EAST LIVERPOOL - The Potters controlled the post.
The East Liverpool girls' basketball team got strong play inside as the Potters' post players combined for 36 points and 26 rebounds as well as multiple blocks in a 62-37 victory over local rival Beaver Local on Monday night at Potter Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Potters (3-2) increase their winning streak to three games. With the loss, the Beavers drop to 1-4 on the season.
East Liverpool’s Mary Davis and Allison Kennedy battle for possession Monday. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Joe Savage)
Candace Holmes recorded a double-double to lead the way for East Liverpool. Holmes scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Also on the inside, Kiara Cowart contributed 11 points and four rebounds, Sarah Morrell tallied eight points and six rebounds and Rae Ann Holmes finished with four points and four rebounds.
"Candace Holmes stepped up tonight," first year East Liverpool coach Allan Dingey said. "All of our post players did well.
"We put an emphasis on teamwork, and we showed that tonight. If we continue to do that, we will continue to do well."
East Liverpool 62, Beaver Local 37
BL 08-09-07-13 - 37
EL 16-09-18-19 - 62
BL (37): Tannar Dalhoun 0 3-4 3, Hillarie Ketchum 0 0-0 0, Haileigh Ketchum 0 0-0 0, Danna Talbott 5 1-2 12, Samantha Bishop 0 0-0 0, Courtney Ricciardi 2 0-0 4, Jade Favre 0 0-0 0, Ravenna Cianni 0 0-0 0, Allison Kennedy 0 4-4 4, Sierra wright 0 0-0 0, Bobbie Ann Theiss 0 0-0 0, Jordan Simpson 1 2-2 4. Totals: 13 10-12 37.
EL (62): Nikayla Edgell 8 3-7 20, Jamie Neville 0 1-2 1, Linsey Rose 0 0-0 0, Elise Smith 0 0-0 0, Candace Holmes 6 1-2 13, Ronnie Bailey 0 0-0 0, Caitlyn Davis 0 0-0 0 Kiara Cowart 5 1-4 11, Chelsea Possage 2 0-0 4, Rae Ann Holmes 2 0-0 4, Sarah Morrell 3 2-3 8, Mary Davis 1 0-1 3, Anna Arcuragi 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 8-19 64.
3-Pointers: Beaver Local: 1 (Talbott); East Liverpool: 2 (Edgell, Mary Davis)
Point guard Nikayla Edgell collected a game-high 20 points to go along with four rebounds to lead the Potters in scoring. Also for East Liverpool, Chelsea Possage scored four points, Mary Davis delivered three points and Jamie Neville ended up with one point.
East Liverpool ended up outrebounding Beaver Local, 38-16.
The two teams combined to commit 51 turnovers in the game. The Beavers made 27 turnovers, while the Potters turned it over 24 times.
Beaver Local was dealt a big blow early in the game when senior Samantha Bishop went down with an injury with 5:40 left to play in the first quarter. Bishop was down on the floor for a couple of minutes before she was carried off of the floor. A couple of minutes later, Bishop was carried out of the building.
The Beavers were already without the services of fellow senior Mattie Anderson. Anderson went down with an injury in a game Dec. 3 at home against rival Wellsville.
"It is tough when you lose two quality senior leaders," second year Beaver Local coach J.R. Walker said. "We lost Mattie against Wellsville, and we lost Sam tonight.
"Until someone decides to step up and show some leadership, we are going to struggle. Right now, nobody wants to step up. We are trying to find someone to be a leader on the floor. That happens with a young team. We are being patient with them, but we are five games into the season. We have played a quarter of the season, and we need to step up, and it is time to play the game they way we are supposed to play it."
Danna Talbott and Maranda Kiddey each scored in double digits to lead the way for the Beavers. Talbott tallied a team-high 12 points, and Kiddey delivered 10 points. Kiddey led the team with five rebounds.
Also for Beaver Local, Courtney Ricciardi, Allison Kennedy and Jordan Simpson all finished with four points, and Tannar Dolhun netted three points.
The Potters raced out to a 9-0 lead before Talbott scored to put the Beavers on the scoreboard with five minutes left in the quarter. East Liverpool led 16-8 after one quarter of play.
The visitors closed to 16-12 on two baskets by Kiddey, who scored six straight points for the Beavers at that point.
"We had a hard time stopping Kiddey," Dingey said. "She was able to post up and score.
"We did do a good job on the boards."
The Potters countered the Beavers' run with a 7-2 spurt of their own to go up 23-14 on a basket by Holmes. East Liverpool led 25-17 at halftime.
"Anytime you go up against a team coached by J.R. you know it is never going to be easy," Dingey said. "Beaver Local is a well-coached team."
The Potters outscored the Beavers, 37-20, in the second half to break the game open. The Potters ripped off big runs to start the third and fourth quarters en route to the 25-point victory.
After another basket by Talbott made the score 25-19, the Potters recorded the next 14 points to build a 39-19 advantage. East Liverpool led 43-24 after three quarters of play.
"It is always good to beat a rival," Dingey said. "You have bragging rights at least until the next game."
In the fourth quarter, a 10-0 run put East Liverpool out front by a score of 53-26. The Potters led by as many as 31 points (62-31) in the stanza.
At one point in the quarter, Beaver Local had 26 points on the scoreboard while having 23 turnovers.
"It is tough when you take Mattie and Sam out," Walker said. "They are seniors. They are leaders on the floor. They have worked hard.
"With Sam being out. we had to put a freshman in. I think she did a nice job."
Beaver Local won the junior varsity game, 42-24. Jade Favre recorded a game-high 14 points to lead the way for the Beavers. Elise Smith and Linsey Rose each scored eight points to lead the way for the Potters.
East Liverpool plays Wednesday at home against Minerva, while Beaver Local plays Thursday at home against Howland.
The Beaver Local and East Liverpool boys' teams meet tonight at Potter Fieldhouse.