Oswayo Valley tops Sheffield
DUKE CENTER – A sluggish start, paired with poor shooting and foul trouble kept the Sheffield Lady Wolverine winless, falling 50-41 to Oswayo Valley in the consolation game of the Randy Stebbins Memorial Tournament Saturday at Otto-Eldred High School.
Sheffield got a quick start with a Mya Grubbs 3-pointer on their first possession, then the Green Wave went on a 9-0 run, closing out the first quarter with a 10-5 lead.
“We had a pretty rough first quarter. We only had three rebounds, several unforced turnovers, and it all came from another slow start,” said Sheffield coach Brandon Troutman.
Despite the slow start, Sheffield was able to tie the game briefly in the second quarter, and take a lead in the third quarter. Eliza Davidson and Lexi Lyon were key on both ends of the floor, combing for 22 points and 12 rebounds in the middle frames. “We got back to our bread and butter in the second and third quarters. We were effective with our full court defense, we got the ball inside, and we took care of the basketball,” Troutman noted, “but once we got the lead, we got sloppy.”
A 31-30 Sheffield lead midway through the third quarter turned into a 35-31 deficit heading into the fourth. After getting down 12 midway through the quarter, Lady Wolverines Marissa Grubbs and Eliza Davidson were forced to the bench with their fifth fouls. “Losing Eliza hurt us on the boards and at the rim, Marissa was dishing the ball well and was a presence in our full court defense that we missed late in the game,” Troutman explained. Davidson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Grubbs had 4 steals and 5 assists. Lyon, who had a 12 point, seven rebound day, saw very limited action in the fourth as well.
Without the services of Davidson, Lyon, and Marissa Grubbs for the better portion of the fourth quarter, Mya Grubbs and Emily Leichtenberger stepped up for Sheffield, combining for eight points down the stretch, giving Sheffield a fighting chance late. Down 47-35, Grubbs and Leichtenberger were instrumental in getting the Lady Wolverines within two scores. Down 47-41, but needing the stop the clock, they were forced to foul, and Oswayo Valley’s Shayla Bickel dropped in nine of her game high 22 points in the fourth, five of those from the foul line.
Troutman was complimentary of his bench, noting Rosemary Nelson, Alyssa Dunham, and Lily Lauffenburger all played key minutes down the stretch, keeping their chances of a first within reach until the final minute of the game. He was, however, disappointed in the final result of the contest.
“I was a pretty upset at the lack of free throw attempts we got in the first half of the game, I left like Lex and Eliza worked pretty hard in there all things considered, but it boils down to opportunities, and we had plenty of chances to make anything that was out of our control a non-factor, and didn’t take advantage of it” Troutman noted, “Seven unforced turnover in the first half, and totals of 15 of 50 from the field and nine of 20 from the stripe earns you an ‘L’ not a ‘W’ more often than not. That’s on us.”
Sheffield, now 0-4, and will head to Smethport Wednesday for a non-conference game with the Lady Hubbers.
– – –
OSWAYO VALLEY (50)
Bell 0-0-0-0, M. West 2-8-11-12, K. West 2-4-6-8, Waterman 2-1-2-6, Lee 0-1-3-1, Gross 1-1-2-3, Bickel 8-5-8-22, Totals 15-20-32-50.
Wynn 0-0-0-0, My. Grubbs 3-2-4-9, Nelson 1-0-0-2, Ma. Grubbs 1-0-0-2, Leichtenberger 1-2-5-4, Davidson 5-1-6-12, Lyon 4-4-5-12, Dunham 0-0-0-0, Lauffenburger 0-0-0-0, Schmader 0-0-0-0, Totals 15-9-20-41.
3-point Field Goals: Oswayo Valley (2) – Bickel, Waterman. Sheffield (2) – My. Grubbs, Davidson.
Score by Quarters:
Oswayo Valley – 10 9 16 15 – 50
Sheffield – 5 12 14 10 – 41