St. C. girls roll by Bellaire

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Most everything went right for St. Clairsville on Thursday night. Most everything didn’t for Bellaire.

That’s the best way to sum up the Red Devils’ 76-39 Buckeye 8 girls’ basketball triumph against the Big Reds on John Jenkins Court.

St. Clairsville never trailed and led by as many as 47 points – 71-24 – in the fourth quarter.

”(My team) worked hard … we’ve been working hard,” Red Devils head coach Alicia Freeman said. ”We knew Bellaire was a scrappy team and we prepared for it. We just went out and got the job done.”

There wasn’t much to smile about on the Big Reds’ bench. However, Bellaire head coach Marci Quirk took solace in the fact her team never kept trying to find ways to get back in the game, even when the task looked hopeless.

”Sometimes you simply have to give credit to the other team,” she said. ”They made all their shots. I thought we played pretty good defense. We had our hands up and we contested every shot and they made them. Sometimes that happens.

”We couldn’t make anything and they were making everything.”

The Red Devils didn’t make every shot, but it sure seemed like it, especially during the second and third quarters where they outscored the Big Reds, 45-12. In essence, though, the tide started to turn in the first quarter.

Bellaire’s Elisha Gillespie scored with 5:36 left in the opening quarter to cut St. C.’s lead to four at 12-8. But from there, the Red Devils went on a 10-4 run to end the period.

Leading the way was Alexis St. Clair, who hit a pair of free throws and a baseline jumper during the spurt. She finished with 10 points in the quarter and 18 in the game.

The Red Devils’ momentum continued into the second quarter as they produced the period’s first nine points.

Anna DeFilippo started the surge with a layup and ended it with a jumper off a Bellaire turnover. The run, which only took two minutes, extended St. Clairsville’s lead to 31-12.

DeFilippo finished the quarter with 13 points, part of a career-high 22-point night for the sophomore.

The Red Devils’ shooting prowess didn’t happen by accident. Freeman said field goals have been a targeted goal since day one of practice.

”It wasn’t very good last season,” Freeman said of her team’s shooting. ”We knew coming into this year that we wanted to make that a key for us.

”We knew how to play defense and we knew that offensively we struggled, so we wanted to make that that a point of emphasis and they put the work in and you saw the results (Thursday).”

And the shots St. Clairsville did take were good ones.

”Patience on offense as been another key for us,” Freeman noted. ”We don’t want to be on defense the whole game and we’re slowly getting there.”

”Our girls pounded the boards and worked hard,” Freeman said. ”That effort showed on the scoreboard.”

Carlee Gillespie added 15 points for the Red Devils, while Brigee Mick had 12 points.

Keirstyn Kidder topped Bellaire with 15 points.

”I’m happy with our effort,” Quirk said. ”The next time we play them, hopefully we’ll make more shots.”

St. Clairsville also won the jayvee game, 24-23.

BELLAIRE (39) – Garloch 2 1-2 5; Kidder 5 4-6 15; Smith 1 0-0 2; Lekanudos 0 0-0 0; Crozier 3 2-2 8; Gillespie 1 0-1 4; Ryan 1 1-4 3; Stoner 0 0-0 0; Duffy 0 0-0 0; Crook 1 0-0 2; Maupin 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-15 39. ST. CLAIRSVILLE (76) – Figura 0 1-2 1; Mick 5 0-0 12; Gillespie 7 1-3 15; Cenkus 0 0-0 0; St. Clair 7 4-4 18; DeFilippo 9 3-4 22; Sliva 3 0-0 6; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Westlake 1 0-0 2. Totals 32 9-13 76.

3-Point Goals: Kidder; Mick 2, DeFilippo.

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