Lady Devils roll into Classic title game
North Adams gets 72-28 win over West Union
Looking to make it seven McDonald’s Classic championships in a row, the North Adams Lady Devils took the first step in that direction last weekend when they rolled into the 2013 title game, knocking off the West Union Lady Dragons for the second time this month and this time by a comfortable 72-28 margin in a contest played on the home floor of the Lady Dragons.
Even though it is considered a first round game in the Classic, the game also counted in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference standings and with the win, North Adams moved to 7-1 overall, 5-0 in the SHAC. The defeat dropped West Union to 1-5 overall, 0—5 in the SHAC.
Early in the opening period, the Dragons took a 4-3 lead on baskets by Marci Schneider and Taylor Martin, but that lead was very fleeting as the Lady Devils decided to take care of business in a big way. After trailing by one point, North Adams proceeded to score the final 18 points of the first quarter as their high pressure defense held West Union scoreless over the final six minutes.
“We came out and got after it a little bit,” said North Adams head coach Rob Davis. “We have been a little sluggish out of the gate this season at some times. Our defense played hard and we didn’t want to let them hang around tonight.”
The run began with a series of free throws from Mikayla Jodrey and Taylor Gast, gained fuel with baskets by Brittany Stout and Rylee Copas, and culminated with a pair of three-pointers from Stout and Sara Dinsmore plus a bucket by Staci Dinsmore and a Kayla Baker free throw. When the green smoke had cleared, the Lady Devils were in firm control, leading the Lady Dragons 21-4 after one quarter of play.
North Adams didn’t let up in the second stanza, continuing to get easy baskets off their defense and outscoring West Union 23-4. The first quarter-ending run carried over to the second when Karly Boerger scored on the inside and the Lady Dragons finally got their first points in over seven minutes on a pair of Martin free throws.
The length and quickness of North Adams again took center stage as the defense set up another scoring run, this time 12 in succession, six of those for Copas who was on her way to a game-high of 24. North Adams led 35-6 when Schneider hit a short jumper to break the run, but the answer came quickly in the form of another Sara Dinsmore three from the corner. The first half ended with the Lady Devils on another spurt, 8-0, finished off with two Copas buckets and another from Gast and the girls in the new green uniforms were in front 44-8 at the break.
As if that wasn’t enough, North Adams came out and score the first nine points of the third quarter, a run that included a three from Stout and two Staci Dinsmore buckets. West Union broke the ice with 5:55 left in the third on an old-fashioned three-point play, beginning what was the best offensive quarter of the night for the Lady Dragons on their home court. The Lady Devils got another Stout trey and continued to score at will, but the home team showed some life, getting a basket from Natasha Barr and a nice quarter from the aforementioned Martin. The West Union junior hit a pair of baskets and was a perfect 7 for 7 from the foul line in the third frame.
Still, the Lady Devils outscored West Union 22-13 in the third quarter to lead 66-21.
The fourth quarter saw Coach Davis go deeply into his bench, getting baskets from Taylor Wylie and Madison Jenkins. All of the West Union scoring in the final eight minutes came from Barr as she nailed a pair of long distance threes and a free throw. When the final horn sounded, it was the Lady Devils moving on to the Classic title game with a 72-28 triumph.
Rylee Copas had a big night for North Adams, leading all scorers with 24 points and was joined in double figures by Brittany Stout with 14. Sara Dinsmore added 8, with Staci Dinsmore and Mikalyla Jodrey getting 6 each.
“We’ve got some kids coming off the bench giving us good minutes and putting up some points,” said Davis.
For West Union, only three players managed to score in the game, led by 15 from Taylor Martin, which included a 9 for 9 performance from the foul line. Natasha Barr scored 9 for West Union with Marci Schneider chipping in the other 4.
The win by North Adams sets up a McDonald’s Classic championship game that everyone has been clamoring to see, the 7-1 Lady Devils battling the 7-0 Peebles Lady Indians. Whoever comes out of that match up with a championship trophy won’t have much time to rest on their laurels as the two teams will be right back together again on Jan. 2 in regular season action at Peebles. Tip off for the Classic title game is Saturday at 6 p.m.
“Peebles has a really nice team with three nice senior leaders,” said Davis. “They will be hard to handle and we will have to come out ready to play. Winning this tournament is one of our goals and it should be a fun ball game.”
For the Lady Dragons, it is a trip to Friday night’s consolation where they are awaited by the Manchester Lady Greyhounds. The two teams met on Dec. 12 with Manchester coming away a 69-41 victor. The girls consolation tip off on Friday is set for 6 p.m.
21 23 22 6 —72
4 4 13 7 —28
N. Adams (72): Staci Dinsmore 3 0-0 6, Wylie 1 0-0 2, Gast 2 1-2 5, Copas 10 2-2 24, Stout 5 1-2 14, Boerger 1 0-0 2,
Baker 1 1-2 3, Jodrey 2 2-6 6, Sara Dinsmore 3 0-0 8, Jenkins 1 0-0 2, Team 29 7-14 72.
W. Union (28): Schneider 2 0-0 4, Martin 3 9-9 15, Barr 3 1-7 9, Team 8 10-16, 28.
Three-Point Goals: N. Adams- Stout 3, Sara Dinsmore 2
W. Union- Barr 2
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