Bellbrook beats Blanchester 66-14 in tourney lidlifter


LEBANON — After watching top-seeded Alter win its opener impressively, Bellbrook was equally impressive in the tournament nightcap Wednesday at Lebanon High School.

Bellbrook engineered a 42-5 run on the way to a 66-13 victory over Blanchester in a Div. II sectional matchup.

Blanchester finishes its season at 12-11. Bellbrook is now 20-3.

“We came out with a good attitude,” BHS head coach Bennie Carroll said. “In that first half, we fought hard. We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. After a while, when that happens, you give in defensively.”

The Golden Eagles opened the game with a 24-3 run over the first 12:08. Elecia Patton broke the run with a four-point play with 3:36 left in the second quarter.

Blanchester didn’t score again for 10:06, as Bellbrook went on a 21-0 run. That run expanded to 42-5 by late in the fourth quarter.

Turnovers were a problem for the Lady Wildcats, as Bellbrook forced 33 Blanchester miscues. When the Ladycats were able to shoot, they were just 5 of 34 (14.7 percent)

Bekah Vine led Bellbrook with 11 points. In total, 13 different Golden Eagles scored. Patton led Blanchester with five points.

Thursday’s game marked the final game for five Blanchester seniors: Merri Lindsey, Emma Gundler, McKenzie Miller, Savana Greene and Josi Farrow. Carroll said the five of them combined to win 68 games between reserve and varsity over the last four years, including an SBC National Division title a year ago.

“They’ve been a great bunch,” Carroll said. “They’re hard working and they’ve had a successful career. They’re a good bunch of girls and we owe a lot to them.”


February 15, 2017

At Lebanon High School

Bellbrook 66, Blanchester 14



(14) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Asia Baldwin 0-0-1-1, Elecia Patton 1-1-2-5, Merri Lindsay 1-0-0-2, McKenzie Miller 1-0-0-2, Regan Ostermeier 2-0-0-4. TOTALS 5-1-3-14.

(66) BELLBROOK (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Nicole Cordonnier 1-0-0-2, Maren Freudenschuss 1-1-0-3, Brooklynn Hall 2-0-0-4, Kylee Parker 1-0-1-3, Dani Westbrock 0-0-1-1, Maria Mescher 2-1-0-5, Cassidy Bereda 4-0-1-9, Cassidy Hofacker 5-0-0-10, Bekah Vine 4-1-2-11, Kayla Paul 1-0-2-4, GiGi Painter 2-0-0-4, Stephanie Dorn 3-2-0-8, Claire Fryman 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 27-5-7-66.

FIELD GOALS: BL 5/34; BE 27/60 (Hofacker 5/12, Bereda 4/6, Vine 4/12)

3 POINT FIELD GOALS: BL 1/8; BE 5/12 (Dorn 2/4)

FREE THROWS: BL 3/11; BE 7/11

REBOUNDS: BL 26 (Baldwin 9, Ostermeier 7); BE 42 (Painter 7, Westbrock 6, Dorn 6, Paul 4)

ASSISTS: BL 2; BE 14 (Hofacker 4)

STEALS: BL 10 (Baldwin 2, Patton 2, Gundler 2); BE 23 (Hofacker 6, Vine 4, Hall 3)

BLOCKED SHOTS: BL 4 (O. Gundler 2, Baldwin 2); BE 2


Blanchester’s Asia Baldwin had nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots Wednesday night against Bellbrook.’s Asia Baldwin had nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots Wednesday night against Bellbrook. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Olivia Gundler. Photo by Elizabeth Clark Gundler. Photo by Elizabeth ClarkElizabeth Clark | News Journal

Elecia Patton. Photo by Elizabeth Clark Patton. Photo by Elizabeth ClarkElizabeth Clark | News Journal

By Matt Sexton

WNJ Sports Writer

Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton

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