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Oak Glen puts the pressure on Big Red

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Oak Glen coach Scott Wiley said his girls like to play at home.

That was evident right from the start Thursday night as the Golden Bears opened a big, early lead and never looked back, rolling to a 74-38 win over visiting Big Red.

“I’m real proud of the kids,” Wiley said. “We wanted to keep our pressure going and we did.

“It just seems like things are going pretty good right now.”

The win improves Oak Glen to 7-3 and makes the Golden Bears winners of six-straight.

It also secured a season sweep of Steubenville, after 50-41 decision a couple weeks back in the Watt/Nese Classic in what was a much tighter contested, back-and-forth contest.

“Big Red is so athletic, they’ve only won one game, but they’re competitive,” Wiley said. “The first time we played, it was a battle. The kids weren’t in school, that makes a big difference. We were playing in their holiday tournament … We like playing at home, playing on our court makes a difference.”

Oak Glen opened a 27-12 lead after the opening eight minutes, then closed the first half on a 14-2 run to lead 44-20 at the break.

Carson Barr, one of four Golden Bears to reach double figures, netted 11 of her game-high 16 points in the opening half — nine in the first quarter.

Lizzie Kell followed with 14, while Kamela Ward netted 11 and Sarah Brown finished with 10. Alexus Greenlief finished with nine points, nearly putting five of the eight Golden Bears to see the floor in double digits.

“We go eight deep, and anyone one of those eight can score in double digits any night,” Wiley said. “It’s just a matter of who is hitting their layups and who is hitting their shots that night.”

Oak Glen picked up right where it left off when the third quarter started, scoring 11 of the first 14 points of the half to make it a 25-5 run spanning from the middle of the second to the first two-plus minutes of the third.

“Oak Glen is a good team and is well coached,” Big Red coach Angi Forte said. “They got after it right from the start.”

Big Red (1-10) got nine points each from Aniyah Warner and Paige Matteson, who were two of four Steubenville players to connect from beyond the arc along with Maggi Cucarese (five points) and Madelyn Criss (five points).

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Oak Glen also won the prelim game, 39-17. The Golden Bears were led by Kensington McConnache with 13 points, while three different Big Red players netted four points.

UP NEXT

Big Red: Travels to Indian Creek on Saturday night for a makeup game.

Oak Glen: Heads across the river to challenge Beaver Local on Monday.

STEUBENVILLE: 12-8-12-6 – 38

OAK GLEN: 27-17-19-11 – 74

STEUBENVILLE (1-10): Jones 0 0-0 0; Warner 4 0-0 9; Cucarese 2 0-2 5; Fleming 2 1-1 5; Ostovich 0 0-0 0; Matteson 4 0-0 9; Scurry 0 0-0 0; Smith 0 0-0 0; Cooper 0 0-0 0; Perdue 2 0-0 4; Criss 2 0-0 5; Matyas 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 16, 2-5; 38.

OAK GLEN (7-3): Sy. Brown 1 0-0 2; Kell 6 2-2 14; Greenlief 4 1-2 9; Ward 5 1-1 11; McKay 2 2-5 6; Barr 6 4-8 16; Six 3 0-0 6; Sa. Brown 5 0-0 10. TOTALS: 32, 10-18; 74.

Three-point goals: Steubenville 4 (Warner, Cucarese, Matteson, Criss); Oak Glen none.

Potters fall to Central

EAST LIVERPOOL — Steubenville Catholic Central earned a split in its season series with East Liverpool thanks to Thursday’s 40-23 victory inside the Potter Fieldhouse.

The Crusaders, playing for the first time in two weeks, took a 7-6 lead after the opening period and were up 19-12 at the intermission. Central outscored East Liverpool 21-11 during the second half.

Katie Zatta again paced Central, now 10-3 in scoring, with 18 points. Ellen Rohde contributed 6.

Shayla Foster led the Potters, who fell to 4-10, with 11 points. She connected three times from behind the arc.

East Liverpool recorded a 49-46 triumph in the first game of the season, played in December.

The Crusaders are scheduled to visit Madonna Saturday. The tip for the varsity only contest is set for 1:30 p.m.

In the junior varsity contest, East Liverpool cruised to a 44-22 win. Kenzie Walker, Naveah Chavis and Erica Ward all scored 6 for the Potters.

CENTRAL: 7-12-11-10–40

E. LIVERPOOL: 6-6-7-4–23

CENTRAL (10-3): Zatta 4 9-10 18; Symington 2 0-2 4; Rohde 3 0-2 6; Kerker 3 1-2 6; O’Karma 1 0-0 2; Arai 1 2-4 4; Maragos 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 12-20 40.

EAST LIVERPOOL (4-10): Galeoti 2 0-0 4; Flores 1 2-2 4; Ice 0 0-0 0; Vantilburg 0 0-0 0; Foster 3 2-3 11; Green 1 0-0 2; Walker 0 0-0 0; Furman 0 0-0 0; Ward 0 0-0 0; Smith 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 8 4-5 23.

Three-point goals: Central 2 (Zatta, Kerker); East Liverpool 3 (Foster).

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