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Shamrocks Fall to Colts in Quiet Greenhouse

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville head coach Jason Perkins had trouble explaining his team’s lackluster performance Monday night which resulted in a 56-42 girls’ basketball loss to visiting Meadowbrook on Senior Night inside an unusually quiet ‘Greenhouse.’

“We came out a little flat to start the game. We called a play and tried to run it, but we didn’t get people in the right positions,” he recalled. “This is no disrespect to Meadowbrook because I thought they played a great game, but it just kind of seemed like we weren’t in the game. Their minds seemed to be somewhere else.”

Senior Night jitters?

“I don’t know,” he admitted. “It’s just a different atmosphere with only 40, 50 maybe 60 people in here. Sometimes it’s just hard to get into a game because of that .. the lack of noise and all. We don’t even have a cheering section because our student body isn’t here. There’s nobody cheering when we do something well.

“I don’t want to blame everything on that,” he stressed. “We just didn’t play very well and they did. We’ve only had 4-5 practices, so we’re still learning.”

The first quarter saw the rivals deadlocked twice before Meadowbrook (1-3) nine of the final 16 points for a 16-13 edge. Barnesville (2-1) led 26-24 after a Kenzie Kaplet free throw with just under two minutes left in the first half.

That’s when the Colts took control. The Guernsey Countians scored the final three points of the half and nine of the first 13 in the third quarter for a 36-30 advantage. Then, following a Halle Markovich bucket, they reeled off seven unanswered to end the period ahead, 43-32.

“The third quarter wasn’t very good for us,” Perkins noted. Indeed it wasn’t. The hosts converted just three-of-12 field goal attempts and turned the ball over half-a-dozen times.

Meadowbrook meshed seven three-point baskets, with five coming in the second half which allowed it to pull away and present first-year head coach Teryn Jarrett with his initial victory. Jarrett is a former Beallsville standout.

Markovich was the only Shamrock to reach double figures with 14 points. Blayne Carpenter added nine and Rylee Stephens seven. Markovich also pulled down nine rebounds.

Lynsey Dudley recorded a double-double for the Colts with game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Kenli Norman fired in 18 points. Loryn Ogle added seven points and six boards, while Laney Bell finished with six points and five rebounds.

Barnesville had 20 turnovers, five more than Meadowbrook.

“Meadowbrook made the shots in the second half, especially from behind the arc,” Perkins said. “We’ve got to get better at what we are supposed to do. We can’t worry about what the other team is doing.”

Shadyside 59

Monroe Central 50

WOODSFIELD — Tory Hendershot poured in 19 points, including eight in the second quarter to help catapult Shadyside past host Monroe Central.

Gentry Brown and Paige Gorby each contributed 10 points for the victorious Tigers, who earned the win despite shooting 12 of 29 from the free-throw line as a team.

Kalista Friday bucketed 18 points to pace the Seminoles, while Trista Morris charted 12 points.

Kynzi Bishop recorded a double-double in defeat with 10 points and 10 boards.

Steubenville 58

Buckeye Local 39

RAYLAND — Makayla Abram and Lexi Martin each earned double-doubles to lead Steubenville over Buckeye Local.

Abram netted 28 points and collected 11 rebounds, while Martin scored 11 points and added 10 boards.

Emily Valuska paced the Panthers with 14 points off the bench and Megan Valuska tallied 12 points.

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