Playing the game and remaining games dedicated to their fallen senior captain Shiann Ray, the Unioto
Lady Shermans rolled past the New Lexington Panthers 49-35 at the opening game of the Division II
District Tournament, hosted by Southeastern High School on Thursday.
A huge Unioto fan following dwarfed New Lexington's followers. It had to help that the Tanks were 15
minutes from the gym while New Lexington was two hours away.
Ray, a first-team all-conference selection, is sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury suffered earlier this
week in the sectional title game.
Her Unioto teammates are honoring Ray by inking her jersey number â€œ3â€� onto their legs.
Unioto led from start to finish, jumping to a 15-8 edge after one quarter and coasting into halftime on top
27-23. The Tanks put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 16-6 and never let the
lead slip below 12 points.
Sophomore center Mackenzie Arledge led the Tanks with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She also blocked
Sophomore guard Janae Driggs chipped in with eight points, two assists and two steals while junior
forward Chloe Cottrill scored nine points and collected 10 rebounds and two assists.
With the district semifinal win, Unioto wins a berth to the Convocation Center in Athens and the district
championship game, set for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
Unioto will take on Greenfield McClain, a 56-45 winner over Warren in Thursday's nightcap.
|Shiann-Less Shermans Shine On
Unioto goes to 23-0 with 49-35 win over New Lex
|By Doug Kimsey, SVCsportszone.com Contributor