Shelbyville Daily Union

December 24, 2013

Okaw girls bounce back

John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Okaw Valley girls basketball has done well this season, but they were blind-sided in the 1st round of their home holiday tourney on Saturday by a lower seed. They were beaten by Blue Ridge, 56-39. The regathered themselves over the sabbath and went to the consolation bracket on Monday and redeemed themselves with a win over Mt. Pulaski, 55-42.

Okaw was up against a star in Blue Ridges Brandy. Brandy scored 31 points, making 11 field goals, including a trey hat trick, and was 6-of-9 at the line. Blue Ridge also got to the line for 21 free throws and made 15.

Okaw Valley shot 25 3-pointers and only made two. They shot 9-of-14 at the line, a 6-point disadvantage.

Paige Harlin led Okaw with 12 points and Amy Orris had 11.


Round 1

Blue Ridge 56, Okaw Valley 39

B.R. 13-16-16-11--56

Okaw 11-12-3-13--39

Okaw stats: Harlin 12 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/6 FTs), Orris 11 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), McClain 4 (2 FGs), Dash 4 (2 FGs), M. Dash 4 (FG, 2/4 FTs), Weybright 2 (FG), Birch 2 (FG). Team FGs 14. 3-Pointers: 2 (Harlin, Orris). Team FTs 9-of-14.

B.R. stats: Brandy 31 (8-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 6/9 FTs), Specht 8 (2 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Cheek 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Pearl 4 (2 FGs), Clancy 3 (3/4 FTs), Granner 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Gilles 2 FG). Team FGs 19 (3-3s). Team FTs 15-of-21.

After that kick in the gut, Okaw was ready to make noise in the consolation bracket on Monday. A 14-4 run in the 2nd was the difference as, Okaw topped the Hilltoppers by 13, 55-42.

Okaw Valley made their 3s in this game. They had three arc angels, each with a trey hat trick. Abigail Weybright joined Paige Harlin and Amy Orris with three 3-pointers, each. That was the difference.

Mt. Puslaksi made 15 2-point field goals, but just one trey. Okaw had 14 2-point field goals, but rang up nine treys.

Weybright was the Okaw leader with 13 points, followed by Amanda McClain with 12 points. Orris had 11 points and Harlin nine.

Their win sent them to a match-up with Heyworth, which eliminated Shelbyville earlier in the day.

Consolation Round

Okaw Valley 55, Mt. Pulaski 42

Okaw 13-14-13-15--55

Mt. P 13-4-11-14--42

Okaw stats: Weybright 13 (2-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 0/2 FTs), McClain 12 (6 FGs), Orris 11 (1-2, 3-3 pt FGs), Harlin 9 (3-3 pt FGs, 0/2 FTs), Decesaro 6 (3 FGs), S. Dash 4 (2 FGs). Team FGs 23. 3-Pointers: 9 (Weybright 3, Harlin 3, Orris 3). Team FTs 0-of-4.

Mt. P stats: Pickett 16 (7 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Nichols 14 (6 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Hayes 8 (1-3 pt FGs, 5/8 FTs), Houser 2 (FG), Beccue 2 (FG). Team FGs 16 (1-3). Team FTs 9-of-14.