The Thundering Chickens of West Virginia Northern Community College invaded Ohio University Eastern Saturday afternoon, and saw both teams come out on the short end of a pair of lopsided decisions in men's and women's college basketball action. The Panther women reeled off an unbelievable 117-48 win, for an OUE women's scoring record for a game, while the men notched a 90-68 triumph headed into a big week of conference action.
Former Panthers coach Don Chamberlain saw his Thundering Chickens women's quint outmatched as the Panthers first and second teams dominated the first 12 minutes, racing to a 29-6 lead before calling off their press. The Panthers though, continued to suffocate the visitors in man coverage, forcing 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, as eight of 10 Panthers scored with three in double figures. Barnesville grad Allie Doan and former John Marshall standout Chanice Hill both scored 12 in the first half, as Beallsville's Savannah Burke added 11. OUE coasted to a 57-16 half-time advantage, assisting on more than half of their 24 first session buckets.
Northern did show improvement in the second half, scoring 32 points, but the damage was already done, as OUE topped the century mark with nearly five minutes remaining in the game via a bucket by Doan assisted by Martins Ferry grad Amber Skvarka. Eastern's defense was also still stout in the second stanza as they forced nine more turnovers while playing zone, skating to their 117-48 win.
"Our team the most of our game." commented the Panthers E.J. Schodzinski. "We played an over matched opponent and we played a clean game. I did not see any careless or sloppy patches and we were very articulate with the ball. We played unselfish ball and there were no bad passes." Schodzinski's statements are easily backed up by the 31 assists dished out by his team.
In all, Eastern saw all 10 ladies score with 7 reaching double figures. Burke lead the way with 22 Markers as Doan chipped in 18. Barnesville's Emily Carpenter and Hill each notched 15 points, with Charity Street adding 14. Skvarka had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, with St. John Central grad Sarah Wamsley scoring 10 in her Panthers debut. Wheeling Park grad Annie Flatley lead the way for the visitors with 18. Eastern improves to 10-3 on the season.
The Eastern men enjoyed success in the second half as the double header as the two headed monster of Barnesville's Collin Hudson and Caldwell's Jason Shaw went for double digits in the first half. The home team forced 12 turnovers by the Chickens and were up 21-8 eight minutes into the contest. OUE continued to apply pressure, building a 46-21 lead at the end of the first half.
The second half saw the visitors outscore their hosts 47-40, but they could not get any closer than 21 points nine minutes into the second. WVNCC did cut down on the miscues, only turning the ball over six times in the half, but Eastern was not to be stopped, as every Panther scored in the contest.
"We are happy to get the win." stated OUE's Donnie Madzia. "We played tense on defense to put them on their heels and played the fast break well. I think we came out relaxed in the second half because of the lead, and we didn't show the same fire in getting outscored 47-40. I was not happy about that, but we'll take the win."
The Panthers paced three in double figures, as Hudson and Shaw each netted 22, while St. Clairsville's Adam Perzanowski scored 10. Hudson also lead the team with 12 boards. Bill Redmen scored 25 for the Thundering Chickens, and Bellaire grad Clint Lekanudos added 10.
Eastern returns to conference action this week, as Wednesday they host Ohio University Zanesville, with the women tipping off at 5:30 and the men going at 7:30, and the University of Cincinnati-Clermont invades Sunday the 25th. The Panther women will bring a 10-3 overall record to the game, at 6-2 in the conference tied for the ORCC East, while UCC's ladies enter undefeated. That game kicks off at one, while the men tip at three.
Women: Ohio University Eastern 117 West Virginia Northern Community College 48
OUE (117): Doan 8 2-2 18; Burch 1 0-0 2; Street 5 3-4 14; Skvarka 3 2-2 10; Hill 5 0-0 12; Benda 2 0-0 6; Carpenter 7 1-4 15; Wamsley 4 2-2 10; Burke 10 2-3 22; Velkovich 4 0-0 8; Team 50 12-17 117.
WVNCC (48): Bosley 6 0-2 13; Kuth 0 0-0 0; Flatley 7 4-6 18; Leonard 1 0-0 2; Mi. Kausky 3 0-0 7; Me. Kausky 1 0-0 3; Mucheck 0 0-0 0; Manns 1 0-0 2; Team 19 4-8 48.
Three Pointers OUE 5 (Skvarka 2, Hill 2, Street) WVNCC 3 (Bosley, Mi. Kausky, Me. Kausky)
Men: Ohio University Eastern 90 West Virginia Northern Community College 68
OUE (90): Hudson 7 6-10 22; Perzanowski 4 0-0 10; Sabatino 1 2-2 5; Tolzda 4 0-0 8; Barcroft 3 3-8 9; Schmitt 0 2-2 2; Morgan 1 0-0 2; Wells 1 2-2 4; Theobald 2 1-2 5; Shaw 7 7-8 22; Team 30 23-34 90.
WVNCC (68): Murphy 5 0-2 10; McLaughlin 3 0-0 6; Pitts 2 0-5 5; Wilson 4 0-2 8; Okel 0 0-0 0; Redmen 7 7-9 25; Gerrero 0 2-2 2; Lekanudos 5 2-5 12; Team 26 11-25 68.
Three Pointers: OUE 7 (Perzanowski 3, Hudson 2, Sabatino, Shaw) WVNCC 6 (Redmen 4, Murphy, Pitts)