Bellevue pulled away from Perkins in the second quarter to cruise to a 62-29 win in a Division II sectional championship Saturday night at Seneca East High School.
“We got after it tonight” Bellevue coach Ryan Orshoski said after the win.
“I thought our 1-3-1 defense was really the catalyst for our offense. The girls did a great job of creating turnovers tonight. We have won games in several different ways in the last three weeks, and I believe that will help us in districts”
Junior Carly Santoro helped the Lady Red by scoring the first five points in both the first and second quarters. Bellevue dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Pirates 28-3 to jump out to a 35-9 halftime lead. Santoro had 18 of her 20 points in the first half.
Bellevue (18-4) forced nine Pirate turnovers in the second quarter and 15 overall. The Lady Red out scored Perkins 38-7 in the middle two quarters.
Halle Smith led the Pirates (10-14) with six points, while teammates Abby Seeholzer and Summer Seitz scored five points apiece.
“We came out and did a few things well in the first quarter, and after that it just all went south,” Perkins coach Ray Neill said. “Bellevue switched from a half-court man to a three-quarter court diamond with Carly out on top, and that just kind of turned the tables. “
“That kind of forced us to play a little faster than what we really wanted to. It turned bad, and then it went really bad,” he added. “I thought that was a good coaching maneuver on they're part, and it was game over” Bellevue will begin will play Clear Fork (13-9) at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Buckeye Central.
Bellevue (19-4) Schalk 2-0—5; Santoro 8-3—20; Daniel 5-1—11; Watson 2-5—9; Strayer 2-0—5; Turner 2-0—4; Rinner 0-1-1; Andrews 0-1-1; Ruffing 1-0-2; Stamm 1-0—3; Turner 0-1—1. TOTALS 23-12—62.
Perkins (10-14) Smith 3-0—7; Seitz 2-0—5; Dresser 1-1—3; Seeholzer 2-1—5; Orshoski 1-0—2; Darr 1-1—3; Burrows 1-0—3; Vaughn 0-1—1. TOTALS 11-4—29.
Bellevue 7 28 10 17 — 62
Perkins 6 3 4 16 — 29
3-point FGs: (B) Schalk, Santoro, Strayer, Stamm; (P) Smith, Seitz