Belpre girls fly by TVC rival Miller

Photo by Tyler Bennett Belpre’s Kyanna Ray (34) works against Millers’s Askya McFann at the top of the key during the Golden Eagles’ 63-41 win over Wildcats Friday at home. Giffin tallied four points in the victory.

BELPRE– The last time Belpre played Miller, it was a low-scoring win (32-29) but this time was different out of the gate Monday night. The Golden Eagles nearly doubled their point total from the early season game in a 63-41 win.

Only a 20-16 Belpre (14-5) lead going into the second, the Eagles’ outscored Miller (9-8) 43-24 in the remainder of the game. Kailtin Richards and Kyna Waderker’s led the offensive outburst with 18 points a piece. Richards connected with four from deep, while Waderker was two rebounds away from a double-double with eight.

“Miller is a hard place to play at and they’re a good team. What was different was that we made our outside shots,” Belpre head coach Chris Murray said. “We took a lot of good advantages of the floor looking for layups or easy shots. And if we couldn’t, we started over.”

Both teams went back and forth during the first half, a Josie Crabtree basket gave Miller the lead for the last time with a 6-5 score with five minutes left in the first. Waderker had a total eight points and went 2 for 2 at the free-throw line in the first. Richards and Abbey LaFatch both connected from 3, giving them five points each.

Ashley Spencer scored seven and Crabtree had six for Miller in the first.

The second was low scoring as Richards made two 3s giving her eight points out the team’s 12 points scored in the second.

A Spencer triple made it 23-20, but that was the closest Miller would get to Belpre, as Belpre went on a 9-3 run to end the first half with 32-23. The score could have been closer as Belpre as a team was in foul trouble throughout the opening 16 minutes as Miller went into the double-bonus in the second quarter, as Sydney Spencer and Curtsin Giffin collected three infractions each in the first two periods.

The second half was a different story, as Belpre outscored Miller 15-3, holding Miller scoreless for five minutes. Kyanna Ray converted a 3-point play giving her five markers in the quarter. Taryn Johnson and Richards both made a 3, Williams and Giffin both with two. Coming off the bench, Abby Linton contributed one steal and good defense.

“I’m proud of Williams, Johnson, Linton, and Ray. When you have 8 to 9 kids contribute it is great.” Murray said.

Belpre continued to push the pace, as Waderker scored eight points making it a 59-28 lead before the starters were pulled out. Coach Murray used the remainder of the fourth giving experience to the younger players. Willimas had four points, finishing with eight and six rebounds. Giffin and Richards both chipped in with two.

LaFatch filled the stat sheet with seven points, four assists, four steals, and three rebounds. Spencer finished with four assists and four steals, but she fouled out in the fourth.

Leading the way for Miller was Crabtree’s 13 markers, Spencer’s 12 and Askya McFann’s 10 tallies.

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