BEA girls lose to Central Dragons, 55-19

FOR THE EXPRESS/PHIL MAPSTONE Lacee Barnhart dribbles up the court during the second half of Tuesday night’s game versus the Central Dragons.


For The Express

WINGATE-Whenever we see a basketball game, we tend to see both teams scoring before halftime. However, Bald Eagle’s girls basketball (1-13) went 0-for-32 in the first half before scoring its first points in the third quarter -which later turned out to be a 55-19 victory for the visiting Central High School Dragons (10-5).

The Dragons took advantage of 16 turnovers and 32 missed shots in the first half and never looked back.

Central High School started scoring early and led 12-0 after the first quarter.  The Dragons defense kept the shutout going leading 25-0 at halftime. At this point in the game, the fans were starting to wonder if the shutout was going to happen after four quarters.

Bald Eagle head coach Jim Josefik actually had positive things to say to his girls at halftime.

“We actually did very good in the first half defensive wise,” said Josefik. “We gave up 25 points to a team that averages about 65 points per game.”

With the shutout still intact, the Lady Eagles finally responded to a 37-0 run when Elizabeth Wellar scored the first two points for the Lady Eagles. Wellar finished the game with six points.

After scoring nine points in the third quarter, the Lady Dragons kept the defense going with the entire second team getting some game time to earn the 55-19 win.

Besides the offensive woes, Josefik was please with the performance of one of his players  against a tough Central squad.

“We started Lacee Barnhart tonight,” said Josefik. “We were hoping that she would spark some offense for us in her second career start.”

The freshman Barnhart got the start because she has been averaging 11 points in the last four games.

The loss extends a Bald Eagle losing streak to eight games.

The Bald Eagle High School girl’s basketball team will get one day of practice before hitting the road on Thursday Jan. 26 when they take on Jersey Shore High School . Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m