Lady Lions beat Circleville, 56-48

By Brad Morris - Circleville Herald

The Washington Lady Blue Lions ran off 10 straight points in the third quarter to regain control of a non-league game en route to a 56-48 non-league win on Tuesday over host Circleville.

Sophomore Hannah Haithcock led all scorers with 18 points, followed by a pair of freshmen, Shawna Conger and Rayana Burns, each tossing in eight for the Blue Lions (11-10).

Haithcock had another double-double, reaching double figures in rebounds with 13. She also had three steals and blocked one shot.

Conger had eight rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Burns pulled down six rebounds and dealt six assists.

Senior Savannah Wallace scored seven points and had two assists.

“I was very impressed with our effort at the beginning of the game,” Washington head coach Samantha Leach said. “We were more confident and shot the ball pretty well tonight.

“Circleville has a great squad this year and it was a big win for us.”

“Court House shot the ball extremely well. They have a young, but talented team,” Circleville coach Steve Kalinoski said. “We knew Hannah Haithcock would be a tough matchup in the post for us. She did a nice job both scoring and grabbing rebounds for Court House.”

The Blue Lions jumped out to an 18-9 lead following a period of play, but the Tigers (13-8) rallied to trim their deficit to 31-26 at halftime and cut it down to 31-28 following two free throws by Jordin Blakeman to open the second half.

“We were able to force a few turnovers out of our pressure, but I felt Court House did a pretty decent job overall of handling it,” Kalinoski said. “They did a nice job of getting some good looks at the basket when they broke the pressure and they finished their shots.”

The two Blakeman free throws turned out to be the lone points of the third quarter for the Tigers, as the Lady Lions ran off 10 straight points to take a 41-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We had a lot of good looks in the third quarter, but we couldn’t get anything to fall,” Kalinoski said.

Circleville won the fourth quarter by a 20-15 verdict, but Washington’s cushion was too much to overcome.

“It was our senior night, and I was proud of the way our kids played hard and kept competing,” Kalinoski said. “We’re battling some sickness as a team, and I felt that affected our energy level, but ultimately we just couldn’t hit enough shots to win.”

Blakeman and Morgan Bircher each finished with 11 points, while Avery DeLong, Tori Bircher and Katie McIlroy all added six apiece for the Tigers.

Circleville concludes Mid-State League Buckeye Division play for the season on Friday at Teays Valley.

Washington will host the Miami Trace Lady Panthers Saturday with the j-v game at 5:30 p.m.

The two teams will then meet in the Sectional tournament on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:15 p.m. at Adena High School (near Frankfort).


W 18 13 10 15 — 56

C 9 17 2 20 — 48

WASHINGTON — Rayana Burns 3-2-8; Maddy Garrison 2-0-4; Bre Taylor 0 (1)-2-5; Kassidy Hines 2-0-4; Savannah Wallace 2 (1)-0-7; Tabby Woods 0-2-2; Shawna Conger 0 (2)-2-8; Maddy Jenkins 0-0-0; Hannah Haithcock 5 (1)-5-18. TOTALS — 14 (5)-13-56. Free throw shooting: 13 of 17 for 76 percent. Three-point field goals: Conger, 2; Taylor, Wallace, Haithcock. Rebounds: 38 (8 offensive). Assists: 13. Steals: 7. Turnovers: 21.

CIRCLEVILLE — Avery DeLong 1 (1)-1-6; Bryce DeLong 0 (1)-0-3; Tori Bircher 0 (2)-0-6; Mallory Conner 0-1-1; Shayna Hoop 2-0-4; Morgan Bircher 3-5-11; Brie Kendrick 0-0-0; Jordin Blakeman 3-5-11; Katie McIroy 1 (1)-1-6. TOTALS — 10 (5)-13-48. Free throw shooting: 13 of 20 for 65 percent. Three-point field goals: T. Bircher, 2; A. DeLong, B. DeLong, McIroy.

Record-Herald sports editor Chris Hoppes contributed to this report.

By Brad Morris

Circleville Herald