Weekend Roundup: Alder girls fall in season opener
By Chris Miles
The winter sports season got underway over the weekend as the girls basketball teams in Madison County tipped off the 2012-13 season.
Circleville 56, London 31
The Red Raiders (0-1) opened the Bob Williams-era with a loss to the visiting Tigers Friday.
London was led in scoring by freshman Haley Whitt who scored 12 points in her first varsity game.
It was an eye-opening experience for most of the Red Raiders players. All but one were making their first varsity basketball debuts. It was also the first game for Williams as the new Red Raiders head coach.
Mechanicsburg 55, Jonathan Alder 41
The Pioneers got off to a rocky start in their opener Friday, as they fell behind 21-2 after one quarter and couldn’t quite recover.
“I don’t know if it was first game jitters or what,” coach Terra McDaniels. “But we just didn’t play very well in that first game.”
Jonathan Alder 51, Springfield Shawnee 36
The Lady Pioneers (1-1) opened the 2012-13 season with a convincing win over Shawnee in a game played at the Urbanna Classic Saturday.
Four of the five players to score for Alder reached double figures, which included Ashley Day (15), Melissa Noel (13), Alexis Milesky (11) and Lacy Purdum (10).
Alder jumped out to a 19-7 first quarter lead and never looked back.
“It was a totally different game,” McDaniel said. “We played pretty well in the second game.
“We’re young so I know we’re going to go through some growing pains this year.”
Madison-Plains 51, Northeastern 31
The Golden Eagles (1-0) were victoroius in their season opener knocking off host Northeastern Saturday.
The win marked the first for first-year Madison-Plains High School coach Chris Laslo.
Jackson 70, Shekinah Christian 59
The Flames (0-1) got off on the wrong foot as they fell to a strong Jackson team Saturday.
Triad 56, West Jefferson 23
The Roughriders (0-1) came up short in their season opener Friday at home.
The visitors jumped out to a 15-3 advantage after the first quarter and were never threatend by West Jefferson.
The Roughriders played the second quarter even (10-10) but was outscored by double digits in the third quarter (18-4).