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Bengals use big 2nd quarter to beat MVHS
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Bassett’s Kaliya Barbour (10) shoots betwen two Magna Vista defenders in Bassett’s 59-43 win against Magna Vista on Thursday in Ridgeway. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Friday, January 11, 2013


For as well as the Magna Vista girls basketball team played for the first eight minutes against Piedmont District preseason favorite Bassett on Thursday night, all it took was a few minutes into the second quarter to completely snowball the Warriors.

The Bengals (9-1, 2-0 PD), outscored the Warriors (5-5, 1-2) 23-6 in the second quarter to seize control and defeat Magna Vista 59-43 in Ridgeway.

“I’m very proud of my team with how they broke their press in the first quarter,” Magna Vista head coach Vicky Hayes said. “We then started to lose focus and have some mental lapses a little bit in the second with the turnovers and that led to big problems.”

Makayla Hairston got the Warriors off to a promising start in the opening quarter scoring 10 of her 13 points mostly on layups as Magna Vista was able to break Bassett’s traps.

Bassett coach Melissa Blair said her team then finally turned its defense into offense in the second quarter helping eliminate an early four-point deficit. The Bengals forced 10 turnovers and shot 10-for-15 in the period.

“In the second quarter we changed our presses and it seemed to work better and wore them down a little bit,” “We had to five that wanted to play and get the job done. We started the game with a different defense and Magna Vista did a great job of adjusting to it and we weren’t able to get back like we’re used to.”

Kaliya Barbour helped spark the furious eight minute surge with eight of her game-high 17 points in the frame. She also finished a rebound shy of a double-double.

“Kaliya is so athletic that if she can go coast-to-coast off a steal, she will. Or she can pull up and hit an open jumper,” Blair said.

The Warriors had two more turnovers in the second quarter than field goal attempts. Despite scoring the opening two points of the quarter, all it took was two-and-a-half minutes to give up the lead for good. Bassett would go on a 14-2 run over the span of 2:35 and a 23-4 run over the final 6:42 of the period.

“We tried to break up their flow with some timeouts, but when you start to see that lead grow I think it mentally starts to wear on you,” Hayes said. “We just have to get mentally stronger to eliminate those lapses.”

Barbour rattled off six straight points for Bassett in the initial spurt in the course of 30 seconds. Simone Venable — who added 13 points — then scored the final six points of the quarter in 1:16 to push the lead 13.

The Bengals defense was equally tough in the third quarter forcing eight more turnovers — finishing with 26 takeaways total — which helped because BHS shot just 6-for-25 in the third quarter. Bassett was still able to push its lead to beyond 20 points late in the quarter thanks to another stout defensive effort that limited Magna Vista again to six points.

The only scare Bassett suffered other than the first quarter deficit was seeing senior Andrea Venable twist her ankle after one of her four steals. She was able to walk off with the help of coaches, but Blair said that Venable’s ankle after the game was tender.

Brandi Warner added a double-double for the Warriors of 13 points and 11 rebounds.


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