Lady Buckeyes Overcome Slow Start To Beat New Lex 57-46

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The Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes started out slow, but they finished in a big way by defeating the New Lexington Lady Panthers 57-46 in their season opener.

Nelsonville-York began the game by turning the ball over on the first couple of possessions. And New Lex took advantage of their opponent’s sluggish start by going on a 7-0 run during the first quarter.

The opening quarter ended with the Lady Panthers up 16-11, but they weren’t able to maintain that lead for long.

The Lady Buckeyes then went on a 9-2 run of their own to start the second quarter, and they took a solid 20-18 lead that forced New Lex to take a timeout. But, even with some encouraging words from coach Anthony Stephens, the timeout didn’t help out the team’s production.

N-Y finished the half up 30-21, as they outscored the Lady Panthers 19-5 in the second quarter. Madison Davis was a big key to the team’s turnaround, as she ended the half with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals.

The Lady Buckeye’s bounce-back continued into the second half. Freshman point guard Jessie Addis stepped into a leadership role in the last two quarters, as she stayed turnover-free and scored six points, while dishing out two assists in the final 16 minutes. She finished the game with 11 points, four assists and, an all-important, three steals, nicely filling the job of floor general for the Lady Bucks.

The Lady Panthers’ Allie Russell battled Davis all game, doing her best to get her team back in it, but she came up short, even after contributing over 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Davis finished one rebound short of a double-double after compiling 18 points and nine rebounds.

One of the most important factors for the Lady Buckeyes’ victory was their intense defense, as they collected 14 steals—six coming from Davis alone.

Nelsonville-York looks to stay undefeated this Wednesday as it takes on the Logan Chieftains at Jim Myers Gymnasium.