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Girls' Basketball: Coyne’s Shakeup Keys Purple Riders

January 7, 2013
By KIM NORTH , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MARTINS FERRY - Sometimes a basketball team needs a wakeup call.

Martins Ferry got its early on in the third quarter Monday night inside the Tolbert Gymnasium when coach Lindsay Coyne yanked four of her five starters with her team ahead by four points.

With the four substitutes combining for 17 of the their 21 points after the half and senior Jessica Kinney netting 30 points, the hosts cruised to a 59-42 repeat Buckeye 8 victory against visiting Bellaire.

"A win always makes everyone a little bit happier," Coyne explained. "It might not of been a pretty one, but it's still a win.''

The Big Reds (5-9) led 12-11 after one period and the teams were deadlocked at 17 midway through the second quarter when the Purple Riders (8-3) went on an 8-0 run.

Igniting the outburst was freshman Tyrah King with a strong move in the paint that gave Martins Ferry the lead for good at 19-17. King finished with eight points and six rebounds.

Kinney added three points in the stretch, which was capped by Addie Suriano's basket from just inside the bonus arc.

The Purple Riders held a 26-19 margin at the half, but watched the visitors tally three quick points to start the second half to make it 26-22.

Coyne had seen enough.

"We need to have the intensity," Coyne said of the move. "That's our cornerstone ... our mainstay. Our intensity has to be there, and I didn't think it was.

"The four girls that came off the bench did a really nice job. That is what we need. We need production from the bench, and we got it."

In addition to King's eight points and strong inside play, Suriano knocked down nine points, while Shayla DeLeonardis and Dionna Lee had two each. The group also combined for 11 rebounds.

Martins Ferry, which connected on 19 of 33 foul shots, cashed in 9 of 14 in the final chapter which allowed it to pull away.

Even though Bellaire led after the first eight minutes, coach Marci Bonar didn't think her team was fully ready to play.

"At the beginning of the game, I didn't think we were in it," she said. "But we picked it up and even though we were hustling like we always do, it just didn't seem like we were all there."

Most of the Big Reds' undoing came in missed free throws and turnovers. They made only 9 of 24 attempts from the charity stripe and charted 26 turnovers.

"When you miss that many foul shots, you're not going to win many games," Bonar noted. "At one point we were down 26-21 and we had missed something like 12 foul shots, but we were still in the game."

Kinney completed another double-double with 10 rebounds. She also came up with three steals, a trio of assists and a blocked shot.

Kidder led Bellaire with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Cari Crozier had eight points and eight boards.

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