Bowman’s Big Night Lifts Brooke Bruins Against Oak Glen
By ANDREW GRIMM
For The Intelligencer
NEW MANCHESTER — The Brooke girls’ basketball team had what Coach Ryan Scherich thought was a sloppy game Thursday at Oak Glen and needed someone to step up.
That someone, as it usually is for the Bruins (9-2), was Hope Bowman, who dominated with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (23).
“It was a really nice night for her,” Scherich said. “She had a lot of rebounds. She really likes this gym, she had a big night here last year too. She had a triple-double here last year.”
Despite the big performance from Bowman, Scherich was not pleased with the performance against what he thought was a much improved Golden Bears (4-8) club from the teams’ first meeting.
“It was really sloppy,” Scherich said. “Oak Glen is very much improved and they played hard. They wanted to win just as bad as we did. We played sloppy and kind of fed into what they wanted to do.
Brooke’s Grace Dodson sees room for improvement as well.
“We need to work on some things for sure,” she said. “We started the season off pretty well but we need to start working to get better. We need to get better at the things that are making or breaking the games.
“I don’t think we are at good team status. We are not there yet. There are so many things we have to clean up still. Sooner or later a game like this is going to come back and bite us.”
Oak Glen scored first and led early before the Bruins pulled ahead for a 17-13 lead after the opening eight minutes. The Golden Bears cut the deficit to just two at the break after a slow second quarter ended with Brooke on top 24-22.
“I think we took them for granted a little bit having beat them once and you can not take a team for granted,” Scherich said. “He’s got a young team. In a couple of years Oak Glen is going to have a really good team.”
The third quarter is when the Bruins started to get back on track. Brooke opened the quarter with a 10-1 run to build on the lead.
“That was huge,” Scherich said of the run. “We got a little bit of a different line up in there and it worked to our advantage.”
Oak Glen battled back to trail by six headed to the fourth quarter, but lost Alexa Andrews, to an injury during the quarter.
The Bruins pulled away in the third for the 16 point victory.
“In the first half we did a good job of running our offense,” Oak Glen coach John Leary said. “In the second half we got away from what was working. We kind of regressed and went back how I didn’t want us to play.”
Bowman provided a lot of matchup problems for Leary’s bunch.
“We tried to do the best we could on her but she’s 6-foot-2 or whatever she is and my tallest girl is 5-foot-8,” Leary said. “Overall I am very proud of that effort. If we were a more veteran team, I think we would be able to get position on her better.”
“We had a certain gameplan we put in place for this game and overall we executed it nicely. We made some mistakes here and there but we are young.”
Brooke also got 12 points, four rebounds and an assist from Chloe Fox. Ashley Arca had six points, three boards and a game-high six assists.
Oak Glen was led by nine points and seven rebounds from Emily Severs. Alayna Kranis pulled down a team-high 12 board to go with five points.
East Richland Christian 52
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ally Stewart had a heckuva game with 18 points and 24 rebounds — 18 coming on the offensive end — as East Richland Christian hammered Hundred.
Julia Costain chipped in with 12 points for the Lions (3-7), while Katie Hans scored 10.
Emily Metz drained four 3-pointers on her way to 14 points for the Hornets.
Harrison Central 52, Martins Ferry 30
CADIZ — Sydney Starr (12 points 15 rebounds) and Asia Muckle (11 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double as Harrison Central jumped on Martins Ferry early and cruised to a victory.
Alex Wiley led the scoring for the Huskies (4-7) with 13 points.
Richella Spielvogel paced the Purple Riders (2-11) with nine points.
St. Marys 79
Paden City 31
PADEN CITY — Hannah Loy had 13 points, but St. Marys had three players in double figures and the Wildcats (2-7) fell to the Blue Devils.
BARNESVILLE –Dulcie Christman scored 22 points to lead Barnesville to a narrow victory against rival Bridgeport.
Sarah Powell added 10 points for the Shamrocks.
Kamden Dulesky paced the Bulldogs with 18 points, followed by Marissa Beal with 11.
Edison 47, East Liverpool 25
RICHMOND — Kayla Huff led Edison with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Lauren Ferralli added 17 points to help lead Edison to a victory at home over East Liverpool.
Shenandoah 61, Monroe Central 24
SARAHSVILLE — Sydney Yoho paced Monroe Central with seven points, but the Seminoles were no match for Shenandoah.
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Valley 45, Beallsville 44
MIDDLEBOURNE — Sophie Palmer was fouled attempting a 3-point shot with one second left and the senior standout calmy drained all three to lead Valley to a one-point victory against Beallsville.
Palmer, who also had 10 rebounds, led all scorers with 22 points. Rachel Bates added 10 points for the Lumberjills (4-3).
Ashlie Louden paced the Blue Devils with 15 points.
Tyler Consolidated 44
MIDDLEBOURNE — Maddie Winters dropped in 18 points and Kydra Pilant chipped in with 16 as Magnolia (5-5) topped tournament host Tyler Consolidated to earn a date with Valley in the championship game.
Peyton Kocher paced the Silver Knights with 14 points, while Amanda Reynolds scored 10.
Wheeling Park 54, Ripley 41
RIPLEY — Keondre King had a solid night with 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals as Wheeling Park beat Ripley in a game that had been rescheduled twice.
Alex Vargo was a rebound shy of a double with 14 points and nine boards for the Patriots (4-2).
Hundred 56, East Richland 52
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Travis McCoy poured in 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Hundred past East Richland Christian for its first victory.
Cody Soles added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets (1-6) while Adam Stevens scored nine points and Logan Norris contributed eight points and eight assists.
Duncan Pagan led East Richland with a game-high 26 points. Sam Yourko added 17.
Brooke 127, John Marshall 78
WELLSBURG — Ethan Robey swam to victories in the 100 Breastroke (1:10.48) and the 200 Freestyle (2:04.66) to lead Brooke past John Marshall and Cambridge.
Also earning victories for the Bruins were Anthony Taylor in the 100 Freestyle (1:01.03), Joe Siudak in the 100 Backstroke (1:06.98), Noah Horvath in the 200 IM (2:17.24) and John Francis in the 50 Freestyle (30.18).
Brian Kotson scored a victory for the Monarchs in the 100 Butterfly (1:14.40), while Creed Kidney won the 500 Freestyle (6:01.00)
Wheeling Central 103, Steubenville 99
STEUBENVILLE — Nathan Blair picked up two victories for Wheeling Central, taking the 200 (2:16.37) and 500 Freestyle (6:12.94) as the Maroon Knights edged Steubenville at the Crimson Center.
Cole Saseen (100 Freestyle, 1:05.58), Nate Nixon (100 Butterfly, 1:18.48) and Daniel O’Leary (100 Backstroke, 1:09.92) also won for Wheeling Central.
Steubenville was paced by Tanner Power with victories in the 50 Freestyle (26.65) and 100 Breaststroke (1:13.04).
John Marshall 107, Brooke 75, Steubenville Catholic 36
WELLSBURG — Avery Knutsen won the 100 Butterfly (1:20.13) and John Marshall’s 200 and 400 Relay teams earned victories as the Monarchs won a quad at Brooke High School.
The Bruins saw individual victories from Bethany Harlan in the 200 (2:26.68) and 100 Freestyle (1:04.93), and Emily Donley in the 200 IM (2:43.48) and 100 Backstroke (1:14.93).
Steubenville Catholic’s Kassidy Rogers won the 100 Breaststroke in a time of 1:21.29.
Wheeling Central 170, Steubenville 77
STEUBENVILLE — Wheeling Central was impressive during its meet with Steubenville, winning all but the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Rachel Drnach (200 IM, 2:47.46; 100 Breaststroke, 1:23.28) and Lauren Garan (50 Freestyle, 27.73; 100 Freestyle, 1:01.31) earned multiple victories for the Maroon Knights.
Also picking up wins were Patricia Tiu (200 Freestyle, 2:32.09), Grace Taylor (100 Butterfly, 1:18.65) and Claire Dieffenbaugher (100 Backstroke, 1:20.80).
St. Clairsville 45, Cameron 24
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Josh DeNoble, Koen Kish, Andrew Elerick, Corey Naylor, James Dobbs, Derek Witsberger, Justice McCamick and Trey Delguzzo earned victories for St. Clairsville in beating Cameron.
Josie Stern, Logan Mackey, Johnnie Simms and Colton Dobbs, were winners for Cameron.
Brooke 60, Cameron 18
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brooke put on an impressive performance in beating Cameron, getting victories from Daniel Yost, Braydon DeMaria, John George, Dylan Reiordan, Hunter Cunningham, Max Camilletti, Christopher Helms, William DeWall, Dalton Yost and Ethan Ratcliff.
Stern and Dobbs won for the second time on the day, while Wyatt Wingrove earned a victory at 170.