By Darryl L. McGee
Today (Saturday, November 12, 2016) begins a new era for Central State University’s (CSU) Athletic Program. Well, those may be the incorrect words which to use. Although what I am about to discuss is extremely important, my opening words make the situation seem to be more than what it truly is. I will leave that up to you to decide. That decision relates to personal preference. Courtesy of CSU’s Athletics Department, a brand-new sports event has been created. Today is the official start of the Inaugural Theresa A. Check Tip-Off Basketball Classic. The Classic is a 2-Day Event. Tomorrow (Sunday, November 13, 2016), the event concludes. Four Women’s Basketball Teams have been acquired. Ohio Valley University (OVU) Lady Fighting Scots; Salem International University (SIU) Lady Tigers; Kentucky State University (KSU) Lady Thorobrettes; and the Host Team: Central State University (CSU) Lady Marauders. As far as who Theresa A. Check is, you should already know. Then again, I am quite certain that some people have never heard of her. If you do not know who she is, I will say the following. In the world of Collegiate Athletics, Miss Check is a LEGEND! In fact, she is an “ICONIC LEGEND.” Both on and off of the basketball court, that is the case. Go to Google and/or any other search engine. Then, input her name in the appropriate place. Hit the Search Button. Take a look at what you see. Multiple links will be present. You will be well-informed.
In the first game of this 4-Game Event, Ohio Valley University (OVU) will take on Kentucky State University (KSU). For the purpose of this game, KSU is the Home Team. OVU is the Visiting Team. Kentucky State won the game’s Official Tip-Off. At 9:44, the Thorobrettes missed a 3-Point Basket. Ohio Valley went on to score 4-Points. The Lady Fighting Scots obtained a Steal too. Jayln Gilbert made a 3-Point Basket. From 8:37 to 7:32, KSU outscored OVU 7-2. Erin Spencer had 4-Points. Brittani Rizzi hit a 3-Point Basket. Eventually, the Lady Thorobrettes Blocked A Shot Attempt. The team was able to gain possession of the ball. Yet, it was unable to score. At 6:42, Kentucky State committed a Turnover. After Gilbert made 1-Foul Shot, KSU turned the ball over again.
With 5:47 on the clock, Kentucky State’s Zauria Kilgo was fouled. She hit the floor hard. Kilgo was injured. At this point, the game was stopped. An AirCast was placed on Kilgo’s leg. Eventually, she was helped to Ohio Valley’s bench. She sat close by. Being that Kilgo was unable to take her Foul Shots, teammate Daphene Brown took those attempts for her. Both attempts were good. KSU leads OVU 9-7. With 4:50 remaining in the 1st Quarter, the Lady Fighting Scots’ Imani Hill tied the game 9-9. The Lady Thorobrettes’ Aliyah Gipson soon made a 2-Point Basket. At the 4:24 mark, a Media Timeout was called. KSU leads OVU 11-9. The game has started very fast. After a few minutes, you would think that the game would slow down. That has not happened. During the process of this fast game, the teams are feeling each other out.
From 3:59 to 2:14, Ohio Valley committed 2-Turnovers. Kentucky State had 1-Turnover. Each team scored 2-Points. For the remaining 2:52, KSU committed 2-Turnovers. OVU outscored the Lady Thorobrettes 5-3. Gilbert successfully converted 4-Foul Shot Attempts. Near the end of the quarter, the Lady Fighting Scots’ Defense obtained a Steal. Kilgo was transported to a local hospital. At the end of the 1st Quarter, the game is tied 16-16. After the 2nd Quarter got underway, Ohio Valley ended up turning the ball over three times. Kentucky State outscored OVU 8-0. At 6:22, a Timeout was called. During the Scoring Run, Aliyah Gipson scored 4-Points. After the Timeout, the Lady Fighting Scots’ troubles continued. The Lady Thorobrettes went on a 4-0 run. KSU leads OVU 28-16.
Before another Timeout at 3:47, Kentucky State committed 2-Turnovers. Gilbert made 2-Foul Shots. KSU leads OVU 28-18. From 3:32 to 2:24, each team committed 3-Turnovers. The Lady Thorobrettes outscored Ohio Valley 3-1. Gipson completed a 3-Point Play. During the final 2:11 of the First Half, KSU had 3-Turnovers. The Lady Fighting Scots had 2-Turnovers. Ohio Valley outscored Kentucky State 9-4. At the end of the First Half, Kentucky State leads Ohio Valley 35-28. After allowing Kentucky State to obtain a lead as high as 13-Points, Ohio Valley has played its way back into this game. The Lady Fighting Scots started playing some extremely tough defense. The team was obtaining Steal after Steal. OVU’s Defense forced Kentucky State to make other mistakes which created Turnovers. Now, Ohio Valley was not perfect. It made mistakes too. However, Kentucky State’s mistakes outweighed Ohio Valley’s mistakes.
As a direct result, the Lady Fighting Scots were able to close the gap. Instead of trailing by double-digits, Ohio Valley trails by only 7-Points (35-28). In terms of mistakes and Turnovers, the 2nd Quarter was emphatically messy. If Ohio Valley is able to continue playing how it played during the quarter’s last 4:39, the Second Half will be rather intriguing. As the 3rd Quarter got underway, Kentucky State had possession of the ball. Unfortunately, the Lady Thorobrettes were unable to score. At 9:28, Ohio Valley’s Imani Hill made 1-Foul Shot. From 9:15 to 9:08, each team turned the ball over once. From 8:46 to 5:27, each team committed 1-Turnover. Scoring was fairly close. OVU outscored KSU 7-6. Before a Media Timeout (3:20), OVU committed 2-Turnovers. KSU went on a 6-0 run. Kentucky State leads Ohio Valley 47-36. The tide has now turned. Kentucky State’s Defense is forcing Ohio Valley’s Offense into making multiple Turnovers.
After the Media Timeout, each team went on to commit 1-Turnover. Then, each team scored 3-Points. From 2:19 to 1:02, Kentucky State obtained 4-Steals. KSU went on a 4-0 run. At the 31.4 Seconds mark, Ohio Valley’s Jazzmyn Simmons Blocked a Shot Attempt. During the process, she stole the ball too. At 24.5 Seconds, OVU’s Cydney Franklin made a 2-Point Basket. With no time remaining on the clock, the Lady Thorobrettes’ Brooklyn Sharpey hit a 2-Point Basket. At the end of the 3rd Quarter, the Lady Thorobrettes lead the Lady Fighting Scots 56-41. From 9:59 to 4:35 of the 4th Quarter, Ohio Valley committed 4-Turnovers. Kentucky State committed 2-Turnovers. Scoring was even. Each team scored 9-Points. The Lady Thorobrettes’ Brooklyn Sharpey had 5-Points. KSU leads OVU 65-50. With 4:35 remaining in the game, a Media Timeout was called.
Shortly after the Timeout (4:12), Gipson nailed a 3-Point Basket. After Kentucky State’s Daphene Brown made a 2-Point Basket, KSU went on to commit 2-Turnovers. Ohio Valley committed 1-Turnover. From 2:15 to 50.6 Seconds, the Lady Thorobrettes obtained 1-Steal. Kentucky State outscored OVU 7-2. J’Lynn Majors had 5-Points. By the Final Score of 77-52, Kentucky State University went on to defeat Ohio Valley University. KSU’s First Day of the Theresa A. Check Tip-Off Basketball Classic ends with a victory. In tomorrow’s Final Day, Kentucky State will play Salem International University. Ohio Valley University will be playing Central State University.