Bridgeport still perfect; UL, Monroe, SJC all win
When you’re hot, you’re hot!
State-ranked Bridgeport showed why Thursday night as it steamrolled past homestanding Barnesville by an 87-31 count in girls’ basketball action in Shamrock Land.
The Lady Bulldogs, who are ranked ninth in the latest Associated Press Division IV poll, shot a blistering 59 percent (27-for-46) from the field and a sizzling 88 percent (28-for-32) from the free-throw stripe in winning for the 12th time in as many starts.
Bridgeport bolted to a 31-4 margin after one quarter and led 56-11 at the half.
Juniors Maclaine Murad (23) and Nicole Smolenak (20) combined to outscore the Shamrocks (4-8) on their own. Freshman Caitlyn Kroll added 17, while the senior tandem of Brittany Higgenbotham and Kaitlyn Benda evenly split 14. Keri Renzler chipped in half-a-dozen lightings.
Layna Broomhall nailed a trio of treys for 10 points to pace Barnesville. Shaela Markovich chipped in nine. Raquel Bahmer and Sydney Ralston each netted six.
Bridgeport led 24-16 off the glass as Higgenbotham and Kroll claimed five each. Markovich had six for the Shamrocks.
The OVAC Class 2-A leading Bulldogs charted 26 steals as Kroll swiped the ball nine times, Benda seven and Smolenak six. Smolenak also recorded six of her team’s 19 assists, while Kroll added five.
Bridgeport is next in action Monday when River visits the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The Bulldogs posted a narrow, come-from-behind, win over the Pilots earlier this season in Hannibal. Barnesville travels to Cadiz Saturday to face Harrison Central.
Union Local 62, Edison 35
At Morristown, the Jets (10-4) ran their Buckeye 8 record to an impressive 9-2 with the repeat win over the visiting Wildcats inside ‘The Hangar.’
Union Local took a 16-4 lead after one panel and held a 36-10 edge at the half. The hosts coasted from there.
Kayla Doty tallied a career-high 27 points, including a 11-for-12 effort from the foul line, in pacing the Jets, who are at Bellaire Monday night. Abby Collins had nine counters, while Alli Delaney added eight, Cori Medley seven and Dallas Montag six.
Monroe Central 56, Shenandoah 34
At Woodsfield, the Lady Noles mounted a 16-7 lead after one quarter and maintained 23-14 command at halftime. Troy Baker’s quint took a 39-24 upperhand to the final eight minutes.
Chelsey Roberts compiled a double-double to spark the Seminoles. Roberts rifled home 25 points and brought down 10 rebounds.
Teammates Chelsie Tewanger and Anne LaFollette contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Monroe’s Kelsey Dick collected 11 rebounds while Roberts and Melanie Stimpert dished out two assists apiece. Roberts also recorded four steals.
Indian Creek 68, Bellaire 44
At Bellaire, the Creek outpointed Marci Bonar’s Lady Reds 20-4 during a third quarter surge that enabled the Jefferson County quint to win going away.
Bellaire trailed 16-10 after one period and 35-24 at halftime before falling further behind 55-28 after three panels.
Creek’s 6-5 sophomore Bre Berryman produced a game-leading 27-point performance.
Bellaire’s Keirstyn Kidder connected for 26 points but was the lone Lady Red in double figures.
St. John Central 52,
East Richland Christian 14
In the Greenhouse, St. John’s recorded its 10th win in 15 starts, mounting leads of 13-2 and 27-5 over the first two periods.
The balanced Irish received 14 team-high points from veteran Kristen Russell. Morgan DeLuca netted nine points with freshman Jessica Alvey scoring eight.
Russell brought down eight rebounds. DeLuca and freshman Lindsey Froehlich snared seven caroms apiece. Alvey recorded six steals.
Brooke Hamm and Alyssa Crowley topped the Lady Lions with five and four markers, respectively.
Beallsville 60, Cameron 44
At Beallsville, the Lady Blue Devils improved to 4-10 following a decisive win against invading Cameron.
Rick Jarrett’s Big Blue led 17-9 after one panel and extended the spread to 32-20 at halftime. The winners took a 44-30 upperhand to the final frame.
Katie Kinney produced a 22-point, nine-rebound outing to pace Big Blue. Madison Stephen and Mikaela Headley hit for 17 and 16 tallies, respectively.
Stephen snared 11 of Beallsville’s 35 rebounds.
Headley distributed five assists.