Chieftains keep climbing

Bellefontaine handles Kenton Ridge 57-39 for CBC Kenton Trail victory

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Bellefontaine’s Jake Kennedy goes up for a basket during the first half of a game against Kenton Ridge on Friday at Kenton Ridge High School. Kennedy led the Chiefs with 11 points. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

After a sluggish start to the season Bellefontaine’s boys basketball team is beginning to fire on all cylinders.

The Chieftains continued to build momentum Friday after handling host Kenton Ridge 57-39 for a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail victory.

“We’re playing better as a team,” said BHS head coach Henry Stolly. “We had good balanced scoring tonight throughout and I thought that was key. Our kids locked in and focused on the game plan, especially on the defensive side.

“Kenton Ridge has a few kids who are good scorers and we held them in check for most of the game. That is telling us our guys are starting to lock in on the game plan. We’re certainly playing with more confidence and that has led to our guys scoring with the ball and sharing the ball.”

Bellefontaine has won two in a row after a 1-4 start to the season and has improved its record to 3-4 overall. The Chiefs are now 2-1 in the CBC Kenton Trail division. 

The Cougars started off strong this season, but are now 6-2, 1-2.

“With our league only having 10 division games, every league game is important, especially when you go on the road,” said Stolly. “With their quick start and our slow start we wanted to get things going in the right direction. Any time you can beat a much improved Kenton Ridge team on their floor is great for your confidence moving forward.”

Bellefontaine held a 13-11 lead at the end of the opening quarter, but distanced itself with an 18-8 run in the second quarter. That gave the Chiefs a 31-19 advantage at halftime.

The Chieftains continued to shut down the Cougars in the third quarter. A 15-5 run by BHS pushed the lead to 46-24. 

“We had a nice run in the third quarter that allowed us to push the lead,” said Stolly. “I liked how we focused in and were able to use that run to pretty much seal the game by coming out strong like we did.”

Kenton Ridge edged Bellefontaine 15-11 in the fourth period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 22-point lead Bellefontaine had built in the first three quarters.

The Chieftain offense delivered a well balanced attack against the Cougars. They also came through on the free throw line, shooting 87 percent.

 Jake Kennedy led the way for BHS with 11 points, Max Oyer tallied nine points, Jacob Rogan and Daniel Boy each had eight points and Hayden Nease added seven points.

“We were able to push the ball in transition and make some easy buckets,” said Stolly. “We are executing our offense better and that is allowing different guys to score from different positions.

“We are playing more unselfish basketball now and hitting the open guy, and not hitting the first open shot we get.”

Bellefontaine also won the junior varsity game 62-32. Spencer George had 21 points to anchor the Chiefs, while Turner Scott added 19 points.

In the freshman game, Kenton Ridge won 55-47 over Bellefontaine. Drew Jackson and Shawn Heft each had 11 points to lead the Chiefs.

Bellefontaine hosts Lima Shawnee today in a non-league game.

BELLEFONTAINE 57 KENTON RIDGE 39

BELLEFONTAINE (3-4, 2-1)

Nease 3 1-1 7; Oyer 3 2-2 9; Kennedy 3 4-4 11; Rogan 4 0-0 8; Miller 1 0-0 2; Boy 2 4-4 8; Mitchell 2 2-4 6; Tillman 3 0-0 6. Totals: 21 13-15 57.

KENTON RIDGE (6-2, 1-2)

Bailey 2 2-2 7; Lacey 3 2-5 10; Blackburn 0 3-4 3; Davis 2 1-2 5; Morris 0 0-2 0; Graves 2 0-1 4; Charlton 2 0-0 4; King 3 0-0 6. Totals: 14 8-16 39.

Chiefs13181511     —    57

Cougars118515—39

Three pointers: Bellefontaine 2 (Oyer, Kennedy); Kenton Ridge 3 (Lacey 2, Bailey). Team fouls: Bellefontaine 15; Kenton Ridge 11.