South's press too much for Squaws
Senior guard Allison Gutierrez streaks down the court for a quick score. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
By DYLAN MALONE
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It was not a night to remember for the Squaws on Monday evening when they hosted the South Side Lady Archers and were blown away by their pressure defense early and often, suffering a 78-38 loss at the Teepee.
With about five minutes left in the first quarter, Bellmont, who started the game on a 9-4 run, slowed down the tempo of the game after a made South Side basket and simply could not get the ball in-bounds. The Lady Archers went to a trapping press that pushed the Squaws to their limit on each possession and South Side went on 22-4 run to end the first quarter making it 26-13.
The Squaws struggles to get the ball past mid-court continued in the second quarter and Bellmont only managed to get up seven shots in the frame. The Squaws coughed up 26 turnovers in the first half alone, 13 in each quarter, and of those turnovers 16 were South Side steals that turned into easy baskets.
South Side was led by junior Ariana Simmons a 5'11'' forward who had 19 points in the first half (25 total), which was two points better than the entire Bellmont squad as the half ended with a score of 46-17.
The Squaws are off until December 2 when they face another tough school in the form of Snider.