say the meatballs were simply outstanding.
Last but definitely not least was Zane Trace and Lucasville Valley. Last year I watched the game of the
year early with the before mentioned Westfall/Unioto game, and opening night or not, this could very well
be this yearâ€™s best instant-classic. Zane Trace stormed out of the gates as it appeared the Pioneers
were going to post a big first half number; however, after scoring 21 points in first six minutes of the game,
they struggled through foul trouble and colder shooting over the next few quarters. Wes Beam dominated
the paint in the early going before Valley really starting focusing more on the ZT post player. Nonetheless,
ZT still led 48-40 after three, but now the foul trouble was really getting bad. Colton Whitehouse already
fouled out in the third quarter, and a few other starters had four fouls. This game started reminding me of
last yearâ€™s ZT team, but this yearâ€™s version found a way to win. I thought Ian Carle in second half
before fouling out did a good job at the point, and Jesson Hill was terrific down the stretch as he made big
shots and handled the ball well. Finally, what can I say about Tyler Hinty? You have to love a sophomore
who is not bothered by the big moment at all. Hinty knocked down two triples in the final 12 seconds of
the second overtime to win it.
The double-overtime finish did not allow me to get home until about midnight, so I do apologize for the late
update on the website. This was a great start to the season, and I am really looking forward to the
upcoming week as SVC play gets underway.