Girls Basketball Report: Butcher sets Southeast school record for 3-pointers

By Colin Harris | Staff writer Published:

Southeast senior Brittany Butcher made school history last week when she knocked down eight 3-pointers en route to a career-high 32 points in a 72-49 division win over Rootstown.

"I don't know the name of who held the previous record, but it was six 3-pointers," Southeast girls basketball head coach Bob Dunn said. "I went back and looked through the records and my wife talked to some of our (graduated) players who came back to support the team and no one could recall anything more than six 3-pointers."

Dunn said that he knew that Butcher was putting together a memorable performance, but the one-time leader of the school's boys program said even he was surprised when he compared Butcher's performance historically.

"I knew Brittany was having a great game, but I didn't realize she had that many 3-pointers," Dunn said. "I was shocked when I went back and looked through the records."

Butcher's sharp-shooting is good for a spot in the state record books, also, as 25 players are listed as having knocked down eight 3-pointers in a game -- the lowest number included in the state records.

According to the OHSAA, Butcher's mark is also an all-time best for the Portage Trail Conference.

Beaver Eastern's Marlene Stollings owns the state's single-game record, which dates back to 1992 when she buried 13.

Interestingly, Dunn was also on the bench when Southeast's boys 3-point record was broke during the 1997-98 season.

"I coached Eddie Hunt, who knocked down 10 3-pointers during a game in that season," Dunn said. "Eddie also holds the school's single-season record for 3-pointers with 108 in that season."

Maybe a game of H-O-R-S-E is in order between the two.

THEY'RE CALLED FREE FOR A REASON

Waterloo has one of the better inside-outside combinations in the PTC with senior guard Jamie Willis and senior forward Megan Forney.

Points from beyond the arc and inside the paint have come relatively easy, but what the Vikings have struggled with in recent losses to Crestwood, Mogadore and Southeast are points from the foul line.

"We shot 9-of-20 (45 percent) and 9-of-23 (31 percent) in our losses to Crestwood and Mogadore," Waterloo head coach Dave Hamilton said. "Those were both close losses and those points are important."

Waterloo dropped a 57-53 road loss to Southeast on Saturday, which put a sizable dent in the team's title aspirations. In that game, the Vikings shot 8-of-14 (57 percent) from the free-throw line. Southeast, on the other hand, finished a slightly better 16-of-26 (62 percent).

Hamilton said he keeps preaching the importance of consistency at the line to his players.

"We keep working on our foul shooting, because we know how important it is during (league and playoff) games," Hamilton said.

WELCOME BACK

The 2012-13 season has been one of rebuilding for Mogadore, but the Wildcats got a big boost last week when they welcomed back junior guard Ashley Barker.

Barker had missed the majority of the season's first half with a knee injury. Upon her return, she promptly scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 61-56 victory over Waterloo.

The game sparked a mini three-game win streak for the program, which followed with wins over East Canton and Rootstown, with Barker scoring seven and 11 points, respectively, in those contests. In fact, those three wins are the first three for the team this season (3-9 overall, 3-4 PTC County).

Barker's return has seemed to rejuvenate Mogadore, which could suddenly have an impact on the season's second-half title chase, along with postseason play.

COUNTY DIVISION DOUBLE-DIP

The two best games in the PTC tonight both belong to the County Division as Woodridge travels to take on league leader Southeast, while Waterloo will go on the road to face Windham.

At 7-1 in the division, Southeast has a chance to all but eliminate Woodridge (5-3 PTC County) from the hunt with a victory.

As for Waterloo and Windham, both teams enter tonight sharing 5-3 division records. The winner can hold out hope that Southeast stumbles atop the standings and re-opens the door for contention.

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