Unioto scored just eight points in the first half, but bounced back with a big second half before falling short 44-32 to Bishop Hartley in a nonleague game Thursday
“In the first half, we went 3-for-28 from the field,” Shermans coach Jeff Miller said. “Hartley plays a real nice 2-3 zone, and their back line is big. On top of that, they have to nice athletic guards who can put pressure on you.
“For us, it was a combination of what their defense did to us, and our shots just weren’t falling. Getting a good look at the basket was tough to come by.”
Unioto’s Lexi Overly led the way with 11 points and four assists, and Tori Cox had eight points and eight rebounds.
* Madsion Plains 61, Westfall 55: The Mustangs’ slow start wasn’t because of the Eagles’ defense.
“With about 4 1/2 minutes to go in the first quarter, we had three starters on the bench in foul trouble,” Westfall coach Jennifer Blue said. “We never got in a good rhythm because we had to keep moving people in and out, but I like the way our girls adjusted to the different things they had to do. And I like the fact that they never gave up.”
After being outscored 17-8 in the first, Westfall put up 28 points in the next two quarters to make it a five-point game going into the fourth.
“We’re young, and we’re going to have some of these growing pains,” Blue said. “And we had some girls play hard tonight. Some of their numbers might not show up, but they still did their job on defense.”
Paige Swaggerty led Westfall with 18 points, and Regan Stonerock and Jessica Miller each had seven.
The Mustangs (2-1) will travel to Piketon on Tuesday.
* Minford 55, Waverly 24: Kailee Perdue scored seven and Bri Wiget added five as the Tigers dropped their third straight to start the season.
The Falcons scored 40 points in the second and third quarters as Waverly managed just six in the same span.
The Tigers will travel to Portsmouth West on Monday.
In other games
Huntington fell to Washington Court House 37-29.