The host Barnesville Shamrocks were unable to overcome a disastrous opening quarter Friday night in their battle with Steubenville Catholic Central, as the Crusaders outscored the hosts, 31-12 in the frame and emerged victorious, 78-59.
After the opening eight minutes, both teams scored 47 points over the next three quarters for the 19-point margin of victory for Steubenville Catholic (10-2).
“If you eliminate the first quarter, it was pretty even after that,” said Barnesville coach Chris Pack. “In fact, we played them even the rest of the game, but we started the game in typical fashion for us by missing easy shots and then giving them lay-ups, which created chaos for us.
“When we would make a lay-up, we would hand the ball off to them for a lay-up on our next possession. We were out of sync in that first quarter,” added Pack.
Steubenville Catholic added to its advantage in the second frame by outscoring the Shamrocks, 16-13, for a 47-25 lead.
Barnesville (4-7) rallied in the third quarter and cut into the deficit by outscoring Steubenville Catholic Central, 22-18, for a 65-47 deficit.
“We made a couple decent runs at them and got the score under 15 points, but that was as close as we could get,” said Pack.
The Crusaders added a single point to the Steubenville lead in the fourth quarter by outscoring the ‘Rocks, 13-12, for the 19-point victory.
Ryan Fletcher paced Steubenville Catholic with a game-high 25 points followed by Zach Harrington with 15 and Michael Barber with 13 points. Brenton Colabella and Michael Carpellotti chipped in eight apiece for the Crusaders.
Barnesville was led in scoring by Zach Houston with 22 points followed by Dylan MacMillan with 15. Brandon Burkhart added nine markers, seven rebounds and five assists. MacMillan tallied six steals for the hosts.
Steubenville Catholic won the battle of the boards, 26-19, behind Harrington’s seven rebounds.
Barnesville committed 21 turnovers to 17 miscues for the Crusaders.
Steubenville Catholic shot a sizzling 63 percent (30-of-48) from the field and converted 14-of-20 attempts at the charity stripe. The ‘Rocks converted on 24-of-49 field goal attempts for 49 percent shooting and 11-of-17 at the free throw line.
For the third consecutive game, Barnesville failed to convert a three-point basket. The ‘Rocks finished the game 0-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc.