Warren out following loss
Warriors stumble against Sheridan and lose district
NELSONVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Warren girls had their tournament run ended by Sheridan.
The top-ranked Generals got 24 points from Faith Stinson, 17 from Jamisyn Stinson and 16 from Bailey Beckstedt in a 66-55 win over the Warriors Friday in a Division II district final matchup.
Sheridan, which improved to 22-1, bested Warren in the regional semifinals last season. Warren had revenge on its mind Friday, and gave the Generals a battle, but ultimately fell short.
The Stinson sisters have caused problems for opposing teams all season, and Friday was no exception as they combined for 41 points, with Faith grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double and Jamisyn contributing six boards, four steals and three assists.
“They just made some plays,” said Warren head coach Amy Way, whose team finished 13-6. “I think we didn’t do as good of a job as I would’ve hoped coming into the game of staying in contain with (Jamisyn Stinson). We were kind of late on our rotations getting to her, and she’s a deadly shooter. She was making them tonight.”
Jamisyn Stinson drained five 3-pointers in the contest, while her older sister Faith did most of her damage inside.
Olivia Alloway paced Warren with 16 points and four assists. Abbie Smith double-doubled with 11 points and 10 boards, Alex Frazee had 11 points, seven boards and four assists, Sophie Cochran scored nine points off the bench and Millie Ryan grabbed nine rebounds.
Warren scored the first six points of the game before Sheridan scored the next 10. The Generals led 15-12 after the first quarter.
Sheridan opened the second period with an 11-2 run to jump out to a 26-14 lead. Jumpers by Ryan and Conrad cut Warren’s deficit to seven, but Abby Dupler answered with a basket to put Sheridan up 31-22 at halftime.
Frazee assisted Alloway on a layup to open the second half before Smith, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored five straight points to get Warren within two, 31-29. Sheridan went back up by five before Frazee’s drive made it 34-31 with 3:40 left in the third.
What followed was the game’s biggest turning point. Sheridan went on a 12-0 run, with Jamisyn Stinson hitting a pair of 3s during the stretch, to extend the lead to 15, 46-31.
Alloway closed the quarter with a steal and a layup, and Smith opened the fourth with a jumper, but the damage was done.
“They hit a few shots and we missed a few shots in that run,” Way said. “They came down and hit some 3s and made some easy buckets, and I think that run just kind of killed us. We fought back to be able to get it tight, but just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Warren managed to get within eight late in the fourth thanks to five straight points by Cochran and a basket by Frazee, but time eventually ran out.
“These girls have been like that all season,” Way said. “They fought back. I thought coming into the game the girls were focused and we had some great practices leading up to this.”
Warren shot 41% (25 for 61) in the game while Sheridan was 43% (21 for 49). Sheridan hit nine 3s in the game, while the Warriors were just 2 for 14 from beyond the arc.
Warren graduates four seniors from this year’s squad — Alloway, Ryan, Savannah Banks and Leah Way. Alloway scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter to keep Warren in it early.
“Olivia’s a senior so she wanted to step up in a big game, and she did,” Way said. “They were doubling down some on Abbie and kind of creating havoc there. We knew (Alloway) had a bit of a mismatch with the person guarding her and she could get to the rim. She had some nice back cuts so she was able to get some easy buckets.
“For four years these seniors have fought and answered in big games. I’m just proud of them.”
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