Sheffield girls top Tidioute

Sheffield’s Eliza Davidson (20) battles Tidioute Charter’s Ruthiz Scaife (40) and Jessica Riel (32) for a rebound during their game at Sheffield High School, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Davidson had 13 of Sheffield’s 55 total rebounds.

One of the more popular motivational phrases says, “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”

While that can often be applied, size certainly made a big difference for Sheffield’s girls in a 56-35 win over visiting Tidioute Charter Wednesday.

The Wolverines dominated the glass, grabbing 55 total rebounds.

“Our size helped big time,” Sheffield coach Brandon Troutman said. “It’s not often we have a size advantage.”

Lexi Lyon used that advantage to garner a double-double with 24 points and 21 rebounds. Eliza Davidson also finished in double figures rebounding with 13.

Sheffield’s Destiny Wynn fires a jump shot during the second half of a game against Tidoute Charter at Sheffield High School, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Wynn’s eight points helped the Wolverines to a 56-35 win over the Bulldogs.

“We got to work inside,” Troutman said.

Both teams were a little cold from the field early in the contest, but Lyon kept turning offensive rebounds into second chance opportunities and, combined with 3-pointers from Destiny Wynn and Mya Grubbs, helped Sheffield build a 16-4 first quarter lead.

“In the first quarter, we were cold,” Tidioute coach Christy Valentine said.

Sheffield went on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, outmuscling Tidioute for almost every loose ball. Then, the Wolverines went away from their game plan and started taking mid- to long-range jumpers that didn’t fall. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, started finding their rhythym and ended the half on a 9-1 run.

“We had a great first 13 or 14 minutes,” Troutman said. “I told them at halftime we need to buckle down.”

Buckle down. . . and get the ball down low, the Wolverines did. Lyon took over the third quarter, scoring 10 of her 24 points in the frame. When she needed a breather, Troutman turned to Ashley Frederick to maintain the size advantage in the paint.

“There was just a mismatch in size,” Valentine said. “We tried to double team, and played hard. We just can’t practice (against that).”

The Bulldogs scored 14 points in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to cut into the Sheffield lead.

“We picked it up in the second half,” Valentine said.

Despite being under the weather, Nakiesha Krouse again led the Bulldogs with 17 points.

“She just wants to be in all the time,” Valentine said.

Sunny Henderson had six points and Greyson Fors added four points in the loss.

Wynn and Marissa Grubbs both had eight points for Sheffield, with Grubbs adding five offensive rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Sheffield travels to Kane Friday, while Tidioute returns to action Jan. 11 at Erie First Christian.

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TCCS (35)

Krouse 7-1-6-17, Fors 2-0-0-4, Henderson 3-0-3-6, Proctor 1-0-0-2, Riel 1-0-0-2, Hammer 0-0-0-0, Scaife 1-0-0-2


Schmader 0-0-0-0, Wynn 3-0-0-8, Mya Grubbs 1-0-0-3, Nelson 0-0-0-0, Lauffenberger 0-0-1-0, Marissa Grubbs 4-0-0-8, Leichtenberger 0-2-2-2, Davdison 2-1-6-5, Pierce 0-0-0-0, Dunham 1-0-0-2, Lyon 10-4-10-24, Frederick 2-0-0-4

By Quarters

TCCS 4 9 14 8 – 35

Sheffield 16 9 20

11 – 56

Three-point FGs: TCCS (3) – Krouse (3); Sheffield (3) – Wynn (2), Mya Grubbs