Barnesville drops 56-42 decision to Meadowbrook for first loss of season
BARNESVILLE — Meadowbrook High first took, and then built upon a double-digit lead during the third quarter of Monday’s showdown with host Barnesville.
The fact that the Lady Colts were rushing, but also making, 3-pointer with that lead is representative of where Coach Teryn Jarret’s players are as a team.
Senior Lynsey Dudley and freshman Kenli Norman each totaled 18 points as Meadowbrook picked up its first victory in handing Barnesville its first defeat, 56-42.
“We haven’t been in that situation a lot and haven’t talked about how to play (with a lead),” Jarrett admitted. “We’ll continue to get better in that situation, but they were able to adapt and attack and kind of feel it out.”
“We have a nice mix of younger girls and veterans and they are keeping each other in check.”
It was fitting that the Colts’ senior leader, along with their freshman point guard supplied the bulk of the scoring. Dudley added 11 rebounds for the double-double and junior guard Loryn Ogle canned a pair of 3-pointers in finishing with 11 points.
Three players in double figures helped Meadowbrook double its season average for points (25.3). Save to say things are going in the right direction.
“That’s just what we’ve been preaching, to improve by one percent every day,” Jarrett said. “Then, at the end of the year, hopefully we’ll be a solid team that can compete in any game we play.”
The Colts (1-3) started strong, take a 16-13 lead after one. But Barnesville battled back and went on a 9-1 run to start the fourth with four points Kinzie Kaplet and three from Halle Markovich.
Meadowbrook managed to settle down and took a 27-26 lead into the break.
The second half is where things started going wrong for Barnesville. The team shot nearly 40 percent in the first half, but kept coming up short on multiple looks from 8-feet in.
Barnesville (2-1) was outscored 16-6 in the third quarter and when an unlikely 3-pointer from Dudley started the Colts on a 5-0 run to start the fourth, the Shamrocks had to burn a timeout.
“They shot well, and we were a little lazy getting out on some of those 3-pointers,” Barnesville coach Jason Perkins said. “And they rebounded well too.”
Markovich led the Shamrocks with 14 points, but even she was coming up empty in the fourth, missing five shots and managing only a free thrown down the stretch. Rylee Stephens had seven points at halftime and finished with seven. Five of Blayne Carpenter’s nine points came in the first half.
“We missed a lot of shots and I think a lot of it has to do with legs,” Perkins said. “I hate to keep saying it, but we’ve only had like 4-5 practices and three games now. I don’t think we’re fully in shape.”
Barnesville struggled offensively late. It didn’t help that Dudley, Ogle and freshman Taylor Sichina were owning the glass down the stretch. Second-shot opportunities were non-existent for the ’Rocks.
Dudley herself had five offensive boards resulting in successful put-backs or trips to the line where she finished 9 of 14.
“The last two games we have up 17 and 15 offensive rebounds and we said that no matter what, we’re not going to get beat on the boards,” Jarrett said. “They are listening and buying in which makes it easy to make quick little adjustments.”
Anna Yater and Markovich both grabbed seven rebounds for Barnesville.
Meadowbrook also captured the junior varsity contest, 25-10 to sweep the night's hardwood action. Maddie May and Eliyah Borton each scored six for the Colts. Barnesville was led by Ellie Thompson’s three points.
NEXT — Meadowbrook heads to Maysville on Wednesday, while Barnesville is off until a road game Thursday at Caldwell.