Waterford girls conquer Belpre
BELPRE– It was senior night for the Belpre Golden Eagles, but a shaky second half ended the night on a damper as the Waterford Wildcats came away with a 41-22 win Monday. Waterford (14-3) started off hot in the first quarter missing it’s first shot of the game at 4:23 but course corrected with a pair of 3s by Cara Taylor and Lily Roberts.
Kyna Waderker got Belpre (14-6) on the scoreboard with a putback from a Sydney Spencer missed 3 at 5:55. Curstin Giffin then stole a pass and took it to the other end for the lay-in at 4:55 making it 8-4 Waterford.
Rachel Adams then picked up two assists with a 3 from Taylor and a Mackenzie Suprano jumper. Brianna Offenberger got a last second lay-in ending the first with a 7-0 run, taking a 15-4 lead.
Abby LaFatch’s nice side step from the corner kick started a 7-0 scoring run that got Belpre within six points 17-11 with 4:30 left in the second. The closest margin Belpre got the rest of the evening. LaFatch picked up her third foul in the half, putting her in limited role throughout the night.
Halee Williams converted a three-point play off a Waderker drawing double-team. Waderker picked up four points off Spencer and Giffin’s pass with under a minute left, as Waterford took in a 21-13 lead into half. Belpre had oppertuines to make it closer in the first half, but as a team they turned the ball over 16 times, compared to the six by Waterford.
In the second half, Waterford started pulling away outscoring Belpre 20-9. Adams went three for four from deep at the start of the third quarter, as Taylor scored four points and picked up two assits.
Scoring for Belpre was a 3 from LaFatch, Waderker scored two inside the arc and Giffin added a foul shot.
Belpre’s seniors got a final curtain call from the home fans with under two minuets left in the game as the fourth was used to get some game-time experience for the underclassman.
Adams finished as the game’s leading scorer with 15 points, nine coming from 3, while Taylor chipped in with 11 markers. Waderker was the only Belpre play in double-figures with 10 points, while also grabbing five rebounds. Giffin finished with 4-point, 3-steal game.
“They played great defense, but we got our heads down a couple times but we got to get ready for the next play,” Belpre head coach Chris Murray said. “I thought our girls played hard but the key was Waterford was making open and contested 3s.”