Bowman Sparks No. 7 Brooke Past University

Junior nets 21 points, grabs 18 rebounds

WELLSBURG — Struggling to get the ball inside to 6-foot-3 junior Hope Bowman for much of the first half, West Virginia-ranked Brooke found itself in an 11-point second-quarter hole against upset-minded University.

But things all changed for the better with one off-balanced, banked-in 3-point basket from sophomore Ashley Arca to end the half as the Bruins put it all together over the final two quarters to record another victory.

Bowman finished with game-highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds while Ashley Arca added 20 points and Brooke outscored the Hawks by a 40-21 margin after Arca’s hoop just before the break to pull away and defeat University by a 61-50 margin at the Brooke Wellness Center.

After Coach David Price’s Hawks (5-7) shot out to a quick 5-0 advantage, Bowman scored the next eight points for the hosts. The teams eventually settled on an 11-11 deadlock after one.

However, things quickly turned University’s way as the visitors scored the next seven points and then capped a 14-3 run on a conventional three-point play from Layne Assif to take a 25-14 lead at 3:23 of the second. The Bruins managed to cut the score to 29-21 before Arca’s late three bounced off the glass and through the net at the horn to make it a 29-24 score.

Brooke (8-2), which entered ranked No. 7 in Class AAA, scored the initial four points of the third to cut the margin to one, and trailing 41-39 with 1:19 to play in the period scored the final eight points to take a 47-41 lead heading to the final eight minutes. Ashley Arca’s beat the buzzer with a triple to close the third quarter also.

That run extended to 14-0 into the fourth and when the dust had settled the Bruins capped off an impressive 19-3 spurt that gave them a 58-44 lead with 2:02 remaining.

“I didn’t realize that shot put us on that kind of a run, but I knew that it helped us put things together and get going,” Brooke coach Ryan Scherich said. “And the fact that we didn’t turn the ball over much, especially in the second half, was another big key.

“We turned the ball over 31 times against Wheeling Park and was very close to that number against Morgantown, our only two losses. There is no question that we are a much better team when we take care of the ball.

“As usual we got some good play off the bench as well. We really don’t have a set starting five, so I know that no matter who is coming off the bench they are going to have the ability to help us. Jordan Arca came up with some big minutes for us (Tuesday) and we plenty of help from other girls also.

“And I can’t say enough about Ashley Arca. She is so quick with the ball and she has the ability to get to the basket. So really knows where she wants to get to on the court and she has the mentality to get there.”

Junior Chloe Fox added 12 points for the Bruins, who had only five girls score, including three starters. Brooke turned the ball over 15 times, with just four of those coming after the half, and grabbed a slim 38-37 edge off the glass led by Bowman. University was charted with 21 turnovers.

Sophomore Ashten Boggs led the Hawks with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Layne Assif tallied 11 and Selena Jenkins added nine.

“I think that we need to battle harder as a team,” Price said. I just don’t think that the intensity we need to play with was there (Tuesday). I also know that getting into foul trouble didn’t help anything. I know I have to back off of some of my calls when that happens.”

East Richland 49, Coshocton Christian 24

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ally Stewart drained three 3-pointers on her way to 17 points and East Richland Christian dominated Coshocton.

Kari Ratliff added 16 points for the Lions (2-7) while Katie Hans scored 14.

Madonna 58, Trinity 53

WEIRTON–Kasey Canei and Gia Riccadonna were on top of their games as they scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, to lead Madonna past visiting Trinity.

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