Beallsville tops Bridgeport in OT

Beallsville utilized a balanced scoring effort and some clutch shooting at the line as the Blue Devils held off a Bridgeport comeback for a 67-65 overtime decision Friday night at the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium in Brookside.

The Blue Devils were nearly perfect at the line, connecting on 9 of 11 attempts, including 3 of 4 from senior Teryn Jarrett in overtime.

Jarrett led the visitors with 20 points, hitting floaters and penetrating the lane, causing all sorts of headaches for Bridgeport.

However, it was Jarrett’s final two points, a pair of free throws with less than six seconds left, that ‘Dogs coach Donnie Cash took issue with.

Holding for the final shot, Jarrett appeared to be headed back toward the top of the key with the ball when a foul was whistled.

Down two, Bridgeport raced down the court and Q.J. Williams got off an unbalanced shot that rung out under pressure. No foul was called at the buzzer.

“I just want to see kids win the game,” Cash said. “If Jarrett hits a three or one of the floaters he was hitting, God bless him. But that was a very questionable call.

“If there was some contact as he was shooting, that’s fine. But it looked like he was taking to steps to set back up out top.”

That final six seconds didn’t mar an otherwise hotly contested contest, one that mirrored the mutual season opener in Beallsville that the Bulldogs won.

It was just the third win of the season for the Blue Devils. But coach Casey Tolzda is starting to see his club come around.

“We came in 2-5 and, it’s not an excuse, but we’ve played a pretty tough schedule and I think that it’s prepared us for games like this,” Tolzda said. “We got up by 10 and they came back and we could have quit, but the kdis stayed with it, picked it up and I’m proud of them.”

Tolzda was considerably impressed with the effort of Logan Nippert, who battled illness to finished with 11 points, including a pair of big 3-pointers in the third quarter.

Beallsville’s big men Mikey Palmer and Dalton Sechrest routinely snagged offensive rebounds, converting the put backs and giving Beallsville multiple chances.

Palmer finished with 15 points, Sechrest had 11.

“When Teryn takes off with the ball he’s able to drive and dish and our big guys did a nice job of finishing.”

Beallsville pushed its lead to double digits in the the third quarter after Bridgeport opted to pressure the Devils. The venture was unsuccessful with Nippert and Jarrett working it up the court fast for easy buckets.

Bridgeport backed off and it was a combination of 3-pointers from Jonathan Kreiter and Bailey McGrath, along with excellent play from sophomore Q.J. Williams in the fourth that got the Dogs back into the fray, forcing overtime.

“I told the kids at the half that we didn’t have any 3s,” Cash said. “We had some openings for shots with driving and kicking but McGrath really stepped up and gave us some quality minutes and Kreiter, we need to get more big shots like that from him.”

Williams led all scorers with 25 points, backed by 13 from Dallas Fields and 11 form McGrath.

Bridgeport earned a split, downing Beallsville 50-47 in the junior varsity contest.

BEALLSVILLE (67) – Palmer 6 3-3 15; Groves 3 1-2 7; Jerrett 7 5-6 20; Nippert 4 0-0 11; Sechrest 5 0-0 10; Mercer 2 0-0 4; Totals: 27 9-11 67. BRIDGEPORT (65) – Roth 1 0-2 2; Fields 5 3-6 13; Kreiter 3 0-1 8; Williams 10 4-4 25; Dyson 1 2-2 4; McGrath 3 2-2 11; Teeman 0 0-0 0; Cash 1 0-0 2; Totals: 24 11-17 65.

Three-point Goals: Jerrett, Nippert (3). Kreiter (2), Williams, McGrath (3).