Quick start helps Bowling Green in victory over Lady Eagles

Published 3:10 pm Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bowling Green scored the first 12 points of Monday’s game and had good passing and solid defense en route to a 55-19 victory over Ben’s Ford Christian School at home.
“It was a good team philosophy. (The ball) wasn’t a hot potato. If we had an open opportunity, we took it,” Bowling Green coach Barry Seal said. “If not, we worked the ball around. I think we probably had more assists tonight than we have all year (17 assists on 21 made shots).
“Those guys, they’re playing better and they’re doing a good job with that team, but also, I think it was one of our better efforts tonight on the defense. That got us going. Then I think we controlled the game from start-to-finish. Even though it was (19) at half (28-9), we never felt threatened, because we controlled the game.”
Bowling Green got out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Lady Bucs won the tip and scored the opening bucket when Kyley Seals connected with Callie Seal for two.
Layups by Allie McCain and Seal upped the lead to 6-0 before McCain hit a field goal and it was 8-0. McCain took a pass from Seals, got fouled in the act of shooting and knocked down both free throws and the Lady Bucs were up by double digits. Seal was good on a jumper and Bowling Green led 12-0 with 4:26 left in the first quarter.
The run ended when Ben’s Ford’s Kayleigh Wheat hit a 3-pointer with 3:48 on the clock, trimming the lead to 12-3.
That began a 5-1 run for the Lady Eagles. Seals split free throws for Bowling Green and Wheat hit a layup for Ben’s Ford with 2:05 left.
It was 13-5 after the first quarter.
The Lady Buccaneers opened the lead at the outset of the second quarter by scoring the first 11 points.
Bowling Green began with the ball and Seals hit a 3-pointer. Seals then hit a bucket after the Lady Bucs pulled down an offensive rebound to make it 18-5. Hallie Robertson and Cailee Fruge hit a three each for the final six points of the run and Bowling Green was up 24-5 with 5:48 left in the first half.
The Lady Bucs had a 28-9 lead at the break.
Bowling Green’s lead went to 43-14 through three quarters, on the way to the 55-19 final.
“They’re a good team,” Ben’s Ford Christian School coach Mark McGehee said.
McCain posted 15 points on 6-of-13 from the field to go with a rebound, two assists and three steals for the Lady Bucs. McCain hit a 3-pointer.
Seal posted 11 points, three boards, an assist and two steals.
Seals recorded eight points on 3-of-6 shooting. Seals pulled down three rebounds, dished out five assists and made four steals. Seals hit a 3-pointer.
Robertson and Hallie Creel tallied four each. Robertson, who hit a 3-pointer, had two assists and a steal. Creel finished pulled down seven rebounds.
Hope Crowe and Fruge put up three points each. Crowe had a rebound and Fruge posted two assists and a steal. Both players hit a 3-pointer.
Anna Beninato, Anna Claire and Bridget Devall all had two points.
Beninato had four boards and two steals. Claire passed for three assists and made a steal. Devall recorded two rebounds.
Hannah Varnado put up a point, four boards and a steal.
KaKa Seal added two assists in the win.
Wheat led Ben’s Ford with 12 points, which included two 3-pointers. She also had two rebounds.
Alaina McClelland posted three points, a rebound and a steal. McClelland hit a 3-pointer.
Lindsey McGehee and Valerie Page added two points each for the Lady Eagles. Paige had four boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
Kelci Freeman pulled down two rebounds to go with an assist and a steal. Bailey Stewart posted three boards and a steal. Allison Forbes dished out two assists and had a steal. Celeste Crowe and AnnaBella Seal had a rebound and a steal each and Abby Smith pulled down two rebounds.

Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Kelci Freeman attempts a shot during the second half of Monday’s game. Freeman had two boards, an assist and a steal.