Davis Leads Lady Bucks In OHSAA Foundation Scrimmage

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With less than a minute left in the game, Jessie Addis and Madison Davis used the teamwork Nelsonville-York coach Amanda Dalton always stresses to get the win 62-59 in an OHSAA Foundation Scrimmage Game against the Logan Lady Chieftains.

Everyone in the stands was on their feet after Logan’s Cassidy Bosch found the bucket from short range to tie the game at 59 with 40 seconds left. Dalton called a timeout to tell her girls to keep the ball until the end.

After 20 seconds of passing the ball around, Addis drew a foul to get to the line. She made the first one, but missed the second. With a game-winning basket on their mind, many of the Lady Chieftains started to back track down the court, and that extra room allowed Davis to grab the rebound and make a layup that sealed the game for the Lady Buckeyes.

Before the season, Dalton really worked on defense with the Lady Buckeyes, and her most impressive freshman of the season so far—Addis—seems to have picked up on what her coach has been trying to institute. Addis recorded seven steals, and continually found herself frustrating the Lady Chieftain squad.

The more she stole the ball, the more Logan sacrificed the ball into the hands of another N-Y defender by trying to avoid Addis from getting it. The Lady Buckeyes recorded 14 total steals on the night, as each player pressured the ball and forced mistakes out of the Logan offense.

Similarly to its game against New Lexington, Nelsonville York started out sloppy. The team allowed 21 points from the Lady Chieftains in the first quarter.

But the Lady Buckeyes senior co-captain, Davis, really carried her team as she scored 12 points in the first half to give N-Y a 29-26 lead going into half time. Davis finished with a double-double, recording 20 points and 14 rebounds.

The second half got off to a pulse-pounding start as transition offense was the style of choice for both squads. The teams exchanged buckets for much of the third quarter, with neither team getting a real foothold going into the fourth. Something that worked heavily in Nelsonville-York's favor was offensive rebounding; the team had many second-chance opportunities by grabbing 14 total offensive boards. The Lady Buckeyes other co-captain, junior Kaitlyn Hurd, came up with a majority of the boards, tallying 10 rebounds–five of them being on offense.

With the win, the Lady Buckeyes will look to this game as a stepping stone for the rest of the season.

Nelsonville-York will go back to regular season play on Monday, Dec. 8 at Vinton County.

Logan will start their conference play on Friday, Dec. 5 at home when they host Portsmouth.