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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:36

Second half surge leads Bison to win at Western Reserve

It could have been the lingering effects of the flu bug that hit the Beachwood girls’ basketball team. Or, it could have been the long bus ride to Hudson that slowed down the Bison in Monday’s non-conference match-up at Western Reserve Academy.

Whatever it was, the Bison emerged from it with a huge second half and a 84-41 victory to improve their record to 11-1 on the season.

“We struggled in the first half,” said Beachwood assistant coach Craig Alexander. “It was a combination of the team fighting off the flu and the long bus ride. Once the second half started things seem to fall into place.”

Beachwood led 30-29 at halftime then outscored WRA 54-12 in the final 16 minutes.

Junior guards Mikah Aldridge and Aneisha Hardin paced the Bison with 30 and 27 points, respectively.

Terrina Robinson, the team’s lone senior, added 18 points, a team-high 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

“We are really proud of the way that Terrina played,” Alexander said. “Combine that with the outstanding play of Mikah and Aneisha and it lead to a great victory.”

Bison back on the winning track

Cuyahoga Heights defeated Beachwood, 50-43, on January 9. The Bison are 2-0 since suffering their first loss of the 2012-2013 season.

“It was huge to get the girls back on track to realize they can lose a game and come back with a big win,” Alexander said. “We wanted to come out with a victory (against Cuyahoga Heights), but the girls responded well knowing we’ll see them again in the league and they’re also in our sectional.”

Senior leadership

It isn’t easy being the only senior on the team, but Terrina Robinson has responded well to her role. She is among the team leaders in every statistical category and has stepped up as a leader for the team.

“Terrina is really coming around,” Alexander said. “Since the West Geauga game (January 5), she has been playing really solid offense and defense.”

Building depth

Of course, team standouts Mikah Aldridge and Aneisha Hardin are doing their thing every night, but the Bison have received solid contributions from some of the younger players on the roster. During the Bison’s bout with the flu, freshman Jada Stevens was inserted into the starting lineup and scored five points with seven rebounds.

“She really stepped up and did a nice job,” Alexander said.

The Bison have five freshmen and one sophomore on the varsity roster. The team will count on similar contributions from those younger players down the stretch.

“Going into second half of the season it’s imperative, especially if we’re going to go anywhere once the playoffs start, that their confidence builds and play more,” Alexander said. “They have to come together as a group. The older kids are helping the freshmen to get comfortable in the varsity situation.”