CALDWELL -- The Barnesville Shamrocks utilized a 41-10 run over the course of the second and third quarters to build a 23-point lead over Caldwell and survived a late rally bid by the host Redskins for a 63-48 victory Saturday night.
During the pivotal middle two quarters, Barnesville (3-1) forced 13 turnovers by the Redskins, who also struggled with their shooting and converted only 6-of-29 field goals (21 percent) during that span.
"The old saying is defense leads to offense, and that's very true with us," said Barnesville High coach Chris Pack. "When we were able to get after them starting in the second quarter and played good defense, getting in the passing lanes, good things happened for us."
The Shamrocks' run was disappointing for Caldwell coach Bryian Burson after he watched the host Redskins build a 12-7 lead after the first quarter of play and 16-8 advantage early in the second frame.
"When we took care of the basketball, we were able to build the early eight-point lead, but then we started turning the ball over and that's when they went on the run," said Burson.
"That's how they (Barnesville) wants to play ... they want to get you going up and down the floor. And to their credit, they were able to do what they wanted and we didn't play well during that time."
Caldwell (1-5) was able to get back into the game starting late in the third frame with several players contributing off the bench.
The Redskins closed the gap to eight points in the fourth quarter when Dalton Warner hit three free throws to trim the deficit to 55-47 with 4:25 to play.
Warner was one of four bench players to score for Caldwell in the final quarter.
Unfortunately for the 'Skins, that was as close as they would get as Barnesville closed with a 8-1 run -- the final six points coming on four free throws by Colby MacMillan and a pair by Bryson Stephen.
In the opening quarter, Caldwell converted 5-of-10 field goal attempts while the 'Rocks struggled from the field (3-of-11) to build the 12-7 advantage. Cody Crum paced the hosts with four points in the frame while Dalton Smith hit a trey for the visitors.
Barnesville reversed the fortunes in the second quarter, converting 10-of-16 field goal attempts include a trey to outscore Caldwell 23-9 and take a 30-21 lead at the half.
Tyler Fitzpatrick and Smith contributed five points apiece for the 'Rocks in the second quarter, while Ryan Keith tallied five for the Redskins. As a team, Caldwell only converted 3-of-21 field goals attempts in the eight-minute span.
The Shamrocks opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run on a pair of field goals apiece from Tyler Sells and Stephen and then a steal and layup by MacMillan to take a 40-21 lead.
By the end of quarter, Barnesville held a 49-30 lead after outscoring the 'Skins, 19-9. Caldwell won the final quarter, 18-14.
Barnesville benefited from balanced scoring as MacMillan finished with a game-high 14 points while Stephen chipped in 11, Sells added 10, Kody Skinner scored nine, Smith tallied eight and Fitzpatrick finished with seven.
For Caldwell, Keith finished with 11 points and Dalton Sayre added 10.
Barnesville finished the game converting 26-of-51 field goal attempts for 51 percent while Caldwell only hit 18-of-57 field goal attempts for 32 percent.
The Redskins won the battle of the boards, 38-34, behind Keith with 12 boards and Sayre with seven rebounds. Barnesville was paced by Sells with nine boards and seven from Fitzpatrick.