BELLVILLE — For the first quarter and a half Tuesday night, the Clear Fork Colts played Buckeye Valley even at the Colt Corral.
That’s when senior guard Morgan Snowden took over for the Barons, finishing with five triples and 21 points as Buckeye Valley downed the Colts, 55-29, in a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference girls’ basketball game.
The Barons improved to 9-5 overall and 6-2 in the MOAC. The Colts slipped to 4-7 and 1-5 with the defeat.
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“For awhile, we executed our offense a little bit better,” Clear Fork coach Chuck Schmitt said. “In the second half, for whatever reason, not so much.
“Our defense did a decent job in the first half. In the second, (Buckeye Valley) just made some shots,” he said.
The two teams were tied at nine after one quarter and Buckeye Valley led just 17-15 with 4:04 left in the second. That’s when Snowden scored seven points during a 9-2 run that gave the Barons a 26-17 at halftime.
Junior Reagan Marshall was the offensive highlight for the Colts in the first half, finishing with eight points by the intermission. She was held scoreless in the second half.
“She got some shots and made them early,” Schmitt said. “In the second half, we just didn’t find her.”
The Barons’ run continued into the third quarter as Buckeye Valley went on a 16-2 spurt to build the lead to 42-19 lead with 2:21 left in the period.
“(Snowden) was good. We did a little better job on her in the second half, but other players stepped up and made shots,” Schmitt said.
The Colts also hurt themselves by not taking care of the basketball, committing more turnovers than made field goals, 26-12.
Schmitt said his team is conscious of ball security.
“They get the idea. For us, it comes down to a pass being six inches off or someone not catching the ball the right way,” he said. “We made some poor decisions tonight.”
In addition to Snowden, who went to the bench three minutes into the final quarter, Buckeye Valley got double-digit scoring from senior forward Alaina Radcliffe, who finished with 10. Senior forward Tess Hughes had eight.
Marshall’s eight points led Clear Fork. Junior forward Alli Studenmund added seven and senior post Erika Robinson had five.
Clear Fork shot 36 percent from the field (12-33) and connected on three of just seven free throws. Buckeye Valley connected on 47 percent from the field (16-34), including 10 of 18 in the second half. The Barons hit 68 percent from the foul line (17-25).
Buckeye Valley had a huge edge in rebounding, 31-18, but committed 22 turnovers of its own.
The junior varsity Barons made it a clean sweep of the evening, nailing a triple in the final seconds of double overtime to beat the young Colts, 46-43.
Clear Fork will remain active this week, weather permitting. The Colts host River Valley on Friday and stay home to play Marion Harding on Saturday. Both are MOAC contests.
Buckeye Valley’s Hannah Cowan looks to pass Tuesday night as Clear Fork defenders Reagan Marshall (left) Whitney Snavely close in.
Clear Fork coach Chuck Schmitt talks to his team during a timeout in the second half.
Clear Fork’s Alli Studenmund is defended closely by BV’s Alaina Radcliffe.