Created on Monday, 11 February 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Bellefontaine’s girls basketball team capped an impressive regular season with a comfortable win over visiting Stebbins on Saturday.
Bellefontaine’s Brenda Johnson scores two of her 13 points during Saturday’s home game against Stebbins. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
With its five seniors playing their last home game, Bellefontaine dominated the Indians 55-35 in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division contest.
The Chiefs finished the regular season with a 14-8 overall mark and a 5-5 record in the CBC KT division.
Bellefontaine won just six games last year.
A major reason for the turnaround has been the efforts of the group of seniors, which includes Regan Price, Sajah Carter, Julia Hunt, Whitney Rader and Aubrey Close.
“This is a great group of seniors,” said BHS head coach Brian Hogan. “They have dedicated themselves to changing this program. I can’t thank them enough. They are very special to me.”
A junior, Jazmyn Haley, and a sophomore, Brenda Johnson, made sure the seniors went out on a winning note in the home finale.
Haley scored a game-high 16 points and Johnson finished with 13 points.
“It was good to see Brenda play with confidence tonight,” said Hogan. “She is our point guard and we need her to play with confidence like that. She really stepped up tonight.”
The Indians were pesky in the first half. They stayed within striking distance as Bellefontaine led by nine points (25-16) entering halftime.
Bellefontaine hit its stride in the second half, outscoring the visitors 30-19 to breeze to the 20-point win.
“I thought we came out and played pretty well in the first quarter, but we relaxed a little in the second quarter,” said Hogan. “We challenged the girls at halftime to come out strong in the second half and they responded.”
Carter contributed six points and Kameren Haley and MacKenzie Brunswick had five points apiece for the Chiefs.
Bellefontaine now enters tournament play having won three out of its last four regular-season games.
“I like where we are at right now,” said Hogan. “The girls are playing well as a unit. We have to carry that over to the second season.”
The Chiefs battle local rival Indian Lake at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a Division II sectional tournament opener at Tecumseh High School.
Bellefontaine beat Indian Lake 58-41 in a regular-season game last week.
“We have to do a good job of getting to their shooters,” said Hogan. “They didn’t shoot the ball real well last time, but you can’t expect that to happen again. We also have to box out and keep (Mikaela) Oyer off the boards.”
In Saturday’s junior varsity game, Stebbins won 28-25. Liz Martin led BHS with 11 points.
BELLEFONTAINE 55, STEBBINS 35
STEBBINS (10-12, 2-8)
Sepquist 3 1-2 7; Brinkman 1 0-0 3; Brandon 2 2-4 6; Williams 2 2-2 8; Kirkendoll 1 0-0 2; Mills 1 0-0 3; Armstrong 2 2-2 6. Totals: 12 7-10 35.
BELLEFONTAINE (14-8, 5-5)
Brunswick 1 2-2 5; Carter 2 0-0 6; Price 2 0-0 4; K. Haley 2 1-4 5; Johnson 4 2-6 13; Mitchell 1 0-0 2; J. Haley 7 2-3 16; Rader 0 4-4 4. Totals: 19 11-19 55.
Indians 4 14 11 8 — 35
Chiefs 12 13 16 14 — 55
Three pointers: Stebbins 4 (Williams 2, Brinkman, Mills); Bellefontaine 5 (Johnson 3, Carter 2). Turnovers: Stebbins 14; Bellefontaine 10. Team fouls: Stebbins 14; Bellefontaine 9.