BARNESVILLE -- Things were rapid fire for the majority of Friday evening, as the homestanding Shamrocks knocked off Beallsville, 70-54, to improve their record to 5-9 on the season under Chris Pack.
The first quarter was more like a trigger happy, three-point contest, as both teams combined for six of the game's nine long-range netters to open the contest.
In just the first eight minutes, Barnesville came out to hit their first bucket of the game from behind the arc, which set the tempo for most of the stanza, ending in a 20-20 stalemate.
Beallsville (6-8) seemed to fall in to the up-tempo play style that Barnesville was looking for, led on the defensive end by the hustle of Shamrock senior Dylan MacMillan who looked to push the ball during every early opportunity, eventually helping to stagger the rhythm of the visitors, who couldn't quite string together enough shots to get back in it.
"First game all season we played all four quarters, and for us to pull away from a team shooting just as good as we were in the first half is really an accomplishment," commented Pack.
"(MacMillan) came out and really stepped up and provided us with leadership tonight, as well as (David Stewart) hitting some big shots including a big momentum three." he continued.
MacMillan contributed 13, along with Stewart adding eight. "The only thing I can complain about, is we could have knocked down some more foul shots," added Pack. His team went 16-25 from the line.
The Blue Devils did hang at the beginning, before being outscored in the second frame, 18-9. A Shamrock 9-0 run heading into the half brought the margin to 38-29, where they never looked back over their shoulder.
The winners were led in scoring by big man Zach Houston with 18 points, and 9 boards. Fellow post player, Brandon Burkhart turned in another solid effort chipping in 16, and snagging eight rebounds while showing off a mid range game from a variety of angles.
By the time the final period began, Casey Tolzda's squad was staring down a 13-point deficit, which they chipped away at to get as close as eight before a 1-5 effort from the charity stripe began to hurt Blue Devils chances of a comeback.
"Give Barnesville credit, they dictated the tempo and we fed right into it. You get down double digits, you have to spend so much effort getting back into it," Tolzda stated. "Getting to the line only eight times shows we're settling for outside shots sometimes, so we need to get to the line more."
Beallsville was led by Teryn Jerrett, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark this past week. On this night, he would net four treys on his way to a 16-point showing, while grabbing five off the glass. Frosh Chase Mercer showed some light for the future, as he dropped 13, while providing the non-stat column defensive plays.
"We know everyone is going to focus on (Jarrett), so we need a couple others guys to come up for us and hit some shots," Tolzda explained. "I love the way (Mercer) plays, he's just a freshman, but he plays hard. He's a hustler and hard worker."
In junior varsity action, the Blue Devils picked up a win with Chad Louden and Kase Rush collecting 13 and 10, respectively. Barnesville was led by a 20-point Dylan Kernen effort.
Both teams gear up for another prep contest this evening when Beallsvile welcomes St. John Central, and Barnesville hitting the road to meet Meadowbrook.
BEALLSVILLE (54) Palmer 3 2-3 8; Grovers 3 0-0 6; 6 0-0 16; Nippert 2 0-0 6; Secrest 2 0-2 4; Louden 0 0-0 0; Rush 0 0-0 0;; Weekley 0 0-0 0; Mercer 6 0-1 13; Susix 0 0-0 0;; Dietrich 0 0-0 0;; Heath0 0-0 0; Campbell 0 0-0 0 - TOTALS- 22 3-8 54 BARNESVILLE (70) Mankin 0 0-0 0; Anderson 4 0-0 8; Burkhart 7 2-2 16; MacMillan 5 3-6 13; 3 0-0 8; McGee 2 3-5 7; Wells 0 0-0 0; Nicholson 0 0-0 0; Houston 5 8-12 16 TOTALS 26 16-25 70
Three-Point Field Goals - Beallsville 7 (Jarrett 4; Nippert 2; Mercer 1) Barnesville 2 (Stewart).
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