In a recent game at Fort Wayne South, Bellmont's Payton Schultz drives in for a bucket. She scored 15 points Tuesday, but the Squaws fell to defending 3A champ Concordia. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
A last period charge by the Bellmont Squaws Tuesday night fell just short as a strong Concordia Cadet team escaped from the Teepee with a 42-38 non-conference girls basketball victory.
With less than 45 seconds to play in the third period, Concordia appeared to be on the verge of pulling away from the Squaws with a 28-18 lead, the largest of the game for either team. A momentum change boosted the Squaws then, however, as Dana Kaczmarek drilled in a trey and Allison Gutierrez knocked in a bucket and the Cadets led by just five at the buzzer.
Bellmont, which hit 6-9 from the field in the first half, struggled early in round three and ended up nailing just 4-12 in the period. The fourth period found the aggressive Squaws slowly but surely coming back primarily on the strength of the inside game of Madison Schultz and Payton Schultz.
A traditional three-point play by Payton Schultz with 5:08 left to play made fans sit up and take notice as it cut the Cadet edge to just one at 31-30. After Concordia made 2-4 from the foul line and Bellmont hit 1-2 for a 33-31 tilt, the Squaws had their first chance since early in the second period to take the lead as Sara Williamson located Payton Schultz underneath for a basket and a Cadet foul.,
Schultz missed the freebie and Concordia answered with four straight before Payton Schultz again kept the Squaws close with another three-point play with 2:26 to play at 2:26. The 4-1 Cadets worked 50 seconds off the clock as they passed the ball around the perimeter before calling a 1:36 timeout.
Breanne Smith rebounded a missed Concordia shot and put it back in for a 39-36 lead but Kaczmarek answered that with a two-ball of her own. The Cadets took another time out with :20.8 to go and the Squaws were forced to foul with Mikala Quinn exiting with :17.5 to play on her fifth foul of the game.
That put Anna Goeglein at the line for two of the most critical charity tosses of the game and she cashed in both. Bellmont got the ball into the front court before calling a time out with :12.8. With a tight defense on the Bellmont shooting guards, Concordia allowed Madison Schultz a trey attempt with nine ticks remaining. Her missed try was rebounded underneath by Payton Schultz and her short jumper was off the mark as well.
Goeglein assured the Cadets of the win with a late free throw giving them the four-point margin.
"Goeglein shoots free throws really well so we wanted the ball in her hands as much as possible late," noted Concordia coach—and former Bellmont coach—Dave Miller, adding "you'd like to think you could control the contest a little better than we did when we got that 10 point lead in the third period. We didn't attack the Bellmont zone very well, especially in the first half. We were passive and didn't play with much energy or passion. I thought we got going a little better in the third period but our back side defense was pretty sloppy. The Schultz girls both played very well for Bellmont."
On the other side, Bellmont coach Tory Fuelling said he continues to try to get the BHS girls to realize "what they're capable of and and to believe that they can compete with strong teams.
"I was so happy we didn't fold there in the third period when we got down by 10. That was a huge three by Dana and then Allison's basket put us right back in the game. We had 'em right where we wanted when we got the game tied in the fourth period. Concordia is a good quality team and I thought our defensive effort was good tonight. Madison and Payton played really well on offense working off each other and then our rebounding improved greatly in the second half."
The first period was a close affair with neither team holding a lead of more than two points. There were five ties with the highlight of the stanza being a steal by Quinn and she then drove the length of the floor for a lay-up. Allison Gutierrez gave the Squaws their final lead of the game at 14-12 as she drove to the hoop after getting a rebound.
Payton Schultz led all scorers in the game with 15 while both Madison Schultz and Kaczmarek ended up with eight for the Squaws. Goeglein tallied 14 points for the Cadets, including an 8-10 night from the foul line and Annalissa Kammeyer tossed in 11.
Concordia led just 8-6 after the first period of the reserve game Tuesday night but quickly stretched that margin to 21-10 at the half and 32-16 after three stops before claiming a final 40-22 triumph over the Squaws.
Maddie Biddle of Concordia and Audrey Schultz of Bellmont were the only players in double figures with 13 and 12 respectively.
Concordia 42, Bellmont 38 (varsity)
2PG 3PG FT TP
Hckmyer 1-3 0-0 0-0 2
Kammeyer 4-7 0-0 3-3 11
Watson 3-5 0-3 1-2 7
C.Smith 0-1 0-1 0-0 0
Goeglein 3-8 0-2 8-10 14
Marinko 1-3 0-1 0-0 2
Hahn 0-0 0-2 0-0 0
B. Smith 1-3 0-0 4-6 6
Totals 13-30 0-9 16-21 42
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2PG 3PG FT TP
Kaczmarek 2-5 1-2 1-2 8
P.Schultz 5-9 0-0 5-7 15
Quinn 1-2 0-1 0-0 2
Gutierrez 2-2 0-0 1-3 5
Williamson 0-1 0-0 0-0 0
M.Schultz 3-6 0-1 2-3 8
Kuhnle 0-0 0-0 0-0 0
Totals 13-25 1-4 9-15 38
Score by Quarters
Concordia 10 10 8 14 42
Bellmont 10 6 7 15 38
Officials: Joey Stoll, Kyle Hobbs, Todd Shaw
Turnovers: Bellmont 23, Concordia 17
Rebounds: Bellmont 15 (P. Schultz 6, M. Schultz 5), Concordia 29 (Goeglein 9, B. Smith 7)
Assists: Bellmont 7 (Quinn 2, Williamson 2), Concordia 4 (Watson 2)
Blocked Shots: Bellmont 4 (M. Schultz 2), Concordia 2
Team Fouls: Bellmont 19 (Quinn 5), Concordia 20
Steals: Bellmont 4, Concordia 7 (C. Smith 2, Watson 2)
Concordia 40, Bellmont 22 (JV)
CONCORDIA: Taylor Sparks 2-0-5, Maddie Biddle 6-1-13, Jillian Dixie 1-0-2, Skylar Wright 4-0-8, Jackie Dixie 3-0-6, Abby Stellwagen 2-0-4, Alex Stone 1-0-2. Totals: 19-1-40.
BELLMONT: Megan Schueler 1-0-2, Erin Engstrom 0-0-0, Brooke Zimmerman 2-0-4, Courtney Scherer 2-0-4, Ivy Settlemeyer 0-0-0, Ashley Piper 0-0-0, Audrey Schultz 6-0-12, Alexa Singleton 0-0-0. Totals: 11-0-22.