BY Jim Haynes
Times-Reporter sports writer
BOWERSTON If one looks up the word “defense” in the dictionary, a definition could read “Conotton Valley High School girls basketball.”
Displaying a relentless, ball-hawking defense, the state-ranked Rockets launched their way past the visiting Coshocton Redskins 45-18 to remain perfect on the season at 13-0.
Conotton Valley, ranked No. 7 in Division IV, raced out to a 13-1 lead after the first quarter, thanks to stellar defensive play led by senior Piper Edie.
Her quickness on the defensive end was too much for the Redskins as Edie used her small frame and speed to sneak around the ball-handlers to create steals.
“I can always count on her (Edie) to step up and get a stop on the defensive side of the ball,” Rockets head coach Chandra Myers said. “She always brings intensity to the game and our other girls feed off of that.”
While Edie was displaying her defensive prowess, senior Brynlynn “Boo” Belknap and juniors Olivia Bower and Chandice Cottis were making their presence felt on the offensive end of the floor, combining for 26 of the 28 first half points to lead Conotton Valley to a 28-5 halftime lead.
While the outcome of the game was not in question to begin the second half, Edie made sure there was no chance of Coshocton climbing back, scoring the first six points of the second half to push the lead 34-5.
The Rockets sport a nice balance of height, athleticism and speed.It’s a combination that Myers attributes to the success of her team.
“We try to get everyone the ball. We have shooters and good defenders, and the girls are pretty athletic,” Myers said. “It’s nice having two athletic, tall girls inside that we can count on for scoring and rebounds.”
Having come off a 15-6 record a year ago, Myers is happy with how her team has responded this season.
“I’m thrilled with where we are right now,” Myers said. “I know we have a good team and the girls are really believing in themselves. When we did the schedule at the beginning of the year, I thought it might be tough, but I am so proud of how the girls are playing as a team on the court.”
The Rockets were led in scoring by Bower with 16 points, while Belknap added 12 and Cottis chipped in 9.
Coshocton was led by Lauren Hire with 10 points, and Madison Ashcraft had five.
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