SIDNEY — The Sidney Lady Jackets took on the only team to beat them last season during regular-season play, and got a measure of revenge in a 53-46 victory Wednesday night in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover basketball.
The Lady Jackets move to 4-0 on the season and drop the Lady Elks to 4-1. Sidney returns to action Saturday at home against Miamisburg in the Greater Western Ohio Conference “showcase” game. They will play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys teams playing.
“It was an incerdible game,” said Sidney coach Megan Mummey. “We had the community behind us, the students behind us and the girls played 32 minutes of knockout basketball.”
The Lady Jackets started slow, with Centerville scoring the first five points of the game. But before it brought back memories of last year’s 71-47 loss to the Lady Elks, Sidney got things going and by the end of the quarter, the Lady Jackets were on top 14-11.
However, Centerville gained the upper hand in the second quarter and the Lady Jackets were held to just five points, enabling the Lady Elks to overtake them and hold a 26-19 lead at the half.
But the game turned again, with Sidney’s offense getting back on track. Centerville led 30-26 but Sylvia Hudson and Kaitlyn Davis both knocked down two free throws apiece to tie the score. After Centerville scored to retake the lead, Sidney put up the final four points of the quarter for a 34-32 lead.
That momentum carried over to the final period, and when the Lady Jackets scored the first eight points of the period, they were up by double digits. The final bucket came when Hudson grabbed an offensive rebound after a missed free throw and stuck it back in for the 10-point margin.
With the Lady Jackets clinging to a six-point lead with 1:25 remaining. Davis was fouled on an inbounds pass with 1:21 left and she dropped in both for a 50-42 lead.
Sidney had just three players in the scoring column. Sylvia Hudson was unstoppable inside, pouring in 26 points. Six-foot-three Celena Taborn had 15 points, and Davis added 12 on a three-pointer and 9-for-10 from the foul line.
Hudson and Taborn both had double-doubles. Hudson had 10 rebounds and Taborn 13. And Taborn also blocked seven shots.
Mummey gave a lot of credit to Sadie Timmons for her defense on Centerville’s Victoria Harrison, who torched Sidney for 21 points and six threes last season.
“We created a whole new defense, and Sadie shut her down,” said the coach. “She held her to zero points in the first half and only eight for the game. She did a great job.”
Centerville (46) — Harrison 8, Hutchinson 6, Perry 4, Minnich 6, Kimball 3, Broner 11, Crable 1, Brazile 6.
Sidney (53) — Hudson 26, Taborn 15, Davis 12.
Score by quarters:
Centerville 11 26 32 45
Sidney 14 19 34 53
Three-pointers: Centerville 3 (Minnich 2, Kimbell); Sidney 1 (Davis).
Records: Sidney 4-0, Centerville 4-1.
Reserve score: Centerville 43, Sidney 33.