by Dean Raymond
Stow -- A 14-0 run from the 3:27 mark of the first quarter until the 7:19 mark in the second period helped send host Stow-Munroe Falls past Brush 75-52 Jan. 27 in Western Reserve Conference girls high school basketball action.
The Lady Bulldogs (15-2, 11-1 in the Western Reserve Conference) led 9-6 midway through the opening quarter before they scored the next 14 points to lead 23-6. Senior forward Alyssa Wagers capped the run off a nifty assist from senior guard Liana Jennings early in the second period.
After that, the Lady Arcs (3-12, 2-10 in the WRC) couldn't get any closer than 12 points at 23-11 and 25-13. Stow led 41-21 at the half as sophomore forward Kelsey MacWherter scored nine of her 11 points in the second quarter for the Lady Bulldogs.
The second half was more of the same as Stow's advantage kept growing and peaked at 71-38 when junior center Allison Pavkov sank a three-point goal with 4:29 remaining in the fourth period, capping an 11-0 run by the home team.
The Lady Bulldogs led 58-33 after three quarters of play.
Jennings led the Maroon and Gold with 18 points, including 12 in the second half while Ritchie (12 points, including four three-point goals) and MacWherter (11 points) also scored in double-figures for the Lady Bulldogs.
Freshman guard Natachia Watkins led the way for Brush with 18 points, including 14 in the second half and eight in the fourth period while senior guard Jasmine Watkins added 10 points with six coming in the second quarter.
"We played really well," Stow head coach Bob Podges said. "Our offense was clicking while MacWherter, Pavkov and [junior forward Chrissy] Schaffer had very nice games. Jennings, Wagers, Ritchie [junior guard Emilee] and [senior guard Cate] Cianchetti also played well as usual. We're starting to get more contributions from everyone."
Stow ended up 26-of-56 from the floor for 46 percent, including 9-of-14 in the second period and canned 15-of-25 free throws for 60 percent, including 10-of-16 in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Lady Arcs were 20-of-51 from the field for 39 percent, including 6-of-11 in the second quarter and swished home 10-of-18 charity tosses for 56 percent, including 7-of-10 in the fourth period.
The Lady Bulldogs led in three-point goals, 8-2.
Postseason seeds set
The Lady Bulldogs also learned their postseason seeding Sunday.
Stow will start the Division I district tournament at Akron Ellet Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. vs. Kent Roosevelt. If they win, Stow will play Feb. 24 vs. Cuyahoga Falls at 1 p.m..
The district semifinal would be Feb. 28 around 8 p.m. with the district championship game March 3 at the James A. Rhodes Arena on the campus of the University of Akron.
The top four seeds at Ellet are Wadsworth (No. 1), Stow (No. 2), Green (No. 3) and Akron Firestone (No. 4).
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