|Unioto dodges upset
Sophomore Janae Driggs scores 18 in the win
|By Doug Kimsey, Contributor for SVCsportszone.com
Thursday, December 18th
The Zane Trace Lady Pioneers lived up to their trailblazing name, going where no other opponent of the
Unioto Lady Shermans this season had gone before. Namely, the Pioneers outplayed the Shermans for
the first 11 minutes of Thursday's game before Unioto rallied to stay unbeaten with a 55-42 girls'
basketball win at Trace.
Jumping to a 12-4 lead on a Jessica Roepke bucket with 3:20 left in the first quarter, the Pioneers (2-3,
2-2 SVC) appeared bent on pulling the biggest upset of the young season. But the Shermans (5-0, 4-0)
shook off some early rust, got their stifling defense rolling, and managed to kick-start the offense en route
to the win.
Chloe Cottrill, who finished with 8 points, hit a short jumper with 7:09 to go in the second frame to give
the Tanks their first lead of the night, 15-14. But the Pioneers hung tough, getting an Amanda Prickett
put-back with 5:14 left before half to take an 18-17 lead.
Unioto freshman Erin Bane sank a 15-footer from the elbow with 2:09 before intermission to give the
Tanks the lead for good at 19-18. Bane's basket started a 22-10 run by Unioto to turn the tide.
Tanks' sophomore guard Janea Driggs led all scores with 18 points, 12 coming in the second half. Senior
Shiann Ray chipped in 13 points and her usual solid floor game with five assists and five rebounds.
Mackenzie Arledge recovered from last Saturday's ankle injury to score 10 points, block three shots
and snare seven rebounds.
For Zane Trace, junior pivot Roepke led with 12 points while Makinzee Tatman added 7.
Unioto hosts Huntington on Saturday afternoon with varsity tip set for 1:15 p.m. while Zane Trace
travels to Paint Valley.