Strong first quarter lifts Western Reserve past Bellevue

Western Reserve and Bellevue went against each other in a key early-season showdown between two teams expected to challenge for their respective league crowns this season. Staff
Dec 5, 2012

Early in the first quarter of Tuesday's non-conference showdown vs. Bellevue, Western Reserve's senior center Kasey Clouse took one dribble and let fly a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

It was nothing but net, and it was that kind of night for Western Reserve, as it rolled past the Lady Red from start to finish in a 62-47 win at Western Reserve High School.

Western (2-1) led 22-11 after the first quarter, and Clouse's 3-pointer made it 27-13 less than a minute into the second quarter.

A 3-pointer and a basket by Bridget Czompoly and Theresa Jackson capped a 13-3 scoring run for the 22-11 lead. Western shot 9 of 12 in the opening quarter.

Western took a 36-23 lead into halftime, and maintained that advantage throughout the third quarter to take a 50-38 lead into the final eight minutes.

Bellevue made a run at getting within single digits, as a Jake Turner basket with 5:38 left drew the Lady Red within 52-44. But just as quickly, Jackson connected on four straight free throws to push the Western lead back up to 56-44 with 4:57 left, and the Roughriders rode it home from there.

Jackson finished her impressive night with 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists.

For Bellevue, just four players were in the scorebook with Carly Santoro scoring 24 points and grabbing five rebounds.

Read more in Wednesday's Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector.