Sealing the deal
Lordstown earns share of league title with win over Bristol
LORDSTOWN — Lordstown clinched a share of the Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Division with its 48-44 win over Bristol.
Lordstown (13-5, 9-3) was in control of the game within the first few minutes, but Bristol (13-6, 9-3) then went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter and took a 16-8 lead after one quarter.
“I think Lordstown did a good job settling in,” Bristol coach John King said. “We came out with a lot of intensity and created some turnovers, which turned into easy buckets. Credit to Lordstown, they have a lot of leadership and experience. This was an opportunity for us and the girls played hard. The girls just didn’t have enough to play 32 minutes.”
Lordstown began to settle in defensively in the second quarter as the Red Devils started the second on a 6-0 run. The Red Devils eventually tied the game at 17 on an 11-1 run.
“We started stepping up and taking away their lanes,” Lordstown coach Dave Smith said. “We were rotating a little better and not giving them as many open shots. They’re a very good team so this is a very nice win for us.”
Lordstown continued to play well for the rest of the quarter and had a 26-22 lead at halftime. Jordan Beach led the Red Devils with eight and Brittany Mooney led the Panthers with six first-half points.
In the second half, Bristol couldn’t get over the scoring wall as Lordstown kept its slim lead through most of the third quarter. Lordstown led, 39-32, at the end of the third quarter.
“We have to work together a lot. We definitely needed to penetrate and get to the basket because they were guarding us really tough,” Beach said. “We definitely had to watch Kendyl (Switzer) and Brenna Rimer. They are really good players but we needed to keep getting to the basket and getting fouled.”
In the fourth quarter, Bristol found its way back. Lordstown got up 44-35 with about four minutes left before the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to two.
Bristol got the ball back with 29.8 seconds down 46-44 but a missed 3 by Rimer paired with two free throws by Beach at the other end sealed the deal.
Now Lordstown faces South Range on Monday and Bristol faces Liberty at home on Saturday.