Senior Emily Zumack’s outstanding leadership and scoring led the Pirates to a 55-22 win Saturday over Oberlin in girls basketball action.
Zumack found her rhythm early on her way to an 18-point game and finished four-for-four from the foul line.
Black River continuously moved the ball around the arc but struggled to get in the paint but were refused easy baskets by Oberlin’s watchful Marcala Moore.
The senior stood strong inside, denying Pirates players an inch of room and tallying two blocks in the first quarter.
Oberlin kept the ball moving on offense and fed the ball inside to Moore but the girls struggled to get the ball to fall in their favor.
The Phoenix’s Kiah Fields scored the first basket of the second quarter. Then Black River went on an 11-point run.
Pirates head coach Wes Hockman kept fresh legs on the court by subbing five girls at a time; they turned defensive rebounds into quick attacks, catching Oberlin off guard.
Fields put a stop to the run and worked back to a 27-8 score at halftime.
The second half started as a shoot-off. The Phoenix found their groove but continued to struggle on defense.
Oberlin’s Cameron Payne nailed a three-pointer at the start of the final quarter to make it 46-22.
The Phoenix could not stop their Patriot Athletic Conference rivals and the Pirates forced increasing turnovers toward the end of the game, extending their lead.
Oberlin will travel to Clearview to face the Clippers at 1 p.m. Saturday and Black River will host the Firelands Falcons at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.