EAST LIVERPOOL -Alyssa Shingle stole the show.
Shingle scored a game-high 27 points as the Weir girls basketball team doubled up East Liverpool, 72-36, Wednesday night at Potter Fieldhouse.
"It's been a long time since we have done that," Weir (3-5) head coach Bill Smith said. "We had a great summer. We had a lot of girls show up. It is paying off. The kids are playing with a lot of intensity and confidence."
East Liverpool’s Chelsea Possage (32) and Jamie Neville (12) defend Weir’s Alyssa Shingle on Wednesday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
Weir and East Liverpool both played in Wellsville's Summer League in June.
"We played them in the summer," Smith said. "Our girls were confident going into the game. We knew we could play them man-to-man, but that is summer ball. This is totally different. In the summer, you don't know who is there and who is not. You don't run everything you have.
"East Liverpool is going to play hard. East Liverpool always play tough. They are a little physical, so we knew we had to come ready to play."
Weir 72, East Liverpool 36
WE 15-21-16-20 - 72
EL 11-08-09-08 - 36
WE (72): Raven Young 3 0-0 6, Raegan Stead 6 5-6 17, Alyssa Shingle 12 0-0 27, Taylor Long 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Robinson 1 0-0 2, Kayla Lemley 1 0-0 2, Shelva Burns 4 4-6 12, Maddie Dalrymple 2 2-2 6. Totals: 29 11-14 72.
EL (36): Nikayla Edgell 2 1-2 6, Caitlyn Davis 0 1-2 1, Jamie Neville 0 0-0 0, Linsey Rose 0 0-0 0, Candace Holmes 2 0-0 4, Ronnie Bailey 1 1-2 3, Kiara Cowart 4 0-0 8, Chelsea Possage 2 0-0 4, Rae Ann Holmes 0 0-0 0, Sarah Morrell 1 0-0 2, Mary Davis 2 0-0 6, Anna Arcuragi 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 3-6 36.
3-Pointers: Weir: 3 (Shingle 3); East Liverpool: 3 (Mary Davis 2, Edgell)
The loss drops the Potters to 3-4.
"It was a combination of bad offense on our part and good defense on their part," first-year east Liverpool head coach Allan Dingey said. "We played them in the summer, and they were undefeated. We knew they were really good. They are playing really well right now. All I can say is congratulations to Weir on their performance."
For Weir, Shingle was joined in double digits by Raegan Stead and Shelva Burns. Stead delivered 17 points, while Burns netted 12.
No Potter player reached double digits. Kiara Cowart contributed a team-high eight points, Nikayla Edgell and Mary Davis each collected six points and Chelsea Possage and Candace Holmes each tallied four points.
Finally, Ronnie Bailey recorded three points, Sarah Morrell and Jamie Neville each ended up with two points and Caitlyn Davis scored one point.
The Red Riders outscored the Potters in all four quarters. Weir outscored East Liverpool, 21-8, in the second quarter to break open a close game, and the Red Riders ended the game with a flurry as the visitors outscored the hosts, 20-8, in the fourth.
The Red Riders took control early in the game as Weir jumped out to a 12-4 lead. The Potters battled back to pull within 15-11 at the end of the frame.
Weir scored the first 10 points of the second stanza to build a 25-13 lead. The Red Riders extended their lead to 36-19 at halftime. Shingle scored 15 points in the first 16 minutes of play.
"She runs the show as our point guard," Smith said. "She has come along way. She has matured. She is taking care of the basketball. She is distributing the ball. She is playing under control."
The Red Riders extended their lead in the third. Shingle drained a 3-pointer and added a basket putting her team up 44-23 forcing Dingey to call timeout with 4:06 left in the quarter. A basket by Burns put the REed Riders up 52-28 entering the fourth quarter.
"We are still a work in progress," Dingey said. "We are going to keep on working. We are going to keep working hard."
Weir led by as many as 38 points in the fourth quarter. Two foul shots by Maddie Dalrymple put the Red Riders up 68-34, and the visitors took a 72-34 lead following a 10-0 run.
East Liverpool won the JV game, 39-24. Linsey Rose and Bailey eachs cored 12 points for the Potters, while Dalrymple delivered 10 points for the Red Riders.
East Liverpool plays Saturday afternoon at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The JV game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Weir's next game is Dec. 27 at Harrison Central.