By Eric Hamilton
“I was surprised I made so many outside shots, because usually I miss them It was a fun experience playing on the same team with guys I’ve played against and really respect.”
The United and Columbiana standouts were named MVPs in the county All-Star game.
LISBON — United senior Maggie Sell hadn’t picked up a basketball in almost three weeks until Monday when she drove over to the school gym for some shooting practice.
After leading the Golden Eagles to the program’s first regional tournament appearance since 1980, Sell wanted to recapture her shooting touch from outside in preparation for Tuesday’s Columbiana County Basketball Coaches Association Basketball Classic.
It turns out it was time well spent.
Sell poured in a game-high 19 points, including five 3-pointers as the Red team earned an impressive 75-49 victory over the Blue squad.
“I guess I was shooting pretty well,” said Sell, who was also awarded one of 20 $500 scholarships given by the association and its donors.
“After I hit my first two 3s, I stopped shooting and coach [United’s Roger Zeigler] yelled at me to keep shooting.
“It was fun to see how the girls from other schools had different characteristics and were able to come together as a team tonight.
This season was great with us getting to regionals and see how our program has grown in the past few years.”
The Red team started the game with a 10-4 lead and built a 34-23 advantage after the first 20-minute quarter.
Each team substituted its full lineup every five minutes.
In addition to the contributions of Sell, who was named as her team’s MVP, Columbiana’s Kaylee Couchenour added 11 points.
Crestview’s Marissa Newbauer and Leetonia’s Lynsie Davis chipped in 10 each.
The Blue squad was paced by MVP Lyndsey Ward, who scored 11 points. East Liverpool’s Brittany Tomaselli added a team-high 12 points and Southern’s Emily Smith tallied 11 points.
Scholarships were awarded to Sell (United), Gina Jones (Leetonia), Lori Deem (Beaver Local), Ashley Shea (Columbiana), Haley Graham (Crestview), Kelsey Rickerd (East Liverpool), Jessica Cavanaugh (East Palestine), Megan Reynolds (Lisbon), Dana Webb (Salem), Emily Smith (Southern) and P.J. Williams (Wellsville).
In the boys game, the Red squad used a balanced scoring attack with six players in double figures and everyone on the roster scoring en route to a 97-57 victory over the Blue team.
The team, made up of players from Leetonia, Columbiana, Crestview, Beaver Local and Salem, mounted an 18-2 run to begin the contest and never looked back.
They combined for seven 3-pointers, including two by Columbiana big man Trent Hatherill.
“I was surprised I made so many outside shots, because usually I miss them,” said Hatherill, who was named MVP of his team with 17 points. “It was a fun experience playing on the same team with guys I’ve played against and really respect.
“Looking around at the players on the Blue team before the game, I really thought we were the underdogs. But we just relaxed and had fun tonight.”
Leetonia’s Andrew Trummer matched Hatherill’s team-high scoring mark with 17. Columbiana’s Travis Denmeade hit three treys and added 15 points.
Another Clipper, Josh Harold, scored 11 and Salem’s Chris Brown chipped in 11. Leetonia’s Josh Selway finished with 10 points.
East Palestine’s Braxton Mascher led the Blue squad with 13 points. United’s Jeremy Walker added 10 and East Liverpool’s Martin Webb, United’s Jason Ramus, East Palestine’s Brandenn Keylor and Southern’s Ethan Blatch each scored seven.
Scholarship winners for the boys were Andrew Kidd (Southern), Travis Denmeade (Columbiana), Brandon Gates (Crestview), Chad Campagna (East Palestine), Andrew Trummer (Leetonia), Anthony Lee (Lisbon), Chris Brown (Salem), Andrew Diaz (Southern) and Jeremy Walker (United).
In the 24 years that the coaches association has held the game and given scholarships, more than $125,000 has been awarded to the county’s scholar-athletes.