Former Belpre hoops star helps MC beat JCU

Cheyenne Barker scores career-high as Pioneers win, 81-65

MARIETTA — Cheyenne Barker averaged a point a minute off the pine.

The former Belpre High standout scored a career-high13 points to help Marietta College defeat John Carroll University, 81-65, in Ohio Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena.

“Cheyenne got into foul trouble in the first half, but she was ready to go in the third quarter,” said MC head coach Kole Vivian. “She was letting it fly. I mean, when we recruited her, we knew she was going to be a special player, and now she’s really showing that.”

Corrie Burkhardt recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pioneers (5-1). Bailee Brooks added 11 markers, while Shay Lett had Marlo Taylor netted 10 apiece.

Lett and Taylor also had six and five assists, respectively.

“We had four starters in double figures, and we’re starting to get some depth here,” Kole said.

Alex Enoch’s, Marietta’s fifth starter and an ex-Fort Frye Cadet, chipped in with eight points and six boards.

John Carroll ( 3-3) was paced by Kahrin Spear’s 13 points. Nicole Heffington was the only other Blue Streak cager to tally double digits with 11.

MC, which trailed for only 23 seconds in the contest, dominated from the get-go. JCU stayed close in the first quarter, but the Pioneer slowly but surely stretched their lead and owned a commanding 44-33 advantage at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Marietta had a 13-1 run, and led 57-34 at the 4:56 mark. During the surge, Barker scored five points while Taylor and Burkhardt had four apiece.

“The big thing about Cheyenne’s confidence is that she’s earned it,” Vivian said. “She was in the gym all last fall. Before that, she worked her tail off in the summer and last spring. She put the work in, and working as hard as she does, the confidence comes with it.”

MC has won two in a row since dropping a 64-43 decision to No. 9-ranked Trine.

“These last two games have been great for us,” Vivian said. “I mean, we did some really good stuff against Otterbein (75-65) and for us to have just 15 turnovers against John Carroll’s press, that’s really good. We’re starting to come along here.”

Marietta College 81, John Carroll 65

JC 19 14 14 18 — 65

MC 23 21 21 16 — 81

JOHN CARROLL (3-3, 0-1 OAC)

Kahrin Spear 5-11 2-2 13, Nicole Heffington 5-7 1-2 11, Chelbi Graham 3-6 0-1 6, Shmoo Pryor 2-4 0-0 6, Abby Adler 0-2 0-0 0, Dani Carlson 2-6 3-6 9, Leslie Aguilar 3-7 0-0 6, Sarah Sprecher 2-10 0-2 5, Sara Spicer 1-2 2-2 5, Bri Pittenger 1-2 0-0 2, Shelby Ford 1-2 0-0 2; TOTALS: 25-59 8-15 65; 3-point goals: Spear 1-4, Heffington 0-2, Pryor 2-3, Adler 0-1, Carlson 2-3, Aguilar 0-1, Sprecher 1-2, Spicer 1-2

MARIETTA COLLEGE (5-1, 2-0 OAC)

Corrie Burkhardt 7-9 6-8 20, Bailee Brooks 4-9 1-2 11, Shay Lett 4-12 0-0 10, Marlo Taylor 5-10 0-0 10, Alexis Enochs 2-6 4-4 8, Cheyenne Barker 5-8 0-0 13, Jo Herd-Middlebrooks 1-3 2-2 4, Luce Duritza 1-2 1-3 3, Jill Congrove 1-4 0-0 2, Kaitlin Kobuszewski 0-1 0-0 0, Jordyn Kiser 0-0 0-0 0, Katie McIlroy 0-0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 30-64 14-19 81; 3-point goals: Brooks 2-3, Lett 2-6, Taylor 0-5, Enochs 0-2, Barker 3-5, Congrove 0-1

Shooting: JC 25-59 (42.4%), MC 30-64 (46.9%); 3-pointers: JC 7-18, MC 7-22; Rebounds: JC 36 (Carlson 6), MC 40 (Burkhardt 10); Assists: JC 12 (Spear 4), MC 18 (Lett 6, Taylor 5); Steals: JC 6 (Spear 2), MC 14 (Burkhardt 5, Enochs 4); Blocks: JC 7 (Sprecher 2), MC 5 (Enochs 3); Turnovers: JC 23, MC 15

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