Triad, Fairbanks girls hoop squads drop games


Triad’s Frani LeVan, right, is fouled while going up for a basket in this file photo. LeVan scored 22 points on Thursday during the Lady Cardinals’ 38-30 loss to Southeastern.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)


A pair of local high school girls basketball teams found the going difficult during games on Thursday.
The Lady Cardinals of Triad shot an ice-cold 11-of-52 from the field during a 38-30 loss to Southeastern.
Fairbanks’ squad continued to struggle on offense during a 51-15 setback to Greenon.
“We were a little concerned about scoring before this game because it was our first game out of the Christmas break,” said coach Jeff Merklin. “Southeastern, on the other hand, had played two games since our last one.”
Frani LeVan did not appear to let the break bother her game as she tallied 22 points.
The rest of the Lady Cardinals, however, connected on just two other baskets as they slipped to 4-5 overall and 2-5 in the Ohio Heritage Conference.
The contest was tied at 8-8 after the first period before the Trojans took an 18-14 halftime edge.
Southeastern led, 23-20, by the end of the third quarter.
“The girls’ effort was certainly there and we played excellent defense,” said Merklin. “However, our legs were a little tired throughout the game.
“The problem is that we have three injuries (out of 11 total players) and we simply don’t have the depth to be able to effectively rest our top five players.
“It’s a tough situation for the girls.”
Merklin felt his team rebounded the ball well, led by Makenzie Cauley, who pulled down 14 caroms.
Triad will return to action by traveling to Greenon on Saturday.
Isaac 4-2-11, Flores 4-0-8, Hudson 1-4-6, Mills 2-0-4, Monahan 1-1-4, Cline 2-0-4, Severt 0-1-1. Totals 14-8-38.
Three-point goals: Isaac 1, Monahan 1.
F. LeVan 9-0-22, C. LeVan 1-2-4, Cauley 0-2-2, Bailey 1-0-2. Totals 11-4-30.

Three-point goals: F. LeVan 4.

The Lady Panthers (1-8 overall and 1-6 in the OHC) managed just one point during the first period and trailed, 16-5, at halftime.
Fairbanks, which will travel to Madison Plains on Saturday, tallied most of its offense during the third period with eight points.
Greenon, though, scored 23 during the eight-minute stretch and took a 39-13 advantage into the final stanza.
Megan Rausch led the Lady Panthers, who hit six-of-27 shots from the floor, with six points.
Michaela Writesel tallied five and Bella Rowland added three.

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