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Chieftains brush aside Pirates 52-25

Bellefontaine did not have a good shooting night, but the Chiefs did what they had to do to gain a victory over Riverside in a non-league girls basketball matchup.

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Bellefontaine’s MacKenzie Brunswick puts the ball up against Riverside’s Brooke Hickey during Thursday’s game at Riverside. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Chiefs grabbed a 16-4 lead after one quarter and went on to take a 52-25 victory over the host Pirates.

Bellefontaine improves to 11-6, while the Pirates slip to 3-14.

The Chiefs shot just 33 percent from the field.

“I thought we played hard and Riverside played hard, too,” said BHS head coach Brian Hogan. “We just didn’t knock down shots. We really struggled shooting the ball.”

The Pirates were plagued by 26 turnovers.

“I thought we handled their press relatively well early in the game,” said Riverside coach Jeremy Allen. “What hurt us is we had spurts where we turned the ball over three or four times in a row.”

Despite the loss, Allen was encouraged by the way his team competed with the bigger Chiefs.

“What I wanted to see tonight was our girls work hard, and that is exactly what they did,” said Allen. I was pleased with the effort the girls gave.”

Bellefontaine had success forcing Riverside into miscues in the first half in building a 24-11 lead at the intermission.

“We wanted to put them in a situation where they felt rushed,” said Hogan. “We capitalized on that in the first half, but we got into foul trouble and we could not do it in the second half.”

The Chiefs increased their lead to 19 points (36-17) at the end of the third quarter.

Kameren Haley led a balanced Bellefontaine scoring effort with 12 points. Jazmyn Haley had 11 points, Brenda Johnson scored nine and Sajah Carter had eight.

For the Pirates, Brooke Hickey had 11 points to lead the way.

“I feel like we are getting better, but just not as quickly as I had hoped,” said Allen. “We are still making too many little mistakes, and that is keeping us from getting to where we want to be.”

In the junior varsity game, Bellefontaine won 52-11. Ashley Artis led the Chiefs with 12 points and Emily Teague had seven for the Pirates.

Both teams are back in action Saturday. The Chiefs travel to Tippecanoe and the Pirates visit Bethel.

BELLEFONTAINE 52, RIVERSIDE 25

BELLEFONTAINE (11-6)

Brunswick 2 1-4 5; Hunt 1 0-0 2; Carter 3 2-2 8; K. Haley 4 4-9 12; Johnson 3 3-4 9; J. Haley 4 3-5 11; Rader 2 1-2 5. Totals: 19 14-26 52.

RIVERSIDE (3-14)

Ledley 1 0-0 2; Hickey 4 3-7 11; Egbert 1 1-2 3; Hurley 1 0-0 2; Teague 1 0-0 2; Harshbarger 2 0-0 4; Giles 0 1-2 1. Totals: 10 5-11 25.

Chiefs    16    8    12    16      —     52

Pirates    4    7    6    8    —    25

Three pointers: Bellefontaine 0; Riverside 0. Rebounds: Bellefontaine 31; Riverside 30. Assists: Bellefontaine 3; Riverside 4. Steals: Bellefontaine 6; Riverside 2. Turnovers: Riverside 26; Bellefontaine 21.

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