Girls Basketball – Blog: Lady Buckeyes Experiencing a Tale of Two Seasons

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Nelsonville-York’s girls basketball program is in the middle of an amazing turnaround this year. Led by Coach Dalton, the Lady Buckeyes have transformed from a team that finished last in the TVC-Ohio last year at 4-16 into a team winning games with ease, as they are 12-5 through 17 games this season.

Anytime a team improves their win total by 10+ games over their previous season that is quite an accomplishment, but it is even more amazing in Nelsonville-York’s case considering that they have struggled during conference play.

That’s right, the Lady Buckeyes amazing turnaround has come in spite of a 3-4 conference record that places them in a tie for third in the TVC-Ohio with Wellston.

Looking into the numbers, it’s fairly easy to decipher why Nelsonville-York has been more successful outside of TVC-Ohio play. In non-conference games, the Lady Buckeyes are 9-1 and score an average of 57 points a game while only allowing an average of 37.7 points per game. However, in conference games, Nelsonville-York doesn’t fare as well offensively or defensively.

Against their fellow TVC-Ohio foes, the Lady Buckeyes are only 3-4 and score only 52.14 points per game while allowing 46.57 points per game. While the numbers don’t look drastically different, they indeed are.

With the Lady Buckeyes allowing 10 more points a game in conference games, they are being forced to score more to stay in games. However, Nelsonville-York has been forced to play from behind more often and actually scores five less points per game in TVC-Ohio contests.

Another statistic to take note of is despite the Lady Buckeyes losing conference record, they still continue to average more points per game than they allow. 

This leaves the question, how does Nelsonville-York have such impressive numbers?

The truth is that the Lady Buckeyes have destroyed TVC-Ohio cellar dwellers Meigs and Alexander by a combined 91 points in their three combined meetings between the squads (2 games vs. Meigs, 1 vs. Alexander). Meigs is only 3-14 (2-5) on the year and Alexander is even worse at 1-16. Good teams should beat up on bad teams so give Nelsonville-York credit for those blowout victories. But in order to contend, they must beat a top tier TVC-Ohio opponent. They have a few more opportunities to earn critical conference wins as they get set to take on TVC-Ohio leaders, Athens and Vinton County down the stretch.

The Lady Buckeyes have had a pretty remarkable turnaround this season. The way Nelsonville-York finishes their conference schedule will go a long way in how this team will be remembered.