The visiting Triad Cardinals used seven first-half three- point goals to outgun a tired Bellefontaine Lady Chiefs Wednesday night 60-52. Head coach Brian Hogan’s squad was playing their fourth game in six days.
Triad jumped out to a 36-25 halftime lead as seniors Dayna Ober and Anna McKenzie found room outside the arc of Bellefontaine’s zone defense. Ober had three first half threes, McKenzie 2.
Hogan switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half but was unable to stop Triad’s cut-to-the-basket offense.
Triad built a 50-31 lead after three quarters. Bellefontaine made a fourth-quarter run with the help of some baskets from full court pressure to close the margin to the final eight-point gap.
The Cardinals were paced by their senior trio of Ober, McKenzie and Faith Orecchio. Ober and McKenzie had 15. Orecchio added 12.
Forward Jazmyn Haley (pictured above) of Bellefontaine continued her year-long strong play with a game-high 18 points. Seniors Sajah Carter and Julia Hunt added 9 and 8, respectively.
Brian Hogan talks about his team.
With the loss, Bellefontaine drops to 10-5. Triad is 10-4.
Jason Malone talks about the keys to the victory.
In the JV game, Bellefontaine improved to 6-8 winning 43-30. Sophomore Ashley Artis had a game-high 19 points. Mallory Stolly had 7, Liz Martin added 6. For Triad, now 4-9 for the year, Georgia Davis had 8 and Jenna Ober added 7.
Bellefontaine hopes to bounce back Saturday as they travel to Springfield to hopefully avenge an early season loss to Kenton Ridge. Triad plays at Northeastern Saturday.
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Second half action, Bellefontaine vs. Triad.