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Sunbury downs BMS girls

SUNBURY – Questionably the toughest team on the Belleville Mennonite girls basketball schedule could be Monday night’s for, 2016 defending ACAA girls champion, Sunbury Christian.
Bringing its depth and experience to their home court, the Eagles were ready when the Thunder came rolling in.
BMS came in with a roster of seven while Sunbury tallied 10.
In the end, both experience and depth caught up with the visitors as BMS fell 59-27.
Despite the loss, there were some positives to take home with them afterward.
Center Alexis Peachey was very busy finishing with a double – double. Her 13 boards led the Thunder while she tallied 10 points and five blocked shots.
Teammate Melissa Yoder was the spark plug, bouncing around scooping up loose ball and pulling down rebounds as well as taking it to the hole as she finished with an 11-point effort while pulling down 10 rebounds in losing effort.
“Sunbury definitely had the fresher legs tonight because of their bench,” BMS coach Alyssah Aldinger said. “My team hustled from the first quarter to the fourth quarter but they weren’t playing Belleville Mennonite basketball. The lack of fundamentals hurt us in the end.”
Sunbury finished its night posting four double-digit scorers, led by Maddie Snyder and Faith Gingrich who shared the game-high scoring with 12 each.
Teammates Beck Gingrich and Emma Atwood rounding out the scores with an 11-point and a 10-point performance, respectively.
The Eagles got an early lead in the first and never looked back, outscoring the Thunder 15-3.
Defensively, Sunbury forced the BMS offense to shoot from outside as they clogged the middle and refused the guards to work the ball into Peachey.
While the defense was stingy, its offense was wide open, hitting from inside and outside.
Becky Gingrich hit 2-of-her 3 triples early on.
Things didn’t fair too much better in the second as the Eagles continued to. Lamp down harder on defense while its offense was quick and deadly from anywhere on the court.
When all was said and down, the Thunder was outscored 34-9 in the first half.
With nothing but pride on the line, Belleville scored 18 second half points as they were able to work the middle and Melissa Yoder was able to penetrate enough to go in for the lay ins.
However, it wasn’t enough as the Eagleswent home the victors while Belleville heads into another ACAA contest today against visiting Juniata Mennonite school.

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