MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm made their best shot at the Hall Lady Devils Saturday at the Storm Cellar, scoring the first six points of the third quarter to cut a 15-point deficit to nine.
The Storm, however, ran out of bullets and the Lady Devils outscored their hosts 16-8 the rest of the way to post a 45-28 win on the road in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference crossover.
“It is always nice to get a win on the road. BV has been playing well with all those tall girls, so we had to play well to come out on top,” Hall coach Josiah Martin said. “I think the girls did a tremendous job of boxing out the much bigger BV team all night. We have that first conference win, a crossover, under our belts so it is a good feeling.”
The Herrmann sisters, senior Becca (13) and junior Ellie (11), combined for 24 points to lead the Lady Devils (3-3) in scoring. They also carried the Lady Devils on the boards with 25 rebounds between them, led by Becca’s 14 caroms.
Sophomore point guard Darcy Kepner, who led the Storm (4-2) with eight points, got the second half started with a layup. Senior guard Lacey DeVenney and junior post Irini Petros both scored on the break to cap a 6-0 run to bring BV within 29-20.
BV coach Tiffany Gonigam said it was all about the Storm doing a better job handling Hall’s 1-2-2 fullcourt press.
“I thought the girls played a tough third quarter. They responded well after their break at halftime,” she said. “We have been handling press all season but were troubled a little in the first half. We came out in the second half and improved tremendously. We also have dominated the rebounds all season and tonight got out rebounded. We improved through the second half but with our height we must always win the rebound battle.”
Martin called for timeout, which proved to silence the Storm’s momentum. Ellie Herrmann hooped twice around a Golden layup as the Lady Devils regained control at 35-20
“It was great to see the girls respond after BV made a run to start the third quarter,” Martin said. “All teams will make a run at some point, but our girls buckled down on defense to stop the run from continuing.”
BV finished out the third quarter with the final four points, but got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
The Storm came in short-handed without two starters, Helena Osk Arnadottir and Heaven Bennett, and its two top subs, Val and Shannon Reuter. Gonigam pulled up two sophomores, Savanna Dean and Savanna Brunoehler, to help out.
“Depth is an advantage for our team, but tonight we did not have enough depth to stay fresh and compete,” Gonigam said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way the girls handled themselves tonight. They supported each other and helped each other improve throughout the game.
“We are continually getting better at playing as a team and tonight was no different, the girls came together and helped work through the obstacles that were set before them.”
Hall led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter and stretched its lead to 16-7 to start the second on a put-back by Becca Herrmann and a jumper by freshmen Taylor Galassi. BV closed within 21-14, but Hall tallied the final eight points of the second quarter. Becca Herrmann’s persistence on the boards led to a buzzer-beater to lift Hall to a 29-14 halftime lead.
Notes: Hall won the sophomore game 44-38. Brunoehler led the Storm with 22 points.