Host Barnesville High got a little ‘payback’ on Friday night, pulling away for an easy a 70-54 victory over the Beallsville Blue Devils.
In an earlier match-up, it was the Blue Devils who got the 71-65 home court victory, but on this night it was the Shamrocks’ turn to return the favor.
“Tonight was a good win for us. This is the first time all season we have played well all four quarters,” Barnesville coach Chris Pack said. “They got us down there earlier this season, so tonight was our turn I guess.”
A late second period surge broke open a close game and got BHS headed in the right direction.
In the opening period, the squads battled to a 20-20 draw, with the Blue Devils high-scoring Teryn Jarrett putting in six points on a pair of three-pointers. That total was equaled by a pair of Barnesville players, with senior Brandon Burkhart and junior David Stewart each putting up six points in the frame. Stewart’s total came on a pair of “treys”, including one long range shot to open the game which got the ‘Rocks off to a good start.
“I thought that first three that Stew (Stewart) hit was a real big shot,” Pack said. “It got us off to a good start and got the crowd into the game early, which always helps.”
That back-and-forth trend continued to open the second stanza, before the ‘Rocks began to put some distance between themselves and the Devils.
Trailing 29-25 with 3:12 left before the halftime break, it was senior guard Dylan MacMillan who got things going with a pair of quick buckets to even the contest at 29-29.
Barnesville was not quite finished yet, however, as the ‘Rocks then reeled off the next nine points to close out the first half with a 38-29 lead.
“I thought both teams were playing well early, that first quarter was back and forth,” Pack said. “They were really hitting their shots early, so for us to be able to pull away from them gives me a good feeling. That says a lot about how we are playing right now.”
Kyle Groves scored for Beallsville to open up the second half scoring, pulling the Blue Devils within 38-31, but the ‘Rocks quickly regained control with an 8-0 run to widen their lead to 46-41 on a short jump shot from Burkhart at the 5:12 mark of the third quarter.
Barnesville finished the quarter with a 18-14 scoring edge to lead 56-43 heading to the final period of play.
BHS held on in the fourth for the win despite giving Pack something to harp on to his troops — foul shots. The ‘Rocks held a 14-11 scoring advantage in the frame despite struggling to a chilly 8-of-16 performance from the charity stripe.
“About the only thing I have to complain about tonight is those missed foul shots in the fourth quarter,” Pack said. “If we knock those down, we could have made it a lot easier on ourselves, that’s for sure.”
Barnesville finished with a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures, led by junior Zach Houston with 20 points followed by Burkhart with 17, MacMillan with 11 and Stewart with 10.
“Any time you can have four guys in double figures it’s a good thing,” Pack said. “Then we also had two guys close to getting to double figures, we had a lot of guys contribute tonight.”
Senior Jacob Anderson chipped in with eight points off the bench for Barnesville and sophomore Isaac McGee added six points, all in the second half.
Barnesville enjoyed a 34-29 rebounding edge, with Burkhart hauling down 11 for a double-double performance, Houston snared eight and MacMillan finished with six rebounds.
MacMillan also rounded out a solid floor game by handing out six assists in the victory.
Jarrett led the Blue Devils (6-8) with 17 points, but struggled with a 6-of-17 shooting effort from the field. Chase Mercer added 13 for Beallsville and Tritan Palmer contributed eight.
“We’re playing some good basketball right now,” Pack said. “Hopefully we can keep it going and get on a good roll heading to tournament time.”
BARNESVILLE 70, BEALLSVILLE 54
Tristan Palmer 3-5 2-2 8, Kyle Groves 2-7 0-0 6, Teryn Jarrett 6-17 1-2 17, Logan Nippert 2-9 0-0 6, Dalton Secrest 2-5 0-2 4, Chad Louden 0-0 0-0 0, Kage Rush 0-1 0-0 0, Dawson Weekley 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Mercer 6-12 0-1 13, Cole Susac 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Haeth 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Campbell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 3-7 54.
Brandon Burkhart 6-12 3-4 17, Dylan MacMillan 5-9 1-4 11, David Stewart 3-8 2-2 10, Isaac McGee 2-3 2-4 6, Zach Houston 4-7 8-12 20, Lucas Wells 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Anderson 4-5 0-1 8, Chase Mankin 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Nicholson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 16-27 70.
Beallsville 20 9 14 11 — 54
Barnesville 20 18 18 14 — 70
Three point goals— BeHS 7 (Jarrett 4, Nippert 2, Mercer 1); BaHS 2 (Stewart 2). Rebounds—BeHS 29 (Secrest 9, Groves 5, Jarrett 5); BaHS 34 (Burkhart 11, Houston 8, MacMillan 6). Assists—BeHS 9 (Jarrett 4, Secrest 4, Groves 1); BaHS 11 (MacMillan 6, Burkhart 2, Stewart 1, Houston 1, Anderson 1 ). Steals—BeHS 4 (Jarrett 2, Secrest 1, Mercer 1); BaHS 7 (MacMillan 3, Stewart 2, Burkhart 1, McGee 1). Blocked Shots—BeHS 2 (Palmer 1, Jarrett 1); BaHS 3 (Houston 2, McGee 1). Fouls—BeHS 18; BHS 13. Fouled Out—BeHS (Groves); BaHS (none). Turnovers—BeHS 16; BaHS 18.
Photo by Reed Tychonski
Barnesville’s Dylan Macmillan heads up court with Beallsville defenders Teryn Jerrett (20) and Dalton Secrest (50) in hot pursuit. The Shamrocks jumped out in front early and withstood a fourth quarter flurry by the Blue Devils to post a 70-59 victory.
MacMillan scored 13 and was joined in double figures by the ‘Rocks’ big men Brandon Burkhart with 16 and Zach Houston who led all scorers with 18. Jerret led Beallsville’s scoring attack with 17. Chase Mercer was the only other player in double figures, netting 13.
The Shamroc’ks next home game will be Friday when they play host to the Caldwell Redskins. Next Tuesday the Rocks will be on the road when they travel to the John J. Havlicek gym in Bridgeport.