A second quarter run led the Clippers to a 53-32 victory over the Rams.
By JOHN BUTERA
COLUMBIANA -- An impressive second quarter run proved important for the Columbiana High girls basketball team in a 53-32 victory over Mineral Ridge Monday night in a non-league game.
Leading 12-6 after one quarter, Columbiana (2-1) not only ran off eight unanswered points but held the Rams (1-2) without a second quarter field goal in building a 22-7 lead at the intermission.
"That's a really good basketball team we played," said Mineral Ridge coach Jerry Postlethwait. "They are well balanced and they have some depth."
The game was basically decided in that second quarter when Columbiana got baskets from Colleen Eisenbraun, Kristina Davidson and Katie Douglas to take an 18-7 lead with 5 minutes, 38 seconds remaining.
Douglas capped an 8-0 ran and Krista Johnson made a shot to beat the buzzer, giving Columbiana the 22-7 halftime lead.
The period was a nightmare for Mineral Ridge, which was 0-for-11 from the field. The Rams had 15 turnovers in the first half.
Most of the miscues were forced by the Clippers, who blocked three shots and controlled the boards, especially on defense, as Mineral Ridge got few second chance attempts at the basket.
"That was a problem," said Postlethwait of the Columbiana defense, "but it wasn't the only problem."
In addition to not scoring in the second period, Mineral Ridge went the final 4:47 of the opening quarter with just one basket and most of the third period with just two more.
Back to back scores from the Davidson sisters, Kristina and Audrey, had Columbiana in control, 31-10, and when Courtney Stone added free throws at 2:52 of the third quarter, the Clippers lead was 25 (35-10).
Eisnenbraun, who led the Clippers with 12 points, explained of her team's strong defense, "Our coach stresses one shot and out, so that's important thing for us."
Wayne Johnson, the Clippers coach, added, "We work a lot on our defense and we work a lot on one [shot] and out. Tonight we fouled a little too much in the first half, but that's the defense we play. Still I was concerned."
Postlethwait, who is back for his second stint as the Rams coach, said, "Everything is still new to these kids. They are still going through the transition of a new coach."
Abbey Kiger led Mineral Ridge with 16 points while Rachel Siler added nine.