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Chiefs set tone early to trip Lakers

Bellefontaine made an early statement against Indian Lake on Wednesday.

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Indian Lake’s Mikaela Oyer, left, and Bellefontaine’s Whitney Rader fight for a loose ball during the second half of their game Wednesday at BHS. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

The Chieftain girls grabbed an early lead and went on to take a 58-42 Central Buckeye Conference crossover victory.

“We had a good start and we came out ready to play,” said BHS head coach Brian Hogan. “We felt it was important to do that since we play them in the tournament. We set the tone early and were able to control the game.”

Indian Lake (10-11) was never able to get on track in the first half. That allowed Bellefontaine (13-8) to pull away and take control of the game.

“They set the tone early and got after us,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “They never let down and were able to hit some shots. We usually shoot the ball well, but we didn’t tonight and it’s tough to win when you don’t shoot well.”

Wednesday’s game was the first of two meetings between the two schools within a week’s span. Bellefontaine and Indian Lake face each other next Wednesday in the first round of tournament play at Tecumseh.

“We thought it was real important to win tonight,” said Hogan. “We wanted to play hard and set the tone for next time we face them. We knew they would put up a fight. I told the girls they’ll be back and it will be just as tough to beat them next time.”

“We wanted to win,” said McMahon. “We wanted to go into the tournament with some confidence. I told the girls we still get a fresh start and another chance at them next week, so we’ll see what happens.”

Wednesday’s meeting saw Bellefontaine control the game from start to finish. The Chieftains grabbed a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Indian Lake closed to within a point (13-12) in the opening minute of the second quarter, but that was as close as the Lakers would get the rest of the way.

The Chieftains took a 27-19 lead into halftime.

There was a great battle inside with Indian Lake senior post Mikaela Oyer and Bellefontaine junior post Jazmyn Haley, who scored a game-high 24 points. She had 10 in the first half.

“Jazmyn and Mikaela had a nice battle going on,” said Hogan. “Jazmyn was able to get a few shots fall her way and she is just a strong girl.”

“That was a good battle between two strong post players,” said McMahon. “It will be another good one next week.”

Bellefontaine built a 10-point cushion in the third quarter and rode that the entire second half. The Chiefs led by as many as 14 points (42-28) with 2:07 left in the period. They carried a 44-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

Any chance of a comeback by Indian Lake was squashed by an 8-1 run by Bellefontaine in the opening minutes of the final quarter.

In addition to the play of Jazmyn Haley, Sajah Carter and Whitney Rader each added eight points for Bellefontaine and Brittany Johnson tallied six points.

For the Lakers, Oyer piled up 19 points and had seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. Sydney Miller added nine points and Claire Maier had six points.

Bellefontaine won the junior varsity game 34-26. Riley Penhorwood led the Chieftains with 10 points and Ashley Artis had eight points. Meagan Lonsway paced the Lakers with nine points.

Indian Lake is back in action Saturday at Benjamin Logan, while Bellefontaine hosts Stebbins.

BELLEFONTAINE 58 INDIAN LAKE 42

INDIAN LAKE (10-11)

Maier 2 1-2 6; Oyer 6 7-12 19; Boberg 1 0-0 3; Miller 3 3-4 9; Knief 1 0-0 2; Franks 1 0-0 3. Totals: 14 11-18 42.

BELLEFONTAINE (13-8)

J. Haley 10 3-5 23; K. Haley 1 1-2 3; Carter 3 2-3 8; Price 2 0-2 4; Rader 1 6-6 8; Johnson 3 0-0 6; Brunswick 1 0-0 3; Hunt 1 0-0 3. Totals: 22 12-18 58.

Lakers    8    11    16    7      —     42

Chiefs    13    14    17    14    —    58

Three pointers: Indian Lake 3 (Maier, Boberg, Franks); Bellefontaine 2 (Brunswick, Hunt). Rebounds: Indian Lake 21 (Oyer 7). Turnovers: Indian Lake 11. Team fouls: Indian Lake 15; Bellefontaine 14.

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