Classic in the Country

Day 3 at Classic in the Country includes four more thrillers

Day three of the 2018 Classic in the Country Challenge on Monday, Jan. 15 at Hiland High School’s Perry Reese, Jr. Community Center was a continuation of the 13 competitive games that took place the prior two days. Of the seven games played on Monday, four were down to the wire thrillers.

It really cannot be said enough, the CitC organizing committee really deserve a whole lot of credit for being able to rework the schedule all weekend to tackle the weather-related issues that wreaked havoc on travel for teams and game officials. Let this year’s event be remembered for a crazy amount of competitively close games and “the dunk heard around Ohio’s Amish Country.” made new friends and saw old friends, and we wish everyone safe travels back to wherever you call home. Winners on day three were Loudonville, Dublin Coffman, Huber Heights Wayne, Lakota West, Pickerington Central, Magnificat and Newark.


Game 1

Loudonville 53

Tuscarawas Valley 52

Player of the Game: Celeste Ryman of Loudonville

The Redbirds and Trojans came to Classic in the Country ready to play. Each school was making its inaugural appearance in this event, and fans from both sides brought a high dose of energy to kick things off on day three.

With both teams knotted up at 8-8 after the opening quarter, Tusky Valley pulled ahead for a five-point advantage at the half, behind the strong play of Kierrah Stewart, who shot 50 percent from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for the game. The Trojans extended their lead to as much as 38-25 in the third quarter until the Redbirds mounted their comeback.

Celeste Ryman, Emily Seboe and Grace Vermilya led the late charge for Loudonville. Ryman was seemingly everywhere on both ends of the floor and pushed the Birds to victory. She finished with 20 points, six assists and three rebounds while Seboe tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards to go with two steals. Grace Vermilya finished with 10 points and five rebounds while hitting a couple of clutch free throws down the stretch. Stewart ended a great game in the post for Tusky Valley with 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists while teammate Jenna Franks added 10 points.






Game 2

Toledo Rogers 42

Dublin Coffman 68

Player of the Game: Jacy Sheldon of Dublin Coffman

It was all Jacy Sheldon, all game, as she broke the Classic in the Country single-game scoring record. The junior from Coffman led the Shamrocks to a 39-26 halftime lead behind her 21 first-half points. The Shamrocks didn’t let off the gas in the second half, and Rogers looked uninspired once the deficit grew to 20.

Rogers’ highly recruited point guard Zia Cooke was kept in check by Coffman’s defense as she struggled shooting 5-of-21 from the field and finished with 14 points, five rebounds and six steals. Sheldon finished the contest as the new single-game scoring leader in CitC history with 37 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals and a highlight reel of fundamentals and hustle. Dana Axner finished with 14 points, and Lilly Edwards ended up earning a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Shamrocks.




Game 3

Huber Heights Wayne 49 (OT)

Regis Jesuit 44

Player of the Game: Aubryanna Hall of Wayne

In another CitC contest that spilled into overtime, Wayne held a slight 14-11 lead after the opening quarter, but Regis Jesuit (CO) closed the gap in the second quarter, thanks to an 11-0 run that gave the Raiders a 26-24 halftime advantage. Both teams would trade the lead in the third quarter.

With 3:22 left in the fourth quarter and Regis Jesuit holding a 42-37 lead, it looked like this game might be over for Wayne. However, Aubryanna Hall nailed a 3-pointer for the Warriors with 1:31 left on the clock to close the gap to two, and Wayne’s Kyra Willis hit two clutch free throws to tie up the game at the end of regulation to send things to overtime.

Willis hit two more freebies to start overtime, and Mya Dunson and Nyla Hampton went on the attack to close out the game and earn the victory for Wayne. Olivia Trice led Wayne in scoring with 10 points, but Hall had an excellent effort with eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Francesca Belibi, the rim-rocking junior power forward for Regis Jesuit, finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and three steals.







Game 4

Lakota West 44

Wadsworth 32

Player of the Game: Abby Prohaska of Lakota West

Lakota West led this one from the opening tip, jumping out to an early 12-6 lead in the first quarter and extending it to 25-17 at the half. The Grizzlies hung around, but they just couldn’t get it going. Both teams got after each other defensively, and the pressure created the Firebirds’ offense in the form of points in transition. Wadsworth was pressured full court most of the game, and it seemed to sap the energy out of their legs on offense. The Grizzlies were held to shooting 32 percent from the field and were only 6-of-15 (40 percent) from the charity stripe.

Lakota West senior Abby Prohaska took over this game late with her hustle on defense, which resulted in a few full-court layups on offense. She blocked a big shot late, followed by a couple of steals that helped seal the victory for the Firebirds. The Notre Dame signee led Lakota West with 14 points, four caroms, four steals and two assists. Firebirds teammate Jasmine Ballew added six points and six rebounds. Wadsworth was led by Lexi Lance with 9 points and three boards.





Game 5

North Canton Hoover 36

Pickerington Central 58

Player of the Game: Nicole Stephens of Pickerington Central


Pickerington Central and North Canton Hoover both came into this game missing a few players for various reasons. The Tigers didn’t seem to miss a beat by jumping out to a 11-6 lead after the opening quarter and then pounced on the Vikings in the second by outscoring Hoover 23-8, resulting in a comfortable 34-14 halftime lead. Central pushed the lead in the second half to as much as 29 points, and the Tiger defense held Hoover to shooting just 11-of-54 from the field (20 percent) for the game.

Nicole Stephens led Pickerington Central in scoring with 19 points while grabbing five rebounds and sharing three assists. Teammate Madison Greene finished with 16 points, three steals and three assists, and Kyla Whitehead had 13 points for the Tigers. Annie Roshak put together another nice game for Hoover with 21 points, five boards and two steals.





Game 6

Magnificat 48

Wooster 46

Player of the Game: Brenna Varga of Magnificat

Wooster beat Magnificat the first three quarters of the game, building a 39-30 lead for the Generals. However, the Blue Streaks stayed aggressive in the fourth quarter and hustled their way to the come-from-behind victory. Wooster still had a chance to tie it up before time expired, but a questionable non-call on a physical play sealed the victory for the Blue Streaks.

Brenna Varga shot 8-of-13 from the floor on her way to 17 timely points for Magnificat. Maura Robinson added nine points and nine rebounds for the Blue Streaks. Wooster was led by Daisha Brown with 13 points and seven rebounds, followed by Ny Brown with 11 points, four boards and three assists.






Game 7

Newark 37

Berlin Hiland 33

Player of the Game: Katie Shumate of Newark

Newark came into this game as the number-one ranked Div. I team in Ohio against a very young Hiland squad. Though the Hawks once again came up just a bit short this weekend, the future continues to appear bright as they continue to play well against top-tier talent in pressure situations. It was a tight game throughout with 10 lead changes. The score was tied 25-25 after three quarters of play, but Newark came up big down the stretch and took care of the ball when they needed to most as the Wildcats outscored Hiland in the final quarter 12-8 to earn the victory.

Both defenses spaced the floor well and seemingly challenged every shot. Not only did Hiland out-rebound Newark for the game (37-28), but Hiland’s D also held the Wildcats to making only 17-of-50 shot attempts (34 percent) and 3-of-21 from behind the arc. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Wildcat D held Hiland to shooting only 13-of-42 from the field (31 percent) and 4-of-14 from downtown (29 percent).

In the end the Hawks needed a little more offense and had no answer for the Wildcats’ junior shooting guard and Kent State recruit, Katie Shumate. Shumate carried Newark on her way to a 25-point output to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Taylor Scott also had a nice game for Newark, throwing in six points with six rebounds. Kennedy Schlabach paced Hiland with seven points to go with five rebounds and two assists. Sara Keim finished with six points and five boards for the Hawks.







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