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Lady Chiefs making early season noise

Bellefontaine tops Marysville, off to best start since 2000-01


Bellefontaine’s Sajah Carter takes a shot over Marysville’s Meranda Wilson during Tuesday’s game in Marysville. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

MARYSVILLE — Bellefontaine’s girls basketball team accomplished something Tuesday that it had not done in over 10 years.

The Chiefs beat host Marysville 46-34 to improve to 3-0 on the season. It is the best start to a season for the Chieftain girls since they started 4-0 during the 2000-01 campaign.

“The girls are working really hard,” said BHS head coach Brian Hogan. “The thing that has impressed me the most is they are not satisfied with this.

“When I walked into the locker room, you would have thought we lost. We won the game tonight, but the girls are not happy about it because they felt they did not play their best. That is a good sign.”

Bellefontaine was coming off wins over Wapakoneta and Waynesfield-Goshen during a season-opening tournament in Wapakoneta over the weekend.

Against the Monarchs, the Chiefs took control early. They led 17-11 after one quarter and 27-14 at halftime.

Bellefontaine led by as many as 15 points in the third period and held a 13-point cushion (36-23) at the end of the quarter.

Marysville (0-1) made a run early in the final stanza, scoring the first six points of the quarter to cut Bellefontaine’s lead to seven (36-29) with 6:18 remaining.

However, Bellefontaine called a timeout and slowed the Monarchs’ momentum and then responded with a 5-0 scoring burst to put the game away.

“Marysville picked up their intensity there at the start of the fourth quarter,” said Hogan. “We needed to slow ourselves down a little bit and that timeout allowed us to get refocused.”

In a developing trend, the Chiefs used balanced scoring to record the win.

Brenda Johnson led with 13 points, Sajah Carter had 12 points and Jazmyn Haley and Whitney Rader added nine points each.

“We are still missing too many inside shots, but I thought we were more patient tonight,” said Hogan.

In Tuesday’s junior varsity contest, Bellefontaine won 36-33. Liz Martin led the Chiefs with 18 points.

Bellefontaine is back in action Saturday at Springfield Shawnee. The reserve game begins at 1 p.m., with the varsity contest to follow around 2:30 p.m.



Carter 4 2-2 12; Price 1 1-2 3; Johnson 4 5-7 13; J. Haley 3 3-5 9; Rader 4 1-1 9. Totals: 16 12-17 46.


Basinger 3 0-0 6; Wiseman 2 0-0 4; Long 5 1-4 11; Ogan 1 0-0 3; Eberhart 0 1-5 1; Wilson 0 2-4 2; Williams 1 0-0 2; Hughes 1 0-0 2; Turner 1 1-2 3. Totals: 14 5-15 34.

Chiefs    17    10    9    10      —     46

Monarchs    11    3    9    11    —    34

Three pointers: BHS 2 (Carter 2); Mville 1 (Ogan).

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