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1/14/2014 1:43:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrenceville 43, Red Hill 30
Lady Indians reward coach with 200th win
BRIDGEPORT - The first half belonged to Red Hill Monday evening, but the night belonged to Misty Bellville.

The long-time Lawrenceville High School girls basketball coached registered her milestone 200th career victory as the Lady Indians came from behind to defeat their county rivals, 43-30, in Little Illini Conference play.

Bellville, the Lady Indians' coach since the 1995-96 season, was presented with the game ball by her counterpart, long-time Red Hill coach Traci Gray.

"I've been around a long time. I think that's exactly what (200 wins) means," joked Bellville, who guided LHS to regional titles in 2000, 2005 and 2007.

At the outset it looked like Bellville would have to wait for No. 200. The Lady Salukis led 9-6 at the end of the opening period, then held LHS to just three points in the second period on the way to a 15-9 advantage at halftime.

Lawrenceville (5-8, 2-2 Little Illini Conference) quickly turned things around in the second half.

Baskets by Cailyn Andrews and Morgan Parrish pulled the Lady Indians to within two points. Macee Weiss countered for the Lady Salukis (2-6, 2-4 LIC), but Kelsie Ferrell's free throw started LHS on a 14-0 run to close the third period.

Lawrenceville carried a 27-17 lead into the final stanza and Red Hill got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Both teams may have found additional go-to players in the form of sophomores - Ferrell for the Lady Indians and Weiss for the Lady Salukis.

Ferrell keyed Lawrenceville's comeback by scoring seven of her 11 points in the third period. LHS was able to get the ball to the 5-7 sophomore on the block.

"Kelsie's a passionate player and she doesn't like to lose," Bellville said. "She kind of took over the game for us and got us going in the right direction."

Andrews also finished with 11 points for the Lady Indians, while Brianna Mefford added nine, Parrish seven and Kourtney Osmon five.

Parrish and Mefford both had six rebounds, while Osmon and Ferrell both had two assists. Ferrell also came through with five steals, while Mefford added four.

Weiss caught fire in the final period to help keep her team within striking distance until the late stages.

Weiss, who led all layers with 14 points, put in five baskets in the final period. Jamesha Western added nine points for RHHS, while Cheyanne Moan scored four, Heather Perry two and Maran tennis one.

Red Hill coach Traci Gray noted that her team was not able to practice until Friday of last week, due to a policy that keeps athletes out of the gym when school is not in session.

"You have to give our kids credit for coming in tonight and playing their butts off with two practices under their belts," she said.

The Lady Indians claimed a 19-11 victory in Monday's unofficial junior varsity game. The teams played two eight-minute halves. Mefford led LHS with five points. Emma Heath and Olivia Powden both scored four for RHHS.

Both Lawrence County squads will travel to Flora later in the week to begin play in the Little Illini Conference tournament.

The Lady Salukis will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Oblong, with the winner to tangle with top-seeded Marshall in Saturday's 3 p.m. quarterfinal tilt.

The Lady Indians will play at 6 p.m. Thursday against Robinson. The winner will return to play Olney in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Lawrenceville 43,

Red Hill 30

LAWRENCEVILLE (43)

Ferrell 4 3-6 11, Andrews 4 2-2 11, Mefford 3 3-5 9, Parrish 2 3-7 7, Osmon 2 1-1 5, Frederick 0 0-0 0, Vogel 0 0-0 0, Wimberly 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-21 43.

RED HILL (30)

Weiss 7 0-0 14, Western 2 5-9 9, Moan 2 0-0 4, Perry 1 0-0 2, Tennis 0 1-2 1, Thacker 0 0-2 0, Powden 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-13 30.

3-point field goals: Lawrenceville 1 (Andrews). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 32 (Parrish 6, Mefford 6, Osmon 4), Red Hill 36 (Weiss 10, Western 9, Moan 9). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 14, Red Hill 23. Fouls: Lawrenceville 12, Red Hill 18.

Lawrenceville 6 3 18 16 - 43

Red Hill 9 6 2 13 - 30



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