Norwell scorches Bellmont in cross-county clash, 82-37
Lance Vergara drives to the basket. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
KINGSLAND—Norwell's quest for another deep playoff run did not meet much resistance from the Bellmont Braves on Friday night in an 82-37 shellacking at the Castle.
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The Knights (8-3) are ranked #12 in the 3A poll, a team that Bellmont will have to face again if they have any aspirations of a sectional title this season.
The Braves entered the contest a week removed from the beating they took at the hands of Columbia City a week prior when they lost by 40.
Not to be outdone, Norwell topped the Braves by a 45-point mark thanks in part to an overabundance of turnovers and efficient shooting on the other end.
"Norwell did a great job on both ends of the floor," Bellmont coach John Baker praised after the game. "They were offensively efficient and the result was high percentage shots and trips to the free throw line."
It took a few shots to get going in the early part of the game as Bellmont took a 9-4 lead on a Logan Baker three-pointer, but the Knights would take advantage of several miscues in the final three minutes of the quarter ending the frame on an 11-0 run mostly from the foul line to lead 15-9.
Both Cameron Bienz and Parker Zeser were sidelined for most of the second quarter with two fouls in the first frame.
Making a start for Seth King who was away from the team to celebrate his brother's graduation was Ross Smith who had six points in the first half to aid the scoring.
With two starters out, Norwell's best offensive weapon, senior Josh VanMeter, went to work scoring 10 straight points to open the second after going scoreless in the first quarter. He would end with 19 points.
The Bellmont defense held firm for the remainder of the quarter after VanMeter cooled down but the damage left the Knights up 31-19 at the half.
Any hope of a comeback was quickly squelched in the early goings of the third quarter. Braves' center Maverick Birch scored his first points of the game on a hook shot, but then Bellmont allowed Norwell to go on a 12-0 run leaving Bellmont down even further at 42-21. After more fast-paced ball-movement from Norwell and a few miscues from the Braves, the Knights led by a 30-point margin after three quarters at 59-29.