Blue Ridge Girls Basketball Beats Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Will Play Oakwood for Fifth Place in Comet Classic

FITHIAN, Ill. -- After a first half in which the Lady Knights and the Lady Buffs combined for 12 points in the first quarter, Blue Ridge pulled away with a 10-0 run to start the third quarter.

From there, they never looked back, outscoring Georgetown-Ridge Farm 33-13 in the second half en route to a 52-28 victory in the Comet Classic.

As a result, the Lady Knights (2-3) will play Oakwood on Friday for fifth place. The game will tip off at 4 p.m.

"We played great tonight," Blue Ridge coach Stephanie Schroeder said. "We started off a little shaky in the first half and should have had a bigger lead than we did, but we turned it on and came out in the third quarter and took care of business and played the game."

Melinda Wilson (pictured above) and Jeana Cheek started the run with a 3-pointer each to put the Lady Knights up 25-15 one minute into the second half.

"I just told them in the locker room [at halftime] there was no reason to be as slow as we were," Schroeder said. "We were playing down to their level, and we need to pick it up and play our tempo and play our game, so they came out and played tough defense and went hard to the basket."

Wilson and Jacquelyn O'Neal were Blue Ridge's leaders on the offensive and defensive ends. O'Neal picked up a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds; eight of O'Neal's points were scored in the second half.

O'Neal (pictured below) also had three steals and three blocks. With her three blocks, she puts herself closer to the school record for most blocked shots in a career.

O'Neal is currently in the top five.

"She played an awesome game," Schroeder said. "She was dominating the boards, and defensively, [she was] where she needed to be."

Wilson scored 13 points as well. She also recorded eight rebounds and eight steals, including five in the second half.

Jamison Brandt also scored double-digit points with 12 and finished the game with five rebounds and one block.

Blue Ridge 52, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 28
Georgetown-Ridge Farm (28)
Callan Hall 1 1-3 3, Shelby Howard 0 0-0 0, Erika Briggs 1 0-1 3, Hannah Brandt 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Sawyer 1 3-5 5, Brittany Hay 3 0-0 6, Maya Green 3 3-4 9, Lexi Ovall 1 0-0 2, Katie Brandt 0 0-2 0, Baylea Hall 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 7-15 28.
Blue Ridge (52)
Jeana Cheek 2 0-0 5, Jacquelyn O'Neal 6 1-3 13, Korrie Gilbert 0 0-0 0, Ashley Spicer 0 0-0 0, Melinda Wilson 5 2-2 13, Liz Cordes 0 0-0 0, Bailey Clancy 0 2-2 2, Gabby Pearl 3 1-2 7, Jamison Brandt 6 0-0 12, Breanna Watterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-8 52.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm    5    10    8    5    -- 28
Blue Ridge    7    12    19    14    -- 52
3-pointers -- Georgetown-Ridge Farm (Briggs). Blue Ridge 2 (Cheek, Wilson).
For Blue Ridge, O'Neal had 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks. Wilson had 8 rebounds, 8 steals. Pearl had 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block. Brandt had 5 rebounds, 1 block. Clancy had 5 rebounds. Spicer had 2 rebounds, 1 steal. Cheek had 1 rebound, 1 steal. Team had 38 rebounds, 14 steals, 5 blocks.

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