Team effort sparks girls' upset of North Union
Ready High School girls basketball coach Joe Lang believes there was more to his team's 52-48, double-overtime upset Feb. 21 at second-seeded North Union than simply senior guard and leading scorer Kim Lloyd having one of her better games this season.
Lloyd, who made second-team all-district in Division III and helped the eighth-seeded Silver Knights advance to a district semifinal for the first time since 2009, delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Just as importantly, however, might be that sophomore forward Lauren Ruth and junior forward Elisabeth Palazzo had 11 and nine rebounds, respectively, and that sophomore guard Madison Gatley scored seven of her 12 points during the second overtime.
Ready, which had lost to North Union 57-55 on Dec. 15, played fourth-seeded Fredericktown in a district semifinal Feb. 28.
"Obviously, Kim Lloyd had 21 points, and it just seemed like every time we needed a bucket she got us one," Lang said. "But we've been on Lauren Ruth and Liz Palazzo that they're not the biggest people in the world but they've got to rebound, and both of them did a great job for us there. Gatley really played well, really stepped it up in the second overtime and hit a big 3.
"We're not doing anything super special. Our defense is just playing a little better. The key for us is execution."
The Ready-Fredericktown winner played third-seeded Johnstown or fifth-seeded Liberty Union in a district final March 2.
The district champion will play Proctorville Fairland or Portsmouth West in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Logan, with the regional final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the same site.
Ready, which won district titles under Lang in 1988, 2000, 2006 and 2007, was 14-10 and Fredericktown was 20-4 entering their matchup.
The Silver Knights lost to Johnstown 65-52 in the first round of the district tournament last season but beat the Johnnies 66-53 on Jan. 22. Ready lost to Liberty Union 48-38 on Dec. 29.
Johnstown was 20-4 and Liberty Union was 18-4 entering their district semifinal.
Garren, Scott advance to state
For the second consecutive season, juniors Patrik Garren and Dalton Scott qualified for the Division III state wrestling tournament, which was held Feb. 28 through March 2 at Ohio State.
On Feb. 22 and 23 in the district tournament at Duncan Falls Philo, Ready was 14th (49 points) behind champion Amanda-Clearcreek (147.5) as 54 teams scored. Garren (heavyweight) captured his second consecutive district title and Scott (138 pounds) was third.
Also competing at district were juniors Will Martello (152, 2-2) and Patrick Stover (145, 1-2).
Garren, who placed third at state a year ago, was 38-1 before opening the tournament against Genoa Area junior Cody Buckner (32-9).
Garren's only loss entering state was to Whitehall's Alex Farrow, who was 48-1 and a state qualifier in Division II.
"I felt really good all weekend (at district), especially from the top position," Garren said. "The Central District was probably the toughest in the state (at heavyweight)."
Scott won his first two matches at district before losing to Caldwell's Kameron Rayner 5-4. He then won his next two matches to place third and was 31-10 entering state.
Scott, who went 0-2 at state a year ago, opened against Liberty Center senior Zach Niner, who was fifth at 135 as a sophomore and fourth at 132 as a junior.
"I just really was in the zone and was able to focus a lot (at district)," Scott said. "I remember how nervous I was at state last year, but this year I should be able to go out and not be as nervous and be able to perform better."
Boys basketball team reaches district semi
The eighth-seeded boys basketball team beat 20th-seeded Heath 70-45 on Feb. 23 at home in the first round of the Division III district tournament and followed with a 45-42 win Feb. 27 at fifth-seeded Grandview in the second round.
Ready, which is 13-10, will play fourth-seeded Fredericktown in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Delaware. The winner will play second-seeded Columbus Academy or sixth-seeded Worthington Christian in a district final at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The district champion will face Tipp City Bethel, Versailles, Dayton Stivers or Middletown Fenwick in a regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m. March 13 at Kettering Fairmont. The regional final is 7 p.m. March 16 at Fairmont.
Against Grandview, senior guard Doug Strickler scored 13 points and junior post player Josh Gantz had six points and 10 blocks.
Bowling seasons end at district
The girls bowling team finished 17th (2,750) in the 18-team district tournament Feb. 23 at HP Lanes behind champion Cardington (3,682) as the top three advanced to state.
Junior Marina Sweet led the Silver Knights with a 450 series, placing her 46th of 118 competitors. She was followed by juniors Jordan Bair (68th, 408), Madison Whitehead (75th, 392) and Kaylee Dunkle (77th, 389). Sophomore Addison Lavelle (116), junior Olivia DePassio (94) and senior Meaghan Weldy (92) all bowled one game.
Junior Paige Sutfin, who finished third in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference in average at 194.7 per game, was unable to compete in the postseason, according to coach Russ Rehner. Sutfin missed advancing to the state tournament by one spot last season.
"It was a tough day (at district)," Rehner said. "Our mechanics weren't quite there."
Competing in the boys district tournament but failing to advance to state were juniors Andy Rinehart (559) and Payne VanTilburg (460), who placed 26th and 71st, respectively, of 117 competitors Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
The boys placed 11th (3,255) of 30 teams at sectional Feb. 16 at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville South (3,766) as the top nine qualified for district. Rinehart tied for ninth (570) and VanTilburg was 15th (547) to move on as individuals.
In the girls sectional Feb. 15 at Columbus Western Bowl, Ready was fourth (3,033) of 25 teams behind champion Briggs (3,757).
The boys went 17-2 overall and won the 16-team COHSBC-Central at 14-1. The girls were 14-1 overall and won the 11-team league at 10-0.
Rinehart finished 13th in the COHSBC in average at 199. Other key boys returnees should include juniors Zach Bair and Dallas Phillips and sophomores Tim Dalton, Justin Gibson and James Zwayer.