Stoner Scores 1,000th Point in Bellaire Win
BELLAIRE — It was over early inside the ‘House of Champions’ at Bellaire High School Thursday evening.
The homestanding Big Reds scored the game’s first 10 points and, outside of a brief lapse in the second quarter, never looked back en route to claiming a convincing 68-35 repeat victory over Union Local.
Bellaire — now 11-1 entering a Saturday afternoon game at Wheeling Central — controlled the game by executing its usual gameplan, which included turning up the heat defensively and getting a lot of people involved offensively.
Both were executed flawlessly.
“We have four girls who have a lot of time invested, have a lot of shots up and have scored a lot of buckets during their careers,” Bellaire coach John Farrier said. “Most importantly, they do a really good job of finding each other, too. It’s all a tribute to the girls.”
Though the outcome was never truly in doubt, there was a level of drama.
Senior standout Natalie Stoner entered the game needing 11 points to become the 11th female in Bellaire history to join the 1,000-point club. She connected on a 3-pointer to open the game, but didn’t achieve her milestone goal until a conventional three-point play in the third quarter.
“Natalie deserve this,” Farrier said. “She set a (school) record for field goal percentage last year and her shooting has gotten better because she’s worked on it and invested a lot of time. I am very happy for her.”
Stoner finished with a game-high 18 points and currently has 1,007 points. She joined classmate Maci Crozier in the 1,000-point club.
Interestingly, the duo becomes the first female classmates to join the club. There’s been one set of male classmates (Jerry Ammirante and Jose Davis) turn the trick at Bellaire.
Crozier, ironically, was next in line for the Big Reds’ production chart with 16 points.
That duo fueled the quick start. Crozier got half of her points in the first and Stoner had five. Throw in six from senior Michaela Flaherty, who finished with a solid 14 and the lead was 24-7 after one. Junior Katrina Davis also scored five of her 12 in the first quarter.
“I thought we had a ton of energy in the first quarter,” Farrier said. “Things were really going our way, but I think we settled in a little bit too much in the second quarter. When you bring a lot of energy, the ball goes through (the bucket) and when you don’t, it stops going in.”
Union Local did fight and claw, especially in the second quarter. The Jets took advantage when the Big Reds’ energy level seemed to drop. A 3-pointer from Casey Kildow, who led the Jets with 14, and a transition bucket by Hannah Porter got UL within 13, but Bellaire scored the final two buckets of the half to thwart any momentum.
“It got a little bit better for us (after the first quarter), but we made two stupid passes and it was back to like 20 again,” Union Local coach Rob Barr said. “Bellaire’s a rugged team and we have trouble with that. They’re fast and athletic. Bellaire’s the best team I have seen. We have to re-group.”
Steubenville Catholic 59
STEUBENVILLE–Brinley Steen accounted for 18 points to lift Linsly to a victory over Steubenville Catholic.
Haley Heitz turned in 12 in triumph.
Martins Ferry 40
Harrison Central 29
MARTINS FERRY–Maddie Ging scored 11 points Thursday night to lead Martins Ferry to a victory against Harrison Central in a Buckeye 8 girls’ basketball encounter inside the Tolbert Gymnasium.
Richella Spielvogel, Jaden Stalder and Shayla Schuster each added eight points for the Purple Riders.
McKayla Dunkle paced the Huskies with 10 points, while Sydney Starr had nine.
United 38, Toronto 26
TORONTO–United’s defense held Toronto to single digits in each quarter in an impressive road victory.
Indian Creek 39
STEUBENVILLE–Kylie Kiger sparked an Indian Creek victory over Steubenville with 15 points.
Makayla Abram paced Big Red with 13 points and Madison Fields added 10.
Oak Glen 55, Brooke 37
NEW CUMBERLAND–Maggie Kovalcik poured in 29 points to lead a dominant Oak Glen victory over Brooke.
Reece Enochs followed with 11 points. Chloe Fox paced the Bruins with 13 points.
Monroe Central 31
SHADYSIDE–Tory Hendershot and Baylee Wach scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, to lead Shadyside past Monroe Central.
The Seminoles were led by Sydney Yoho’s 11 points.
St. Clairsville 50
ST. CLAIRSVILLE–Katie Strama (16) and Rileigh Simpson (15) combined for 31 points in a St. Clairsville win over Barnesville.
The Shamrocks were led by 12 points from Rylee Stephens.
Tyler Consolidated 39
MIDDLEBOURNE–Josie Jones netted 16 points to lead Tyler Consolidated, but it fell to Williamstown.
Peyton Kocher also notched double figures for the Silver Knights with 10 points.
Frontier 49, St. John 35
BELLAIRE–Logan Haught secured 20 points while Haley Bills secured 16 as Froniter defeated St. John.
For the Irish, Kaylin Nixon compiled a game-high 21 points.
N. Pleasants Academy 31
E. Richland Christian 24
ST. CLAIRSVILLE–Josie Stephens had a team-high 11 points, but East Richland Christian fell to North Pleasants Academy.
Paden City 66
HUNDRED–Travis McCoy supplied 22 points and 24 rebounds as Hundred took down Paden City.
McCoy also stuffed the stat sheet for the Hornets as he compiled a game-high 30 points to go along with five steals, eight assists and five blocks.
Logan Norris (19 points) and Aaron Stevens also put up double figures for Hundred.
For the Wildcats, Ethan Cross led the way with 22 points as he hit six shots from behind the arc while Ty Cain secured 14.
Linsly Boys, Girls Sweep Own Meet
WHEELING–The Linsly boys and girls swim teams had another solid outing in their latest meet. The boys caputred wins over Wheeling Central, St. John and Barnesville. The girls also secured victories over the Maroon Knights, Irish and Shamrocks as well as Union Local and Bridgeport.
Peter Kang, William Yuan and Bernie Suchoza all won two individual titles for the Cadets.
Kang claimed the 200 IM (2:22.23) and 100 backstroke (1:08.40) while Suchoza touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (2:11.94) and 100 freestyle (57.92).
Yuan won the 50 freestyle (24.67) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.88).
For the girls, Eve Lei and Brynleigh Buff tallied two victories.
Lei claimed gold in the 200 IM (2:44.57) and 100 backstroke (1:09.65) while Buff won the 500 freestyle (1:03.77) and 100 freestyle (1:03.77.
Shenandoah 35, Martins Ferry 34
Martins Ferry 66, Shadyside 0
MARTINS FERRY–Noah Duck (170) collected a pair of pins as the Purple Riders split a triangular meet with the Zeps and Tigers in Tolbert Gymnasium.
Other two-time winners for Martins Ferry were Chase Ward (145) and Donte Lewis (285) who both recorded a decision and pin. Zak Dobson (195) wasa winner by pin and forfeit.
Harrison Central 2,300
CADIZ–Trevor Thompson recorded a 436 series leading Harrison Central past Barnesville inside JD Lanes.
Hunter Stark added a 402 for the Huskies.
Logan Gibbons rolled a 409 for the Shamrocks, while Logan Eddy had a 366.
Monroe Central 1,772
WOODSFIELD–Gavan Graham’s 160 game helped propel Bridgeport past Monroe Central.
Kaden Tomlin had a 190 for the Seminoles.
Harrison Central 1,525
CADIZ–Riley Eberhart collected a 332 as Harrison Central downed Barnesville.
Daylin Mercer had a 302 for the Shamrocks.
Monroe Central 1,549
WOODSFIELD–Anna Dimmerlin came through with a 166 as Monroe Central topped Bridgeport.
Brooklyn Edgell’s 146 topped the Bulldogs.