Fast start, strong finish good enough for BHS girls

By Mark Huber -

WILLIAMSBURG — After losing a 16-point first quarter lead, the Blanchester girls basketball team pulled away from Williamsburg for a 61-48 win Thursday night in Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game.

The win sets up a SBCN showdown Monday night at Blanchester against Bethel-Tate. The Lady Tigers lead the loop with a perfect record. The Lady Wildcats are one league loss, at Bethel-Tate earlier this season.

Blanchester is 16-3 overall. Williamsburg is 10-9 overall and 3-5 in league play.

Sarah Burton led BHS with 18 points while Tristan Culberson had a season-high 17 points.

Jessica Chase finished with 16 to lead Williamsburg.

Blanchester scored the first 16 points of the game.

“We came out of the gate with a little fire,” said BHS coach Bennie Carroll. “We were as mentally focused and ready at the beginning as we have been all year. That might be the best stretch we’ve played all year, for that first 4:00.”

In the first quarter Burton, Culberson and Rachael Doyle had six points each and Kayla Dugger had five points.

But a lack of rebounding and, because of the failed rebounds, a fouling issue plagued Blanchester the rest of the way. Those issues allowed Williamsburg to come back to tie the game at 32-32 in the third period.

Carroll said Williamsburg scored 13 of its 23 first half points from the free throw line.

After the game was tied at 32, Blanchester pulled away a bit. Culberson hit a three-pointer to make it 42-32 and BHS never looked back.




(60) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Doyle 3-0-2/4-8 Culberson 6-3-2/2-17 Doughman 0-0-0/1-0 Burton 7-1-3/6-18 E. Gundler 2-0-1/3-5 Baldwin 1-0-2/4-4 Greene 1-0-0-2 Dugger 2-0-3/6-7. TOTALS 20-4-13/26-61.

(48) WILLIAMSBURG (fg-3fg-ft-tp) H. Schaljo 2-0-4/4-8 J. Chase 5-0-6/7-16 Fisher 4-0-2/3-10 Conner 1-0-2/4-4 Wagers 0-0-3/3-3 Engle 0-0-1/2-1 Ellis 0-0-2/2-2 A. Chase 1-0-2/3-4. TOTALS 13-0-22/28-48.

By Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.