NEW MANCHESTER -The trophy has come back north.
The Oak Glen girls' basketball team outscored Tyler Consolidated, 42-30, in the middle two quarters en route to a 69-60 victory in the West Virginia Region 1 Section 1 Final Friday night at the Oak Glen Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 17-7. Oak Glen will play for the regional title and a trip to the state tournament in Charleston at 7 p.m. Thursday night against the loser of the Section 2 Final between Point Pleasant and Ravenswood. The game between the Big Blacks and the Red Devils is scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. this afternoon at Ravenswood.
The Bears pose for a photo with their sectional championship trophy Friday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
The loss dropped the Silver Knights to 11-11 on the season. Tyler will play Thursday night at the winner of the Section 2 Final.
"It means a lot," second-year Oak Glen head coach Scott Wiley said about what winning the sectional title means to his team. "We are No. 1 in the region, and to keep homecourt advantage is a big deal. The girls worked hard to keep, but it means a lot. They like playing here at home. It feels good."
Last year, Oak Glen lost in the sectional finals to Weir, and the Golden Bears ended up losing on the road to the Red Devils in the regional co-final.
Oak Glen 69, Tyler Consolidated 60
TC (69): Allison Wable 3 2-5 8, Hillary Casteel 0 0-0 0, Krysten Cline 1 3-3 5, Torry Cline 8 7-28 21, Sydney Yoho 0 0-0 0, Sydney Reed 4 2-2 11, Haliegh Smith 0 0-0 0, Sophia Kinnard 6 1-3 13, Breanna Yater 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 23 11-20 60.
OG (69): Alex Burch 1 2-2 4, Casey Patterson 1 0-0 2, Payden Eckleberry 8 9-15 25, Tori Feicht 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Hissam 7 9-15 23, Karly Wiley 1 0-0 2, Jessica Stivason 0 0-0 0, Amy Webster 6 1-2 13. TOTALS: 24 19-34 69.
TC 15-15-15-15 - 60
OG 13-20-22-14 - 69
Three-point field goals: Tyler Consolidated - 3 (Torrye Cline 2, Reed); Oak Glen - 2 (Eckleberry 2)
Friday night, the Golden Bears got strong play on the inside from sophomore Vanessa Hissam and senior Amy Webster as well as strong play on the outside from senior Payden Eckleberry. All three players scored in double digits.
Eckleberry recorded a game-high 25 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and nine steals, Hissam contributed a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Webster tallied 13 points and eight rebounds.
Also, Alex Burch chipped in with four points, and Casey Patterson and Karly Wiley collected two points.
Torrye Cline, Sydney Reed and Sophia Kinnard all scored in double figures for Tyler. Cline tallied a team-high 23 points, Kinnard collected 13 points and Reed added 11 points.
"We got outrebounded," Tyler head coach Matt Kinnard said. "We just got outrebounded. We gave up putbacks. We didn't really get the looks we wanted offensively. We had some open looks.
"We did get a good run, and Hissam had a good game inside. Eckleberry did a nice job. Those two work well together the same way Eckleberry and (Kiley) King worked well together in the past. You can't take anything away from them.
"We did have two good runs, and the girls worked hard all the way until the end. It hurt when Sophie got knocked out down there on her fifth foul."
The win was Oak Glen's second this season over Tyler.
"We knew they had good shooters," Coach Wiley said. "Sophie Kinnard, she is such a tough player, a post player, and Torrye Cline is a good shooter. We knew they had some tough players, and we just had to stay out on them, don't give them any easy shots and the girls responded with that."
The Golden Bears led 13-7 in the first quarter, but the Silver Knights tallied the final eight points of the period to take a 15-13 advantage.
Tyler increased its lead in the second stanza. The Silver Knights led by as many as seven points twice in the quarter, 25-18 and 27-20, before the Golden Bears stormed back with an 8-0 spurt to regain the lead.
Eckleberry drained back-to-back 3-pointers and Hissam converted a pair of foul shots to give the hosts a 28-27 lead with 1:20 to play before halftime. The visitors regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Cline, but two more foul shots from Hissam knotted the score at 30.
"The girls just kept fighting back," Coach Wiley said. "I told them that we have had games like that. I believe East Liverpool was up on us at one time. Weir was up on us, but they just keep fighting. They have got to get a rhythm going before they start falling, but they didn't quit.
"Tyler is a good team, a very-good team. We know they have some good shooters, and we knew if they got hot they were going to start making them, and we just had to keep fighting and staying with them.
"We were hoping with our press - we switched to a man press this time - that we would wear them down, and our bench played perfect tonight. Jess, Karly and Tori, they played excellent. They got our starters some good rest, and we were able to maintain it. They did a nice job."
Oak Glen scored twice in the final 5.1 seconds to take the lead at halftime. Hissam made a foul shot making the score 31-30. She missed the second one and the Knights came down with the rebound, however, a turnover resulted in Eckleberry laying the ball in as time expired making the score 33-30.
"That was a big turnover," Coach Wiley said. "Well at one point, it was 25-18, and we fought back from that. That is what I keep stressing on them, three seconds left, four second left, whatever, the end of the quarter is a big deal. It's not over yet.
"They just stayed focused and kept attacking. They got the steal. I don't know they did it. They are just so quick sometimes. I don't know how they do it."
Another run to open the third gave the Bears a 40-32 lead. The Knights fought back to pull within one point at 46-45, but Oak Glen ended the quarter on a 9-0 spurt to take a 55-45 lead into the fourth.
"We try to finish the end of the periods strong, and they did a nice job," Coach Wiley said. "Some times you don't think they are listening to you, but I think they are. They are doing a nice job."
The Golden Bears led by as many as 13 points in the final quarter.
The win was Oak Glen's second this season over Tyler.