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Blue Devils Boys Jump All Over Rocks

Beallsville bolts to early big lead, cruises to ‘W’

December 14, 2011
By RICH GIBSON , Martins Ferry Times Leader

BARNESVILLE - By the time Chris Pack's Barnesville Shamrocks got involved, it was much too late.

The Rocks discovered themselves facing a 30-8 second-quarter deficit against Beallsville. For all intents, Tuesday night's scrap in western Belmont County was finished.

Barnesville staged a furious second-half rally but came no closer than nine points before falling, 70-58. While the Shamrocks were dropping to 2-3, it was the third victory in as many starts for Coach Scooter Tolzda's Blue Devils.

"Not bad, considering we started late (due to football)," Tolzda said. "And we're playing seven of our first eight on the road. So far, the kids are getting it done."

Beallsville did so in a big way Tuesday, sprinting to 23-5 lead after one quarter, then maintaining 40-23 command at halftime.

Forced into full-court press mode, Barnesville was able to create 11 second-half turnovers.

"Our problem was, we didn't convert nearly enough of them into points," Pack explained. "That first quarter was definitely one to forget. We shot something like 10 percent from the field."

On the contrary, Beallsville was paced by the long-range shooting antics of senior Tyler Spence who three times connected from downtown en route to an 11-point period.

While Spence led all scorers with a 23-point outing, all seven Blue Devils made contributions.

"There's some potential here," Tolzda said. "I think we may have the makings of a pretty good Division IV team."

He'll get no argument from Pack who came away impressed with Beallsville's.

"We wanted to try and take away (junior guard) Teryn Jarrett," Pack said. "We pretty much did that but it really didn't matter. The rest of their guys all stepped up."

Grahamm Dauch supported Spence's output with 13 points, including 7 of 7 shooting at the foul line. Off the bench, 6-foot-6 senior Gage Bates totaled nine points and eight rebounds. Junior post Josh Baldridge netted eight points. Senior guard Sam Jackson scored seven. Jarrett and senior Matt Burke collected six points apiece.

In defeat, Barnesville produced four twin digit scorers - Tyler Fitzpatrick (15), Preston Dornon (13), Zack Dornon (12), and Dylan MacMillan (11).

The Green rallied within 51-39 after three periods, but Beallsville converted 12 fourth-quarter free throws to stem the tide.

Barnesville junior Brandon Burkhart came off the bench to land eight rebounds, the same number as Fitzpatrick. Turnovers favored Beallsville, 23-21.

Both teams see action Friday. Barnesville and Monroe Central vie at Skyvue while Beallsville invades Frontier.

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