Samantha Metzger and Cody Staggs Name C-T Athletes Of The Week

Posted on February 1, 2012 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports, Wrestling

Samantha Metzger (#15) goes for a steal in a 2011-2012 game.

BY MATT WILSON mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

Sophomore guard Sammi Metzger did her part in helping the Oak Hill girls’ basketball team win the Central Indiana Conference championship. Senior wrestler Cody Staggs won the 120-pound championship while helping Oak Hill take second place at Saturday’s wrestling sectional.

For those efforts, Metzger and Staggs have been named the Chronicle-Tribune’s Athletes of the week.

Metzger came off the bench and scored 17 points in Oak Hill’s 63-50 victory at Madison-Grant on Saturday. That victory avenged a loss to the Argylls in the opening round of the Grant Four Tournament.

The victory also improved the Eagles to 6-0 in the CIC. With Oak Hill only having one conference game remaining — Thursday at Blackford — and all the other teams already having two league losses, the Golden Eagles have guaranteed themselves in outright CIC championship.

Metzger scored her 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and going 2-for-3 from the foul line. She hit three of the Golden Eagles five 3-pointers in the game, finishing 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

“We all have different roles on this team,” Metzger said. “We can all score points, and today it just so happened that I was the one that stepped up and scored the most points.”

Twelve of Metzger’s points came in a second half where the Golden Eagles outscored the Argylls 33-28.

Metzger converted on a three-point play to help give the Eagles a 39-29 lead four minutes into the second half. After Madison-Grant had cut that margin to 39-35, Metzger hit a 3-pointer that started the Eagles on a 9-6 run to end the quarter.

With Oak Hill leading 48-41 after three quarters, Metzger opened the fourth quarter by hitting a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 10 points. Madison-Grant would get no closer than 10 points the remainder of the game.

“Obviously, Sammi Metzger came off the bench and really gave us some energy by scoring 17 points,” Oak Hill coach Todd Law said.

Metzger had her highest point total since scoring 18 points in a 56-39 victory over Maconaquah on Dec. 6. She has reached double figures in two straight games.

Metzger now is averaging 6.9 points for the Golden Eagles. She also had a team-high 50 steals while dishing out 20 assists. She also has grabbed 38 rebounds, with 18 of those offensive.

Cody Staggs wrestles to a 2012 sectional championship

Staggs came into Saturday at the No. 1 seed at 120 pounds. In the championship match, however, he trailed Eastern’s Tyler Smith 6-4 with one minute remaining. Staggs, however, took advantage of an opening and put Smith on his back, pinning him with 41 seconds remaining.

“It’s a huge step and I’m excited to have a fourth-place wrestler out of the Peru sectional,” Staggs said.

By getting the No.1  seed, Staggs received a bye in the first matches at the sectional. He then received a forfeit in his second match. In the semifinals, he pinned Taylor’s Stephen Sholty in the opening period. He followed that up by pinning Smith in the finals.

Staggs takes a 29-4 record into Saturday’s regional at Peru.

Staggs joined heavyweight Ethan Bowland as Oak Hill’s two champions on Saturday. That helped the Eagles finish the tournament with 209 points. Kokomo won the tournament with 232.5 points.

 

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