SIDNEY – In 240 seconds of breathless play, Sidney Lehman grabbed a 23-2 lead at the 4:00 mark of the first period then coasted to a 50-29 win over Riverside in a Northwest Central Conference girls basketball contest in Sidney on Jan. 7.
The Cavaliers’ press was responsible for the detonation of first-quarter points as the Pirates (1-1 in the NWCC, 4-8 overall) rarely got the ball past half-court in the first period. The hosts forced a total of 34 turnovers in the game, most of which came in the opening quarter and were immediately turned into points. The Cavs (3-0 in the NWCC, 5-6 on the season) scored exactly half of their total points – 25 – in the first quarter alone.
Lehman followed the first quarter eruption by allowing Riverside to score a total of two points in the second, that coming on a basket by Shelby Giles. After that, the hosts backed off and were content to match the visitors basket-for-basket for the remaining 16 minutes of the game, never letting the Pirates put a serious dent in the lead the Cavs built in the first four minutes of the game.
Aubrey Stephens paced the Pirates with eight points. Giles had six points with seven steals and Courtnie Smith hit the Pirates’ only three-pointer and closed with five points. Marissa Davis had four points and seven rebounds for head coach Danielle King.
Ten Lehman players scored at least two points in the win, with Alanna O’Leary pacing the Cavs with 11 points.
Riverside won the jayvee game, 22-10. Kiersten Severt scored six points to lead the winners.
Riverside is back in action Saturday, Jan. 9, when the Lady Pirates entertain Troy Christian in a non-league affair in DeGraff.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.