Barnesville's Shamrocks gutted it out for two-and-one-half quarters before invading Monroe Central would go on an eight-point run that signaled the end of what to that point had been a very competitive contest between two rival schools Tuesday night in western Belmont County.
The lopsided scoring spurt broke a tie score and broke open a scoring frenzy as just minutes later, Barnesville head coach Chris Pack would concede and send in the reserves from the bench to finish out a 87-59 final.
"I am as happy as you can be with a 25-point loss," Pack commented after the game. "I do not feel the final score indicated our level of play under adverse conditions.
Barnesville’s Zach Houston goes hard to the hoop as he takes on Monroe Central defender Chandler Kuhn during Tuesday night’s game in Barnesville. The Seminoles won, 87-59. Additional images can be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
"We talked about evening the score with them after our loss down there," Pack offered. "But with one starter out with a concussion, our sixth man sidelined with the flu, and one player on the floor with an ear infection, we simply ran out of gas."
The homestanding 'Rocks would lead 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and aside from a late turnover that Monroe Central converted and a three-point bucket at the buzzer, it was a very even first half.
Barnesville would again even the score in the third quarter before Monroe would take control of the contest.
"I thought Barnesville's big players played very well down inside," complimented Monroe Central head coach Scooter Tolzda. "I thought their 1-3-1 was pretty effective but we eventually just wore them down.
"They played us tough considering they had five and we had eight or nine," Tolzda added. "We also had some trouble meshing on offense.
"I thought we had comparable trouble to our performance at Shadyside where we just could not seem to put it together," the veteran coach stated. "Once we got on track in the third quarter, I thought we did begin to dictate the tempo and play our brand of basketball."
Tolzda credited Korey Lafferre with anchoring the Seminoles, scoring a game high 24 points with 11 rebounds to notch a double-double.
Zach Jorris netted 16 points and Camden Hill added 11 points for Monroe Central. Cameron Jorris, Chandler Kuhn and Josh Guiler all added eight points as the 'Noles made good on 33 of 73 actions shots and 18 of 28 from the charity stripe.
Brandon Burkhart paced the Shamrocks with 15 points and nine rebounds. Zach Houston dropped in 13 while Dylan MacMillan chipped in 11 points for Barnesville. The 'Rocks were 24 of 53 from the floor and 11 of 20 from the foul line.
The Seminoles (10-3) will travel to Fort Frye tonight while the Shamrocks (5-11) will host Caldwell Friday night.
MONROE CENTRAL (87) - C. Jorris 4-13 0-0 8, Antill 2-7 0-0 4, Z. Jorris 5-10
4-5 16, Lafferre 10-15 4-6 24,Brown 1-4 0-2 2, Duffy 0-3 0-1 0, Guiler 2-3 4-6 8, Kuhn 4-6 0-0 8, Burkhart 0-2 4-4 4, Schuerman 0-3 1-2 1, Hill 5-5 0-0 11, Alleman 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 33-73 18-28 87. BARNESVILLE (59) - Burkhart 7-13 1-1 15, MacMillan 4-6 3-4 11, Stewart 2-8 2-4 6, McGee 3-8 1-3 7, Houston 5-10 3-4 13, Kernon 0-2 0-0 0, Rockwell 0-1 0-1 0, Mankin 0-2 0-0 0, Wells 0-0 0-0 0, Nicholson 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 24-53 11-20 59.
Three point goals-MCHS 3-17 (Z. Jorris 2, Hill); BHS 0-7.
Palmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org