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Tough Pill towers over Rival!!

Varsity vs John R Buchtel HS on 1/4/2010 5:00:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, January 06, 2010 by Gary King
GlenOak 57, Buchtel 42
'Tough pill' towers over rivals

6-foot-5 junior forward Ashley Rininger leads Golden Eagles with 26 points, numerous blocks

By Jonas Fortune
Beacon Journal sports writer


It is hard to determine what was more impressive Monday night at Buchtel High School.

Was it GlenOak junior forward Ashley Rininger's ability to score on the post with relative ease? She finished the game with 26 points on easy put-back baskets, post plays and lobs inside.

Or was it how lackadaisical she seemed when blocking numerous Buchtel shots in the Golden Eagles 57-42 win?

Most of the time she didn't even need to jump as she did her best Dikembe Mutombo impersonation. Although, the finger wag was no where to be seen during her five blocks.

Rininger had four blocks in the first quarter alone. Her pace slowed considerably when she became weary of foul trouble and Buchtel figured out she loomed near the paint. She also had 15 rebounds.

It comes with the territory though when you are every bit of the 6-foot-5 the program lists you as and the tallest opponent is 5-foot-8.

''She is a tough pill to handle,'' GlenOak coach Gary King said. ''She was very active tonight and it was a size factor. They were a little bit smaller than we normally play and she is a big girl. So, she played big.''

The Griffins began to crash three and sometimes four defenders down around her in the fourth quarter. It still didn't matter.

Perhaps just as important was the play of GlenOak senior guard Katie Cappello. She finished the game with 13 points and shut down one of Buchtel's best players, senior guard Cherlynn Maddox, defensively.

Maddox finished the game with two points.


''It is her third year as a starter. This is her big year,'' King said of Cappello. ''She is all over the place. She hustles. She does everything for us. She is our best defender. We knew if we could slow down [Maddox] we could probably have a decent shot tonight, and that is what she did. She really kind of shut her down.''

Buchtel sophomore Charnae Coleman did her best to fill the void and, at one point, shrunk the 13-point GlenOak halftime lead to eight in the third quarter. Her 14 third-quarter points were two less than GlenOak (5-5) had the entire quarter.

The Griffins (4-5) scored just 18 in the quarter overall. Coleman finished the game with 26 points as well, with 20 coming in the second half.

By the fourth quarter though, Rininger remained too much of a presence.

She scored the final two baskets of the third quarter and added six more points in the fourth. One basket was forced over four defenders.

GlenOak junior guard Nancy Osborne hit two 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Buchtel senior Daishani Williams finished with seven points.

''We needed a game like this,'' King said. ''Now we can concentrate on playing Boardman on Saturday.''


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