CALDWELL In a Thursday evening battle between winless area girls hoops squads, it was visiting Barnesville High which utilized a hot shooting second half to pull away from Caldwell and claim a 40-24 decision.
The first half was forgettable on both sides.
Barnesville owned a 5-1 lead after one quarter and then on the strength of an 8-2 advantage in the second period, it was Caldwell taking a 9-7 lead at the halftime break.
The teams combined to shoot just 6-of-49 from the floor in the opening 16 minutes for a mere 12 percent.
We made some needed adjustments at halftime, offered Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter, and came out in the third and attacked their zone defense much better. Even though it wasnt an artistic win, were happy. Last season, we didnt get our first win until late February.
With their initial possession of the third quarter, Barnesvilles Marissa Burga drained a trey from the left wing to put her team into a 10-9 lead. Caldwells Breanna Sawyer answered with a bucket from the lane before Lady Rock Raquel Bahmer countered with a 10-foot jumper to give her team a lead they would never relinquish.
Miranda Plumly followed Bahmers bucket with a triple to give Barnesville a 15-11 lead. Over the final four minutes of the third, the Lady Rocks outpointed the hosts 14-7 to take a 29-18 lead into the final period.
Burgas presence for Barnesville made the difference. The seniors playing time was limited due to three personal fouls in the first half, but she exploded with eight points in the third to spearhead her teams surge into the lead.
We need Marissas leadership and scoring on the floor, Carpenter said. Right now, were not experienced enough to be able to play effectively for long stretches without her. She will have to play more under control at the defensive end.
The final period saw Caldwell (0-3) turn to man defense, which Barnesville exploited to score several lay-ups. The winners posted an 11-6 margin in the final period.
Improved field goal shooting turned out to be the key for the Lady Shamrocks (1-2), as they went 13-of-25 from the floor in the second half. Burga scored all eight of her markers in the third period. Sophomore Miranda Plumly led all players with a dozen points, all coming in the second half.
Caldwell finished a dismal 9-of-46 from the floor for just 19 percent, prompting second year coach Ashley Dailey to point to an early-season lay-off her team had.
We havent played in about nine days due to a quirk in the early-season schedule, she said, and I think our shooting suffered as a result. We lost because of other things as well, but we shot terribly tonight.
Still, I was proud of how hard the kids played and we were aggressive on the boards, she added. We got 18 offensive rebounds.
Barnesville finished with 20 turnovers and 40 rebounds. Freshman Shaela Markovich pulled down 13 caroms to lead all players. Burga finished with nine boards, three steals and pair of blocks. Bahmer also swatted a pair of shot attempts.
Caldwells Megan DeVol and Rachell McKown hauled down eight and seven rebounds, respectively. Sawyer finished with 10 points to pace the Lady Redskin scoring.
BARNESVILLE 40, CALDWELL 24
Sydney Bruce 0-2 0-0 0, Miranda Plumly 5-13, 1-2 12, Paige Huntsman 1-2 0-0 3, Lane Hanlon 2-5 0-0 4, Layna Broomhall 0-0 0-0 0, Raquel Bahmer 3-6 0-0 6, Marissa Burga 3-7 0-0 8, Sydney Ralston 1-10 2-2 4, Hannah Hannahs 0-0 0-0 0, Shaela Markovich 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 16-49 4-6 40.
Megan DeVol 2-6 0-0 4, Jennifer Leasure 3-10 1-4 7, Lexy Schell 0-10 0-0 0, Breanna Sawyer 4-10 2-4 10, Ciarra Petry 0-6 2-2 2, Taylor Crawford 0-1 0-0 0, Tiffany Yerian 0-1 1-2 1, Rachel McKown 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 9-46 6-14 24.
Barnesville5222 11 40
Caldwell 1810 6 24
Three point goalsBHS 4 (Burga 2, Huntsman 1, Plumly 1); CHS none. ReboundsBHS 40 (Markovich 13, Burga 9); CHS 44 (DeVol 8, McKown 7, Leasure 6). StealsBHS 7 (Burga 3); CHS 9 (Schell 3). AssistsBHS 8 (Burga 4); CHS 3 (Leasure 2). Blocked ShotsBHS 4 (Bahmer 2, Burga 2); CHS none. FoulsBHS 17; CHS 14. Fouled Outnone. TurnoversBHS 20; CHS 22.