BARNESVILLE -- Behind a defense that forced 28 turnovers by visiting Buckeye Trail, the Barnesville Shamrocks opened the 2010-11 season with a 52-42 victory over the Warriors on Friday.
Barnesville (1-0) tallied 17 steals, led by Brennan Delaney with six and Zach Dornon with four.
"You can't be too upset with a win by double digits," said Barnesville coach Chris Pack. "When you play defense and force double digit turnovers, you are going to have a good chance to win."
Trail closed the game with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 10 points.
"We should have held them under 40 points for the game, so I am happy with our defense tonight," stated Pack.
"Their arm span and ability to stretch the defense out to the perimeter gave us problems," said Buckeye Trail first-year coach Rod Gray. "They (Barnesville) are big and quick and it's tough when they can go (defensively) from sideline to sideline."
Both teams struggled from the field as Barnesville converted just 21-of-59 field goal attempts (36 percent) while the Warriors hit on 14-of-40 (35 percent).
"I think it was first-game jitters," said Gray. "Maybe a little inexperience. Also, we didn't make real good decisions offensively at times.
Offensively, we want to take the ball from the inside out, but they (Shamrocks) did a nice job taking away the paint.
"We needed to attack the paint, but didn't get it done," concluded Gray.
"Offensively, we were our own worst enemy," said Pack. "We had a lot of opportunities but we blew some wide-open shots. We had transition off turnovers and several chances a few feet from the basket, but came away with nothing.
"We will get it rolling and we expect to get better offensively," Pack added.
Barnesville opened the game with a 7-0 run on field goals by Christian Bailey and Preston Dornon, including a "trey" at the 6:47 mark. Trail's
Dakota Patterson stopped the run with 2:48 to play on a three-point goal, but Barnesville responded with buckets by Tyler Fitzpatrick and Delaney to build an 11-3 lead.
Ethan Watson closed the first quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play and a free throw for an 11-7 deficit at the first break. Watson finished with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and an 8-of-10 effort from the charity stripe.
The Warriors converted just 2-of-11 field goal attempts in the quarter while the 'Rocks hit 5-of-15.
Barnesville outscored Trail 15-11 in the second quarter behind eight points from Zach Dornon off the bench. Trail was paced in the frame by Zach Roe with five of his eight points.
The third quarter again belonged to the Shamrocks as Delaney hit a pair of "treys" en route nine points for the game and the hosts outscored Trail, 15-11. Bryson Stephen tallied a three-point play for the 'Rocks while CJ Beaver paced the Warriors five points.
The Warriors outscored Barnesville, 13-11, in the final frame as Watson scored eight in the round. Roe added a "trey" and Patterson scored a bucket for the visitors. Preston Dornon paced the 'Rocks in the quarter with four points to finish with a team-high 13.
Barnesville won the battle of the boards, 38-32, as Delaney tallied nine while Bailey and Fitzpatrick each pulled down eight rebounds. Kyle Larrick paced the Warriors on the glass with 13 caroms while Watson finished with five.
Delaney added four assists for the hosts, while Roe tallied four for Trail.
NEXT -- Both teams play at home on Tuesday -- Trail against Steubenville Catholic and Barnesville against Shenandoah. JV action at both sites begins at 6 p.m.