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FORT WAYNE— The Squaws' best chance to nab a win so far in a frustrating season slipped away late in Tuesday night's contest at Blackhawk Christian as four free throws from Mariah Moonen sealed the deal in a 49-43 loss to the Braves in overtime.
Bellmont trailed 15-11 after period one, then watched Blackhawk go on an 8-2 run to lead 23-13 before coach Andy Heim called for a timeout. When the Squaws emerged from the pep talk, they rallied off 11 straight points to end the half down just one at 23-22.
"We had a slow start but made a comeback," noted Heim. "Most of Blackhawk's shots were open shots. We got a little confused on our defensive rotations and they took advantage of it."
During the run that ended the second quarter, Courtney Scherer grabbed an offensive rebound, then made the putback with the foul earning a three-point play that sparked the Squaws.
On the defensive end Bellmont forced several turnovers that led to more possessions on the other end. Andi Schultz' jumper knocked it down to a five-point advantage followed by an Amberly Gutierrez 10-footer and two more Scherer free throws leading to the one-point deficit before the third.
Scherer's steal and two points began the scoring for Bellmont in the third finally getting the Squaws over the hump with the lead at 24-23 and the teams would not get separated by more than six points the rest of the game.
Scherer's pass to Bailey Christlieb gave them the lead at 26-25 but there was not much offense to speak of in the third quarter as the teams combined for sloppy shooting and a total of 15 turnovers. Both scored five points apiece making it 28-27 Blackhawk.
In the fourth, Monnen hit one of just two three-pointers for the Braves putting them up 33-27 with six minutes to play in regulation. Scherer would make another basket plus the foul cutting the lead in half, then hit one of two at the line on their next possession making it 33-31.
The Squaws would battle defensively eventually getting their chance at the lead with two minutes to go when Amanda Hunter drilled a three-pointer, Bellmont's only triple of the game to make it 34-33.
Milking the clock away, Scherer made an uncontested lay-up for the largest lead of the game at 36-33. Moonen made two free throws on the other end, then Blackhawk would foul sending Hunter to the line who made one of two for the two-point advantage.