BELLAIRE - Sometimes a player has a certain teams' number.
And, then, sometimes a player has a little incentive to play better against a certain foe.
Bellaire's Kierstyn Kidder had both Friday night inside "The House of Champions' when she rang up a career-high 32 points in a 72-57 shellacking of cross-street rival St. John Central (3-6) in girls' high school basketball action.
BELLAIRE’S Aubrey Ryan (12) eyes the basket as St. John Central’s Lindsey Froehlich (1) tries for the block during Friday night’s game inside “The House of Champions” on Guernsey Street. Looking on are Bellaire’s Kierstyn Kidder (3) and Mary Garloch (2), and St. John Central’s Emily LeMasters (35). The Lady Reds won, 72-57. Additional images can be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
The Big Reds' senior did it in just three quarters as she was held scoreless in the second eight minutes.
"I like playing against St. John," Kidder, whose family name is synonymous with winning Irish sports, allowed. "I transferred from there, so that gives me a little more incentive when we play them."
Among Kidder's 11 field goals were six long-distance baskets and a 4-for-4 showing from the free throw stripe.
"She has six three's," Bellaire (5-6) head coach Marci Quirk said. "When she's shooting like that, we're pretty good."
St. John Central head coach Robert "Bubba" Kapral's Irish, which trailed 35-28 at the half, made a run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to seven, 39-32, but Bellaire went on a 19-9 run to pull away, 58-41, after 24 minutes.
"Every time we made a run at them, they had an answer," Kapral said. "If it wasn't Kidder, it was the (Nina) Crook girl. They really shot the ball well.
"We're as green as you can get," he added. "We played four freshmen and a sophomore most of the game. We'll get better."
Keying that decisive third-quarter spurt were Kidder (10), Cari Crozier (6) and Crook (3).
"We shot the ball well tonight," Quirk noted. "We fouled a little too much in the first half, but we got that corrected in the second half. I thought we played really good defense without fouling. We played smart when we needed to."
Crook and Crozier, who was battling an illness and came off the bench, evenly divided 22 markers. Aubrey Ryan added seven and a team-high nine rebounds. Crook pulled down seven boards and Crozier half-a-dozen. Crook charted five steals and Kidder four.
Rose, who is one of the top scorers in Eastern Ohio, led the Irish with 25. Lindsey Froehlich chipped in 15 points and a game-best 14 rebounds, while Rachelle Porter had eight markers and Emily LeMasters seven go along with a dozen boards.
St. John Central led 43-41 off the glass and had more turnovers at 24-23.
No JV game was contested.
Bellaire returns to Buckeye 8 action Monday night when Buckeye Local visits. St. John Central travels to Steubenville Central the same night.
Bellaire 72, St. John Central 57
ST. JOHN CENTRAL (57) - Rose 6 12-16 25; Froehlich 6 3-4 15; Porter 3 2-2 8; Lowe 1 0-0 2; LeMasters 3 1-2 7; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Manukin 0 0-2 0; Boyer 0 0-0 0; Steinbak-Olsen 0 0-0 0; Roberts 0 0-0 0; Goclan 0 0-0 0; Russell 0 0-0 0; Totals: 19-51 18-26. BELLAIRE (72) - Garloch 1 0-1 2; Kidder 11 4-4 32; Gillespie 1 1-2 3; Ryan 3 1-2 7; Crook 5 0-1 11; Crozier 5 1-2 11; Smith 2 0-0 4; Maupin 0 0-0 0; Lekanudos 1 0-0 2; Totals: 29-68 7-12.
Three-Point Goals: St. John Central 1 (Rose); Bellaire 7 (Kidder 6, Crook)