RACINE, Ohio — A strong finish leads the Lady Golden Eagles to victory.
Belpre trailed by double-digits in the second half but rallied back to take the 63-60 win over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Southern Monday night in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium.
Belpre (7-4, 5-4 TVC Hocking) began the game with a 5:00 5-to-2 spurt, but the Lady Tornadoes (2-10, 1-9) answered with an 11-to-2 run to take the five point edge.
The Lady Eagles cut the the lead to one point in the opening three minutes of the second period but SHS responded with an 11-to-2 run expanding their lead to 10. BHS closed the half with a 8-to-4 run that trimmed Southern’s lead to 30-24.
Southern out scored Belpre 10-to-6 in the first three minutes of the second half, extending its lead back to 10. The Lady Eagles answered with a 17-to-6 to take the one-point lead headed into the fourth period. The Lady Tornadoes were unable to gain a lead in the fourth quarter and fell to Belpre for the second time this season.
Freshman Jansen Wolfe led the Purple and Gold with 25 points and 22 rebounds on the night. Celestia Hendrix also finished with a double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Maggie Cummins notched eight points. Jordan Huddleston chipped in with six points, Haley Hill added five and Shelby Pickens had one to round out the SHS scoring. Wolfe also had a team-high four assists, while Cummins and Huddleston each finished with three steals.
Belpre was led by sophomore Sierra Barker, who finished with 24 points, seven steals and a team-high three assists. Jackie Cunningham had 15 points and led BHS with eight rebounds in the win. Katelyn Hughes chipped in with 13 points, Emily Hughes added five, while Lexus Cunningham, Hannah Lawrentz and Ashley Jenkins each finished with two points.
The Lady Tornadoes held a 48-to-32 advantage in rebounding but the Lady Eagles had a 18-to-23 turnover edge. Belpre committed 27 fouls on the night and had three players foul out, while Southern had just 19 fouls on the night and had no foul outs.
Southern hit a trio of three-pointers while Belpre rained in six. Cummins was responsible for two of the Lady Tornadoes three’s while Huddleston made the other. Jackie Cunningham had three of the triples for Belpre, while Barker, Katelyn Hughes and Emily Hughes each hit one.
The Lady Eagles were 7-of-20 (35 percent) from the charity stripe, while Southern was 13-of-32 (40.6 percent).
Belpre improves to 4-2 on the road this season while SHS is 1-5 at home. The Lady Tornadoes have lost seven consecutive games but the three of the last four were decided by one possession.
The Lady Eagles also defeated Southern on December 13th by a score of 74-56 in Belpre.