Cincinnati Taft rallies to put away Bellefontaine 57-44 in district championship game
ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s A.J. Gorham attempts to shoot past a Cincinnati Taft player during their game Friday at the University of Dayton. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Daniel Boy goes up for a shot against a Cincinnati Taft defender during the first half of their Division II district title game Friday at the University of Dayton.(EXAMINER PHOTOS | TONY BARRETT)
DAYTON — If Bellefontaine did not have Cincinnati Taft’s attention at the start of Friday’s district final, the Chiefs surely did at halftime.
The Chiefs were sensational in the first two quarters to lead the Senators, the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference champions, by a point at the intermission.
Bellefontaine was unable to sustain its momentum in the second half, though.
The Senators (18-6) outscored Bellefontaine 35-21 over the final two quarters to pull away for a 57-44 win in a Division II Southwest District final at the University of Dayton.
“I thought we did a good job sticking to our game plan in the first half,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “In the second half, we struggled a little bit against their quickness. They forced us into some turnovers and we struggled with their penetration. It is hard to simulate their type of quickness in practice.”
Bellefontaine wraps up its season with a 16-9 record. The Chiefs were making their first district championship game appearance since 2007.
“I am really proud of our kids, especially our seniors, for their hard work and dedication to get to this level,” said Stolly. “I could tell that our kids just didn’t want their season to come to an end.”
It was a tale of two halves for the Chiefs.
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