Saturday, March 11, 2000

Seven Hills bows out

Plunkett has double-double

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DAYTON — Led by the speedy guard duo of Matt Witt and Matt Plunkett, Tipp City beat Seven Hills 75-64 Friday in a Division IV district championship game at the University of Dayton Arena.

        The Bees advance to the Division IV Regional finals, meeting Fort Loramie on Tuesday at UD Arena.

        “They had one kid (Plunkett) who had more heart than our kids,” Seven Hills coach Jeff Stowers said. “The Plunkett kid killed us from the defensive end to the offensive end with stickbacks.”

        Plunkett, the Division IV Southwest District Player of the Year, scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds. Witt scored 24 points and dished out six assists.

        “Our guards are as good as any in the state,” Tipp City Bethel coach Steve Fisher said. “They not only get it done on offense but they are also the key to our defense.”

        Tipp City trailed only once in the game at 24-23 in the second quarter. From that point, the Bees steadily pulled ahead, taking a 38-31 halftime advantage.

        Seven Hills forward David Sprafka kept the Stingers in the game during the first half, sinking four 3-pointers.

        “The nights that Bethel scouted us, David had off shooting nights,” Stowers said. “I don't think they expected him to score from the outside.”

        Bethel changed to a 1-2-2 zone defense in the second half at the suggestion of the players.

        “The kids told me at half time it would work,” Fisher said, “and they could get out on Seven Hills' 3-pointer shooters.”

        The Bees defense limited Seven Hills to three 3-pointers after the intermission and virtually took away the Stingers' outside game.

        “Our goal was to stop Drane, (Saliou) Diagne and (Erik) Crew,” Fisher said. “We did exactly what we wanted and held them to a total of 18 points which was the difference.”

        Stowers felt another key was rebounding.

        “We always get beat on the glass up here,” Stowers said. “We needed a big game out of Saliou but he got in foul trouble which hurt us.”

        Seven Hills drew within 59-55 with 5:32 remaining in the game but Witt and Plunkett took over, scoring eight consecutive points.

        SEVEN HILLS (64) — Drane 1-9 2-4 4, Sprafka 4-12 0-0 12, Sugarman 7-15 7-9 24, Diagne 3-3 3-4 9, Crew 2-9 0-0 5, Ellison 3-6 0-0 7, Ellison 0-1 0-0 0, Lin 1-1 1-2 3. Totals: 21-56 13-19 64.

        TIPP CITY BETHEL (75) — Witt 8-23 5-6 24, Shoup 1-4 4-4 6, Priaulx 4-5 0-0 8, Plunkett 8-14 9-14 26, Holtvogt 1-2 0-0 2, Bowman 1-1 0-0 2, Zink 3-5 1-1 7. Totals: 26-54 19-25 75.

        Seven Hills ....... 18  13  11  22—64

       Tipp City Bethel ....... 19  19  17  20—75

        3-pointers: SH 9-28 (Sprafka 4, Sugarman 3, Crew. B 4-12 (Witt 3, Plunkett). Rebounds: SH 29 (Crew 8). B 40 (Plunkett 1). Turnovers: SH 10, B 11. Assists: S 9 (Sugarman 4). B 11 (Witt 6). Records: Seven Hills 20-3, Tipp City Bethel 21-3. Officials: Dan Koterba, Kyle Bachman, Lee Day. Attendance: 4,000.


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