CALCUTTA - The East Liverpool Potters defeated the Beaver Local Beavers, 68-42, Monday in girls basketball action.
The win improves the Potters' record to 3-2, while the Beavers fall to 2-3.
The Potters were led by their guard tandem of Nikayla Edgell and Chelsea Possage, who scored 24 and 18 points, respectively.
"In a big rivalry game like this, both teams were fired up," East Liverpool head coach Allan Dingey said. "I was concerned before the game about keeping our team grounded and playing within ourselves. I was very happy that we were able to execute our game plan."
Post player Rae Ana Holmes dropped in 10 points for the Potters and pulled down nine rebounds. Kiara Cowart had a team-high 10 rebounds and scored seven points, as did Lindsay Baker. Caitlyn Davis grabbed six rebounds. Holmes blocked three shots and Elise Smith two. Edgell was credited with seven assists.
Beaver Local was led by Tannar Dolhun, who scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Jade Favre and Sierra Wright tallied seven points each. Favre snagged four rebounds while Wright passed out four assists.
Leading by just one at 19-18 after the first quarter, the Potters outscored their hosts 19-3 in the second quarter to take a commanding 38-21 lead into intermission. The second-quarter outburst was ignited by five quick points by Cowart. Late in the quarter, Possage tallied eight consecutive points to push the Potter lead from 28-21 to 36-21.
"In the first quarter Chelsea got us on track early by hitting some shots. Then, in the second quarter, she made some big baskets," Dingey said. "Once Nikayla got going, she got us some real quick points, especially in transition. She also did a nice job of dishing off."
"The second quarter was when East Liverpool started dominating the boards," Beaver Local coach Michael Spinella said. "They went back into a 2-3 and we were afraid to shoot the ball. Their big girls seemed to intimidate us."
In the third quarter, it was Holmes who took control of the paint for the Potters scoring eight points. Holmes' points came off offensive rebounds and deft passes from Edgell and Elise Smith.
"Rae Ana had a very strong game, especially in the third quarter, with her offensive putbacks," Dingey said. "She was a presence in the lane. Give Beaver Local credit. They didn't back down. They are going to get better and better as the season goes on."
"East Liverpool was alive inside the lane," Spinella said. "I was proud of how our girls battled, though. They kept playing the entire game."
The Potters continued to pull away in the fourth quarter before both coaches went to their benches with 2:46 remaining.
"I congratulate Coach Dingey and his staff on their game plan," Spinella. "They executed their plan very well. Edgell was tough for us to match us with."
East Liverpool won the junior varsity game 35-25. Baker led all scorers with 18 points. Smith scored seven and Brooke Durbin six. Beaver Local was led by Shawna Talbott with 10.
The Potters are back in action Wednesday at Minerva. Beaver Local travels to Harrison Central on Saturday.
E. LIVERPOOL: 19-19-14-16-68
BEAVER LOCAL: 18- 3- 8-13-42
EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Nikayla Edgell 8-7-24, Ronnie Bailey 0-0-0, Kiara Cowart 3-1-7, Chelsea Possage 7-2-18, Rae Ann Holmes 5-0-10, Lindsay Baker 3-1-7, Caitlyn Davis 0-0-0, Mavis Davis 0-0-0, Ellise Smith 0-0-0, Taryn Williams 0-0-0, India Christian 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26, 13-16: 68.
BEAVER SCORING: Danna Talbott 2-1-5, Sierra Wright 3-0-7, Tannar Dolhun 4-2-11, Hillarie Ketchum 1-0-2 , Ravenna Cianni 0-0-0, Courtney Ricciardi 1-0-3, Jade Favre 3-1-7, Sam Kendall 0-0-0, Bobbie Ann Theiss 0-1-1, Tiffany Ammon 0-0-0, Shawna Talbott 0-0-0, Madison Roberts 1-0-2. TOTALS: 16, 7-11:42.
Three-pointers: East Liverpool 3 (Possage 2, Edgell), Beaver Local 3(Wright, Dolhun, Ricciardi).