Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ senior Taylor Martin (22) defends against Oak Hill Lady Oaks’ Leanna Adkins (23) during Saturday’s Division III sectional tournament. Martin helped hold Adkins — Oak Hill’s leading scorer — to three points in the second half. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)
Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ senior Taylor Martin (22) defends against Oak Hill Lady Oaks’ Leanna Adkins (23) during Saturday’s Division III sectional tournament. Martin helped hold Adkins — Oak Hill’s leading scorer — to three points in the second half. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

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Lady Panthers shock Oak Hill

Published 12:36am Sunday, February 16, 2014

Jim Walker


PEDRO — Did you hear the one about the No. 2-ranked team that walked into a gym to play a team with a losing record? The team with the losing record won.

No joke.

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers pulled off a stunning upset with a 54-47 win over the Oak Hill Lady Oaks Saturday in the Division III sectional finals.

“That was a huge win for our program. Our girls battled the whole game and never wavered,” said Chesapeake coach Chris Ball.

“Taylor Martin really did a great job defensively today (on Leanna Adkins). She defended extraordinary. And we used Baylee Mills in there and she did a nice job.”

Adkins — the Lady Oaks leading scorer — was limited to 15 points and just three in the second half.

Kaylee Curry had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Chesapeake (11-12) while Sydnee Hall scored 16 points including 10-of-10 at the foul line.

“We did a better job getting the ball inside to Kaylee Curry in the second half. Sydnee Hall’s ability to control the tempo was another major factor,” said Ball.

Trailing 30-19 at the half, Chesapeake got within 38-36 in the third quarter on 6-of-7 shooting from the field while the Lady Oaks were 3-of-8.

A layup by Curry, a 19-footer by Mills and two free throws by Hall were part of a 6-0 run to end the third quarter.

Chesapeake finally tied the score at 42 on a layup by Atiya Spaulding with 2:08 left in regulation. Abby Haislop hit a 15-footer to give Oak Hill a 44-42 lead, but two foul shots by Hall with 1:29 left tied the game.

Macy Melvin hit a lauyp to start the overtime as Oak Hill went up 46-44, but Curry hit a baseline shot and a layup and Chesapeake led for good at 48-46 with 1:51 on the clock.

Merrill Melvin made the front end of two foul shots for the Lady Oaks but Spaulding hit two clutch free throws with 1:13 left and it was 50-47. Hall converted 4-of-4 from the line including two with six seconds left to seal the upset.

“When Atiya hit those two free throws I knew we were in good shape,” said Ball.

The game was tied at 2-2 and 4-4 when Layne Roseberry hit a 3-pointer a d a layup to give the Lady Oaks a 9-4 lead.

A putback by Curry and a 15-footer by Hall cut the deficit to 9-8. The Lady Oaks led 13-8 on a steal and layup by Haislop with 1:46 on the clock, but Martin answered with a triple for the Lady Panthers and it was 13-11 at the end of the quarter.

Oak Hill scored seven unanswered points to begin the second quarter and it was 20-11. Two foul shots by Hall made it 20-13 at the 5:20 mark.

A layup by Spaulding got Chesapeake within 24-17 but Adkins buried a triple with 3:06 left in the half and the lead was 27-17. Roseberry hit a 3-pointer with 2:30 remaining in the half and Oak Hill had its biggest lead at 30-19 going into the locker room.

Chesapeake will play in the district tournament at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in Waverly’s downtown arena.

Chesapeake 11 8 18 8 10 = 54

Oak Hill 13 17 8 6 3 = 47

CHESAPEAKE (11-12): Kaylee Curry 7 0 4-6 18, Taylor Martin 0 1 0-0 3, Sydnee Hall 3 0 10-10 16, Atiya Spaulding 3 0 2-4 8, Peyton Walsh 2 0 1-2 5, Baylee Mills 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 18-43 17-22 54. 3-point goals: 1-3. Rebounds: 9-, 21-D = 30 (Curry10, Hall 6, Spaulding 6) Team/deadball rebounds: 4. Assists: 9 (Hall 4, Spaulding 3). Steals: 7 (Curry 3, Spaulding 2). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Walsh (4th 4:34).

OAK HILL (18-2): Layne Roseberry 2 2 1-2 4, Merrill Melvin 0 0 8-10 8, Abby Haislop 3 0 0-0 6, Leanna Adkins 2 3 0-2 15, Macy Melvin 2 0 1-3 5, Mckaile Cade 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 16-51 10-14 7. 3-point goals: 5-17. Rebounds: 19-O, 17-D = 36 (Ma. Melvin 7, Me. Melvin 6). Team/deadball rebounds: 7. Assists: 11 (Haislop 4). Steals: 6 (Haislop 3, Roseberry 2). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: None.


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