What began as a hectic first 90 minutes for McDonald, turned into a frustrating 32 minutes for Shadyside. The Tigers couldn’t keep the Blue Devils off the glass, and gave up more offensive rebounds in the first two minutes than any coach would like to in a game. Unfortunately for McDonald they couldn’t get a settled good look, and only managed to get one to drop.
All it took for the Blue Devils to settle down was a bucket from their leader Molly Howard. After the tough elbow pull-up the Devils followed with three’s from Costantino, Lewis and Wolford that carried the lead to double digits. It never really felt like the McDonald Blue Devils were in trouble from there on out. Shadyside cut it to 10 a few times in the 2nd half but never single digits until the starters were on the bench and the Devils sealed the 58-50 win.
Costantino, who led all scorers with 17 points, showed a solid arsenal. She hits the boards hard, gets to the foul line and hit some jump shots. With twin Maddy in foul trouble, Molly Howard did all she needed to win. She continued to hit tough shots, some baseline jumpers and rebounded like her life depended on it. Wolford added 10 for the Blue Devils as well.
The lost for Shadyside seen the end of great careers for Baylee Wach and Tory Hendershot. both young ladies had a decorated career with boat loads of points, wins and awards. They also made a state appearance in 2019 as sophomores. While one era is ending, Paige Gorby gives the Tigers a bright spot for next year. The junior plays extremely hard, has some length and slashes effectively.
McDonald moves on to play Waterford in the state Final Four on Thursday in Dayton.