January 15, 2013
Reynoldsburg edges Orange in battle of future collegians
You won't see a regular season girls basketball game of much higher quality than the one played Jan. 14 between Reynoldsburg and Olentangy Orange.
The Raiders, who rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to win 63-58, have three Division I signees in Destini Cooper (Ohio University), Yamonie Jenkins (Ohio University) and Shiloh Murphy (Morehead State). Orange has one in Taylor Agler (Indiana).
In addition to those standouts, Reynoldsburg's Natalie Orr and Alyssa Rice and Orange's Mya Walker, Kierstynn Myers and Maddy Joseph all could end up playing at some level collegiately.
So which of those players had the best game?
Probably Murphy, with respectful nods to Agler and Rice.
The Raiders looked like they might be ready to run the Pioneers out of the gym during the first few minutes because of their advantage down low, but Reynoldsburg led just 4-0 midway through the first quarter.
Agler then found her stroke, making six 3-pointers and leading Orange to a 30-21 halftime lead.
"We controlled the ball and controlled the speed of the game in the first half," Agler said.
In the second half, it was Murphy who got the hot hand, making two 3s and scoring 18 of her team-high 23 points. The Raiders retook the lead at 47-41 on a 3-pointer by Jenkins and didn't trail again.
"Basically we weren't getting up in our trap enough on defense in the first half but in the second half we were better on defense," Murphy said.
Expect big postseasons from both teams a few weeks from now.