Any time a new sports season rolls around in high school there is much anticipation and hoopla surrounding opening day.
The hype, joy and anticipation of getting off the season on the right foot was not kind to the West Holmes Lady Knights, Garaway Lady Pirates and Hiland Lady Hawks, who all began their slate of 22 games by chalking one up in the loss column.
The season began for West Holmes with a date with state power North Canton Hoover, and Abbey Allerdings’ crew flexed their muscles and showed just why they are one of the more revered programs in the state by hammering out a 70-28 victory.
West Holmes trailed just 16-6 after one quarter, but the Vikings went nuts in the second period, posting 18 points while limiting the cold-shooting Lady Knights to just two. The offense got back on track for West Holmes in the third period, but Hoover continued putting on a clinic on offense, racking up 20 more points to build a comfortable 54-15 advantage. The final period saw the Lady Knights put together their best quarter, but it was not going to help in the outcome.
Charolette Brown led West Holmes with eight points while Katrina Rolince, Regan Wilcox and Taylor Miller all chipped in with six apiece.
The Lady Pirates’ game versus a talented River program was far more enticing and actually went into overtime before the Black Bears clawed out a thrilling 48-44 victory.
In that game the two teams were locked up at eight points apiece through eight minutes, then River View inched out to a 22-21 half-time lead. The Black Bears advanced their lead to three at 35-32 heading into the final frame, but the Lady Pirates battled back to even things up at 41 and forced overtime.
Once there River View managed to post seven points to Garaway’s three, sending Garaway to a loss.
Cydney Whiteus led the Black Bears with 14 points while the Lady P’s were paced by Kallie Regula, who had a huge game, knocking down 21 points. Zoe Johnson scored 10, Chelsi Rothacher added seven, Ashton Gerber scored four and Lizzie Mullet chipped in with a pair for Garaway.
Entering a season of high hopes, the Lady Hawks got a huge dose of reality smacked in their face when Centerville took it at them in the Journey to the Tourney Nov. 24 at Lakota West High School.
The ice-cold shooting Lady Hawks never held the lead as Centerville, one of the state’s top teams, opened up a big lead and never looked back in downing Hiland 65-44.
Hiland shot a tepid 27 percent from the floor, making just 12-of-45 action shots, a night which saw them go 5-of-25 from inside the arc compared to 7-of-20 from beyond the arc. Centerville made 25-of-53 action shots while forcing Hiland into 18 turnovers.
Zoe Miller led the Lady Hawks with 12 points and three boards while Kylie Horn and Krista Troyer each knocked down eight points. Brynn Mullet, Kelsey Swihart and Kendra Shetler each tallied five points with Troyer, Miller and Horn all canning a pair of triples. Freshman Aila Miller led Hiland in rebounding with five, and the two teams battled to a tie on the glass with 31 apiece.
Cotie McMahon paced Centerville with 23 points and a dozen boards while Sam Chable added 16 points and five caroms for Centerville.