MORRISTOWN - It was a tale of two halves Wednesday night as boys' Division IV sectional tournament basketball action continued at Union Local High School.
The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair between small-school rivals Beallsville and Shadyside. Both teams entered with identical 11-11 records and were deadlocked at 22-22 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
However, the Tigers (12-11) broke the game wide open in the third quarter and coasted to a 59-39 victory.
''We took care of the ball better,'' Shadyside coach Ed Andes said of the difference between the first and second halves. ''In the first half we had a lot of unforced turnovers, and they had more the second half.''
The Tigers were charted with 12 first-half turnovers, but finished with 16.
Austin Dorris scored six quick points to start the third as Shadyside took the lead and never looked back.
The Blue Devils (11-12) got a 3-pointer from senior standout Teryn Jarrett to stop the run, but that would be the lone field goal the Monroe County squad cashed in the quarter, going 1-for-13 from the floor.
''I was wondering what we were,'' Beallsville coach Casey Tolzda said. ''I knew we only scored three points. The first half was kind of a draw and we told the kids at the half that we were playing good defense, but we needed to put the ball in the basket more. Then we come out and score three points.
Shadyside bumped the count to 36-25 after three and used its free-throw shooting in the fourth to carry it the rest of the way.
The second-seeded Tigers made 11 of 17 foul shots in the final eight minutes. Overall, they went 18 of 27. Beallsville, meanwhile, was 4 of 7.
Jarrett, who concluded a stellar four-year career, led all scorers with 20 points. He also pulled down a game-best eight rebounds. Logan Nippert contributed seven markers and Kyle Groves finished with six.
Adam Stupak paced Shadyside with 14 points, one more than Dorris. Both also grabbed six rebounds, as did Jared brooks, who scored eight points. Zach Frizzi added seven counters and eight boards in a reserve role.
Shadyside will now face Barnesville Saturday at 1 p.m. in a sectional semifinal.