Shadyside's meat grinder of a schedule continued inside the Tolbert Gymnasium at Martins Ferry High School Friday evening.
Playing against their third Division I opponent already on the season, the Lady Tigers again battled well only to come up short.
Their latest setback came at the hands of Pickerington Central, from suburban Columbus, 50-34, in the opening game of the MPR Industry and United Dairy Martins Ferry Holiday Tournament high atop the Purple City.
SHADYSIDE’S?Hayley Holenka drives to the bucket against a Pickerington Central defender during Friday’s game at the Martins Ferry Holiday Tournament. Holenka scored her 1,000th point in the game, but the Lady Tigers lost. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
The Lady Tigers, who find themselves 4-4, will go back to the drawing board and try to post a third-place finish today when they take on Steubenville at 2 p.m.
"We're doing everything we can to improve our competition at practice to make sure we're prepared as well as we can," lamented Shadyside head coach Tina Yates. "We're just not getting over the hump. We're right in there, but we have to get better at doing the little things against better competition."
As has been the case for most of the season for Yates, her quest to find complementary scorers for standout seniors Karli Bonar and Hayley Holenka continued.
A player without their last name didn't score for the Lady Tigers until there was 5:48 to go in the game. All told, the dynamic duo combined for 30 points. Bonar went for 17 points, including four treys.
"We're still looking for someone else to score," Yates said. "We're searching. I'd love to throw one of my assistant coaches in, but I don't think that would work."
Yates also had high praise for the defensive work done by senior Kristen Fijalkowski on the interior. She scored just two points, but that's okay with Yates because of the work she does on the other end.
"Karli, Hayley and Kristen, regardless of the game or opponent, they've came to play every game," Yates said. "It doesn't matter to those three. They go 150 percent every time they step on the floor at all times. They did that again tonight. We have to get everyone to that level."
Shadyside, which trailed 16-13 after one, actually led the game 2-0. At that point the contest was immediately stopped as Holenka's bucket gave her 1,001 points in her fine prep career. She was recognized with a small presentation.
The Lady Tigers of Fairfield County used their quickness, tenacious defense and inside scoring ability to notch a 27-19 lead at the intermission. The lead swelled to 40-24 after three panels.
Pickerington Central (6-4) will make their way back to Martins Ferry today for the 4 p.m. against the host Lady Riders, who dispatched Big Red to the consolation game, 61-59 in the nightcap.
Pickerington was paced by Taylor Johnson's 15 points. Allison Luther, whose father is a Cadiz High graduate, added 10 markers.
The local Tigers were hammered on the glass, 33-19. Fijalkowski had five boards for Shadyside.
Both teams were charted for 17 turnovers.
No reserve game was contested.
PICKERINGTON CENTRAL (50) - Mullins 1, 0-0 2; Williams 1, 0-2 3; Aj. Hawkins 0, 2-4 2; Am. Hawkins 2, 4-6 6; T. Johnson 6, 3-4 15; P. Johnson 3, 2-4 8; Kian. Thomas 0, 0-0 0; Luther 5, 0-1 10; Kiar. Thomas 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 18, 11-18 50. SHADYSIDE (34) - Holenka 4, 5-6 13; Fielding 0, 0-0 0; Andes 1, 0-0 2; Fijalkowski 1, 0-0 2; Bonar 5, 3-3 17; Jackson 0, 0-0 0; Ramsey 0, 0-0 0; Johnson 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 11, 8-9 34.
Three-Point Goals: PC - T. Johnson (2). S - Bonar (4).