Brooke Secures Victory Over Weir

Bruins improve to 3-0 on the season

Photo by Joe Catullo Brooke’s Kylie Byers takes a shot while Weir’s Bailey Stead (24) and Julia Gianni defend during Monday night’s game.

WELLSBURG — The Brooke girls basketball team jumped on Weir early and never looked back in an easy 62-18 win Monday inside the Brooke Wellness Center.

The win gave Bruins’ coach Ryan Scherich his first 3-0 start in his six years at the helm.

The Bruins outscored the Red Riders (1-2) 37-8 in the first half, leaving little doubt about the outcome. They were much quicker than Weir and kept jumping in front of passes, forcing 23 turnovers to give them numerous opportunities for run outs that produced layups.

“I think our speed just overwhelmed Weir because, usually, we have a pretty good game with them,” Scherich said. “I think that once they got down they battled, but they just couldn’t get back. I think they became frustrated.”

Third-year Red Rider coach Rick Stead was a little frustrated himself.

“We didn’t play well. We didn’t execute,” he said. “The last thing we told them before tipoff was to not let the Brooke student section get in your head. I knew they could be a factor and that’s part of the game, but I think that took some of our players out of the game.

“Numerous things went wrong, and the bottom line is we didn’t play like we are capable of playing. Once we went down, we didn’t come back up.”

The Bruin guards led by junior Chloe Fox and sophomore Ashley Arca repeatedly jumped into the passing lanes and created turnovers. They then raced down the floor with the ball and scored easy buckets.

Fox and Arca led the Bruins with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Hope Bowman cleaned up the inside with 11 points in the paint. The 6-foot-3 junior controlled the backboards with a game-high 13 rebounds, which gave her a double-double.

“I tell my kids we’re all interchangeable,” Scherich said. “We’re not very tall besides Hope, so they’re all basically the same kind of player with speed and quickness. The competition in practices is the best since I’ve been here. There isn’t much drop off when subs go in, and we’ve been tinkering with different starting lineups.

“I think the kids are seeing that, and they are working extra hard to be in the starting lineup. Chloe Fox looks like a different athlete.

“She really wants to succeed and play, and she brings that max ability to it. She’s the type of player that, when I looked at the scoreboard at halftime and saw she had 11 points, I didn’t realize she had done that well.”

The Bruins jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and then outscored Weir 22-2 in the second stanza. They opened the second half with three quick buckets from senior Marissa Elliott, Fox and Ashley Arca to open a 35-point lead at 43-8.

The Red Riders got a point when Treasure Elmore-Sartor, who started her first varsity game, sank the back end of a pair of free throws. Junior Julia Gianni followed with a basket and so did junior Sam Kaczmarek to make it 43-13, but that was the closest the Riders would get.

“We watched them play Steubenville Central on Friday, and I knew they were going to jump the passes on the wings,” Stead said. “We worked Saturday on that, but instead, we kept trying to make that long pass to the wing, and either Fox or Arca kept jumping into the passing lane. Then we got frustrated and were out of the game by halftime. There’s no excuse for not scoring 20 points in a varsity basketball game.”

Elmore-Sartor and sophomore Sophia Mikula led the Red Rider scoring with four points apiece. Gianni and senior Bailey Stead each had three points. Elmore-Sartor also led the Riders in rebounds with seven.

The Bruins will attempt to keep the win streak going with a visit to John Marshall on Wednesday, while the Red Riders return home Thursday to play Steubenville.

Bellaire 78,

Martins Ferry 24

BELLAIRE–Cierra Davis paced the Big Reds with 14 points, while teammate Michaela Flaherty turned in 13 points and the Big Reds topped visiting Martins Ferry.

Natalie Stoner and Brittany Falcone each added 12 points in the win.

Madison Ging led the Purple Riders with 15 points on seven buckets.

Buckeye Local 49, Steubenville 38

RAYLAND–Emily Holzopfel scored 23 points as Buckeye Local held visiting Steubenville to single digit points in each of the first three quarters.

Maddison Fields paced the Big Red with 11 tallies.

St. Clairsville 56

Harrison Central 41

ST. CLAIRSVILLE–The Red Devils were led to victory behind the efforts of Maria Vincenzo, who recorded 19 points in a win over visiting Harrison Central.

Alex Wiley led the Huskies with 15 points.

Buckeye Trail 51, Barnesville 37

LORE CITY–The Warriors upended visiting Barnesville behind 22 points from Jenni Carmichael and 15 from Hannah Smith.

Sarah Powell paced the Shamrocks with 15 points.

Toronto 55, Wellsville 44

WELLSVILLE–Bianca McDonald drained five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points as Toronto defeated host Wellsville.

Indian Creek 56, Edison 7

WINTERSVILLE–Indian Creek held visiting Edison scoreless in both the first and fourth quarters as the Redskins went on to dominate.

Kylie Kiger and Taylor Jones each netted 10 in the win.

Steubenville Central 75, Tuscarawas Central 19

STEUBENVILLE–The Crusaders kept visiting Tuscarawas Central off the scoreboard in the first quarter as Steubenville Central rolled.

Grace Godich led the Crusaders with 13, followed by Bella Oliver an Christine Dombrowski, who each netted 10.



Linsly 102, Martins Ferry 88, Brooke 32

WELLSBURG — Linsly claimed six first place finishes as it defeated Martins Ferry and Brooke in a tri-meet. The Cadets won the first event of the evening in the 200 medlay relay as Eve Lei, Sydney West, Sian Longley and Brynleigh Buff swam to a 2:02.74 finish. Longley also won the 100 butterfly (1:07.86) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.11) along with being on the 200 freestyle relay with Buff, West and Even Ridenhour (1:53.14).

Martins Ferry Rylee Reis also won two individual events as she claimed the top spot in the 200 freestyle (2:08.34) and 100 freestyle (57.64). She was also the anchor of the winning 400 freestyle relay team that consisted of Kayla Fogle, Kylie Huber and Jamie Fogle (4:09.07).


Linsly 87, Brooke 72, Martins Ferry 50

Kaleb Nuckles-Polen won two events in the 200 freestyle (2:03.84) and 100 backstroke (1:04.72) as Linsly defeated Brooke and Martins Ferry. Vincente Bussyguin of the Purple Riders also won two individual events as he swam to victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.68) and 100 butterfly (1:02.50).