|Adena spoils Unioto's golden run
Unioto had already clinched its third straight SVC title. Unioto had won 36 straight SVC games â€“ a
streak just two shy of the all-time SVC record. Unioto had already beaten Adena in an earlier meeting
this season 64-40. All of this was irrelevant Thursday night in Frankfort as the Lady Warriors ruined
Uniotoâ€™s golden run by handing the Lady Shermans a 67-64 win.
Adena led 33-31 at the half. The Lady Warriors continued to control the game in the second half, and
by late fourth quarter, Adena was on the verge of blowing it open as they led 65-56 with just over a
minute-and-a-half to play. Unioto, as you expect a three-time champion to do, made one last push at
the Warriors. In less than a minute, Unioto had cut the lead in half, and a Chloe Cottrell put-back
basket along with Adenaâ€™s failure to put the game away at the line had Unioto down by just three
with one last shot to force overtime. The Shermans had a triple try from Cottrell and then Erin Bane
fouled on a three as time expired, but Unioto was unable to convert giving Adena the upset win.
Adena received a great night from their backcourt as freshman Jenny Grigsby and sophomore Autumn
Smith combined for 39 points (Grigsby 20 and Smith 19) and junior Brytan Givens added 14 points.
The Warriors were also successful in getting to Uniotoâ€™s bench as Mackenzie Arledge suffered
through some first half foul trouble. Arledge did still manage to score 17 points and teammate Janae
Driggs scored a game-high 23 points; however, the story in this game was Adenaâ€™s ability to score
the basketball. Unioto entered giving up a microscopic 37.6 points per game, but on Thursday, Adena
posted 67 points (nearly 20 points over Adenaâ€™s average offensive output).
Even with the loss, Unioto (13-1, 18-1) still wins the outright title, but Adenaâ€™s win helps the Lady
Warriors (11-2, 12-6) take second-place outright over ZT as long as the two-shade blue can beat
Westfall in a make-up game this weekend.