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Big Red too much for Harrison Central

November 27, 2012
By RALPH COX - Sports correspondent , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Big Red girls outscored Harrison Central 21-7 in the second quarter Monday night at the Crimson Center and held on to the lead throughout the second half for a 68-54 win in the mutual season opener for both teams.

The Lady Huskies trailed by one point at 19-18 with 4:13 left in the second quarter after sophomore Katie Ellzy canned a layup, but they didn't score again until the second half.

Meanwhile, the Lady Big Red, spurred by two straight three-pointers from junior Abby Taylor, scored 13 unanswered points to take a 34-18 lead to the locker room at the intermission.

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UP STRONG — Big Red’s Dana Poole goes up for two over, from left to right, Katie Ellzy, Kara Dunfee, and Amber Hatfield of Harrison Central. Big Red defeated the Huskies, 68-54, Monday at the Crimson Center.
-- Fred Younce

"Abby Taylor hit a couple of threes and that run helped us to relax a little bit offensively, but our defense did a decent job." said victorious coach Phil Cassinelli. "That girl underneath the basket, Ellzy, is tough. She's difficult to guard and does a great job of moving without the ball and getting position.

"I thought we did well as a team against her both with the girls that were guarding her and with negating that post entry pass. It was a real team effort tonight."

Ellzy, who got into foul trouble in the second half and fouled out with 2:44 left in the game, scored 20 points to lead the Lady Huskies.

"In the last three minutes of that second quarter we basically ran out of gas, " said Nick Yourkovich, Harrison Central coach. "Emiley Masloski broke us down. Until that point I thought we contained her and kept her out of the lane.

"Once she started to break us down, she made adjustments for herself, but more important, made adjustments for her teammates. Two or three times in that second quarter she drove into the lane and kicked the ball off to teammates for easy baskets. Then too, Taylor hit a couple of big shots in a row. Against a quality team like that it's hard to recover."

Masloski finished with a game-high 23 points, including 13 or 15 from the foul line. Taylor backed her up with 11 points and senior Dominique Wilson added 10.

Despite being down, Harrison Central continued to battle back in the second half. They outscored Big Red 14-13 in the third quarter and 22-21 in the fourth.

Big Red's biggest lead of the game was 22 points at the 3:30 mark of the third period when Masloski's younger sister, Hannah, a freshman playing her first varsity game, sank two free throws to give her team a 46-24 lead.

The final margin of 13 points was the closest the Lady Huskies could get. That came on a Shianne Nameth three-pointer with two seconds left in the game.

Junior Jesse Ledger, who hit three from behind the arc, was the only other Lady Husky in double figures with 14 points.

"It's always nice to win the first one," said the veteran Cassinelli. "You go into the year not knowing what your team is going to be like. You have expectations, but you just never know. You don't get a chance to scout the other team, either. The only thing we knew about Harrison Central was they lost a lot from last year through graduation.

"But they played a great game. It was a very physical game by both teams. We were very fortunate to come out on top."

Both teams return to the hardwood Thursday. Big Red will host Brooke while the Lady Huskies stay on the road, traveling to Union Local.

Big Red 68, Harrison Central 54

Harrison Central 11 7 14 22 - 54

Steubenville 13 21 13 21 - 68

HARRISON CENTRAL: Ledger 3 5-5 14; Compher 0 1-2 1; Dodds 1 0-4 2; Dunfee 2 3-3 7; Nameth 1 0-0 3; Ellzy 8 4-5 20; Custer 2 3-4 7. Totals: 17 16-24 54. Three-pointers: Ledger 3, Nameth; Rebounds: 31 (Ellzy, 8); Turnovers: 20.

BIG RED: E. Maslosky 5 13-15 23; H. Masloski 1 2-4 4, Young 2 3-9, Poole 2 0-0 4, Wilson 4 2-3 10, Baker 3 1-2 7, Taylor 3 2-4 11. Totals: 20 23-32 68. Three-pointers: Taylor 3, Young 2; Rebounds: 25 (Baker, 6); Turnovers: 17.

Panthers fall to Big Reds

RAYLAND - The Buckeye Local girls basketball team dropped a 63-31 decision to Bellaire Tuesday.

"We've been talking in practices and scrimmages about having strong starts, but we dug ourselves a hole early and weren't able to get out of it," said Buckeye Local head coach Willy Luther. "We just kept getting further and further behind, and at the end when you looked up at the scoreboard, the results weren't very favorable for us."

Kayla Fillipovich topped Panthers' scorers with 10 points. She also pulled down five rebounds despite playing with a torn ACL. Amy Balk chipped in with eight points.

Buckeye Local is off until Monday when heads to Harrison Central.

Bellaire 63, Buckeye Local 31

BELLAIRE: Crozier 5 5-6 15; Green 4 2-2 10; Kidder 6 7-7 21; Messenger 1 1-2 3; Ryan 0 1-2 1; Crook 3 1-2 10; Gillespie 0 0-0 0; Maupin 1 0-0 2; Garloch 0 1-2 1; Duffy 0 0-0 0; Smith 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-46 18-23. 3-pointers: Crook (3), Kidder (2).

BUCKEYE LOCAL: Zeroski 1 2-4 4; Swiger 2 0-2 4; Fedorko 0 1-2 1; Valuska 1 1-2 3; Balk 3 2-3 8; Fillipovich 5 0-0 10; Czuchran 0 1-2 1; Leonard 0 0-0 0; Banal 0 0-0 0; Taylor 0 0-0 0; Smith 0 0-0 0; Totals: 12-46 7-15.

Central loses to Bridgeport

STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Catholic Central girls basketball took a 46-12 home loss to Bridgeport Monday.

Micca Mirabella led the Crusaders with eight points. Rachel Irvin scored Central's other four points.

The Crusaders (1-1) are travel to Toronto to take on the Red Knights Thursday.

Bridgeport 46, Central 12

Bridgeport 12 10 11 13 - 46

Central 5 1 4 2 - 12

BRIDGEPORT: Sholenak 5 0-1 12, Murad 3 8-8 14, Kroll 2 4-8 8, Benda 0 3-5 3, Higgeneotham 1 1-2 3, Massey 1 0-0 2, Renzler 1 0-0 2, Millard 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 14 12-16 46. 3-pointers: Sholenak (2).

CENTRAL (1-1): Irvin 2 0-0 4, Mirabella 3 1-3 8, Hartzell 0 0-2 0, Undos 0 0-2 0, Knight 0 0-0 0, Dzidwatkoski 0 0-0 0, Parkinson 0 0-0 0, Rigaud 0 0-0 0, Torrence 0 0-0 0, Hunt 0 0-0 0, McComb 0 0-0 0, Virtue 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 1-7 12. 3-pointers: Mirabella.

 
 

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