STEUBENVILLE - Lysiah Rice put back her own miss as time was winding down to help Big Red's girls earn a thrilling 50-48 victory over Weir High Monday inside the Crimson Center.
Rice's hoop capped a fourth quarter which featured eight lead changes and an outstanding offensive performance by Red Rider junior Raegan Stead. Weir knotted the score at 48 with 25 seconds left after Stead drove to the hoop for two after recording a steal on the defensive end.
Big Red's Phil Casinelli called a time out and drew up the inbounds play. Rice sprinted down the floor, grabbed the long inbounds pass from Mytia Barker but missed the layup. The sophomore immediately grabbed the rebound and went back up for what proved to be the game winner.
NICE GRAB — Big Red’s Hannah Masloski comes down with a rebound during Steubenville’s game with Weir High on Monday. Weir’s Maddie Dalrymple (54) and Steubenville’s Mytia Barker are also in on the play. After falling behind early, Big Red rallied in the second half to beat the Red Riders 50-48.
-- Matthew Peaslee
An Abby Taylor steal on the next Weir possession helped Big Red improve to 4-0 on the season. Weir, on the other hand, fell to 0-4. Three of the four losses have come by a total of nine points.
"We ran our four across play," Casinelli said of the inbounds call. "Our execution depends on what the defense gives us and that long pass is an option we use off of the play. Having a senior taking the ball out (Barker) helped. She read it and executed it."
With leading scorer Alyssa Shingle forced to the Weir bench thanks to foul troubles, Stead took over for the Riders, who led 37-36 after three. She scored all 11 of her team's fourth period points and finished the night with 15.
Barker connected from behind the arc (her only field goal of the evening) to give Big Red a 39-37 lead early in the final frame. Stead responded with a pair of free throw makes. Rice then scored off a Hannah Masloski assist before Stead buried a triple. Rice and Stead both knocked two free tosses and Barker knotted the score at 44 with a one from the stripe.
Points from Taylor and Barker made it 46-44 Big Red. Another Stead hoop tied things up again before a Rice basket gave the hosts the lead.
"We've got to get better at taking care of the basketball (the Riders were guilty of 31 turnovers)," Weir's Bill Smith said. "We need to rebound a lot better and box out because we are giving up too many easy shots. We have to keep working and get smarter basketball wise.
Rice had eight of Big Red's 14 fourth quarter points while Barker added five.
"That's what they (Barker and Rice) have been doing all year," Casinelli commented. "They definitely are scorers but the other girls stepped up and scored also. When you have a two-point win, you can look at anyone scoring three or four points and realize that's big."
Weir, thanks to 11 points from Shingle, grabbed a 16-10 lead after the first quarter. The Red Riders hit six of 12 attempts and drilled four triples. Big Red was up 31-30 at the intermission as Barker connected from the stripe. Taylor Young canned a three ball (her first bucket of the season) to give Big Red its largest lead of the evening (30-27) late in the second period.
During the opening half, Weir was red hot from the floor, converting 11 of 18 tries. Big Red was just nine of 29 but did convert 10 of 20 free tosses.
"They shot really well early on," Casinelli added. "It seemed like everything they were shooting was going in. Shingle really shot the ball well.
"Our girls played even from beginning to end. We had a nice steady pace. We didn't get real high or low and stuck to the game plan. We never panicked and every girl we played scored."
Rice recorded a double-double for the winners with her 20 points and 11 rebounds. Barker finished with 10.
"Lysiah did a heck of a job on the boards, getting rebound after rebound," Casinelli pointed out. "Mytia attacked their zone really well and Abby (Taylor) and Taylor (Young) did a great job of sprinting down the court and forcing their defense to sprint back.
"Due to the injury to Emiley (Big Red's floor leader Emiley Masloski missed the game with a knee injury), everyone has to step up now and I think every girl did tonight. Dominque (Wilson) did a good job on defense getting a five second call late and Brittany (Bodo) battled inside. Everyone did the little things we asked them to do in order to get this win."
Shingle netted 18 (16 coming in the opening half) to pace the Riders. She swished four from long distance. Stead finished with 15 and Selena Wolverton nine. Maddie Dalrymple had eight rebounds to pace Weir.
"We'll be back in the gym tomorrow and we'll continue to work," said Smith. "We know what we have to do."
Weir returns to action Thursday with a road trip to Magnolia.
Big Red hoisted 30 tries from the charity stripe but converted just 16.
"We were off a little bit there," Casinelli admitted. "We definitely don't like the percentage but we got the win. We'll explain to them things could have been a little different had we made some free throws. We just had one of those nights at the line; let's hope it doesn't become a pattern."
Big Red visits Catholic Central Thursday.
Big Red 50, Weir 48
Weir 16 14 7 11 - 48
Big Red 10 21 5 14 - 50
WEIR HIGH (0-4): Wolverton 4 0-0 9; Stead 4 6-6 15; Shingle 7 0-0 18; Robinson 0 0-0 0; Drizake 0 3-6 3; Dobosz 0 0-0 0; Dalrymple 1 1-2 3; Kelly 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 10-14 48. 3-pointers: Wolverton; Stead; Shingle (4); Rebounds: 26 (Dalrymple 8); Turnovers: 31,
BIG RED (4-0): H. Masloski 1 1-2 4; Young 1 1-2 4; Wilson 0 3-6 3; Barker 1 7-12 10; Rice 9 2-4 20; Bodo 1 1-2 3; Taylor 2 1-2 6. TOTALS: 15 16-30 50. 3-pointers: H. Masloski; Young; Barker; Taylor. Rebounds: 29 (Rice 11); Turnovers: 20.