Buckeye Central shipwrecks Danbury

ATTICA — If there was a board to be won, Buckeye Central won it Thursday night.

The Buckettes made sure no one was bored in the stands or on its bench, as they played 14 girls.

Buckeye Central dominated Danbury on the backboard, snaring 47 rebounds to the Lakers’ 21.

But most importantly to the BC faithful, the Buckettes won on the scoreboard with a 78-37 throttling of Danbury in the Division IV district semifinal at Seneca East High School.

“I thought it was our best effort defensively all year,” Buckeye Central coach Greg Moore said. “I’m just proud of the things that we did and I thought we had great contribution (off the bench). … It’s just a great effort.”

While the two teams came into the game separated by just one decision in the win-loss column, it was Buckeye Central that looked and played like a 20-4 team.

Three minutes in, BC led 6-5, but over the final five minutes, the Buckettes ripped off a 20-4 run to close out the quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same as BC built a 51-19 lead by halftime thanks to a 30-6 margin on the glass and forcing 18 Danbury turnovers.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well early but you know what, we scored 51 points in a half,” Moore said. “I looked at the coaches and said ‘we went through a two- or three-minute dry spell there and we didn’t hit nothing.’ We had some good looks. We just played.”

The Buckettes left no questions of a Laker comeback thanks to an 8-of-15 shooting effort in the third quarter, building it to a 70-28 margin and Moore emptying the bench for the final quarter.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball. They hurt us on the boards,” Danbury coach Adam Steinbrick said. “You just have to give credit. They’re a great team. I hope they go a long way.”

Four Buckettes scored in double figures: Jenna Karl (16), Erin Baldosser (13), Isabelle Biglin (13) and Courtney Pifher (10). Karl (10), Emma Studer (8) and Biglin (7) led BC’s massive rebounding effort. Karl also had six steals and three assists.

“The focus is there (with this team),” Moore said. “That’s what I told them: ‘You get a feeling about some things’ and I really like the feel I’ve got on this team now.”

Sarah Redett led the Lakers (18-6) with 18 points.

“It was a real matchup for us and we’re not overly blessed with size so we have to try to do it some other ways,” Steinbrick said. “They’re extremely quick also. Normally we can go and trap and try to press some teams but when you have speed and height, they just did a wonderful job tonight.”

Buckeye Central moves on to face Norwalk St. Paul, who beat Mansfield St. Peter 40-30 in Thursday’s nightcap. BC and St. Paul play at 7 p.m. Saturday night back at Seneca East.

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