|Tigers bury 6-of-10 from three-point range in district title game
|The perfect run that reached 23 straight
games just couldn't survive the recent
adversity and the incredible McClain
shooting. SVCsportszone.com's Doug
Kimsey was on hand, and he has a total
recap of Saturday's action from the
Convo in Athens.
|By Doug Kimsey, SVCsportszone.com Contributor
ATHENS â€“ The Eye of the Tiger, indeed.
McClain's Lady Tigers basketball team used deadly precision shooting to topple the No. 3 state-ranked
and undefeated Unioto Lady Shermans, 68-58 on a balmy, spring-like day on the campus of Ohio
University Saturday, winning the sixth Division II District tournament championship in school history and
first since 2002.
For the second year in a row, Unioto (23-1) settled for a District runner-up finish. The Tanks won their
last District crown in 1995, the year they advanced to the Final Four.
McClain (19-5) avenged a regular-season 52-43 loss at Unioto Jan. 28 and advances to the Sweet 16
Regional semifinal at Zanesville High School on Tuesday, March 10.
The Tigers sizzled from beyond the arc, nailing 6-of-10 from long range, including two coming in the
opening 90 seconds of the game to set the tempo. Unioto had no answer for McClain's long-range
prowess, although Chloe Cottrell nailed a pair of triples down the stretch to keep it close.
Junior swing-player Cottrell was brilliant, finishing with 24 points. UHS sophomore Janae Driggs added 11
points and had three steals. Sophomore pivot Mackenzie Arledge ended with eight points, eight rebounds
and four blocks.
Playing without the all-star services of senior point guard Shiann Ray slowed the Tanks on both ends of
the floor. Clearly, Ray's defensive savvy, hustle and leadership, not to mention her team-best 12.5 per
game scoring average, was a major factor in Unioto's loss. Ray, headed to Ashland College on a
basketball scholarship in the fall, is facing knee surgery.
Still, not to discredit McClain, the Tigers executed well, hitting 62 percent from the floor (21-for-34) and a
remarkable 83 percent from the foul line (20-for-24)
McClain senior Lyndi Seeley led the winners with 20 points. Junior teammates Courtney Hyer and Kate
Hammond added 13 apiece.
The game was tied at 31-31 after Unioto junior pivot Liza Elliott's layup with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
But the Tigers caught fire, pouring in 37 points in the final 11 minutes to win going away. A 28-23 fourth-
quarter by McClain kept the large Convo crowd spellbound.
No Unioto opponent scored more than 49 points in a game this season. But McClain had it going on. And
now, the Tigers are moving on.
Unioto graduates three seniors from this year's very special squad, guards Shiann Ray, Taylor Corcoran
and Taylor Karshner.