Shadyside, using impressive balance and a dose of resiliency, exacted a measure of revenge on visiting Monroe Central Friday night.
The Tigers dropped a four-point decision to the Seminoles last week. Coach Ed Andes' selfless Tigers turned the tables on the Monroe Countians with one of their finest wire-to-wire performances of the season.
"We played well from start to finish tonight. We got contributions from a lot of different people," Andes said. "We did a much better job of handling their pressure. We got some real good looks by being aggressive."
The hosts and Seminoles played on even terms for the first eight-plus minutes before the Orange took control. The Tigers owned a 39-34 halftime edge, thanks in part to 12 Ryan Richardson points.
Shadyside's fine play continued for much of the third quarter. A bucket by sophomore standout Austin Dorris at the 3:55 mark propelled the Orange to their biggest lead of the night at 49-38.
The tide would quickly and dramatically turn, forcing Shadyside to weather a Seminole storm. Coach Scooter Tolzda's quick and relentless 'Noles pumped up their full-court pressure, closing the quarter on a rush, punctuated by a deep trey by Cameron Jorris at the buzzer to knot the affair at 54-all.
Much to its credit, Shadyside did not crack.
The Tigers and Seminoles battled back-and-forth much of the fourth before the Tigers used a Skyler Gibson-fueled surge to forge breathing room. Gibson, a sweet-shooting southpaw who tossed in 10 points in the final eight minutes, goaled at the 1:50 lighting, lifting the hosts to a 67-64 edge.
The Tigers missed a chance to build on their lead with 50 seconds left by missing two free throws. The Orange, however, responded with some quality man defense, forcing the Noles to burn precious seconds before forcing a tough jumper.
Shadyside grabbed the rebound, setting the stage for another Gibson bucket with 13 seconds remaining, boosting the hosts to a nice 69-64 cushion. Monroe made issues interesting on a Levi Brown trey with 6.7 ticks left for a 69-67 reading.
Richardson nailed the Seminoles' coffin shut by meshing two charity tosses.
"Our offensive balance couldn't have been any better," Andes noted. "And we made some clutch plays down the stretch."
All five Shadyside starters found double digits. Dorris and Gibson led the way with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Richardson finished his fine night with 14 counters while Adam Stupak and Jared Brooks each netted 10 points.
Shadyside improved to 8-6 and will host the Linsly School on Monday.
Monroe Central, meanwhile, lost for just the third time in 12 starts. The Seminoles will visit Banesville Tuesday.
"I knew it would be tough coming up here. Shadyside is a good ball club," Tolzda said. "We played hard but our chemistry wasn't in sync tonight.
"But take noting away from Shadyside. They played very well," he continued. "They defended us very well in the half court."
The Seminoles placed three players in double figures, topped by Korey Lafferre's 18 lightings. Kordell Antill produced 12 counters while Zach Jorris dropped in 11.
Monroe Central was hurt down the stretch after losing Lafferre and rugged Josh Guiler to fouls.
Shadyside survived 26 turnovers while Monroe committed 18.
Monroe Central took a 68-47 verdict in the reserve encounter. Cody Logston led the way with 14 points while Aaron Yontz added 13 for the Seminoles. Cullen Dalton had 15 for the Tigers.
MONROE CENTRAL (67) - C. Jorris 3, 0-0 9; Antill 6, 0-1 12; Z. Jorris 4, 0-0 11; Lafferre 8, 2-2 18; Brown 2, 1-2 6; Duffy 2, 2-2 6; Guiler 1, 1-2 3; Kuhn 1, 0-0 2. Totals 27, 6-9. SHADYSIDE (71) - Nardo 0, 1-2 1; Stupak 3, 4-6 10; Brooks 4, 2-4 10; Frizzi 0, 0-2 0; Richardson 3, 6-6 14; Dorris 7, 5-11 19; Gibson 6, 3-5 17.
Three-point goals: Monroe Central (7) - C. Jorris (3), Z. Jorris (3), Brown (1); Shadyside (4) - Richardson (2), Gibson (2).
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