CONNORVILLE It fell apart early for Buckeye Local as visiting St. Clairsville ran up 19 unanswered points to close the first quarter with a 22-point lead and rolled on to a 69-36 final.
It was 7-4 in favor of the Red Devils but when the first-quarter buzzer sounded the scoreboard read 26-4 as the Panthers struggled at both ends of the floor.
Buckeye Local shot a chilly 13 of 43 action shots. St. Clairsville garnered 14 steals as the Panthers committed 22 turnovers.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Brigee Mick (5) dribbles around Buckeye Locals Morgan Fedorko during action Monday night in Connorville. The Red Devils rolled past the Panthers.
"Our girls played hard," said St. Clairsville head coach Alicia Freeman. "That is the only way they know how to play. They are very intense and they get after it.
"Once we saw an opening we did not let it close. We took advantage of our opportunities," Freeman added. "I am excited for them.
"We have a big week with Bridgeport coming up on Wednesday," tempered St. Clairsville's head coach. "We will enjoy this tonight but tomorrow we get back to work and get ready for them."
Meanwhile Buckeye Local head coach Tom Figurski was looking for positives.
"When you look at it, if we take away that first quarter; maybe keep it a little bit closer, it is maybe a different game.
"We expended so much energy trying to catch up and recover from that. We can't do that and the girls know that but it is just translating that to the court," he added. "Defensively we are making adjustments and we are working. Now we just need to be better. Not only from a players perspective, but from a coaches perspective."
Buckeye Local (0-4) was paced by Becky Zeroski with 13 points. The Lady Panthers pulled down 20 rebounds and shot 7 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Alexis St. Clair led all scorers with 19 points and six rebounds. She was followed closely by Anna DeFilippo with 18 points and four steals, Seniors Lauren Figura and Brigee Mick both chipped in 10 points as the Red Devils made good on 23 of 58 from the floor and 18 of 23 from the foul line.
Buckeye Local will travel to Brooke tonight while the Red Devils host 8-0 Bridgeport Wednesday.
The Buckeye Local jayvee won its first game of the season defeating St. Clairsville in the prelim.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE (69) Figura 3, 4-4 10; Mick 4, 1-2 10; Gillespie 1, 1-4 4; Cenkus 1, 2-2 4; St. Clair 7, 4-5 19; Defilippo 6, 6-6 18; Sliva 2, 0-0 4, Lewsi 0, 0-0 0; Westlake 0, 0-0 0. Totals 24, 18-23. BUCKEYE LOCAL (36) Swiger 2, 1-2 5; B. Zeroski 3, 6-8 13; Leonard 2, 0-0 4; Czuchran 2, 0-0 4; Long 1, 0-0 2; Petrella 2, 0-0 6; Banal 0, 0-0 0; R. Zeroski 1, 0-0 2; Fedorko 0, 0-0 0. Totals 13, 7-10.
Three Point Goals: Buckeye Petrella (2), B. Zeroski. St. C Mick, Gillespie, St. Clair.