The first half was full of miscues and sloppy play for Zanesville.
The second half showed the Lady Devils’ resolve.
Zanesville overcame a five-point halftime deficit, outscoring Eastmoor Academy 30-19 in the second half in a 46-40 win Saturday in the Gary West Memorial Tipoff Classic at Reynoldsburg High School.
The Lady Devils finished 14-of-44 from the field, 6-of-17 from 3-point range and 12-of-23 from the line. They made 8 of 19 from the floor and committed only six turnovers in the second half.
The Zanesville defense also stepped up, holding the Warriors to 16-of-49 shooting, including 8-of-25 in the second half. Eastmoor had 10 of its 16 turnovers in the final two quarters.
Zanesville coach Jeff Moore credited his team’s character in the victory.
“There weren’t a lot of positives in the first half,” he said. “The girls scrapped and clawed their way back into the game in the second half. They found a way to get the ‘W.'”
The Warriors scored the first seven points of the game and led 11-5 after one quarter. Zanesville (2-0) made 2-of-12 field goals and committed six turnovers in the first eight minutes.
The offense found itself in the second. Kenzie Howe hit a 3 and Alexus Grimmett completed a three-point play to pull Zanesville to 18-14 with a minute left in the first half.
Grimmett cut the lead to 18-16 with a basket at the 20 second mark, but Nautica Smith knocked down a 3 at the buzzer to put the Warriors up 21-16 at halftime.
Moore said his team was out of sync.
“I was really disappointed with the way we were executing, especially on the offensive end,” he said. “We rushed shots and made too many mistakes.”
Madison Hardwick hit a 3 early in the third to spark Zanesville. Later, the Lady Devils went on a 9-1 run to take a 30-28 lead as Grimmett had five points, including a 3, and Hardwick scored off a Dani Weekley assist for the go-ahead points.
The Warriors tied the game at 31 after three quarters, but Kallen Haddox hit two free throws to open the fourth to put the Lady Devils up for good. Howe and Grimmett followed with 3s to push the lead to 39-33 with 4:55 left.
Zanesville’s lead never dipped below four points the rest of the way.
Grimmett led the Lady Devils with 14 points and seven rebounds. Howe added 11 points and four assists, Weekley had four of the team’s eight steals to go with seven points, and Hardwick totaled seven points and seven rebounds. Sabrina Madson also had seven rebounds.
Devyn Bonner scored 15 points as the Zanesville reserves won 39-30.