By Doug Kimsey, Contributor

Two of Southeastern Ohio's best girls teams collided on a frigid night in Frenchtown Wednesday and the
Unioto Lady Shermans – ranked the No. 5 team in an Associated Press state poll – prevailed, 52-43
over the McClain Lady Tigers.

The undefeated Shermans (16-0) gave coach Cyndy Driggs an historic 206th career coaching victory at
Unioto.  Driggs surpassed boys coach Ron Lovely as the winningest basketball coach in school history.

McClain entered the game with a nifty 12-2 mark, good enough for a No. 3 seed in the Adena sectional.
Unioto is a No. 1 seed in the same tourney.

Sophomore center Mackenzie Arledge led the winners with a big night all-around, scoring 18 points,
snagging nine rebounds and blocking five shots.

Senior point guard Shiann Ray added 14 points, five rebounds and four steals while junior swing player
Chloe Cottrell scored 14 and grabbed five rebounds.

Unioto pulled steadily away after rallying from an early deficit, caused partly by a first-quarter team
technical foul assessed when the Tanks mistakenly placed six players on the court coming out of a timeout.

The Tanks led 15-13 after one stop, 31-21 at halftime and 39-32 going to the fourth quarter.

McClain junior Megan Saylor led her team with 17 points, 13 coming after halftime.

Unioto resumes SVC play Thursday (Feb. 5) at Paint Valley. A win would sew up an outright conference
title for the unbeaten Shermans.
Arledge, Ray, & Cottrell post big numbers in 52-43 win