BARNESVILLE -- Snapping an early-season, two-game losing skid, the Barnesville Lady Shamrocks dominated the rival Union Local Lady Jets Thursday for a 50-29 victory.
It was rebounding, free throw shooting and a torrid defense that made the difference for the hosts as Barnesville posted a 45-35 edge on the boards and converted 16-of-23 from the charity stripe while limiting the Lady Jets to just 7-of-49 from the field for a meager 14 percent.
"This win was huge," second year coach Jamie Carpenter stated. "It was a much-needed win. I had told the girls that if they kept playing hard, it would pay off and it did tonight.
"We boxed out and rebounded well," he added, "and did a much better job on the boards the second half. We played good defense and shot our free throws well. We did a better job taking the ball to the basket tonight, then squared up, got good looks and shots."
After spotting Union Local (1-1) an early 4-0 lead, the Lady 'Rocks reeled off seven straight to grab the lead and never looked back. Barnesville outscored the Lady Jets 7-4 the remainder of the quarter to post a 14-8 lead going to the second round. With the visitors having trouble getting shots to fall, the Lady Shamrocks added to the difference the second frame with a 12-10 scoring advantage for a 26-18 lead at the half.
"We didn't shoot the ball well and didn't use our dribble the way we should have," Union Local coach Drew Greenwood stated. "You have to give Barnesville credit. They played a good zone and played hard. We didn't box out under the basket the way we should have, but we will go back to work for Edison on Monday."
The second half belonged to the Lady Shamrocks, with BHS posting a 14-8 scoring edge the third stanza, including the final four points, and outscoring the Lady Jets 10-3 in the fourth with Union Local not getting on the board after the 4:32 mark.
"We have the meat of our schedule coming up," Carpenter said, "and we needed something positive to go on. This will help. We played a full four quarters tonight and I am pleased with the progress we have made, although we played hard in all three games. We have to keep our heads up and the wins will come."
While Union Local was struggling at the offensive end, Barnesville (1-2) was hitting 17-of-44 field shots for 38.6 percent. Sophomore guard Heidi Hines led a balanced attack with 12 points and completed a double-double with 12 boards. Jenna Miller added 10 points, Megan Phillips nine and Sarah Phillips six in the winning effort.
Mariah Miller dished out five of the team's 14 assists and Jenna Miller and Kate Grimes had two steals each. Grimes also blocked a pair of Union Local shots.
The Lady Jets had nobody score in double figures with Katie Hoblick recording nine points and Madison Nagy eight, all from the foul line. Sarah Minnich added five points and had two assists and two steals.
Following Hines in rebounding for Barnesville were Jenna and Mariah Miller with seven boards each while Grimes and Sarah Phillips hauled in four apiece. Nagy led the Lady 'Jets on the glass with 11 caroms while Minnich added six and Makenzie Barr had five.
The one major concern that Carpenter had was the turnovers as the Lady Shamrocks committed 15 miscues, while Union Local had 12 turnovers.
"We need to work on keeping our turnovers down," the Barnesville mentor said. "It was a little better tonight as we had been averaging about 20 a game."
NEXT-- Barnesville visits Buckeye Trail on Monday. The junior varsity game tips off at 6 p.m.