EL takes 2 over BL in boys-girls DH

CALCUTTA – The Potters completed the sweep.

East Liverpool’s Nikayla Edgell and Hayden Cunningham proved to be the stars of the night as the East Liverpool girls’ and boys’ basketball teams earned a sweep over local-rival Beaver Local Tuesday night at the Beaver Dome.

Edgell tallied a game-high 24 points to lead East Liverpool past Beaver Local, 48-30, in the girls’ game to open the night, while Cunningham netted a game-high 28 points to the lead the Potters past the Beavers, 54-51, in the boys’ nightcap.

With the win, the Potters improved to 8-12 on the girls’ side, while the boys’ improved to 6-13. The losses dropped the Beavers to 3-17 on the girls’ side and 10-9 on the boys’ side,

In the girls’ game, Edgell drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Potters into the locker room at halftime with a 19-15 advantage. East Liverpool outscored Beaver Local, 13-4, in the third quarter to break the game open.

“That got us the momentum,” first-year East Liverpool girls’ head coach Allan Dingey said.

“In the fourth quarter, we had a lead, and we were able to run a minute-and-a-half off of the clock. We were able to hold onto the ball. I was happy with that. We did not have any turnovers.”

The Potters slowly increased their lead throughout the third quarter.

“The shot really wasn’t what hurt us,” second-year Beaver Local head coach J.R. Walker said. “We have not come out strong out of the locker room after the intermission. We need to do a better job of coming out to the start the half. It is something we have talked about. It is something we need to try and correct.”

Edgell was the lone Potter player to score in double digits. Edgell also ended up with nine steals in the game.

Also for East Liverpool, Sarah Morrell collected seven points and eight rebounds, Mary Davis scored five points to go along with grabbing seven rebounds and Jamie Neville also tallied five points.

Finally, Kiara Cowart contributed four points and 17 rebounds, Candace Holmes chipped in with two points and Chelsea Possage scored one point.

“It was a big win for us,” Dingey said. “All of the kids know each other. It gave us bragging rights. We beat Beaver Local twice. We beat Oak Glen twice. We beat Wellsville twice. We have local bragging rights.”

No player reached double digits in scoring for the Beavers.

Individually, Courtney Ricciardi recorded a team-high seven points, Danna Talbott tallied six points and Jade Favre finished with five points.

Also, Haleigh Ketchum, Sierra Wright and Maranda Kiddey all delivered three points, Sam Bishop scored two points and Allison Kennedy added one.

The Beavers led 6-2 early in the game as Wright and Favre hit shots from beyond the arc. The Potters battled back to take a 9-8 lead at the end of the quarter.

In the second stanza, back-to-back buckets by the Beavers tied the score at 12, and later a bucket by Ketchum put the hosts out in front 15-14. Then, Edgell scored to put the Potters up 16-15, and East Liverpool remained out in front the rest of the way.

“We played a great first half,” Walker said. “We played right with them. We rebounded the ball. We battled. We have got six girls out, and the game got away from us in the second half. We just couldn’t sustain the intensity.”

Beaver Local scored to start the third quarter, but five-straight points by East Liverpool pushed their lead to 24-17. The Potters led 32-19 entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, a basket by Talbott pulled the Beavers to within nine points at 36-27, but that was as close as Beaver Local managed to get in the game. The Potters ended the game on a 12-3 spurt to account for the final margin of victory.

East Liverpool’s next game is Thursday night at Brooke in an OVAC Tournament pool play game. Beaver Local plays Thursday against Austintown Fitch.

Beaver Local’s four senior girls were honored between games.

“Those girls are the backbone of our team right now,” Walker said. “They are four quality kids.”

In the boys’ game, East Liverpool jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Potters were forced to hold off the Beavers from that point.

Beaver Local cut its deficit to one point multiple times, but the Beavers were unable to get over the hump.

“You want to win at home and steal games on the road,” East Liverpool point guard D.J. Austin said. “It is the little things that make difference, things like getting on the floor and getting offensive rebounds.”

Individually for the Potters, Austin Emmerling ended up with eight points, Austin netted seven points and Aaron Long finished with four points.

Also, Derek Thompson delivered three points, while Kade Reynolds and John Rickerd each recorded two points.

“That was a good game,” East Liverpool head coach Nate Conley said. “We missed some foul shots, but it was a good game.”

Troy Hudson netted a team-high 17 points to lead the way for the Beavers, while Chase Hilliard delivered 12 points.

Also, Zack Mick contributed nine points, Brandon Fetty tallied eight points and Ethan Campbell collected three points. Finally, Chandler Cornell recorded two points.

“It was a fun game,” Beaver Local head coach Jake Walgate said. “It was definitely a good one. Both teams came out ready to play. Both teams got after it, and both teams left it all out on the floor.”

East Liverpool scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters en route to taking a 42-40 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, the Beavers pulled within a point on a couple of occasions, but they were never able to tie the game or take the lead.

The Potters led 14-11 after the first quarter, and they extended their lead to 28-23 at halftime.

Beaver Local’s freshman boys’ team will be playing in the AAC Championship game at 6:30 p.m. tonight at home against Howland. Beaver Local defeated Struthers on the road Monday night in the semifinals.

East Liverpool and Beaver Local will play a freshman and junior varsity doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Beaver Dome.

Beaver Local’s varsity teams plays Friday night at home against Howland on Senior Night.

East Liverpool’s varsity team will take to the court Tuesday in an OVAC Tournament pool play game.