Lady Indians with two easy wins
Berkeley Springs High School Girls Basketball Team improved to 10-9 with a pair of wins last week over East Hardy and Moorefield.
The Tribe traveled to East Hardy on Wednesday, February 1, and returned to Morgan County with a lopsided, 60-26, win.
Berkeley Springs sprinted out of the gates and blitzed the Lady Cougars by a count of 19-1 in the opening quarter.
"It is always good to get off to a fast start, but it is especially true on the road," said Berkeley Springs Coach Dale McCumbee.
The Indian offense continued clicking, as Berkeley scored 18 more points in the second quarter to take a 37-12 lead into the halftime locker room.
"We put together two pretty good quarters of basketball," McCumbee said. “We played well on both ends of the court and built a comfortable lead."
The third quarter wasn't quite as productive on the offensive side of the ball, but the Indians were still able to increase their lead to 52-19.
"It was nice to come out of the halftime break and put together another solid quarter," said McCumbee of Berkeley Springs 15 point third quarter. “We've struggled some with our consistency, so this is a good sign."
The final quarter was academic and the Tribe coasted to the easy win.
"It was good to get back on the winning track," McCumbee said. “We haven't had any prolonged winning or losing streaks this year, but getting back to .500 was good for us."
Deidra Burch led Berkeley Springs with 21 points and eight assists. Lauren Schetrompf added 12 points, Casey Solomon 11, Sidney Yanez six, Kelsey Delauter five and Caitlyn Napfel five.
Two days later the Indians picked up their second win of the week, and their second over a Hardy County opponent. Moorefield put up more of struggle, but the Lady Indians still buried the Yellow Jackets, 65-45, in Berkeley Springs.
Leading 16-11 after the opening eight minutes, Berkeley Springs shifted into overdrive in the second quarter and took full control of the game. The Tribe added 23 points, 11 coming from Schetrompf, to take a commanding 39-20 lead into the halftime intermission.
"Lauren (Schetrompf) has kind of been our unsung hero this year," McCumbee said. “She has had great attitude and works extremely hard. We know that teams are going to try and take Deidra (Burch) away so she and Casey (Solomon), in particular, become important to our offense. Casey, also, had a nice game. She didn't have a career high, or anything like that, but she had a really good all around game. What I really liked about the game tonight was that – in addition to the 47 combined points from those three – we had four other players score four or more points. If we can get that kind of production going forward we will do alright."
Berkeley Springs offense slowed down a little in the second half, but the defense played well, as the Tribe closed out the week with the 20 point win.
"Offensively we had one of our better half court games," said McCumbee. “I thought we did a good job of running our sets and finishing."
Deidra Burch and Solomon led the way with 16 points each, Schetrompf added 15, Yanez five, Caitlyn Napfel, Casandra Burch and Juanita Weigle four apiece and Brittney Napfel one.
Deidra Burch was also credited with 12 assists and eight steals. Schetrompf also recorded eight steals to go along with a pair of assists.
Shannon Combs paced the Yellow Jackets with 13 points.
The 10-9 Indians host Washington on Thursday, February 9, before ending the season with road games at Musselman on Feburary 14 and Hedgesville on February 16.
"We have a challenge in front of us, ending the regular season with three consecutive Class AAA schools," said McCumbee. “But, we think it is a good thing that will prepare us for the post season."