MORRISTOWN — Barnesville High’s Jamie Carpenter knew his team faced an uphill battle against talented, top-seeded Shadyside.
After a scoreless first quarter, that hill turned into a mountain the size of Mount McKinley for the Lady Shamrocks.
Barnesville opened with an 0-for-13 shooting performance in the first quarter and fell behind 11-0 and Shadyside never looked back in a 58-25 triumph in the Division IV Girls’ Sectional co-finals at Union Local High on Thursday.
The victory propels the Lady Tigers into next week’s district action with a 17-7 record while the season ends for the Lady ‘Rocks at 8-16. It was also Shadyside which ended Barnesville’s season a year ago by a an identical 33-point margin (52-19).
Thanks to Barnesville’s early jitters and inability to score despite several close-range shots, Shadyside managed its lead despite a rather mundane start. Seven points from senior Hayley Holenka were the only bright spot in the opening quarter.
“We knew the first quarter was huge,” related Carpenter. “We felt if we could come out and hang with them, it would be a confidence boost that we could play with this team. Last year, we got down 19-4 and couldn’t let that happen, but it did.
“We put in a new offense three days ago for them and we got good looks,” he continued, “the shots just didn’t fall.” Barnesville finally got on the scoreboard at the 7:24 mark of the second period on a 10-footer by Lane Hanlon, but Shadyside senior sharpshooter started heating up with back-to-back three-pointers to help push the lead to 18-2.
A couple of “treys’ by Layna Broomhall enabled the Lady ‘Rocks to get going briefly, but the Tigers still posted a 16-10 edge during the round to extend their lead to 27-10 at the half.
Bonar, the Tigers’ leading scorer at 19.2 per game, poured in 13 points in the period.
A Hanlon hoop opened the third quarter for BHS, but that would be the only points of the round as Shadyside gained a 10-2 advantage to widen the gap to 37-12. Holenka’s five tallies led all scorers.
The Tigers got the first 10 points of the fourth frame to make it a 35-point spread, and the benches cleared to finish it out.
“That’s a good ball team there with two very good players,” Carpenter said of Shadyside. “It’s hard to stop a team when they have more than one weapon.
“We had a mountain to climb before we got here and then it got a lot steeper when we don’t shoot well,” the BHS coach added. “I give my kids credit, thought. I don’t think we quit at all.”
Bonar, the all-Ohioan who owns the OHSAA’s all-time career record for three-point goals (boys or girls), led Shadyside with 21 points while Holenka tallied 16. Bonar, whose total included five “triples” now has 345 long-range goals for her career.
The Lady Tigers were 21-of-50 from the field and 8-of-18 at the free throw line with 40 rebounds and 11 turnovers. Kristen Fijalkowski led the SHS rebounders with 10 while Holenka had seven and Bonar and Toni Andes each had five. Holenka added to a fine all-around gaqme with six steals.
For Barnesville, Broohmall hit three “treys” for a nine-point outing, but no one else had more than four.
The ‘Rocks were just 9-of-49 on action shots (18.4 percent) and 3-of-13 at the charity stripe (23.1 percent) with 36 boards and 16 miscues. Freshman Shayla Markovich, the team’s leading scorer, had seven rebounds but scored just one point; Hanlon had six retrieves and Miranda Plumly and Raquel Bahmer each had four.
Barnesville’s Carpenter lauded the season-long effort of his four seniors —Hanlon, Bahmer, Sydney Bruce and Marissa Burga —and despite the loss was pleased with the progress his team made this yera.
“All four are very good academic kids and we wish them the best,” he offered. “ We lost Jessica Hines, who averaged 20 points last year, and we had only won six games so not a lot was expected, but we came out and got better as the season went on and won eight and got back to the sectional finals again.”
In the nightcap, River beat Bridgeport, 53-49, to joining Shadyside in next week’s Division IV District at New Philadelphia High. River faces Hiland (a 44-32 winner over Strasburg) in the first game on Thursday at 6 p.m. while Shadyside takes on Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (a 49-46 winner over Garaway) in the 8 p.m. nightcap.
SHADYSIDE 58, BARNESVILLE 25
Hayley Holenka 5-12 5-11 16, Kenzie Fielding 3-6 0-0 6, Toni Andes, 1-4 0-0 2, Kristen Fijalkowski 0-2 0-0 0, Karli Bonar 7-14 2-2 21, Shelby Benedetta 0-2 0-0 0, Alicia Gulley 0-0 1-2 1, Lauren May 0-1 0-0 0, Jaycey Eneix 1-2 0-0 3, Samantha Rosser 1-1 0-0 3, Logen Johnson 2-3 0-0-3 5, McKayla Kinemond 1-1 0-2 2, Dana Jackson 1-3 0-0 2, Scofield 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 8-18 58.
Sydney Bruce 1-2 0-0 3, Miranda Plumly 0-3 2-2 2, Lane Hanlon 2-10 0-0 4, Raquel Bahmer 1-6 0-0 2, Shayla Markovich 0-8 1-9 1, Sydney Ralston 1-5 0-0 2, Layna Broomhall 3-8 0-0 9, Paige Huntsman 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 9-49 3-13 25.
Shadyside 11 16 10 21 — 58
Barnesville 0 10 2 13 — 25
Three point goals—SHS 8-19 (Bonar 5, Holenka, Eneix, Rosser); BHS 4-13 (Broomhall 3, Bruce). Rebounds—SHS 40 (Fijalkowski 10, Holenka 7, Bonar 5, Andes 5, Jackson 4); BHS 36 (Markovich 7, Hanlon 6, Plumly 4, Bahmer 4, Ralston 3, Broomhall 3). Assists—SHS 9 (Bonar 2, Johnson 2); BHS 3. Steals—SHS 9 (Holenka 6); BHS 2. Blocked Shots—SHS 3; BHS 2. Fouls—SHS 9; BHS 14. Fouled Out—none. Turnovers—SHS 11; BHS 16.