Columbia High enjoyed its most balanced scoring effort of the season last Friday, overcoming a sluggish start to defeat visiting Stevenson, 55-29, in a SWW 1A Trico Division girls basketball game.
Starters Adrianne DeLay and Ericka Ziegler each tallied 12 points and Erica Clevidence came off the bench to score 10 for the Bruins, who improved to 3-0 in Trico play (good for a first-place tie with La Center) and 8-3 overall.
Chelsea Zibolsky led the Bulldogs (0-2, 1-8) with 12 points.
In winning its third straight game, Columbia never trailed, although Stevenson tied the score at 2-2 in the early going on a basket by Kirsti Garwood.
From that point on, however, it was all Columbia. Ziegler, who made the game's first basket, scored on a putback to give CHS a 4-2 lead.
Michelle McMillen followed with a fastbreak layin and Lacey Kruse converted a pair of free throws to make it 8-2 with 25 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Columbia countered Zibolsky's 3-pointer at the end of the first with a 13-point run that pushed its lead to 21-5.
Laurel Huth kicked off the surge with a steal that led to a layin and her only basket of the game. Shannon McNallan and Clevidence each netted four points in a row to make it 18-5 and DeLay closed out the run with her first of four 3-pointers.
When the first half finally ended, the Bruins sat on a 27-10 lead that resulted, in part, from their 21 steals and Stevenson's 30 turnovers.
The Bulldogs never got closer than 17 points again as the Bruins dominated the first four minutes of the third quarter.
A 14-point run that featured eight points by Ziegler and DeLay's last two 3-pointers swelled the Bruins' advantage to 41-10--their largest lead of the night.
Columbia finished the game with a 35-29 edge in rebounds, 29 steals and 11 assists to offset its 18 turnovers, 15 missed layins and 5-for-17 showing at the foul line.
Ziegler and reserve Claire Stevenson led the CHS effort on the backboards, pulling down 10 and seven rebounds respectively.
Defensive standouts for the Bruins included Clevidence with a team-leading six steals and Huth and Lacey Kruse with five steals each.
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The Bruins came back from a 41-37 third-quarter deficit last Wednesday, outscoring the host Rockets, 15-7, in the final period of their Trico encounter.
Ericka Ziegler had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Lacey Kruse totaled 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bruins, who led 16-4 after one quarter and 30-26 at halftime before giving the lead away in the third.
In the fourth quarter, however, Columbia tightened up its defense and got back on track offensively.
Ziegler, Kruse and Laurel Huth each scored four points, and Shannon McNallan chipped in three in the final frame to spark the Bruins' comeback.