Arcanum’s season ends in sectional final


By Skip Weaver - sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com



Arcanum junior Camille Pohl (22) puts up a shot against Waynesville’s Marcella Sizer (4) during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.

Arcanum junior Camille Pohl (22) puts up a shot against Waynesville’s Marcella Sizer (4) during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


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Arcanum’s Eva Siculan (15) provided an offensive spark with this layup against Waynesville during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Madelyn Fearon puts up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Gracie Garno tries to score in the paint during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Taylor Gray puts up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Hailey Unger readies to shoot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


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Arcanum junior Kayla O’Daniel throws up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Madelyn Fearon attempts a 3-point shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum fans turned out in full force in support of the Lady Trojans on Monday night.


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Arcanum junior Gracie Garno shoots a free throw during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Kayla O’Daniel drives toward the basket with Waynesville’s Lynzie Hartshorn guarding her during a Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Camille Pohl puts up a shot in the paint during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Taylor Gray fights to get a shot off surrounded by Waynesville defenders during a Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Hailey Unger shoots a 3-pointer during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.


Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

COVINGTON – As Arcanum girls basketball coach Michael Dean put it, there is a reason Waynesville is undefeated and ranked third in the state.

The Spartans entered the Covington gymnasium on Monday night with a 22-0 record and left with a 23-0 mark and a Division III sectional championship after knocking off the young, upstart Lady Trojans 59-39.

“Waynesville is a strong ball club,” Dean said. “There is a reason why they are ranked No. 3 in the state and undefeated. They are quick and athletic and deep. We knew coming in it was going to be a challenge for us. We threw everything we could at them, but they were very physical. And No. 4? Wow! What a good ball player.”

No. 4 for Waynesville is Marcella Sizer, a 6-foot senior post player who was unstoppable when she touched the ball. Sizer led all players with 15 points. She scored 7 of those in the second quartet to help the Spartans begin to pull away from Arcanum.

“It’s tough to match up three freshmen basically and get physical with a player like that underneath the boards,” Dean said. “We were flat to start and Eva (Siculan) and Elliana (Sloan) both came in and gave us some good minutes and helped us gather ourselves.

“We put a pressure defense on teams that they are not used to getting and a lot of teams don’t respond to that so give kudos to their coach and their players. They were prepared and strong,” he continued. “We haven’t had a team face our defense like that this year other than Versailles so it just shows you how talented a team they are.”

Arcanum (16-9) remained close at 11-8 at the end of the first quarter. Junior Kayla O’Daniel accounted for 7 of those 8 first-quarter points with her effort and determination. Freshman Taylor had the other point.

“Kayla left it all on the floor tonight,” Dean said. “I’ve probably beat it to a dead horse with her and Gracie Garno and Camille Pohl on how hard they work. They are unselfish with their play and they do leave it all out there especially Kayla tonight. She really wanted to go another round.”

O’Daniel led the Trojans in scoring with 13 points. Gray was next with 9 points as 6 of those came in the second half. Waynesville had three players reach double figures led by Sizer with 15 and followed by Rachel Murray with 14 and Lynzie Hartshorn with 13.

“I think we did some progressing tonight,” Dean said. “We got a little bit better, but they just broke away.”

Dean said Waynesville coach Tim Gabbard came up to him after the game and offered some encouraging words.

“He came up and congratulated me and I congratulated him of course and then the first thing out of his mouth was you have some kids coming up and your turn will be here soon,” Dean said. “That made me feel good as a coach and for our kids too. We are young but we have a good group of juniors who will be coming back for next year and hopefully we can make a run then and for the few years.”

Dean also praised his three seniors – Macey Hartman, Sasha Derringer and Mady Richards.

“They came in and worked the girls hard and they did it every day with no complaints,” Dean said. “It is tough at times when you are that deep and very young to give them the minutes they deserve, but they worked every single day and provided to this team.”

Arcanum ends its season with a 16-9 record overall and 8-4 in the Cross County Conference.

Score by quarters

Waynesville^11^20^17^11^-^59

Arcanum^8^10^10^11^-^39

Individual scoring

Waynesville – Marcella Sizer 5 5 15, Leah Butterbaugh 0 3 3, Kenzie Purkey 0 1 1, Carli Brown 4 0 9, Rachel Murray 3 6 14, Lynzie Hartshorn 4 2 13, Lydia Anderson 2 0 4. Totals: 18 17 59.

Arcanum – Hailey Unger 2 0 5, Eva Siculan 1 0 2, Kayla O’Daniel 4 5 13, Camille Pohl 1 2 4, Gracie Garno 0 2 2, Madelyn Fearon 2 0 4, Taylor Gray 4 1 9. Totals: 14 10 39.

3-pointers – Waynesville 6 (Hartshorn 3, Murray 2, Brown 1), Arcanum 1 (Unger 1).

Records: Waynesville (23-0), Arcanum (16-9).

Arcanum junior Camille Pohl (22) puts up a shot against Waynesville’s Marcella Sizer (4) during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Camille_Pohl-2.jpgArcanum junior Camille Pohl (22) puts up a shot against Waynesville’s Marcella Sizer (4) during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum’s Eva Siculan (15) provided an offensive spark with this layup against Waynesville during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Eva_Siculan.jpgArcanum’s Eva Siculan (15) provided an offensive spark with this layup against Waynesville during their Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Madelyn Fearon puts up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Fearon-1.jpgArcanum freshman Madelyn Fearon puts up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Gracie Garno tries to score in the paint during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Garno-1.jpgArcanum junior Gracie Garno tries to score in the paint during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Taylor Gray puts up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Gray-1.jpgArcanum freshman Taylor Gray puts up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Hailey Unger readies to shoot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Hailey_Unger.jpgArcanum freshman Hailey Unger readies to shoot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Kayla O’Daniel throws up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Kayla_O-Daniel-2.jpgArcanum junior Kayla O’Daniel throws up a shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Madelyn Fearon attempts a 3-point shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Madelyn_Fearon-2.jpgArcanum freshman Madelyn Fearon attempts a 3-point shot during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum fans turned out in full force in support of the Lady Trojans on Monday night.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Arcanum_Supporters.jpgArcanum fans turned out in full force in support of the Lady Trojans on Monday night. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Gracie Garno shoots a free throw during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Gracie_Garno-2.jpgArcanum junior Gracie Garno shoots a free throw during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Kayla O’Daniel drives toward the basket with Waynesville’s Lynzie Hartshorn guarding her during a Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_O-Daniel-2.jpgArcanum junior Kayla O’Daniel drives toward the basket with Waynesville’s Lynzie Hartshorn guarding her during a Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum junior Camille Pohl puts up a shot in the paint during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Pohl-1.jpgArcanum junior Camille Pohl puts up a shot in the paint during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Taylor Gray fights to get a shot off surrounded by Waynesville defenders during a Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Taylor_Gray-2.jpgArcanum freshman Taylor Gray fights to get a shot off surrounded by Waynesville defenders during a Division III sectional championship game on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum freshman Hailey Unger shoots a 3-pointer during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/02/web1_Unger-1.jpgArcanum freshman Hailey Unger shoots a 3-pointer during a Division III sectional championship game against Waynesville on Monday at Covington. The Spartans won the game, 59-39. Dale Barger | For The Daily Advocate

By Skip Weaver

sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com

The Daily Advocate sports editor Skip Weaver can be reached at (937) 569-4316 or by email at sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @skipweaver65.

The Daily Advocate sports editor Skip Weaver can be reached at (937) 569-4316 or by email at sweaver@aimmediamidwest.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @skipweaver65.