Rebels outrun rallying Rams
Next: Mineral Ridge at Lisbon, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Next: Crestview at Columbiana, Friday, 6 p.m. .
By Jim Flick
In a game that featured long scoring runs by both teams, the Crestview High School girls basketball team on Monday defeated Mineral Ridge, 52-40.
The game’s leading scorer was Ashley Harrison, Crestview’s sophomore point guard who tallied 20 points while running her team’s offense.
Freshman Annie Hardenbrook came off the bench to score 10 points for the Rebels, while junior Chelsea Caudill and sophomore Morgan Newbauer each contributed eight points.
For Mineral Ridge, sophomore Chasity Digman and senior Brittney Bevilacqua each scored 10 points while junior Abby Riffe connected for nine points.
“They gave a great effort to come back and take a lead in the third quarter,” Mineral Ridge coach Del Ruiter said. “But in the fourth quarter, we just ran out of gas.”
Trailing 34-24 at halftime, the Rams (7-4, 2-4 Inter-Tri County Tier Two) turned the game around by scoring a run of seven unanswered points.
Crestview responded by scoring the last six points of the quarter for a 40-37 lead. The Rebels (8-4, 4-2) Crestview scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter.
“We made a few defensive adjustments at halftime,” Crestview coach Rick Gates said.
The adjustments were intended to limit the offensive output of two of Mineral Ridge’s top offensive threats, Riffe and Bevilacqua.
The defensive changes apparently worked as Riffe and Bevilacqua were limited to a single 3-pointer apiece in the second half.
Gates added that Harrison “has done a great job leading us, driving us.
“She gets us running and takes control of the game,” he said.
Ruiter said that after his team fell behind early, the Rams’ ballplayers “did a nice job of coming back.
“They worked a possession at a time and got back into the game,” Ruiter said.
Ruiter credited Gates for ordering the defensive changes that took Mineral Ridge scoring threats Riffe and Bevilacqua out of the flow of the game.
“It was great coaching,” he said.
Riffe sank a three-pointer on the first shot of the game. Crestview quickly battled back. Harrison, who scored nine points in the first quarter, sank a field goal and added a free throw to give the Rebels a 13-10 lead.
A pair of jump shots by Newbauer completed a seven-point run that gave Crestview a 17-10 lead.
Crestview’s lead reached double figures when Harrison stole the ball and dribbled in for a layup in the second quarter.
Mineral Ridge then whittled away at the lead.