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Stars shine in Lisbon

March 27, 2012
RON FIRTH - Staff Writer , Salem News

LISBON - Mow Mow Thompson has seen East Liverpool teammate Brian Beverly shoot like this before.

Just never on the other team.

Beverly hit six straight three-pointers for a game-high 32 points in leading the Red Team to a 104-89 win at the 27th annual Columbiana County Classic on Tuesday.

"I know he can shoot, but he went off tonight," Thompson said. "I've seen him make them, just not that many in a row."

"One game I had five threes against Indian Creek, but nothing like tonight," Beverly said.

Beverly scored 26 points in the second half and was named the Red Team MVP. He didn't expect that kind of performance.

"Not at all," Beverly said. "They just kept giving me the ball and I was open."

The Red Team fell behind 28-16 before closing within 40-38 at halftime.

"They had the better team, but we played hard," Thompson said.

Beverly hit four three-pointers in a span of 1:33 and scored 20 second-half points to give the Red Team a 70-57 advantage with 14:25 remaining.

The closes the Blue Team would get after that was nine points on a jumper by Heartland's Grant Ramsey that made it 82-73 with 8:59 to play.

East Liverpool's backed Beverly with 16 points.

"We didn't really care who won or loss," Beverly said.

Also for the winning team, Wellsville's Josh Carter scored 14 points, Leetonia's Cody Stokes had 12 points with two dunks and Crestview's C.J. Collins added 10 points.

United's Brett Albright took MVP honors for the Blue Team, hitting six three-pointers for a team-high 23 points.

"I didn't think Albright could shoot like that," Thompson said. "He impressed me a lot."

Thompson contributed 18 points to the Blue effort. Salem's Trent Kenreigh added 11 points, while Ramsey and East Palestine's Cody Stewart and Zac Brockman each had eight points.

"We had fun," Thompson said. "It was a fun game."

The high school careers are winding down for Beverly, Thompson and Thompkins, who led the Potters to a 19-4 season and an eighth-place Division II state ranking.

"It was fun," Beverly said. "We made it pretty far. I wished we could have gone farther. Everything happens for a reason."

"It was a great season," Thompson said. "We lost in the district final, which was sad. But we lost to a great team, St. Clairsville, which made it to the state semifinals."

RED: 38-66-104

BLUE: 40-49- 89

RED TEAM SCORING: Ryan Smith (Beaver) 3-0-7, C.J. Collins (Crestview) 4-2-10, Adam Coppock (Crestview) 2-0-4, Marky Thompkins (East Liverpool) 7-1-16, Jared Sevek (Southern) 0-1-1, Nick Miller (Beaver) 2-0-4, Brian Beverly 12-2-32, Cody Stokes (Leetonia) 6-0-12, Damin Beadnell (Southern) 2-0-4, Josh Carter (Wellsville) 7-0-14. TEAM TOTALS: 45-102, 6-8: 104.

BLUE TEAM SCORING: Mow Mow Thompson 8-0-18, Zac Brockman (East Palestine) 4-0-8, Grant Ramsey (Heartland) 4-0-8, Zack Rovnak (Lisbon) 2-0-6, Brett Albright 8-1-23, Cody Stewart (East Palestine) 3-0-8, Trent Kenreigh 4-1-11, Zack Penick 3-0-7. TEAM TOTALS: 36-90, 2-7: 89.

Three-point goals: Red 8-24 (Beverly 6, Smith, Thompkins), Blue 15-39 (Albright 6, Thompson 2, Rovnak 2, Stewart 2, Kenreigh 2, Penick).

Davidson, Smith named MVPs of girls contest

LISBON - No one seemed to notice the 31-9 score at halftime.

"I just wanted to have fun," said Red Team MVP Whittni Davidson of East Liverpool. "I was here with a couple of teammates and I wanted to make some new friends."

The girls Blue Team built a 25-point lead early in the second half for a 53-49 win in the 27th annual Columbiana County Classic at Lisbon High School on Tuesday.

"I had the best team," United's Taylor Smith said. "They were so much fun. A lot of them I knew by their name."

Smith was named the Blue Team MVP after scoring a game-high 16 points, just one shy of her career high.

"I just came in having fun," Smith said. "This is one of my last games I'll ever play."

Smith won the discus during the season-opening track meet earlier Tuesday afternoon. She also is playing on the softball team.

The MVP performance capped an outstanding senior season in which Smith led the Eagles to a fourth straight Inter-Tri County League upper tier title and a Division III district championship.

"It was so much fun. This was the greatest season I could have hoped for," she said. "I had a wonderful team."

Smith and Wellsville's Mikyla Tipton made an immediate connection as Smith had eight points and two assists and Tipton had six points and two assists as Red opened up a 22-3 lead.

"She's a cool girl," Smith said. "A real basketball player."

Tipton finished with 12 points and Wellsville's Rilee Livolsi added seven.

"I know Mikyla is tough and so are the other girls," Davidson said.

The Blue Team made one of their first 20 shots and were 3-of-33 from the field in the first half to fall behind 3-19.

"It was rough," Davidson said. "We got down. We switched the lineup and got back into the game."

The Blue Team missed its first five shots of the second half and Lisbon's Lindsey Hayko hit a layup to boost the Red lead to 35-10 with 17:36 remaining.

The Red Team was limited to four baskets over the next 13 minutes as Blue tied the game at 43-43 with 4:26 to play.

Davidson and East Liverpool's Kelsie Wymer both converted conventional three-point plays to lead the comeback.

The Red Team went to work after that, shutting out the Blue Team over the next three minutes.

Leetonia's Alexa Summers and Tipton hit shots. Livolsi and Tipton made a free throw and Smith had a layup to push the lead to 51-45 with 1:15 remaining.

"They had a lot more heighth than us," Davidson said.

East Liverpool's trio of Kelsie Wymer, Davidson and Waggle combined for 25 of the Blue's 49 points.

RED: 31-22-53

BLUE: 9-40-49

RED TEAM SCORING: Makenzie Logan (Columbiana) 2-0-4, Alexa Summers (Leetonia) 1-0-2, Taylor Smith (United) 7-2-16, Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville) 5-2-12, Rilee Livolsi (Wellsville) 3-1-7, Ashley Weikart (Heartland) 0-0-0, Julie Gauntt (Lisbon) 1-0-2, Lindsey Hayko (Lisbon) 1-0-2, Cassie Davidson (Salem) 2-0-4, Sierra Day (Salem) 2-0-4. TEAM TOTALS: 24-72, 5-9: 53.

BLUE TEAM SCORING: Whittni Davidson (East Liverpool) 3-2-8, Mallory Waggle (East Liverpool) 3-2-8, Kelsie Wymer (East Liverpool) 2-4-9, Jennah Phillis (Southern) 2-1-5, Heather Sell (Southern) 2-0-4, Taylor Pike (Beaver) 0-4-4, Kenzie Weber (Beaver) 1-0-3, Marissa Leon (Crestview) 1-0-2, Gerie Sickle (Crestview) 1-1-3, Shannon Jurjavcic (East Palestine) 1-0-3. TEAM TOTALS: 17-73, 14-26: 49.

Three-point goals: Red 0-6, Blue 3-19 (Wymer, Weber, Jurjavcic).



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