Remember when Lebron sat on that stage and claimed the Miami Heat were going to win six straight NBA titles? Not one, not two, not three….and on and on and on.
Well, that didn’t happen. Why? Because it’s extremely hard to win consecutive titles in any sport.
That was the case for the West Holmes Lady Knights who were looking to revenge an earlier season loss to the Mansfield Tygers in Millersburg on Jan. 28.
If the Lady Knights could take down the Tygers at home they would have clinched the Ohio Cardinal Conference title for the third consecutive season. Certainly a extremely tough task.
Instead the Tygers clinched at least a tie of the OCC handing West Holmes their second loss of the season 42-35 on Saturday. It’s the second time Senior has beaten West Holmes this year, the Lady Knights’ only two losses (16-2).
Senior will have one OCC game remaining against Ashland (3-10 in the OCC) to clinch the title.
West Holmes and Senior were tied 8-8 after a chaotic first quarter that didn’t see many pretty offensive plays, but had a plethora of great defensive ones.
A Keegan Uhl layup gave West Holmes a 17-15 lead at the half as the Lady Knights were able to outscore Senior 9-7 in the second stanza.
West Holmes scored six straight points midway through the third quarter to earn their biggest lead of the game 23-18. Ella McMillin hit a floater in the paint, Aveona Yoder had a put back deuce and Allie McMillin dove to the rim for two during the 6-0 run and it looked like West Holmes had taken over the reigns of the game.
The Tygers quickly answered with a 8-2 of their own to end the third quarter that included Kiersten Bradley lacing one of her four 3-pointers of the game.
The final quartered belonged to the Tygers as they began to taste the OCC title. Senior doubled up West Holmes in the final quarter 16-8 to give them a chance to clinch the conference title against Ashland.
West Holmes was led in scoring by senior Ella McMillin with 11 points. Uhl added eight points and Allie McMillen finished with six.
Bradley led the Tygers with a game-high 13 points.