NEW MANCHESTER - The Weir High and Oak Glen girls basketball rivalry was renewed Thursday amid some emotions.
All the scoring runs belonged to the Golden Bears as they cruised to a 59-33 victory at the Oak Glen Fieldhouse.
It was the first game after school was closed for three days due to the Martin Luther King holiday, the cold weather and a tragic traffic accident in which three Oak Glen students lost their lives.
Both teams went to mid-court prior to the game for a memorial to the three students and when play began, the Red Riders took an early 6-5 lead, but the Golden Bears went on an 8-2 run to finish the first quarter ahead 13-8. Then they outscored Weir 16-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 29-13 lead at the half.
Oak Glen put the game away in the third period outscoring the Lady Riders 13-4.
"We've been working on our defense lately," said Golden Bear coach Scott Wiley. "At the beginning of the year we said we wanted to play man because we felt that is the defense that would take us the furthest into a tournament run or OVAC run but usually after a couple of times down the floor I'd jump out of it. We really tried to stay with it tonight and the girls played well."
The win was Oak Glen's ninth in 13 outings and continued their drive to make it to the OVAC tournament that's coming up in February.
Weir High's Bill Smith, whose team dropped its 12th against three victories, felt the big difference in the game was Oak Glen's scoring from close to the basket.
"We lost the game in the paint. They beat us up in the paint," he said. "We worked awful hard on boxing out and doing that kind of stuff, but we got in there and didn't do anything.
"I knew where the ball was going to go. They didn't make one three. They just beat us to death in the paint. That's what I was afraid of coming here."
The Weir High offense couldn't get many easy shots and was forced to settle for outside shooting.
"You know someone said a long time ago that when you live by the jump shot, you die by the jump shot," Smith said.
Coach Wiley got all 10 of the players who dressed into the game and nine of them got into the scoring column.
"This was a good game for the girls to get back into things after this tough situation," he said. "It's a tough thing for them to go through, but I think it showed tonight that they are a strong, tough team.
"It wasn't like the girls that came off the bench only scored, many got six and eight points, so it got to the place where who are you going to stop?"
The Riders couldn't stop senior Vanessa Hissam. She led the way for Oak Glen with a double-double scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Alex Arnott, a sophomore, backed her up with 10 points and three steals.
Junior Reagan Stead was the only Red Rider in double figure scoring. She tossed in five field goals for 10 points while senior Alyssa Shingle scored nine including two from three-point land.
Another Rider in double figures was senior Ashlynn Drizake, who hasn't been able to play games or practice for a week because of a head injury that gave her concussion symptoms. She came off the bench and grabbed 11 rebounds, which tied her for game high honors with Hissam in that department.
Weir High returns home to play a very good Linsly team Saturday while the Golden Bears host another rival in East Liverpool in a makeup game tonight.
Oak Glen 59, Weir High 33
Weir High 8 5 4 16 33
Oak Glen 13 16 13 17 59
WEIR HIGH (3-12): Wolverton 3 0-0 6, Stead 5 0-0 10, Shingle 3 1-2 9, Drizake 0 0-0 0, Dalrymple 1 3-4 5, Farran 0 1-2 1, Robinson 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 13 5-8 33. 3-pointers (Shingle, 2); Rebounds: 28 (Drizake, 11); Turnovers: 17.
OAK GLEN (9-4): Arnott 4 2-4 10, Snow 1 0-1 2, Witherow 1 4-4 6, Evans 3 0-0 6, Andrews 3 2-2 8, Feicht 3 0-0 6, Hissam 6 2-4 14, Wiley 2 0-0 4, Stivason 1 1-4 3. TOTALS: 24 11-19 59. Rebounds, 34 (Hissam, 11); Turnovers: 12.