Any team playing the Shadyside girls' basketball team knows you have to stop the high-scoring duo of Karli Bonar and Hayley Holenka in order to have a chance at beating the Lady Tigers.
Martins Ferry held the Tigers' terrific twosome in check for the most part Saturday afternoon, but it was junior Toni Andes who did the most damage.
The 5-5 returning letterwinner pumped in a season-high 20 points in leading Shadyside to a 64-46 victory over the Purple Riders inside the Tigers' Den.
"She really knocked down her shots," Shadyside head coach Tina Yates said of Andes. "She played really well in the first half, and then we found Karli some in the third quarter and Hayley was playing with foul trouble.
"I think we have the ability to have everyone scoring at some point, but it's just a matter of time when someone does," Yates added. "Today was Toni's day."
The daughter of Tigers' boys' head coach Ed Andes tallied eight of her team-high point total in the first quarter when the Tigers pulled out to a 17-11 advantage after trailing 5-0.
"Scouting reports and game plans are made with the thought in mind how the best way your team can win," Martins Ferry head coach Lindsay Coyne said. "We knew coming in that Bonar and Holenka had scored the majority of their points so far, so we kind of played off of her (Andes) and she had a career day."
Andes' bonus goal midway through the second quarter doubled the count at 26-13, but Martins Ferry, behind senior standout Jessica Kinney, pulled within 33-24 at the half. The returning all-Ohioan, who was held scoreless in the first quarter, netted 10 of her game-best 24 lightings to keep her team from being totally blown away.
A 12-8 run to start the third panel brought the visitors within 41-36 following a Kinney bonus goal with 2:22 on the clock, but turnovers and a hot hand by Bonar dealt the Purple Riders their second straight setback.
"That's the thing that keeps beating us," Coyne stressed. "Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers."
Bonar, the University of Findlay signee, drilled book-end threes that sandwiched a runner off the glass as the lead suddenly ballooned to 49-36 after three quarters.
The battle-tested Tigers methodically pulled away in the final eight minutes.
Andes led four twin-figure scorers for the Orange-and-White with 20. Bonar added 14, while Holenka and freshman Kenzie Fielding evenly split 20. Fielding led all Tiger rebounders with eight and Andes collected six as Shadyside led 33-25 off the glass.
Kinney finished with her two dozen markers, but nobody else went for more than seven, that being Morgan Stalder. Kinney also snagged eight boards.
Each team committed a dozen turnovers.
There was no JV game contested.
Martins Ferry is back in Buckeye 8 action Monday at Wintersville against conference-leading Indian Creek, which will be seeking a season sweep after last week's win. Meanwhile, Shadyside remains at home as OVAC Class 2-A rival Wheeling Central visits in a key clash.
MARTINS FERRY (46) - Kinney 9 5-8 24; K. Stalder 2 0-0 5; M. Stalder 3 0-0 7; Rose 2 0-0 4; Oberdick 0 1-2 1; King 1 0-0 2; Lee 0 0-0 0; Suriano 1 0-0 3; DeLeonardis 0 0-0 0; Totals: 18-50 6-10. SHADYSIDE (64) - Bonar 5 0-0 14; Holenka 4 2-3 10; Fielding 4 2-2 10; Andes 8 2-3 20; Fijalkowski 4 0-0 8; Johnson 1 0-0 2; Kinemond 0 0-0 0; Totals: 26-46 6-8.
Three-Point Goals: Martins Ferry 4 (Kinney, K. Stalder, M. Stalder, Suriano); Shadyside 6 (Bonar 4, Andes 2)
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