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Coy, Margaretta regain upper hand versus Edison

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

The hex continued for Margaretta's girls basketball team over Edison Friday night at Margaretta High School.

The Chargers handled the Polar Bears for the first time in 18 years last season, at home, but the Lady Bears were not to be denied on their home court.

Sparked by a career high 23-point performance by senior Shannon Coy, Margaretta claimed a 61-51 Sandusky Bay Conference victory to run its record to 3-1 in the SBC and 4-1 overall.

The 5-foot-9 senior banged home five treys, including three in the second quarter, as she finished the first half with 16. The last first-half bucket gave the Bears the lead for good at 24-22 with 1:11 remaining before halftime.

"I like to shoot the three and tonight I was able to make them," said Coy, who did not play a year ago and had a 16-point game as a sophomore. "I had an opening when I got the ball and let it go."

Leading 28-23 at the half, the Bears put the game away in the third quarter with an 18-10 advantage, and it was senior Emily Scheufler who dominated that eight-minute span with all 10 of her points for the night.

Coach Tim Tucker's squad boosted the lead to 59-42 with less than one minute to play before the Chargers scored 10 of the last 12 points on a long-range splurge of points.

Edison had the size inside and showed it early, and the two teams had a combined total of nine turnovers in a two-minute span before both settled down in the final three minutes of the opening period.

One big key came at the free-throw stripe. Margaretta converted 16 of 20 of foul tosses while the Chargers managed just 4 of 14, and 2 of 10 in the first half.

Tucker feels his team continues to improve.

"We just want to play more and have two games next week and two more the following week," he said. "We're busy during the holiday season."

Asked about Coy's three-point shooting, Tucker said, "We have a lot of three-point shooters and tonight was her night. She had a very good first half and then we moved her down low and she played well inside.

"We changed our defense in the second quarter, then went to a zone in the third and I think that might have caught them by surprise."

Edison coach Jim Colwell said his team had the effort.

"We hustled the whole way and the effort is always there, but we have to make our foul shots," he said. "I felt we made them change their defense when we were able to get the ball down low to Abby (Cox) and she did a nice job inside, but Coy just killed us with her three-pointers."

"We had that late spurt at the end when we knocked home several (four) three's, but it was too late," Colwell added.

Margaretta had a trio in double figures, led by Coy's 23. Sophomore Kelsey Kromer collected 13 points, and was the only other Lady Bear to score in the first period other than Coy. She produced five. Scheufler chipped in with 11.

Margaretta was 20 of 51 from the field and had 31 boards, seven by Coy and six from Jessica Napka off the bench.

For Edison, 1-3 in the SBC and 3-3 overall, Susan Knight and Cox were the double-digit scorers. Knight rammed home two there-point baskets in the final minute on her way to 14 points while Cox tallied 13 points and added eight rebounds, but did not score in the final 13 minutes after two quick put-back buckets early in the second half.

The Chargers managed 21 of 48 from the floor and pulled down 34 rebounds, but 20 turnovers were costly as Margaretta scored 25 points off the miscues.

Edison's junior varsity (4-2) posted a 37-31 win as Liz Hill scored 12 points and Ciara Reed 7. For the young Bears, Ali James cashed in with nine points and Tori Wright added six.

EDISON (3-2, 3-3)

Zoe Gastier 1-0--2; Susan Knight 5-1-14; Abbey Cox 6-1--13; Danielle Wilhelm 0-2--2; Carmen Tinnel 4-0--8; Chelsea Frankboner 1-0--3; Clara Reed 2-0--5; Lauren Teed 1-0--2; Leah Sabol 1-0--2. Totals: 21-4--51.

MARGARETTA (3-1, 4-1)

Shannon Coy 7-4--23; Emily Scheufler 3-4--10; Sarah Weyer 2-1--5; Angie Tucker 2-0--4; Kelsey Kromer 5-3--13; Michenzi Hoffman 1-2--4; Jessica Napka 0-2--2. Totals: 20-16--61.

Edison 13101018 -- 51

Margaretta 12161815 -- 61

3-pointers: (E) Knight (3); Frankboner, Reed; (M) Coy (5).

Jayvees: Edison, 37-31.

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