Nelsonville-York Finds Consistency Despite Losses

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The Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes saw their perfect season come to an end at the hands of Alexander 39-24 on Monday.

The 24 points for the Lady Buckeyes were a season low, as the Lady Spartans were able to slow down the versatile Lady Buckeye offense. The Lady Spartans win over the Lady Buckeyes has Alexander sitting atop the TVC-Ohio with the Lady Buckeyes creeping right behind them in second place.

Nelsonville-York coach Bob Cassady praised the Lady Spartans and that they are a legitimate contender in the TVC-Ohio Conference.

“Alexander is the real deal. They made it hard on us to penetrate with their man defense. We did not shoot well but that was in large part of what Alexander was doing defensively,” said Cassady.

The Lady Buckeyes’ struggle offensively reflected largely in the box score as their leading scorer Jessie Addis was not able to get it going as she only provided seven points. Addis has struggled offensively in games this year and normally her teammates are able to step up and provide the scoring punch but that was not that case. Sharp shooter Camrin Dupler had one point and Mary Kate McCulloch had seven points in the loss.

After the first loss, Cassady was confident that his girls would sharpen up their offense as they continue to get more comfortable with one another. Cassady’s crew had two more opportunities to avenge the Lady Spartans and they did so in a big way.

The Lady Buckeyes bounced back Thursday night as they cruised to a 66-26 victory over Wellston. Their offense was able to return back to form as it set the tone early for the Lady Buckeyes to pick up their eighth victory of the season.

The Lady Buckeyes wrapped up the week with a home matchup with Trimble. The Lady Buckeyes showed no ill-effects of having to play on back-to-back nights as they once again coasted to another victory, winning 48-19 at home over the Lady Tomcats.

The Lady Buckeyes will travel to the Columbus area next as they take on Newark.

On the other side, the boys are struggling to find consistency on either side of the floor early on the year as they fell to below .500 on the year with a loss at Meigs 69-30.

The Buckeyes had a chance to bounce back at home where they faced Trimble and the Buckeyes were able to flip the script from their losing ways, as they were able to pull off a close win against Trimble, escaping their home floor with a hard fought 52-46 win.

Nelsonville-York head coach Jay Kline was very pleased with how has his players responded after a couple of tough losses.

“I told the guys before the game, it would take a great effort tonight and that’s what they gave me tonight. Our team played hard from the opening tip and each of the eight guys that got in tonight made an impact on the game,” said Kline.

That team effort was shown through the performances of seniors Aron Davis and Hunter Edwards, who combined for 36 of the Buckeyes’ 52 points. However, Kline reiterated that he was impressed with the contributions he got from the team as a whole, even though that may not have shown in the box score.

Kline said that his team showed strides improvement in Friday’s win, especially on the defensive side of the floor and are heading in the right direction in the meat of their season.

“If we play with the same level of effort that we did tonight especially on defense, I believe that we can give teams fits offensively. We have 16 games left so there are plenty of opportunities for us to get better,” said Kline.

The Buckeyes look to build off of their victory of Trimble when they next take on Federal Hocking, who they beat in their home opener 71-16. The Buckeyes will have an opportunity to get above .500 on the year in the game.