THORNVILLE — What had been a solid five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Wednesday night for the Logan Lady Chiefs.
But, at least, it was at the hands of a really, really good team... and while not painless, it was certainly over with quickly.
The Sheridan Lady Generals, tied for seventh in this week’s state Associated Press Division II girls basketball rankings, scored 11 points in less than two minutes to open the second half to pull away from a competitive game in rolling past the Lady Chiefs 67-34 in Glen Hursey Gymnasium.
If you stick around the game of basketball you’ll likely witness something unlike you’ve ever seen before, and such was the case Wednesday night in Perry County.
Not only were the Lady Generals really, really good — have we already emphasized that fact? — but because there were only a grand total of three fouls called the entire game and there were very few whistle-stoppages, the game took exactly one hour to play.
In other words, the Lady Generals (15-2) made quick work of the Lady Chiefs (8-8).
Logan coach Jessica Harris was asked if she had ever seen such a game.
“Never, ever, ever, ever,” she said with a smile. “But our girls weren’t complaining about fouls or anything... in that sense it was good. They didn’t call a foul in the first quarter. We had that conversation that they weren’t calling anything, so you just have to love to play in this environment.”
That environment included a Sheridan team that got a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double from 6-foot-1 sophomore post player Faith Stinson and a game-high 18 points from 5-9 senior Kendyl Mick.
Senior Emilie Eggleston scored 13 of her team-leading 15 points in the first half to lead the Lady Chiefs.
The Lady Generals played with physicality, they played with finesse, they handed out 19 assists on 27 made baskets, and they hit 11 shots from beyond the three-point arc.
And, strangely enough, all three fouls that were called — the Lady Chiefs didn’t commit a single foul until 2:37 remained in the game — resulted in two-shot shooting fouls.
The rumor that the officials were double-parked outside Sheridan High School was not true.
Though the Purple & White hung tough at the start, Sheridan dominated the second half by a final count of 38-12.
“We tried to match their physicality tonight and we couldn’t,” Harris said. “Our girls played with a lot more confidence in the first half than we did in the second half — I don’t know if we got in our own heads at halftime that this would only last so long — I feel like it was the mind-set our girls kind of had.
“We didn’t come out strong in the second half,” she added. “We didn’t have the same confidence and the same drive we did in the first half.”
That became very evident just 30 seconds into the third quarter. After a fast first-half shootout that ended with the Lady Generals on top 29-22, Mick quickly netted a corner three, then stole the ball in the backcourt and converted a layup for what was, in essence, a five-point play.
Another sophomore, 5-7 Bailey Beckstedt (13 points) nailed a corner three before senior Aubrie White hit from long distance as Sheridan scored 11 points in the first 103 seconds.
Stinson later stepped out and hit a corner three before junior Grace Conrad became the fifth different player to make a triple in the quarter as the Lady Generals pulled out to a 50-29 lead heading into the fourth stanza.
The Sheridan girls — eerily similar to what their boys team did to the Chieftains the night before — then rattled off the first 17 points of the final quarter for what amounted to a 19-0 run. Beckstedt, Mick and Conrad all connected from beyond the stripe as the Lady Generals converted Logan turnovers and missed shots into breakout baskets.
“Their coach said after the game they hadn’t shot that well in quite a while,” said Harris, “and to be honest that’s why we went to the zone because a lot of their points (in recent games) have been coming in the paint.
“I thought we did decent in the 1-2-2 but then we would lack in covering corners,” she continued. “We talked about covering corners but we just didn’t execute... and they were just stroking it tonight. They were patient on offense and they were waiting until they got the right person open, then they shot the ball with confidence and we didn’t have any sort of answer for them.”
The Lady Chiefs hope to answer Wednesday night’s loss by starting a new streak of victories Saturday at Bexley, with the varsity game starting around 1:30 p.m.
Sheridan 67, Logan 34
Logan 11 11 7 5—34
Sheridan 17 12 21 17—67
LOGAN 34 (8-8): Ella Guthrie 2-0-4, Mollie Gabriel 0, Brooklin Harris 2 1-2 6, Sydnee Breining 1-0-2, Hannah Dixon 1-0-2, Avery Thompson 2-0-5, Abbie Dicken 0, Emilie Eggleston 6 1-2 15, Bryanna Primmer 0. Totals 14 2-4 34. 3-pt FG: Eggleston 2, Harris, Thompson.
SHERIDAN 67 (15-2): Faith Stinson 8-0-17, Aubrie White 3-0-7, Bailey Beckstedt 5-0-13, Grace Conrad 2 2-2 8, Abby Dupler 1-0-2, Gabby Carpico 1-0-2, Kendyl Mick 7-0-18. Totals 27 2-2 67. 3-pt FG: Mick 4, Beckstedt 3, Conrad 2, Stinson, White.
FG: Logan 14-53 (.264), Sheridan 27-60 (.450). 3-pt FG: Logan 4-20 (.200), Sheridan 11-23 (.478). FT: Logan 2-4 (.500), Sheridan 2-2 (1.000). Rebounds: Logan 31 (Thompson 9, Guthrie 5), Sheridan 39 (Stinson 15, Beckstedt, Dupler and Mick 5 each). Assists: Logan 5 (Harris 2, Thompson 2), Sheridan 19 (Beckstedt 5, White 4, Stinson 3, Conrad 3). Steals: Logan 8 (Harris 3), Sheridan 8 (White 3). Turnovers: Logan 14, Sheridan 11. Fouls: Logan 1, Sheridan 2. JV: Sheridan 30, Logan 19. 9G: Sheridan 39, Logan 11.
Warren 76, Marietta 74, 2OT
Circleville 65, Washington C.H. 31
Fairfield Union 57, W. Muskingum 20
Warsaw River View 37, Heath 22
Granville 46, Zanesville 31
Parkersburg So. 70, Morgantown 65
Bexley 45, Col. Academy 37
Olen. Berlin 42, Dublin Jerome 37
Nelsonville-York 46, Fairfield Union 43
Pickerington No. 52, Groveport 37
Newark 90, Lancaster 13
Gahanna 65, New Albany 40
Hill. Bradley 47, Worth.