BELLVILLE — Opposing coaches who spend all their time game-planning for Clear Fork's Bekah Conrad are in for a rude awakening.
There’s more to the Colts than their imposing 6-foot-4 senior center.
One of the premier players in the area, Conrad scored 13 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and got plenty of help from her teammates in Clear Fork’s balanced 62-43 win over backyard rival Lexington on Wednesday night at Les Hauenstein Gymnasium.
Eight players saw at least 13 minutes of floor time for the Colts (9-1) and seven of them scored.
“We have confidence in eight girls to play a lot of minutes for us,” Sellers said. “We have athletes and we want them to have fun. You saw the type of up-tempo (style) we like to play. Fans like to watch it and we like to play it.”
Clear Fork led 15-9 after the first quarter, but began to stretch its advantage in the second. The Colts opened the period on a 7-0 run and took a 22-9 lead on Conrad’s offensive rebound and putback with 6:01 remaining in the half. The Colts took a 25-13 advantage to intermission.
“We just don’t have that kind of depth,” first-year Lady Lex coach Grant Weaver said. “The style of basketball I’d like to play, we tend to get tired or get into foul trouble. We can’t afford either one.”
Lexington opened the third quarter by trimming the deficit to 29-21 on a Lexi Blasberg offensive rebound and stickback with 5:18 to play in the third. The Colts outscored Lady Lex 13-5 the rest of the quarter and opened a 42-26 gap into the final eight minutes.
Am=n 8-0 Clear Fork spree to start the fourth quarter put it away. Lexington trailed 56-30 midway through the period, but outscored the Colts 13-6 the rest of the way.
“We didn’t play the best four quarters of basketball, but they battled. They didn’t quit,” Weaver said. “I asked the girls to dig deep. I knew they were tired, but I’m proud of them finishing.”
Kaleigh Leadbetter led Lexington with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Madi Basilone added nine points, while Blasberg and Lizzie Hamler had six points apiece.
Lilly Worman matched Conrad with 13 points to pace the Colts. Lyv Davis added 12 points, while Pacey Chrastina had eight and Annika Labaki chipped in with seven.
“Defensively I don’t think we played our best game, but it was enough to win,” Sellers said. “Lex played really hard and I think they had a really good game plan for us.”