Schlimm scores 31 in his final game as a Cardinal

By Todd Reed Press-News Sports Editor Published:

Zach Schlimm exploded for 31 points for Sandy Valley during a Division III sectional opener against Union Local at Claymont High School.

Unfortunately for the senior, it would be his last game in a Cardinal uniform, as the Jets advanced with a 57-51 win.

Schlimm totaled 19 points in the first half as Sandy Valley took a 24-20 lead into halftime.

Union Local connected on five-of-six shots from behind the three-point line in the third stanza, out scoring the Cardinals 24-16, and taking a 44-40 advantage into the final quarter.

The Jets stretched its lead to seven midway through the fourth period, but three straight three-pointers by Nate Shepler gave Sandy Valley the lead at 49-48 with less than four minutes remaining on the clock.

That would be the last lead for the Cardinals as Union Local closed out the game with a 9-2 run to advance to the sectional final.

Shepler finished with 13 points as he combined with Schlimm to tally 44 of Sandy Valley's 51 points.

Ty Hunter had six rebounds, six assists and two steals.

"Zach Schlimm put us on his shoulders as a senior four-year letterman should and dominated the game," stated Head Coach Gary Offenberger. "Unfortunately we didn't have enough help to go with him.

"They ran a box and one and also a triangle and two versus us most of the game and I felt the players executed our sets well to counter those, but we weren't able to put the ball in the hoop consistently.

"The boys showed a ton of heart being down seven points in the fourth and coming back to go up one on them. Unfortunately, we weren't able to put them away.

"They shot lights out hitting 7-of-10 three-pointer in the second half and 10-of-17 for the game.

"The boys have battled adversity all year. We had two starters move to Arizona at the beginning of school, we dealt with injuries, the flu and inexperience. But they never complained. They came in and focused on improvement.

"I want to thank the seniors for all their effort and time that they have committed to the program and wish them the best of luck in their futures."

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