Girls basketball: Bureau Valley 42, LaMoille-Ohio 29
MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm notched their fifth victory in a row Monday night, winning 42-29 over the LaMoille-Ohio Lady Lions at the Storm Cellar.
But as good as that was for the Storm, there was a much bigger cause for celebration that even their opponents were quick to congratulate.
BV senior Saige Barnett, who passed the 1,000-point mark for her high school career in November, reached another milestone by becoming BV’s all-time scoring leader.
Barnett played only the first period of the game, but the nine points she scored was enough to hit the mark of 1,285, surpassing Bethany Ellis, who held the record since the formation of Bureau Valley itself.
“I’m excited,” Barnett said. “We’ve been playing pretty good lately, and this is just icing on the cake going into the second half of the season. Now I don’t have to worry about it and I can just go play, see what happens from here.”
From all the kudos she received, one in particular meant a lot.
“Her (Bethany’s) mom, I worked with her this summer for NHS hours,” Barnett said. “We got to talking, she gave me a hug before the game and said she was proud of me. So that was pretty cool.”
BV coach Jim Nugent was quick in his praise.
“It was a pretty exciting night for Saige, getting the scoring record,” he said. “She’s had a great career, she’s always been a leader for me, and I appreciate what she does.
“She knows what I like to do, sometimes she’ll see it before I do and switch it on her own. I can’t say enough good things about Saige.”
LaMoille-Ohio coach Bobby Wilson, who saw one of his players, Lexi Loftus, hit the 2,000-career-point mark last season, offered his congratulations as well.
“Really happy we were here to see her break the record,” he said. “That’s a huge accomplishment. We know how it is with Lexi the past couple of years.
“It’s great to have someone who can do those kinds of things. She’s a heck of a player, the first thing you focus on in a game plan.”
Barnett contributed to half of the Storm’s 18-0 first period lead before sitting out the remainder of the game to cheer on her team from the sideline.
Nugent began substitutions in the second period as the Storm widened their lead to 28-9 at halftime.
“It was nice to be able to come in and get everybody in the game, get some playing time, get some different people on the scoreboard tonight,” he said. “Because they all deserve time.”
“It was fun,” Barnett said. “(Senior) Susan Aper scored her first basket ever, so that was pretty cool. Everyone was excited.”
Nearly everyone on the BV roster got a hand in the scoring, helping keep the gap wide at 39-21 by the end of the third period and 42-29 for the final score.
Other Storm players in on the scoring were Kamryn Kolb, Marissa Zittle, and Madison Mares with six points each, while Madison Morrow chipped in four.
Collette Motter led the effort for the Lady Lions with 14 points, with Kylee Brown and Emma Lundquist chipping in five each.
“I was very happy with our offensive performance, probably one of the better performances we’ve had as a whole.” Wilson said. “Saturday (in a 50-12 loss to Fieldcrest) we were very bad, didn’t move the ball at all, but tonight we did a good job with that.
“We strung some good possessions together but we couldn’t get rebounds, some just didn’t bounce our way.”
• Notes: Bureau Valley (14-6, 3-3) will next be visiting Erie-Prophetstown Saturday, while the Lady Lions (4-13, 0-5) will play Indian Creek Thursday at Paw Paw High School.
Bureau Valley top 5
1. Saige Barnett (2015-19) 1,285
2. Bethany Ellis (1996-98) 1,284*
3. Christen Hurley (BV) 1,199
4. Melanie Thompson (2007-10) 1,147
5. Darcy Kepner (2013-16) 940
• Also scored 31 points at Walnut High School
These numbers have been compiled by the BCR.