Bree Bates (32) is seen here in a game played earlier this
scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds Saturday to lead the
Lady Roaders over Riverside
44-34. CNO Photo by Don Selanders
Bradford Girls Step
Up When Needed
By Ashley Studebaker
BRADFORD- Bradford started to get into foul trouble before the end of
the first half, but with its strong bench players, the Lady roaders
came out with a 44-34 victory over Riverside Saturday.
Bradford controlled the boards, gaining an advantage over the Pirates.
The effort was led by Bree Bates with 10 rebounds and several other
players that were averaging 5 rebounds a game. The Railroaders were
perfect on the offensive glasss with all offensive boards ending in put
When giving a brief overview Coach Dennis Fair said one word.
“Stressful,” said Fair. “Many of the girls ended up on the floor. This
was a very physical game.”
“A very intense game,” Fair continued. “Nothing against Riverside.
They’re a young team and going to be a good team down the road. I won’t
take anything away from them.”
Fair had nothing but good things to say about Riverside.
“Riverside has four freshmen on their team playing a varsity schedule,”
Fair said. “As it may seem tough for them now, they are getting much
needed experience under their belt this season and this will benefit
them down the road to become much more of a competitor.”
With tournament just around the corner, it was asked how he was going
to improve the team to try to reach their ultimate goal.
“I’m hoping to just make a bunny. I feel very confident with my chances
this year. We’re going to have a lot better opportunity with where we
are this year,” Fair stated
Bradford has been moved from the Sidney bracket to Brookville and this
is boosting their confidence. Knowing that if they do make it as far as
what they are thinking, the Roaders are going to have to meet up with a
tough Fort Loramie team.
Something Bradford needs to work on is their foul situation. Senior,
Chelsey Broughman was taken out toward the end of the game due to foul
trouble, hurting Bradford. Alisha Patty eventually fouled out.
These are two of their better players and with both teams ending up in
the double bonus before the half ended, foul shots benefited each team.
With Bradford missing 14 total foul shots, they still came out with a
strong win to boost up their team’s confidence with tournaments just
around the corner.
In addition to her 10 rebounds, Bates scored 10 points to lead Bradford.