Santoro sets Lady Red scoring record, girls defeat Columbian
By YANEEK SMITH
By scoring 43 points Friday in Bellevue’s 73–21 victory over Tiffin Columbian, sophomore point guard Carly Santoro set a new single-game scoring mark, breaking a 33-year record previously held by Lori (LaFollette) Shiets.
Santoro scored in a variety of ways, connecting on layups, mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers as she broke a record that Shiets set on Feb. 25, 1980. What’s even more impressive is that Santoro broke the record in just three quarters of play, exiting with two minutes remaining to a standing ovation.
With the win, the Lady Red improved to 10–2 overall and 5–0 in the Northern Ohio League while the Tornadoes fell to 5–8 and 1–4 in the league.
“(Carly) got going with some layups off our defensive pressure, connected on pull-ups and hit five 3-pointers,” Bellevue head coach Ryan Orshoski said.
“She’s been a great scorer all year, but she was really, really efficient all night and took good shots.”
Santoro had no idea about the record until an announcement was made over the loud speaker.
“I really had no idea, and then the announcement was made that I broke Lori LaFollette’s record,” Santoro said Friday.
“It’s really exciting knowing that I broke a really good player’s record. She’s had so many records, and it’s a major accomplishment.”
Despite scoring 73 points, Orshoski was most impressed with his team’s defensive effort.
“We did a lot of full-court pressure with trapping and ball pressure wing denials,” he said.
“I thought our defensive effort was something to build on.”
Bellevue outscored the Tornadoes, 24–9, in the first quarter before putting the game out of reach with a 22–0 advantage in the second period to make it, 46–9, at halftime.
Hannah Lilly helped pace the Lady Red with eight points and Jake Turner had seven. Columbian, meanwhile, got eight points from Jole Cole and six from Payge Smith.
“I thought that we shared the ball well,” Orshoski said. “We had 10 of our 11 players score.”
On Tuesday, Bellevue will return to action when it hosts former NOL foe Upper Sandusky, which is 12–1 on the season.
“We’re definitely still a work in progress,” Santoro said. “We’re gelling together and every game we’re improving; we’re finding (our way).”
COLUMBIAN (21) — Megan Moore 2–0-4; Jole Cole 3–0-8; Kenzie Zimmerman 1–1-3; Payge Smith 3–0-6; Totals 9–1-21.
BELLEVUE (73) — Whitney Schalk 2–0-4; Hannah Lilly 4–0-8; Jake Turner 3–0-7; Tara Rinner 0–2-2; Carly Santoro 17–4-43; Hilary Brown 0–2-2; Janelle Watson 1–0-2; Makala Daniel 1–1-3; Miranda Gibbs 1–0-2. Totals 29–9-73.
T. Columbian 9 0 6 6 — 21
Bellevue 24 22 21 6 — 73
Halftime — Bellevue 46–9
3-pt FG — (TC) Cole 2; (B) Santoro 5; Turner
JV Game — Bellevue, 45–18