Garaway thumps TCC 80-23, Meese scores like mad


In our Winter Sports Superhero Themed Previews, Izzy Meese was creatively named by’s Dave Mast as “Sizzizzle”. Don’t dare tell him and expand his already bald head, but Dave hit the nail on the head when dubbing Meese as a player that can put up points in a hurry.

In Sugarcreek on Saturday Tuscarawas Central Catholic only trailed Meese and the Lady Pirates 7-4 midway through the first quarter.

Garaway coach Jim Monigold subbed for all five players, re-loading the line-up. Coming back into the game in the mass substation, at the 3:13 mark of the first quarter, was the senior Meese.

It was time to add that sizzle to this IVC game.

In the next 45 seconds Meese nailed two 3-pointers, made a steal for a wide open lay-up and went to the basket for another easy bucket as she scored 10 points on four straight possessions in a flash.

That Meese spurt put the Lady Pirates up 19-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Pirates put up 19 first quarter points, Central would only score 23 total in the game. Meese and the Pirates simply left the Saints in the dust on the way to a gargantuan 80-23 win.

Meese (video) finished with 23 points to lead Garaway, including five triples and four steals. Fellow senior Courtney Werker was a mean 4-for-6 from the field for 12 points. In total, 11 Lady Pirates got in the scoring column in the rout.

Only three Saints scored compared to Garaway’s 11. Maggie Dominick led Central with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Gilland netted nine points and Maddie Brandewie added three.

The Pirates scored 40 points in both halves as it was a good shooting afternoon for Garaway. They crushed out 11 total 3-pointers and were 50 percent from downtown.


Garaway head coach Jim Monigold on the hot-shooting afternoon in Sugarcreek.
“Shooting has been a little bit off for us, so I was very happy to see us come out and hit some shots. A big part of that was our ability to move the ball and get open shots.”

Monigold on the second team doing their thing.
“That’s part of their job. They need to come in, get points some points where they can and keep the ball moving. If we move the ball and make people chase us, good things happen.”

Monigold on the depth the Lady Pirates exude.
“It’s a luxury for us, we have a lot of girls that we can put in there. We can go ten-to-12 players deep and keep running at people. We wore out Central at the end of the game.”

Monigold’s keys to ballooning the lead.
“We were able to get some ball pressure on defense and get out and push the ball up the floor. We made them have to scrabble to find people to guard and eventually someone is going to be open where we can swing the ball for an open look.”


Garaway – Haley Shutt added eight points for the Lady Pirates and came up with four steals. Sydney Mullet had seven points, all in the first quarter, which were Garaway’s first seven points of the game. Katya Misko (video) dropped in six points and led the Lady Pirates in rebounding with six.


Werker (video) was the glue for the Lady Pirates on Saturday. Her consistency shined with her 12 points, four assists, five rebounds and four steals.

The Lady Pirates had 18 steals and three different players had four. (Shutt, Werker and Meese)

Garaway had only four turnovers. That’s stellar.


In a heartbeat Meese scored 10 points, but that was just one of the scoring runs the Lady Pirates laid on the Saints. Garaway out-scored TCC by three touchdowns, 21-7, in the second quarter to take a massive 40-13 lead into the break.


On Friday night Garaway alum Connor Troyer, a member of the Mount Union Football team was on hand in Virginia for his team’s Stagg Bowl victory. The win gave the Div. III powerhouse their 12th national title.


Alexa Putt drains a deep 2-pointer in the third quarter as part of Garaway’s second team.


Garaway – Overall – 8-1, IVC – 6-0

TCC – Overall – 1-6, IVC – 0-4


Garaway – Home vs New Philadelphia, Dec. 23 – 7:30 p.m.

TCC – Home vs Newcomerstown, Dec. 21 – 7:00 p.m.

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