senior Mitchell Campbell drives the the bucket. Campbell
scored 17 for the
Tigers Friday as Versailles cruised past Dixie for
the D-III sectional title at UD
Arena, 63-36. CNO File Photo by Dylan
keeps rolling on
Tigers run past Dogs
By George Starks
DAYTON- In the first two sectional games, the Versailles Tigers seemed
to have had an easy time of things, busting National Trail by 27 points
and thumping Northridge by 22 in a high scoring affair.
Friday, the Tigers pounded Dixie by 27, 63-36, at the UD Arena for the
sectional title in a game that was never close. Dixie stayed close
early but trailed 17-7 after one.
After that, it was all Versailles as the Tigers blitzed the Greyhounds,
22-9 in the second, to bust things open for a 39-16 lead at the break.
“Playing at UD Arena on a Friday night in front of a big crowd, I think
we were a little too pumped up,” said Versailles coach Scott
McEldowney. “We had the adrenalin flowing and when that happens, you
get a little to aggressive offensively and not let the game just flow
to you. We took some quick shots early on but as we settled down a
little bit and had better ball movement, we had some better looks.”
Keeping the tempo upscale, the Tigers had their way with the Hounds.
“We like keeping the game at a quick pace and if we drop into a zone,
they start taking time off the clock and that irritates us when the
pace of the game is slowed down,” said McEldowney. “By playing our good
base man to man, we were able to speed them up a little bit.”
Leading by 23 at the half, McEldowney’s speech at the break was a
“We talked about cleaning up some areas,” McEldowney pointed out. “We
thought we missed a few check-outs defensively that we could have
rebounded a little bit better. This is a big floor and there were a
couple of times we got beat deep. It didn’t cost us but we have to make
sure we don’t give up any easy ones by not getting back on defense.”
On offense, the Tigers were led by senior Mitchell Campbell with 17
while Chad Winner added 15 and freshman Kyle Ahrens with a dozen.
The Tigers will look to capture a district title Thursday against the
winner of the Hamilton Badin, Cincinnati Mardeia game that was played
Saturday in Cincinnati.
Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at the UD Arena.