Thursday, March 04, 1999

Conner trounces Bellevue 59-28

Win sets up a matchup of retiring coaches

Enquirer contributor

        UNION — Senior forward Jennifer Stasie scored 26 points to lead Conner to a 59-28 blowout of Bellevue in Wednesday's Ninth Region tournament opener at Ryle High School.

        Conner takes on Holmes, a 54-33 winner over Beechwood, in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Monday.

        The win was Conner coach Tim Shields' 302nd against 180 losses, and it sets up a showdown against Holmes coach Dennis Soard, who like Shields is retiring after this year. The two talked about coaching against other last week, and they came up with an interesting agreement.

        “If he wins, I can sit on his bench (for Tuesday's final),” Soard said. “And if I win, he can sit on my bench.”

        Said Shields: “That was a stupid comment I made. He agreed to it.”

        But Conner played intelligently all night: The Cougar defense held Bellevue to 10-of-57 shooting for 17.5 percent for the game and forced 21 Bellevue turnovers.Stasie was 13-of-21 from the field.

        “Tonight we tried to set up more, slow things down,” Stasie said.

        Stasie and senior guard Stephanie Allgeier started the scoring with a bucket apiece. Bellevue junior center Stephanie Meyers countered with a field goal to make it 4-2 just 56 seconds gone.

        It was the last sniff Bellevue had of the lead.

        First, Stasie scored twice more. Then, senior forward Becky Daughters, Stasie and junior center Amanda Donohoo made it 14-2 with 2:55 left in the first.

        “Jennifer played her typical game,” Shields said. “You have to give the other kids credit. She sat out a quarter. She had a pretty good night.”

        Allgeier led Conner with three assists, and Stasie dished the credit.

        “We have a lot ot team chemistry,” Stasie said. “We're the best of friends. The rest of the team steps up.”

        After Bellevue sophomore guard Amy Delaney and junior guard Jessica Daniel scored to close Conner's lead to 14-6, Stasie and senior guard Kelly Rigsbee combined for the last six points of the period and a 20-6 lead.

        “We had a hard time matching up with them,” Bellevue coach Shawn Lehman said. “We came out a little flat, (and) it showed. We were going for their ball fakes.”

        Bellevue dressed six juniors, two sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader, and the inexperience was evident.

        Junior guard Amy Turner led Bellevue with eight points.

        BELLEVUE (28) — Delaney 2-2 6, Daniel 1-0 2, Meyers 1-0 2, Mulligan 2-0 5, Turner 2-2 8, Holliman 1-1 3, Vinson 1-0 2. Totals: 10-5 28.

        CONNER (59) — Lillard 0-1 1, Michels 1-0 2, Clayton 1-0 3, Allgeier 3-2 9, Hicks 2-0 4, Donohoo 3-0 6, Daughters 1-0 2, Rigsbee 3-0 6, Stasie 13-0 26. Totals: 27-3 59.

        Bellevue ....... 6  7  6  9—28

        Conner ....... 20  15  14  10—59

        Three-point goals: B-Turner 2, Mulligan. C-Clayton, Allgeier. Records: B 16-10, C 23-4.


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