Eagles stumble in opener
MALVERN –United’s girls basketball team had a lead going into the fourth quarter but it did not hold up as the Eagles fell to Malvern 26-23 on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Grace Knight had six points to lead the Eagles who were up by two heading into the fourth quarter.
United is at Brookfield on Monday.
UNITED SCORING: Madison Kibler 2-0-4, Mickey Shasteen 2-0-4, Addyson Blazer 0-0-0, Colby Burton 0-0-0, Grace Knight 3-0-6, Morgan Briceland 2-1-5, DestinyHill 2-1-5, Taylor Cope 1-2-4. TEAM TOTALS: 10, 3-6: 23.
MALVERN SCORING: Bower 1-1-4, Coblentz 2-0-4, Smith 1-0-2, Powers 3-6-13, Spurrier 0-1-1, Radtka 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 8, 8-13: 26.
Three-point goals: Malvern 2 (Powers, Bower)
Indians must wait
SALINEVILLE– The Southern Local girls basketball team opened the season with a win Friday night. The Indians may have ended their season, too.
“We had some seniors crying tonight, knowing their season may be in jeopardy,” Southern coach Mike Skrinjar said.
Freshman Ashley Shroades totaled 38 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and five steals in leading the Indians to a 53-42 win over Conotton Valley.
That is it for the time being for the Indians after the Southern Local Board of Eductation voted Thursday to postponed all athletic events and school activities until Jan. 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I feel for everyone that is affected by it,” Skrinjar said. “I told the girls we’re challenged right now. There are other ways we can go about our business.”
While other teams are playing games, the Indians will be holding virtual practices until they can get back on the court.
“They are broken hearted,” Skrinjar said. “We have to understand it and overcome it. We talked about and knew it was a possibility. For the safety of our community, we have to do it.”
The Indians got off to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter and rode that momentum through the game as the Rockets could never quite close the gap.
Backing Shroades were Olivia Kerns with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks and Kya McCulley with 11 rebounds and three steals.
Shroades was still a ways off the Lana Corbisello’s school record of 51 points.
“She knows as she goes forward, you’re only as good as the team around you,” Skrinjar said.
The Indians will keep looking at the time they can resume the season.
“We don’t know what tomorrow looks like,” Skrinjar said. “We’re hopeful. “
At least the Indians go into their break knowing they won their season opener.
“They truly enjoyed themselves,” Skrinjar said. “I commend both teams. We treated it as the Super Bowl, because we didn’t know if we would get to the first game.
“The girls had a wonderful night. We have a great young group and that’s what its all about.