By Jeff Harrison
The “Wheels” of the Shenandoah Lady Zeps’ bus were rolling!
Sparked by a rare “quadruple double” by senior Ashleigh Wheeler, Shenandoah evened its record at 5-5 with a 59-36 triumph over visiting Beallsville on Wednesday.
Wheeler, who had missed a couple of games due to back issues, was in rare form against the Lady Blue Devils as she tallied 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, handed out 11 assists and recorded 10 steals.
“Coming off the injury, she got back to how she play and had a great game,” said SHS coach Sami Schott of Wheeler. “She had a lot of fun and she was all over the place.
“Ashleigh is completely 110 percent about the team and if you ask her, she would rather watch her teammates score off her passes than anything else,” the Zeps’ coach added. “IT was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to personally watch a quadruple-double.”
Beallsville stayed with the Lady Zeps in the first half, with Shenandoah leading 13-10 after one quarter and 25-21 at the half.
A big 17-5 third quarter explosion pushed the hosts’ lead to 42-26 and a 17-10 fourth quarter finished it off.
In addition to Wheeler, freshman Brylee May also had a strong performance with 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Mya Leach contributed 11 markers and seven boards.
“They had a couple of girls in quarantine including their post,” said Schott, “so with an all-guard lineup we needed to take advantage of her (May) inside and we were able to do that.”
SHS finished with 26 field goals including a trio of three-pointers and was 4-of-6 at the foul line. The Zeps had 35 rebounds and seven turnovers.
Kinley Hughes led Beallsville with 16 points and Hallie Bommer had eight.
The Lady Devils had 15 field goals; two “treys” and were 4-of-8 at the stripe.
Coach Schott feels her team’s record is a bit deceiving, and looks for good things in the new year.
“Our schedule is not easy,” she said. “We’ve only played three or four Division IV games, so record-wise, we’re .500 but that doesn’t truly represent where we are.”
On Monday, visiting Philo built a 15-point lead after three quarters and Shenandoah got as close as two before falling, 52-47.
The Lady Electrics opened with a 22-18 lead after a well-played first quarter and extended the advantage to 28-23 at the intermission.
Philo went on a 15-5 run in the third period to assume control at 43-28 before the Lady Zeps put on a charge with a 19-9 fourth quarter edge only to fall short.
Amasia Barnett topped Philo with 14 points. Kierston Harper netted 11, Olivia Dement had nine and Bailey Dement had eight.
Wheeler led Shenandoah (4-5) with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. May contributed 11 markers, seven boards and three steals; Charli Wickham scored nine points and Kenzie Lynch had four rebounds and three assists. Leach played just one half due to illness.
Philo connected on 21 total field goals, including a trio of three-pointers, and was just 7-of-20 at the foul line while Shenandoah made 15 buckets (six “treys”) and cashed 11-of-14 at the stripe. The Zeps were charted with 20 rebounds, 11 assists, eight steals and 10 turnovers.
Philo won the JV contest, 27-24. Emmy McVicker tallied eight for the Zeps while Kadence Noll and Emmie House each had five.
The Lady Zeps return to action Wednesday with a visit to Noble County rival Caldwell. JV action starts at 6 p.m.