Scoring runs lift Lions over Belleville

MILTON – As his team struggled to put a point on the board for the first six minutes of the game, Meadowbrook Christian girls basketball coach Bill Lynd wasn’t worried.

“I wasn’t worried at all,” Lynd said. “I knew we would get something eventually.”

And boy did they.

Meadowbrook closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run and slowly pulled away from Belleville Mennonite Monday night for a 50-31 win.

As Meadowbrook was missing shot after shot in the first six minutes, it was the defense that kept the Lions in the game.

“The way we win games is with our defense,” Lynd said. “When we were missing layups, the girls just focus on playing defense.

“They know they will get the next layup.”

Belleville trailed only 22-11 at half but any chances the Trojans had for a comeback on the road were dashed in the first five minutes of the third period.

Paced by six points by Emily Benfer, Meadowbrook went on an 11-0 run that made it 33-11 and sealed the game.

“Our overall team speed was able to open some things up for us in the third period,” Lynd said.

Mikayla Lynd led the Lions (6-4) with 14 points. Benfer and Madison Burrows each had 10 while Adrienne Yordy chipped in with eight. Mary Adams contributed six.

“We were just dead on our feet defensively tonight,” Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.

But at the offensive end, was a different story for the Trojans, who were able to find some success in front of the basket.

Rachel Anders had 14 points for Belleville Mennonite while Grace Peachey had eight.

“This was the best game we played all season long offensively,” Zook said. “I saw a lot of good things on the floor tonight.

“We really rebounded well after the first quarter also.”

Belleville Mennonite (1-11) will square off with another Allegheny Christian Athletic Association opponent Thursday when the Trojans host Cambria County Christian.