The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

January 10, 2013

Slow start, then boom, for Eagles

Conneaut hangs with mighty Geneva... for a quarter

CONNEAUT — To someone watching the Geneva girls basketball team, it seems like the Eagles can turn a deficit into a sizeable lead relatively quickly. To coach Nancy Barbo, it seems as if it’s all happening in slow motion.

Trailing by two after eight minutes, the Eagles outscored Conneaut by 19 in the second period and skated to a 60-26 non-conference victory over Conneaut at Garcia Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Unhappy at her team having given up more than 10 points in the first quarter and with the Eagles trailing, 12-10, Barbo took the break between periods to wake up her team.

“After the first quarter, I kindly expressed my displeasure at giving up double digits (in points),” Barbo said. “We mixed things a little defensively and I think that helped a bit, too.”

“(Barbo) said we had to pick it up,” Geneva senior guard Becky Depp said. “She told us we couldn’t start flat. (Conneaut) played better than us. They were hustling.

“We had to pick it up there or we’d be down at halftime.”

Geneva (11-1, 6-1 in Premier Athletic Conference) was 9 of 17 (52.9 percent) from the field, hit five 3-pointers and forced 12 turnovers in the second quarter in outscoring the Spartans, 25-6.

To Barbo, that turnaround didn’t seem like it happened all too quickly.

“It seemed like an eternity to me,” she said.

Conneaut coach Tony Pasanen had a pretty good idea that kind of stretch was inevitable.

“I knew it would be tough to keep pace with them for four quarters,” he said. “Especially with Natalie (Bertalasio) still out and Lexi (Zappitelli) under the weather. I felt if we could shorten the game, we could play with them.

“The girls did a great job controlling the tempo and a good job communicating defensively (in the first quarter). We just ran out of gas.”

The Spartans (6-6) attempted just five shots in the second and forced only two turnovers.

Becky Depp knocked down three of the Eagles’ five treys in the second and Alyssa Scott Sarah Depp hit the others. Becky Depp, scoreless through the first 10 minutes, tallied 11 points in the period.

“We got steals and I went to the corner — that’s the spot that I usually hit from — and Sarah knew where I was. I got open looks,” Becky Depp said.

Conneaut had a difficult time deciding which of the Geneva scorers to take out of the equation. Becky Depp netted 14 points, Lindsey Mayle added 13 and Natalie Thomas scored nine.

“The problem with them is you have to pick your poison,” Pasanen said. “Mayle and Becky on the arc are deadly. Then they have Thomas inside. At the opening, we were doubling Thomas and trying to take away Mayle and Depp got hot. Then Mayle got hot.

“Give them credit. We didn’t know what else to do. Their pressure and speed were too much for us.”

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Conneaut. The Spartans led for the vast majority of the first quarter and held a 12-10 advantage through eight minutes.

“I’m proud of the girls for the way they came out,” Pasanen said. “That was the best 10 minutes of basketball I’ve seen all year.

“The thing I’m most proud of with the girls is they’re so focused on getting better every day. It would be easy to throw in the towel. These girls keep getting better and it will pay off in the near future.”

Dani Heinonen led Conneaut with eight points and Brooke Bennett and Lexi Zappitelli each scored five.       

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    TENNIS
    NON-CONFERENCE
    St. John 4, Euclid 1
    at Pine Lake

    April 16, 2014

  • tennis Scholastic Schedule:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
    Baseball

    PV at Ledgemont (4:30)
    North at Geneva (4:30)
    Riverside at Chardon (4:30)
    Jefferson at Lakeview (5)

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Baldwin Mustang to a Quaker

    As a junior, Grand Valley’s Luke Baldwin got a shot to play linebacker for the Mustangs because of an injury to a starter.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Kids’ stuff but, boy, was it a blast!

    I have no idea why I thought of this, just now, but I did.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NAC
    Chalker 4, Grand Valley 3
    at Chalker

    April 15, 2014

  • Megan Stech Scholastic Schedule:

    TUESDAY, APRIL 15
    Baseball

    Geneva at Conneaut (4:30)
    Grand Valley at Windham (4:30)
    Edgewood at Niles (5)
    Maplewood at PV (4:30)
    Perry at West Geauga (4:30)
    Jefferson at Hubbard (5)

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACBF POY Hoops celebration

    The Conneaut Human Resources Center was the place to be for local basketball aficionados on Sunday afternoon.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACBF HOF HOFers very appreciative

    Members of the Star Beacon All-Ashtabula County teams had a rare chance to listen to the stories of the players who came before them. Hearing the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame inductees speak at the 2014 Awards Dinner at the Conneaut Human Resources Center on Sunday put their careers in perspective.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Week in Review January 10 and 11
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video