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T-Bird Girls Basketball Falls Short In Sectional Final

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Minster, USV snag spots in Division IV district semifinals

By Mike Miller – sports@limanews.com

Lima Central Catholic’s Madison Stolly (14) and Upper SciotoValley’s Shelby Sparadin fight for a rebound during a Division IV sectional final Saturday night at Bath High School.

Lima Central Catholic’s Josie Mohler puts up a shot againstr USV’s Maddison Lowery during a Division IV sectional final Saturday night at Bath High School.

USV 69 LCC 43

The Thunderbirds struggled shooting the ball all game long and Upper Scioto Valley didn’t and that in a nutshell is the story of the Rams 69-43 win.

LCC fell behind 18-11 after one period of play thanks to hitting only 5-of-15 from the field while USV was going 6-for-11.

The T-Birds (9-15) were still with-in 30-20 at the half but the Rams blew the game open with a 11-0 run to open the third quarter.

The T-Birds employed a man to man defense the entire game but were unable to stop the Rams dynamic duo of Emily Patton who finished with a game-high total of 32-points and Shelby Spradlin who totaled 23 points for USV who improve to 18-6 on the season.

“They hit shots from the beginning and we put ourselves in bad situations by rushing our shots,” LCC coach Katie Krieg said. “Our mental focus was hurt when we were playing good defense and they were still hitting their shots; we let one end of the court affect our play at the other end.”

The Rams would finish the contest connecting on 25-of-48 from the floor good for 52 percent shooting. That total included 7-of-14 on 3-point attempts.

LCC, meanwhile, struggled to a 31 percent shooting game, hitting on 17-of-54 from the field. LCC finished 7-of-28 on 3-point attempts and that total included 5-of-8 in the fourth quarter.

Madison Stolly finished with a hard earned 26 points to pace the T-Birds. Her total included four 3-pointers in the final period of play.

“We have great shooters and you look good when the shots are falling,” USV coach Mike Risner said. “Opening the third quarter like that set the tone for the rest of the game, you just have to win them one at a time now.”

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