RED JACKET – The Lady Pirates of Belfry made it a clean sweep of local rival Mingo Central as they beat the Lady Miners 38-32 on Thursday night at the MCHS gym.
Belfry only had three players score, but that was enough for coach Kevin Deskins and his squad.
Junior Emily Baker had a game high 22 points and six steals to lead Belfry to the victory. She also pulled down five rebounds.
Teammate Candace Gilman added nine points and five rebounds, while Paige Goff chipped in seven points.
The game was sloppy for both squads as the Lady Pirates committed 25 turnovers and Mingo Central had 24 miscues.
Belfry (6-8) led 10-7 after one quarter of play, but the Lady Miners outscored the visitors 11-8 in the second quarter to tie the game at 18-18.
Baker had 10 of her points in the first half, while Gilman swished in six.
Junior Ashley Curry led Mingo with 11 first half points, while Kiearia Hammond scored five.
Belfry went on a 6-0 run to take a 24-18 lead in the third quarter.
However, Mingo Central fought back with a 7-0 run. Hannah Church fired in a 3-pointer and freshman Tyshira Joplin had a steal and layup to give Coach Clay Campbell’s team 25-24 as the third quarter ended.
Goff fired in a long 3-pointer for Belfry to start the final quarter as her team regained the lead 27-25. Baker then stole the ball and went the length of the floor for a layup and she was fouled. She made the free throw to complete the old-fashioned 3-point play and BHS took a 30-25 lead.
From that point Mingo Central could not overcome the Belfry full-court pressure and the Lady Pirates left with a win.
“This was a good team effort,” Deskins said. “This has been a process. We’re a young team and we’ve come a long way. I thought Emily took charge tonight. She is becoming a leader for us.”
Mingo’s Coach Campbell said his team just needed to keep working hard to improve. “We have to cut down on our mistakes,” he said. “We need to be more patient and to play smarter.”
He noted many of the turnovers were silly, mental mistakes like lazy passes.
“We will get better,” Campbell said. “It’s a long season.”
Curry led Mingo Central with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while three players finished with five points each - Caitlyn Cantrell, Hammond and Church. Joplin finished with four points and four steals.
Mingo Central fell to 3-4 on the season and played host to Sissonville on Saturday night.
Score by quarters:
Belfry (6-8)….. 10 8 6 14 – 38
MC (3-4)……… 7 11 7 7 – 32
Belfry (38) – Emily Baker 22, Candace Gilman 9 and Paige Goff 7.
Mingo Central (32) – Kaitlyn Day 5, Hannah Church 5, Ashley Curry 13, Kiearia Hammond 5 and Tyshira Joplin 4.