As the regular season came to a close and postseason started in Ohio, it’s time to look at the area standouts from the previous week.
It’s not always about the most gaudy numbers come playoff time, maybe it’s a play or a spark from a player to extend their season in a do-or-die moment.
That was the case for Eastern Brown’s Alexa Pennington as the Lady Warriors claimed a sectional title with their win over Lynchburg-Clay. Sputtering down the stretch, the Lady Warriors blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead to see the game all tied up at 56-all with under 30 seconds to play. That’s when Pennington rose to the occasion, knocking down a shot with less than 10 seconds remaining to give Eastern the lead and go on to knock off the Lady Mustangs, 60-56. Pennington ended the contest with 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Eastern returns to the hardwood Thursday when they take on Southeastern in a district semifinal matchup at Waverly High School.
Despite going 1-2 on the week and losing to a winless team, Bracken County’s Trey Deaton stood out over others. The senior post player averaged 17.3 points and 11 rebounds in three contests. In a 60-59 loss to Williamstown, Deaton scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. He followed that effort the following night with 12 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Robertson County. The Polar Bears got back into the win column after nearly almost a month with a 68-56 win over West Carter in which Deaton scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the week.
As for team of the week, that will be a split between Peebles and West Union. The Indians ran away with the Division II Southern Hills Athletic Conference title as they closed out the season winning eight of their last nine games. They were five games clear of second-place Fayetteville-Perry with an 11-2 record in conference play, claiming the best record in the SHAC. The Indians start the second season in sectional play on February 28 when they take on the winner of Whiteoak-Sciotoville.
The Dragons claimed their first SHAC title since 1989 as they handled their business at Lynchburg-Clay on Friday. The “Dragon Dynasty” as coach Greg Himes proclaims them finished at 10-3 in the conference, two games ahead of second place Eastern and Ripley. West Union closed out their season on fire, winning 13 of their last 14 as they closed out the regular season with a 16-4 record. They’ll open up postseason play against Southeastern on Friday in sectional play at 8:30 p.m. at Waverly High School.