Thursday, March 09, 2000

Wyoming boys ousted by Versailles

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DAYTON — Maybe it was the pressure of playing in the boys Division III District championship game. Or it could have been the difficulty of shooting in the spacious University of Dayton Arena for the first time.

        But the best way to describe Wyoming's performance in a 52-45 loss to Versailles Wednesday is “disappointing.”

        Turning over the ball 20 times and shooting only 27.9 percent from the field (17-of-61) and 20 percent from 3-point range (5-of-25), the Cowboys ended the season with a subpar effort.

        “Maybe our kids were a little nervous,” Wyoming coach Tony Gentry said. “We had the shots, but they just wouldn't fall. There were also a couple of coaching errors that hurt us, like the six players on the floor.”

        Despite the chaotic performance in a helter-skelter game that never got into a flow, Wyoming had a chance to pull it out after erasing a 10-point deficit to get within four at 44-40 with 2:37 remaining.

        But Versailles converted eight of 10 free throws down the stretch, while Wyoming turned over the ball three times.

        It appeared Wyoming matched up well against Versailles in the first quarter, when Adam Monday scored eight points. The Cowboys trailed only 13-10 after the first eight minutes.

        “We started the game in a man-to-man defense, but it was easy to see we couldn't handle Monday,” Versailles coach Roger McEldowney said. “We went to the zone in the second quarter and stuck with it.”

        Monday scored seven additional points in the second quarter against the zone, enabling the Cowboys to remain in contention, trailing 24-22 at halftime.

        “Our kids got more aggressive in the zone the second half,” McEldowney said. “They knew if we didn't pick it up, the season would end.”

        Monday was neutralized by the zone in the second half. He was held scoreless in the third quarter and scored two harmless free throws late when the game was out of reach.

        Versailles senior Jason Shardo, who was held to five points in the sectional championship game against Carlisle, scored 30 to lead the Tigers.

        “Wyoming scouted us against Carlisle,” McEldowney said. “Jason always seems to come back with a big game after a bad one. He had 40 during a Christmas tournament after scoring only seven the previous games.”

        Gentry couldn't remember the Cowboys shooting this poorly this season.

        “Actually, we're a good outside shooting team,” Gentry said. “But (Versailles) already had two games in this arena, which is an advantage. But that's not an excuse. We both shot at the same baskets.”

        Versailles moves on to the Division III regional semifinals; Wyoming ends the season with a 16-8 record.

        VERSAILLES (52) — Shardo 11-18 5-5 30, Ahrens 0-2 0-0 0, Bergman 6-12 2-2 14, Borchers 0- 2-5 2, Berger 0-3 3-4 3, Barga 0-1 0-0 0, Philpot 0-4 1-2 1, Barnhardt 1- 0-1 2. Totals: 18-42 13-19 52.

        WYOMING (45) — Kessell 0-1 0-0 0, Payne 1-8 2-2 4, Monday 6-17 3-3 17, Lehman 4-14 0-0 9, Patch 4-9 1-3 10, Gale 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 1-8 0-0 2, Dennis 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 17-61 6-8 45.

        Versailles ....... 13 11 14 14—52

        Wyoming ....... 10 12 9 14—45


        3-pointers: W 5-25 (Monday 2, Lehman, Patch, Davis. V 3-9 (Shardo 3). Rebounds: W 37 (Monday 9, Lehman 9) V 36 (Berger 10). Turnovers: W 20, V 24. Assists: W 7 (Davis 3). V 6 (Shardo 2) .Records: Wyoming 16-8, Versailles 19-4. Attendance: 2,000.


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