The Bellefontaine varsity boys basketball team used its defense to power past visiting Kenton Ridge 39-22 Friday night on WBLL. The decisive win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Red and Black.
After the Cougars jumped out to an 8-2 lead, Bellefontaine went on a 13-0 run to take control.
Kenton Ridge led 8-7 after the opening quarter. They were held to 14 points over the final three periods.
(Above left: Chieftain Jake Kennedy takes a shot from the charity stripe during Friday's game against the Cougars.)
The visitors could not find their touch against the Chiefs 2-3 zone defense. KR hit just 4-of-21 field goal attempts after the half.
Neither team had a player reach double figures.
Senior Logan Mitchell paced the Chiefs with 8 points. He was named the Steve Austin's Player of the Game. Teammates Tristan Tillman and Jake Kennedy each added 7.
Nick Lacey and Chase Black each dropped in 9 points for the Cougars.
Listen to the complete postgame interview with BHS head coach Henry Stolly.
Bellefontaine is 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the CBC. They swept the regular season series from the Cougars. BHS will host The Wellington School from Upper Arlington next Thursday on WBLL.
Kenton Ridge is 6-9, 1-6. They will visit Oakwood next Tuesday.
The JV Chiefs edged Kenton Ridge 40-39.
The Bellefontaine freshman team beat the Cougars 42-30.
Other varsity finals:
West Liberty-Salem edged Northeastern 42-40.
Senior Landon Hormann poured in 25 points.
WLS is 13-4 overall and 9-1 in the OHC.
The JV Tigers shot past the Jets 52-33. Michael McIntosh led the winners with 17 points.
Mechanicsburg routed Cedarville 76-50.
Greeneview tripped Triad 58-46.
Indian Lake blitzed Greenon 90-66.
Jalon Tuttle had 24 points, Christian Grider tallied 22, Brennon Lump scored 13, and Dustin Roby added 10.
The Lakers improve to 3-11 overall and 3-3 in the CBC.
Benjamin Logan fell at league-leader Graham 64-54.
The Falcons took control in the third quarter by outscoring the Raiders 19-7 to build a 19-point lead.
Grant Goddard paced Graham with 27 points. The Falcons are 8-6 overall and 6-0 in the CBC.
For Benjamin Logan, Blaine Ricketts pumped in 17 points and Dalton Greene added 12.
The Raiders are 3-14, 1-6.
Riverside lost at Lima Temple Christian 67-42.
Dalton Bollinger and Kolt Shough each scored 11.
The JV Pirates fell 48-38.
Ross Stevens tossed in 13 and Jesse Kean added 10.
Ridgemont beat visiting Waynesfield-Goshen 76-59.
The Gophers outscored the Tigers 26-12 in the final quarter.
Tyler Tillman scored a game-high 29, Tim Cowan had 18, and Josh Corbin added 12.
The Gophers are 6-10 overall and 3-3 in the NWCC.
Urbana handled host Northwestern 66-43.
League-leader Springfield Shawnee ran past Dayton Stebbins 67-53.
Tipp City defeated rival Tecumseh 59-55.
Upper Scioto Valley outscored Lima Perry 78-67.
Fairbanks beat Marion Catholic 61-54.
Anna stifled Botkins 59-47.
Ft. Loramie ran past visiting Russia 65-49.
Houston beat host Fairlawn 61-53.
Bluffton knocked off Ada 53-40.
Elida steamrolled Kenton 72-41.
Ottawa-Glandorf defeated Wapakoneta 55-37.
Top-ranked St. Henry outscored Delphos St. John's 71-57.
Sidney fell to rival Piqua 71-59.
Vanlue handled Hardin Northern 89-47.
Versailles beat Marion Local 56-45.
Ft. Recovery contained Coldwater 51-29.
Lima Bath knocked off Lima Shawnee 71-50.
The Bellefontaine 6th grade girls basketball team edged Mechanicsburg 18-16 last week to move to 5-1.
Hannah Rader had 8 points and 11 rebounds, Anne West tossed in 5 points, Hara Brown recorded 9 steals, Aubrey Stolly tallied 4 assists and 3 steals, and Madison Payne played well.
The Lady Chiefs will host league-leading West Jefferson Sunday at 1 p.m. at BHS.