Warren girls taken down by Vinton County
VINCENT — Morgan Bentley had game-highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds and Vinton County forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter against host Warren here Wednesday night as the Vikings left town with a 61-50 victory in what was an early season showdown between 1-0 programs.
Alex Frazee, who finished with 15 points and a game-high seven assists, converted a pair of charity stripe tosses at 4:28 of the third to make it 32-all. However, the Warriors then watched as Abbie Smith (11 points, 12 boards) got her third foul. After Warren had its sixth turnover of the stanza, Bentley converted an 8-foot floater via a Lacie Williams assist to take the lead for good.
The Vikings, who face Meigs on Saturday at Alexander, proceeded to take control with a 10-2 spurt. After Bentley made two foul shots, the Vikings called timeout and came out of it with a steal thanks to Cameron Zinn, who found Tegan Bartoe open for a 3, which she swished for part of her 17 counters. Despite getting deuces by Millie Ryan and Savannah Banks (10 points), Zinn had a lay-in between the field goals as the Warriors trailed 42-36 entering the fourth.
“They went on that little run in the third quarter,” noted WHS head coach Amy Way, whose squad returns to action on Monday at Waterford. “We kind of got down on ourselves and we didn’t really have a whole lot of leadership on the court. That was the main key.
“We lost a lot of players, a lot of really crucial players from our team last year that were the ones who stepped up when things were going wrong. We have the girls to be able to do that. They just got to step up a little more in their leadership roles.”
Vinton County started the fourth on an 8-2 run to take complete control.
Zinn, who had 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots, opened the scoring and then Bartoe and Bentley drained 3s just 28 seconds apart to forge a 50-37 advantage with 5:13 remaining.
“We just got a little sloppy,” admitted coach Way, whose squad lost the turnover battle 22-12 but held a 44-32 edge in rebounding. “They get up in the passing lanes and over play things and we had some weak passes and we were just waiting for the ball to come to us.
“It’s a mental thing and I think we got a little tired, but you can’t do that against a good team like that. They can put up points in a hurry and they did because we just went brain dead for a few minutes there.”
Warren had the game even at seven following a Sophie Cochran layup, but the hosts trailed 12-11 entering the second. The Warriors took their first lead at 18-17 thanks to a Banks trifecta and still led 22-20 after Olivia Alloway, who had nine points, as many boards and two steals, scored following a Smith block on the other end. Coach Way’s squad went into intermission tied at 25 after Banks made a 3 via an Alloway assist.
“Just keep their heads up,” coach Way said of the postgame message. “I thought the girls fought back and they fought hard and played hard. We just have to get better, individually and as a team.”
Myriah Davis, who had a game-high 25 points in Vinton County’s 85-26 blowout of Jackson, was limited to just one made 3, but finished with a game-high five steals.
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