Unioto Falls To Sheridan in District Defensive Struggle

SHERIDAN 35, UNIOTO 31

Defense can create poor shooting percentages in the game of basketball, and that was witnessed by all in attendance Wednesday as the (22-2) Sheridan Lady Generals edged (21-3) Unioto's Lady Shermans 35-31 in the Division 2 District Semis at Southeastern High School.

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While both teams missed some open shots at close range, most of the game's shot attempts were contested by a tight defense that both teams threw at each other. Both teams struggled from the offensive aspect of the game with Sheridan shooting only 10/38 from the field for 26%- including 3/14 from the arc, while Unioto was no better at 8/31 for 26%- and 2/7 from the arc. The free throw line was comparatively as bad with Sheridan connecting on only 12/22 and Unioto 13/27.

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The Lady Generals won the rebounding battle 29-23 with turnovers at a minimum of 7 for Unioto and 8 for Sheridan.

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Unioto led 12-9 after the first quarter, but trailed 17-16 at half. The game was even at 23-23 after three and was tied as late as 25-25 early in the fourth quarter, before Sheridan grabbed a 32-26 lead and held on for the win. Unioto got as close as 33-31 with 26 seconds remaining, but later up 34-31, Kendyl Mick hit one of two foul shots to put the game away.

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6'0 senior Rachelle Cook was Sheridan's lone scorer in double figures, with 12. 6'1 freshman Faith Stinson scored 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Unioto was led by Emily Coleman and Cree Stulley- each scoring 7 points. Senior Jocie Fisher finished her high school basketball career with 6 points and 12 rebounds.

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Sheridan now faces top seed Circleville for the district title on February 27th after the lady Tigers advanced with a 43-40 win over MSL foe Fairfield Union. SVC Gold Ball Champ Unioto was the last girls SVC team remaining in the post-season.

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