Lady Panthers open ‘17-‘18 season with win over N. Adams

By Chris Hoppes -

SEAMAN — The Miami Trace Lady Panthers began the 2017-18 basketball season with a trip to North Adams High School Saturday, Nov. 25.

The Lady Panthers won the game, 55-39.

Miami Trace was led by senior Tanner Bryant with 22 points. Bryant hit two three-point field goals and went 8 of 8 from the free throw line.

Senior Victoria Fliehman scored 19 points, including hitting one three-pointer.

Sophomore Shaylee McDonald scored seven points, including one three-point field goal.

Juniors Cassidy Lovett with five and Olivia Wolffe with two points rounded out the scoring for Miami Trace.

Lakyn Hupp led North Adams with 12 points and Avery Harper scored eight points.

Miami Trace led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and 32-19 at the half.

After three quarters of play, Miami Trace held a 38-26 lead.

The Lady Panthers outscored North Adams 17-13 in the final quarter.

“North Adams is a very good team,” Miami Trace head coach Ben Ackley said. “They return some nice players and they have a really nice post player (Avery Harper).

“I thought Morgan Miller and Olivia Wolffe both played exceptional interior defense,” Ackley said. “We held (Harper) to eight points. She’s really strong and does a very good job inside.

“I was very pleased with our energy early,” Ackley said. “At one point I think we were up 30-10, then we became a little complacent. We didn’t play our best basketball in the third quarter. We struggled a little bit to get a flow, then we found it late in the third.

“Cassidy Lovett and Shaylee McDonald both did a very good job on the perimeter with ball pressure,” Ackley said. “Our guards out front and our pressure is one of our staples.

“Of course, Vic and Tanner were Vic and Tanner,” Ackley said. “They were very good. They scored the ball well. They were big-time mismatches. When we needed a shot, they made a shot. They are seniors and are both very good players.

“I thought it was a very good team effort,” Ackley said. “We shot the ball extremely well from the foul line in the fourth quarter, which is always a key, especially on the road.”

For the game, Miami Trace hit 15 of 19 free throws for 79 percent.

“We were pleased,” Ackley said. “We have a lot to build off of. We had too many turnovers (17). We’d like to see that around 11 or 12.”

North Adams turned it over 27 times.

“Our pressure out front had a lot to do with that,” Ackley said. “That’s how we built our lead early. I thought the difference in the game was our defense.

“We were very encouraged with our rebounding,” Ackley said. “We rebounded the ball very well. We had a bunch of offensive rebounds. I’m just very proud of the effort.”

Miami Trace is back in action Tuesday, hosting Lynchburg-Clay. The j-v game starts at 5:30 p.m. This game was originally slated to be played in late January, but was moved up due to a scheduling situation with the Mustangs.

“They have outstanding guards,” Ackley said. “Peyton Scott is one of the better players in the area. She’s committed to Miami of Ohio. They’ve made it to the Regionals two or three straight years. They are very well coached.

“We’ll have to play our ‘A’ game to get a win in that one,” Ackley said. “We look forward to the challenge.”


MT 20 12 6 17 — 55

NA 8 11 7 13 — 39

MIAMI TRACE — Olivia Wolffe, 0-2-2; Cassidy Lovett 2-1-5; Becca Ratliff 0-0-0; Shaylee McDonald 2 (1)-0-7; Victoria Fliehman 6 (1)-4-19; Tanner Bryant 4 (2)-8-22; Aubrey Schwartz 0-0-0; Gracee Stewart 0-0-0; Morgan Miller 0-0-0; Lena Steele 0-0-0. TOTALS — 14 (4)-15-55. Free throw shooting: 15 of 19 for 79 percent. Combined field goal shooting: 18 of 52 for 35 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 4 of 17 for 24 percent. Three-point field goals: Bryant, 2; Fliehman, McDonald. Turnovers: 17.

NORTH ADAMS — Taylor Hesler 0-0-0; Mary Sonner 0-0-0; Wylie Shipley 0-0-0; Lakyn Hupp 4-4-12; Brooklyn Stout 0-0-0; Madie Shipley 1 (1)-0-5; Grace McDowell 2 (2)-0-10; Delaney Harper 1-2-4; Avery Harper 2-4-8. TOTALS — 10 (3)-10-39. Free throw shooting: 10 of 11 for 91 percent. Combined field goal shooting: 13 of 31 for 42 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 3 of 10 for 30 percent. Three-point field goals: McDowell, 2; M. Shipley. Turnovers: 27.

By Chris Hoppes