Storm picks up first win
PRINCETON — The third night of action at the Tigresses Holiday Tournament saw Bureau Valley get their first win of the season, LaMoille stay undefeated and Princeton fell in the nightcap to Stark County on Thursday.
Bureau Valley 50, Henry 34: Behind a balanced scoring attack, the Bureau Valley Storm won their first game of the year with a 50-34 victory over Henry in the first game of tourney action.
Nicole Bornsheuer led the Storm with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Carlie Bickett added 9 points, Heaven Bennett scored 8 and Darcy Kepner chipped in 7.
Henry’s leading scorer Emma Cluskey had three fouls in the first quarter and was whistled for her fourth in the first two minutes of the second quarter. The Storm would take advantage by extending a 7-2 first quarter lead to 26-11 at halftime by outscoring Henry by 10 points in the second quarter.
The Storm never looked back after that, extending their lead to by as many as 22 points midway through the fourth quarter, allowing BV coach Tiffany Gonigam to rotate her entire roster in the period.
The Storm had eight players score in the game, with 17 points coming off the bench. They also had a big advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Henry 48-20.
“One of the things I’m really excited about this season is our depth,” said Gonigam. “I know I can turn to the bench no matter if we get a couple of fouls or if we are just tired. That is a quality we haven’t had in awhile at Bureau Valley, and I’m really proud of the girls for their hard work.”
LaMoille/Ohio 49, Midland 24: LaMoille/Ohio coach Dick Gross said his team was tentative at the start of the game against Midland. They were the exact opposite in the second quarter.
The Lady Lions erased a 10-6 first quarter deficit by shutting out the Timberwolves 16-0 in the second quarter and then cruising to a 49-24 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The key was the Lady Lions picking up their defensive intensity in the second quarter, forcing eight turnovers and holding Midland (1-2) to 0-8 from the field. On the offensive end, they were more aggressive, getting to the free-throw line 11 times in the quarter.
The Lady Lions extended their lead to 34-14 after three quarters and their biggest lead of the night came on their final tally, a free-throw from Alissa Schrader with seven seconds left in the game.
Sheila Browning was the top scorer for the Lady Lions with 19 points on 9 of 20 shooting from the field. Vanessa Martinez had another big night on the boards with 18 rebounds.
“We weren’t ourselves when we started tonight,” said Gross. “We came out in the second (quarter) and played hard. They don’t quit. Everyone contributed tonight.”
Gross was pleased with his team’s performance after losing one of their team leaders, Myrah Graham, to a fractured elbow she suffered against Princeton on Tuesday night.
“Last year we struggled a lot and couldn’t gel as a team,”Gross said. “I think these girls are really looking for each other. We have some good shooters and they are playing as a team. That’s what basketball is all about.”
Stark County 61, Princeton 35: The Princeton Tigresses took a step in the right direction on Thursday night.
Despite a 61-35 loss to Stark County and 0-3 start to the season, Princeton coach Kevin Hieronymus has seen improvement in all three games.
“Stark County is a very good team, their program speaks for itself,” Hieronymus said. “Tonight was a more competitive game on our part and I’m pleased with that. We had a rough game Tuesday night (against LaMoille-Ohio) and we could have came out and still had that sour taste with us. The girls came to play tonight.”
The Tigresses welcomed senior captain Zoe Mead back to the lineup after missing the first two games of the season, and it took her just six seconds to get into the scoring column. Mead then added another score to put Princeton up 4-0 in the first minute of the game.
The Lady Rebels took control after that, scoring the next nine points of the first quarter and never relinquishing the lead. They led 17-7 after the first eight minutes and pushed the lead to 28-14 at the halftime break.
The Lady Rebels then had an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter to put the Tigresses away.
Madisyn Paxson, daughter of Stark County coach Scott Paxson, scored 9 of her 17 points in the second half to lead all scorers.
Taylor Clark had a double-double for Princeton with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Mead was also in double figures for the Tigresses with 10 points.
FRIDAY NIGHT RESULTS
Putnam County 59, Henry 18
Bureau Valley 52, Streator 36: Carly Bickett had 12 points and Nicole Bornsheuer and Heaven Bennet added nine each to propel the Storm into Saturday's third place game at 4:30 p.m.
Stark County 62, LaMoille/Ohio 34: Sisters Vanessa (11) and Samantha Martinez (8), but the Lady Lions went down in defeat for the first time.
7th place: Princeton vs. Streator, 3 p.m,.
5th place: Midland vs. Henry, 4:30 p.m.
3rd place: LaMoille/Ohio vs,. BV, 6 p.m.
Title: Stark County vs. PC, 7:30 p.m.