BARNESVILLE -- The Barnesville Lady Shamrocks lost at home to the Shenandoah Lady Zeps who overcame an eight-point deficit in the first half, holding the Shamrocks in single digits over the last two quarters for a 61-46 victory in a mutual opener on Tuesday.
"We ran out of gas basically," Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter stated of the second half lull. "Shenandoah played hard the whole time and I give them credit for that. They wore us out. When you get tired, your shots are going to be off. We just got tired."
"I've been around a lot of these girls for four years and they work really hard," stated Shenandoah coach Lynn Miley. "I told them the key to our success this year is that we get settled into our routine and don't let the other team delegate what we're going to do with the tempo. We have to learn what that tempo is, be patient and work our offense.
"I think our patience and teamwork were the difference because we got settled in, saw the cutters and started working together," Miley continued.
"That was the key to our success was that teamwork."
As Carpenter stated, the Lady 'Rocks came out hot, connecting on 7-of-12 shots including a pair of three-pointers from senior ace Heidi Hines and another from Jessica Hunkler. That, coupled with the Shamrocks out-rebounding Shenandoah 8-2 in the first eight minutes, gave the hosts an 18-11 lead after one quarter.
In the second round, Shenandoah made its presence known, distributing the ball evenly and connecting on 8-of-11 free throws as a team while forcing the Shamrocks into three turnovers to take a 31-30 lead at half-time.
Shenandoah's junior two-year letter winner Sami Schott owned the third frame, going 4-of-9 from the floor while missing just one free throw out of six attempts. Coupled with the Shamrocks' fatigue and 1-of-14 shooting put the game nearly out of touch with the visitors holding a 46-39 lead with the hosts visibly reeling.
Barnesville hit just three shots in the final quarter as the Lady Zeps effectively played keep-away, outscoring Barnesville 15-7 to seal the win.
Shenandoah was led by Schott, who had 27 points and nine boards. Miranda Redden added 15 points.
"This takes a team effort. I believe when we can get three and four people into double figures, nobody can stop us," noted Miley. "We can play so well together offensively and defensively. Even though this was the first game of the season, we were ready."
Barnesville received a 23-point, 11-rebound effort from Hines, while Melanie Baker has eight rebounds and seven points.
SHENANDOAH 61, BARNESVILLE 46
Sami Schott 9-20 9-12 27; Renee Schwieterman 0-1 0-0 0; Noemi Chausidis 4-12 0-0 8; Caralee Wukelich 1-7 0-2 2; Carissa Wukelich 0-1 2-2 2; Miranda Redden 5-15 4-6 15; Lorin Wheeler 0-0 2-2 2; Tressa Doudna 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 15-24 61.
Jessica Clouse, 2-10 0-0 5; Melanie Baker 2-10 3-6 7; Jessica Hunkler 4-13 0-0 9; Heidi Hines 7-18 6-8 23; Marissa Burga 1-3, 0-0 2; Lane Hanlon 0-2 0-0 0; Raquel Bahmer 0-0 0-0 0; Justina Campbell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-56 9-14 46.
Shenandoah 11 20 15 15 9 61
Barnesville 18 12 9 7 9 46
Three point goals -- SHS 1 (Redden); BHS 5 (Hines 3, Clouse, Hunkler).
Rebounds -- SHS 33 (Schott 9); BHS 29 (Hines 11, Baker 8). Assists -- SHS 10 (Caralee Wukelich 3); BHS 8 (Hunkler 3). Steals -- SHS 12 (Carissa Wukelich 3); BHS 10 (Burga 3). Blocked shots -- SHS 2 (Redden, Caralee Wukelich); BHS 2 (Baker, Campbell). Fouls -- SHS 8; BHS 19. Fouled Out -- SHS (none); BHS (Baker).
Turnovers -- SHS (14); BHS (19).