COLLINS — The Western Reserve Lady Riders prevailed over South Central, 74-58, in a high-scoring Firelands Conference girls’ basketball contest at Western Reserve High School.
The Lady Riders improve their record to 12-1, 9-1 with the win. South Central drops to 7-6, 4-5.
Western Reserve jumped out to a 12-2 lead to begin the game.
The Lady Trojans rallied with seven unanswered points, but an 11-5 run by the Lady Riders gave them a 23-14 edge at the end of the first quarter.
South Central fought to a 16-14 score in the second quarter to trail 37-30 at halftime.
The Lady Riders regained the nine-point they held after the first quarter by the end of the third with a 20-18 margin to lead 57-48.
The Lady Trojans wore down by the end of the game, as Western Reserve put forth a 17-10 advantage.
Western Reserve had three scorers approach 20 for the game, led by Natalie Robson with 19 points. Theresa Jackson and Kelsey Wyant each posted 18 points.
The Lady Riders shot just under 50 percent (32-of-63) from the floor, went 10-15 from the free throw line and surrendered 15 turnovers. Western Reserve outrebounded South Central, 37-26.
“[Tayler Tackett] earned every one of her points tonight,” Western Reserve coach Brenda Friend said. “She’s an outstanding player.
“The biggest difference for us was that we finished our shots, especially under the basket,” the coach added. “Overall, tonight it was a great team effort. Becky Hintz is doing an outstanding job at South Central. What a transformation for that team. She’s doing a heck of a job.”
South Central shot 24-of-65 from the field, went 7-of 12 from the foul line and committed 11 turnovers.
Tackett tallied 23 points for South Central to lead all scorers. Kayla Ferber added 14 points, Shelby Wheeler scored 11 and Breanna Legg grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
“At times I thought we were doing really well defensively,” Hintz said. “They just broke us and utilized their size and that’s hard to defend.”
South Central was able to stay with Western Reserve with several spurts of offense throughout the game. Perhaps the difference was not being able to sustain their success the entire game.
“Their size makes it hard to get shots off,” Hintz said. “The main thing was I wanted us to be patient offensively. Kayla Ferber stepped up and did a nice job offensively.”
Both teams are scheduled to play FC games Saturday.
Western is at Monroeville, while South Central hosts St. Paul.
The Lady Riders won the reserve contest, 42-31.
South Central 58
Mitchell 1-1-3, Sweeting 1-0-2, Hintz 1-3-5, Tackett 11-1-23, Ferber 6-0-14, Wheeler, 4-2-11. Totals: 24-7-58.
Western Reserve 74
Jackson 8-2-18, Czompoly 3-0-6, Robson 9-1-19, Patrick 4-0-8, Wyant 6-6-18, Clouse 2-1-5. Totals: 32-10-74.
Score by quarter
S. Central 14 16 18 10 — 58
W. Reserve 23 14 20 17 — 74
Reserve: Western Reserve, 42-31.