Lady Red halt Rams' streak with 56-47 win
By BRAD FRANK
Gazette Sports Editor
The Bellevue Lady Red snagged another win against a formidable opponent Tuesday, getting past Upper Sandusky by a score of 56–47 in a non-league varsity girls basketball contest.
The win against the Lady Rams was the next out of a handful of quality wins in Bellevue’s 2012–13 season.
Upper Sandusky entered Tuesday’s game with a 12–1 record, having won 12 straight games after a loss to Carey in the season opener.
The Lady Red persisted through a back-and-forth first 10 minutes of Tuesday’s game, eventually grabbing a lead they would not relinquish midway through the second quarter.
Bellevue notched a 10–4 lead to open the game, but Upper Sandusky stormed back to grab a 19–14 lead late in the first period. Bellevue closed the quarter with a 6–0 run to own a 20–19 lead after the first eight minutes.
The game saw a lead change on the game’s first four field goals of the second quarter, eventually resulting in a 24–23 Bellevue lead.
The Lady Red led by six at halftime, 32–26, and held Upper Sandusky to just five third-quarter points to take a 44–31 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Rams outscored Bellevue by four in the fourth quarter to keep the final margin in single digits, 56–47.
Bellevue coach Ryan Orshoski talked about the process of pulling away from Upper Sandusky, in what was a fast-paced game the majority of Tuesday’s contest.
“I thought that a lot kids stepped up for Upper,” he said. “They were right there. They had a lead quite a few times early in the first half, playing at that tempo. We still felt the tempo was in our favor though and that, at some point, we’d be able to put some space between us and them.
“Finally, we were able to get some breathing room with our press and some layups off of the press.”
Bellevue has now won a season-high five straight games.
The winners were led by sophomore Carly Santoro, who posted 29 points Tuesday. Jake Turner added eight points.
Bellevue employed a full-court zone press in the first half and went to a full-court man-to-man press in the second half.
The Lady Red, lacking size on their interior, faced the task of defending a tall Upper Sandusky post player, Taylor Graboski.
“We don’t have anybody who can match up with 6-foot-2 Graboski,” Orshoski said. “We felt like zone was our best option.”
Graboski posted 15 points in Tuesday’s game. Upper Sandusky also received double-digit scoring efforts from Amber Cox and Jorden Born, each with 12.
Orshoski mentioned a pair of performances that he thought aided his team in its win Tuesday.
“I thought Jake Turner had some critical baskets for us when we needed it,” he said. “Makala Daniel really got after it defensively on Graboski and on the boards as well.”
Bellevue is now 11–2 overall this season. Upper Sandusky fell to 12–2.
The Lady Red pulled out a close win in the junior varsity game, 48–40.
Jessica Zeitz paced Bellevue with 14 points, while Tara Rinner followed with 13. Sarah Bedell chipped in nine points.
Bellevue will resume its schedule next Tuesday with a non-league road game against Galion.
Upper Sandusky 47
Savannah Piecha 0–2-2, Amber Cox 5–0-12, Allison Snyder 2–2-6, Jorden Born 6–0-12, Taylor Graboski 5–5-15. Totals 18–9-47.
Whitney Schalk 1–0-2, Hannah Lilly 3–0-6, Jake Turner 3–0-8, Carly Santoro 10–7-29, Janelle Watson 1–1-3, Makala Daniel 2–4-8. Totals 20–12-56.
Score by quarter
Upper Sandusky 19 7 5 16 — 47
Bellevue 20 12 12 12 — 56
Upper Sandusky 40
McKenna Caldwell 2–1-5, Jaime Calvin 3–2-9, Emma Smith 7–1-16, Sarah Rall 1–3-5, Keely Stover 2–0-5. Totals 15–7-40.
Morgan Andrews 2–0-6, Hannah Ruffing 2–0-4, Kenzie McMurray 1–0-2, Tara Rinner 5–3-13, Jessica Zeitz 3–8-14, Sarah Bedell 4–0-9. Totals 17–11-48.
Score by quarter
Upper Sandusky 11 9 8 12 — 40
Bellevue 12 18 8 10 — 48