ITCL all-stars on display in East Palestine
EAST PALESTINE-In a game that featured a bevy of three-point attempts on both sides, the lower tier got more to fall in a 102-77 win over the upper tier in Thursday night’s Inter-Tri County League All-Star boys game at East Palestine High School.
Southern Local senior Luke Griffith led the lower tier with 26 points on the strength of six three-pointers. Griffth put the lower tier over the century mark in the final minute with his last three.
“I’m not surprised there was so much scoring in this game,” Griffith said. “There were great scorers on both ends of the floor and guys were just letting it go tonight.”
Western Reserve’s Dalton Korda chipped in 16 points for the lower tier.
Austen Rieser from East Palestine led the upper tier with 17 points on his home floor.
The two teams traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the first half, but the lower tier began to separate itself before halftime and was never threatened in the sencond half.
UPPER TIER 67, LOWER TIER 66
EAST PALESTINE-After leading the United Golden Eagles to a district title, Emily Zehenbauer and Courtney Hydrick teamed up again in the closing minutes to lead the Upper Tier to a 67-66 comeback win over the Red in the Inter-Tri County League All-Star game Thursday night at East Palestine High School.
With 12 seconds remaining and the Upper Tier trailing, 66-64, Zehenbauer drained a three-point shot from the top-of-the-key to give Upper Tier its first lead of the second half.
“I was definitely looking to get a three up,” Zehenbauer said. “For me a three feels like a higher percentage shot than a two, so I felt very confident taking it.”
The Upper Tier was in position to win the game thanks in part to Hydrick. She made three steals-including one on the game’s final possession-and scored six points in the final three minutes to help Upper Tier make a final push after trailing by 13 early in the second half. When Ashley Harrison hit a jumper with 49 seconds left, the game was tied.
Linley Mamonis of Western Reserve came back and hit a jumper with 25 seconds left to give the Lower Tier a two-point lead and set the stage for Zehenbauer’s heroics.
“It was a fun game to play in,” Zehenbauer said. “I’ve played with a lot of these girls in AAU so I know them pretty well. It was a good feeling to hit the last shot.”
Hydrick finished with a game-high 16 points for the Upper Tier while Zehenbauer and Harrison chipped in 14 and 12, respectively.
Lowellville’s Madison Opritza led the Lower Tier with 14 points.