What a week it was for Harrison Central's Jesse Ledger.
The junior sharp-shooter not only broke the Lady Huskies' single-game record for made three-point field goals once, but she did it twice.
After eclipsing the former record of Brooke Schultz on Dec. 13 when she sank half-a-dozen bonus bombs against Edison, she outdid herself last week when she knocked down eight trifectas in a win over Indian Creek.
"Jess really worked hard during the off-season," said Harrison Central head coach Nick Yourkovich. "Especially during the spring to get ready for this season."
She now had 30 treys on the season.
"Last spring it was just me and her," Yourkovich continued. "Everyone else was involved in softball or track. We worked out every day after school on her shooting. At the end of every session, I would move her back to 3 or 4 feet behind the three-point line.
"She would ask me why, and I told her that she might need it sometime. It's seemed to work."
Is Yourkovich surprised at her success?
"No, I'm not. I think she has surprised some of our opponents because she played mainly JV ball as a sophomore," he added. "She is starting to get her legs back."
The Huskies host Weir Thursday and travel to Newcomerstown Saturday.
Shadyside's Hayley Holenka is just one point shy of reaching the 1,000-point barrier. The talented senior will enter Friday's game at the inaugural Martins Ferry Holiday Tournament with 999 career counters.
When she eclipses the mark, she will be the second Lady Tiger to do so this season as classmate Karli Bonar, a University of Findlay recruit, did so in the season-opener against Shenandoah.
However, she will be the third member of her family to score the coveted number of points. Older sisters, Ashley and Shayla, are already members of the prestigious club.
Speaking of the Lady Tigers. They snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday when they defeated visiting Monroe Central for the second time this season.
Shadyside was coming off back-to-back-to-back setbacks to Wheeling Central, Wheeling Park and Parkersburg South.
However, the road gets no easier after the weekend tournament in Purple Town, as the LTs have games left at Wheeling Park and Zanesville Rosecrans, along with home contests with Wheeling Central, Parkersburg South and University. The Orange-and-Black also have home-and-home dates with River.
Bridgeport has played eight games, and has won all of them.
Rob Zitzelsberger's squad has only been tested once, that being at River when they rallied for a victory in R.L. Potts Gymnasium.
The Lady Dawgs routed a red-hot St. Clairsville team last week before having their game with Cameron cancelled Saturday due to inclement weather.
Bridgeport hosts Bellaire Thursday night.
ON A ROLL
Don't look now, but Bellaire and St. Clairsville seem to have shaken off some early-season struggles to get on a midseason roll.
The Red Devils of Alicia Freeman have won five of their last six to improve to 5-3. Meanwhile, Marci Bonar's Big Reds are sitting at 4-7 after a win Saturday over cross-town rival St. John Central.
NEW TOURNEY COMING
The inaugural Martins Ferry Holiday Tournament will unfold Friday and Saturday high atop the Purple City inside the Tolbert Gymnasium.
The first game pits Shadyside against Pickerington Central at 6 p.m. The nightcap has the host Purple Riders entertaining Steubenville at approximately 8 p.m.
The two losers meet in the consolation tilt Saturday, with the winners squaring off for the championship.
I hope the fans of girls' basketball turn out to see some quality action.
University (5-0), Steubenville (8-0), Fort Frye (9-0), Wheeling Central (7-1) and Conotton Valley (6-2) lead the OVAC?Classes 5A through A, respectively.
Enjoy the Christmas Holiday!
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