CALCUTTA - The Beavers took advantage of yet another slow start by the Tigers.
The Beaver Local girls' basketball team scored the first 10 points of the game en route to a 68-42 victory over local rival Wellsville Monday night at the Beaver Dome.
With the win, the Beavers are now 1-2.
Monica Wilson is defended by Beaver Local’s Mattie Anderson on Monday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"We had a couple of tough games to start the season," Beaver Local head coach J.R. Walker said. "We have been stressing pressure on defense, and tonight the pressure paid off. It also helps when you hit some shots."
With the loss, the Tigers drop to 1-2. Wellsville has lost its last two games after winning its opener.
"It is tough to battle back when you put yourselves in a hole like that," Wellsville head coach Ed Swogger said.
Beaver Local 68, Wellsville 42
WE (42): Angelica Scarabino 1 1-2 3, Sabrina Thompson 4 2-4 10, Monica Wilson 1 1-2 3, Brittany Clendenning 1 0-4 2, Shartece Taylor 2 2-2 6, Kallee Powell 3 2-2 9, Abbey Thrasher 1 0-0 2, Destiny Crow 2 0-0 4, Codie Jackson 0 2-2 2, Ashley Bennett 0 0-2 0, Brittany Caldwell 0 1-2 1, Rasheeda Kalam 0 0-0 0, Autumn Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 11-22 42.
BL (68): Tannar Dolhun 0 2-2 2, Danna Talbott 5 2-8 12, Samantha Bishop 10 1-4 21, Courtney Ricciardi 1 0-0 2, Maranda Kiddey 4 0-2 8, Ravenna Cianni 1 4-4 7, Mattie Anderson 3 0-1 7, Sierra Wright 2 1-2 5, Sam Kendall 1 2-2 4, Hillarie Ketchum 0 0-0 0, Haileigh Ketchum 0 0-1 0, Jade Favre 0 0-0 0, Allison Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Bobbie Ann Theiss 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 12-26 68.
WE 08-06-14-14 42
BL 19-16-17-16 - 68
3-Pointers: Wellsville: 1 (Powell); Beaver Local: 3 (Bishop, Cianni, Anderson)
The two losses have come in similar fashion for the Tigers.
In Thursday night's home loss to East Liverpool, the Potters ripped off a 17-1 run to take a 17-5 lead in the first quarter. Beaver Local built a 17-4 lead in the first quarter Monday night.
The Beavers led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the hosts extended their lead to 35-14 at halftime.
Both teams struggled at times keeping possession of the ball. The two teams combined to commit 58 turnovers in the games. Beaver Local committed 28, while Wellsville committed 30.
"We were so impatient on offense," Swogger said. "We were really pressing on offense.
"Beaver Local's defense was awful tenacious tonight. Some of those turnovers were due to their defense. Some of them were bad turnovers on are part. In the end, that is a big number."
Samantha Bishop scored a game-high 21 points to lead the way for Beaver Local.
Also for the Beavers, Danna Talbott tallied 12 points, Maranda Kiddey added eight points and Ravenna Cianni and Mattie Anderson each netted seven points. Finally, Sierra Wright recorded five points, Sam Kendall collected four points and Courtney Ricciardi and Tannar Dolhun each delivered two points.
"We played 14 girls," Walker said. "The only reason we didn't play 15 was because one girl just returned to practice. It is a great win. Getting that first win is always tough. I'm happy for these young ladies and I am happy for the school."
Sabrina Thompson netted 10 points to lead the way for the Tigers.
Also for Wellsville, Kallee Powell produced nine points, Shartece Taylor recorded six points and Destiny Crow ended up with four points. Finally, Aneglica Scarabino added three points, Codie Jackson scored two points and Brittany Caldwell ended up with one point.
Beaver Local led 52-28 entering the fourth quarter. The Beavers led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter before recording the 26-point victory.
"I knew they would press us hard which they did," Swogger said. "We worked on our man offense, but their pressure got to us tonight.
"We are a young team, and with the injuries we have, we were even younger tonight. J.R. does a good job with those girls. Their girls played hard.
"Our girls played hard. They play hard until the end which is good to see for a young team. They played hard. We had some freshmen in the game early. We had some sophomores in the game. They played well throughout the game."
The Beavers controlled the boards against the Tigers. Beaver Local pulled down 53 rebounds. Allison Kennedy contributed 11, Bishop grabbed nine and Talbott collected eight.
"The ladies stepped up big time tonight," Walker said. "I couldn't be more happy as a coach."
Beaver Local won the JV game, 48-23. Ravenna netted nine points to lead the way for the Beavers.
Beaver Local plays Thursday at home against Lakeview, while Wellsville travels to Sebring.