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Bellaire’s Harveth reaches 1,000

BELLAIRE — It was an extra special afternoon at the House of Champions Saturday.

First and foremost, the Bellaire girls’ hoopsters punched their ticket to the OHSAA D-III district tournament. Secondly, in the process of their 39-20 beatdown of Meadowbrook, Lady Reds’ standout Zara Harveth cracked the cherished 1,000-point plateau.

The junior dandy needed just nine points to reach the 1K mark. Harveth turned the coveted trick at the 4:39 juncture of the fourth period at the charity stripe.

Coach John Farrier’s fourth-seeded Reds improved to 16-8 on the campaign. They will face Fort Frye Wednesday at Cambridge High School. Bellaire lost to Fort Frye in the OVAC 3A semifinals.

Eighth-seeded Meadowbrook finished the season with a 9-13 mark.

“After our sectional-opening win against Sandy Valley we challenged the girls to come out and be aggressive. They did that. We came to play today,” Farrier said. “I told the girls I wanted them to make 10 game-winning plays and they did that.

“Our press was effective and gave them trouble from the outset. I was also pleased with our half-court defense,” he added. “We sprinted to the ball and did all the intangible things we wanted to do.”

Meadowbrook never solved the Bellaire press, turning it over 20 times. The Lady Colts were also inept in their half court-offense, going scoreless in the third period.

Bellaire led 10-5 after one quarter with junior guard Eliana Mason being the Lady Reds’ catalyst. She scored three points, grabbed four rebounds, recorded two steals and dished out an assist.

The Lady Reds pushed their advantage to 20-10 at halftime. Junior sharpshooter Rhyan O’Grady continued her fine post-season play with five points in the frame for the hosts.

Bellaire put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Byesville-based bunch 10-0 for a 30-10 bulge entering the final quarter, with the only suspense remaining was when Harveth was going to reach 1,000.

“It feels really good (reaching 1,000). I had to work hard today to get there,” Harveth said. “But I couldn’t have reached that goal without my great teammates and my coaches. The biggest thing, however, is we won the game and we are going to the districts.”

O’Grady paced the well-balanced winners with 11 points and eight rebounds while senior ace Allie Ault equalled Harveth’s 10 counters. Mason delivered game-long energy to go with six points, seven rebounds, five assists and an equal number of steals.

Meadowbrook had just two players score. Senior Kenli Norman netted 12 points while junior Emma Webster had eight counters.

“Zara is my niece so I know how much work she has put into her game,” Farrier said. “I knew early on Zara was going to be a really good player. She has improved her game every year.”

Fort Frye is a familiar foe for Bellaire.

“We don’t have them on our schedule but I think we have played them seven times in my nine years here. We just played them in the OVAC Tournament,” Farrier said. “We weren’t pleased with how we played in that game. So we are excited to have another opportunity against them.”

Bellaire committed 12 turnovers on the day.

Due to Friday night’s and Saturday morning’s snowfall the game was delayed two hours to a 3 p.m. tip to accommodate Meadowbrook’s travel plans.

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