GUYS MILLS — May it be a lesson to the rest of District 10: Beating Maplewood only intensifies its will to win.

The Lady Tigers rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to Conneaut Valley with an impressive 69-48 win over Saegertown on Monday in a huge Region 3 showdown at the Wood Shed.

The win snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Panthers and moved the Tigers into a tie with Lakeview for the second spot in Region 3 and the region’s lone automatic Class AA District 10 playoff berth. Maplewood improved to 14-4 overall and are now just a game back of the Panthers at 9-2 in the region.

The win also ended Saegertown’s 16-game winning streak, dating back to Dec. 5. The Panthers fell to 17-2 overall and 11-1 in Region 3.

“We’ve lost to them every year I’ve ever played basketball,” Wood senior Heidi Young said. “Everytime, we were so close and we could never pull it off. But we pulled it off this time.”

Last night was a big night for the Tigers — particularly the seniors — for numerous reasons. Not only did they pick up the lone win that has eluded them their entire careers and bolt back into the Region 3 title race, two individuals had career performances as well.

One of those efforts came from Young, who scored a career-high 30 points, while shooting 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from the field. She also played a key role on defense, picking up a pair of steals and forcing a number of turnovers in the first half that helped the Tigers jump out to a commanding 37-19 lead at the break.

“I don’t know what it is about her,” Wood coach Kristin Held said. “The past three or four games, any time we need a pick-me-up she’s been the one, she’s been the leader.”

As noteworthy and important as Young’s achievement was, however, there was a little bigger. That particular accomplishment came from senior Addie Parker, who became just the fourth female in school history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Parker reached the milestone on a short jumper with 4:22 left in the second quarter that gave Maplewood a 23-12 lead.

She is the first player from Maplewood to eclipse the mark since Allison Furry accomplished the feat in 2002.

“That was one of her goals,” Held said. “As a sophomore she said she wanted to score a thousand and I said, ‘It’s possible.’ She deserves it.”

Parker finished the game with 16 points and now has 1,006 for her career.

The forward, though, took little glory for the feat, instead relishing in the team’s win over the Panthers.

“I feel good,” Parker said. “But I think the main thing is that we beat (Saegertown) after we hadn’t beaten them in 10 years, which was awesome. We just came in and knew we could do it; it was our turn.”

The Tigers did very little wrong in their pursuit of the Panthers right from the beginning. In fact, Maplewood took a 2-0 lead just a minute into the game and never relinquished that lead. The Tigers shot 56.3 percent from the field for the game, forced the Panthers into an uncharacteristic 26 turnovers — including 10 in the second quarter — and won the battle on the boards 23-19.

“After we lost last Thursday it was like, this is either going to kill us or it’s going to help us,” Held said. “The next day in practice the girls said, ‘We need a pick-me-up.’ Over the next two days they were able to get their intensity up in practice just to the point that they were sick of losing to Saegertown.”

And while the Tigers were firing on all cylinders, the Panthers did little to respond. Saegertown was 20-of-44 (45.5 percent) from the field for the game and was just 7-of-20 in the first half.

In addition, the Panthers had 17 turnovers at the half.

“They didn’t miss too many shots tonight,” Saegertown coach Steve Scott said. “You’re not going to beat anybody giving up 70 points. Everything they threw up went in. We didn’t do that.

“We’d get people open and then we’d throw the ball away. Hopefully the kids learn from it and get ready for the next one.”

Young and Parker were joined in double figures by Amanda Bancroft, who scored 10 points. Anna McCurdy added 12 points. Parker led the Tigers on the boards with six.

For the Panthers, Alyssa Woods led the way with 15 points. Kelsy Reisinger added 14 points and Nicki Harmon, who scored six of the Panthers’ first nine points, finished with 11.

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