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The Lady Jets came to town to visit county-rival Bellmont in a battle at the Teepee and the Squaws defended their home turf well coming away with an impressive 59-34 victory against Adams Central improving winning their second straight game in a row after losing their first ten.
Both teams headed into the contest in high spirits after winning a conference game over the weekend. The Lady Jets played a tough Bluffton Tigers squad to the wire winning on the road, 55-54 despite shooting poorly from the floor, and the Squaws also won on the road against the New Haven Bulldogs in comeback fashion, 40-35.
The Squaws scored the first basket of the game off of a Payton Schultz lay-in from a pick and roll to the basket, which would be a recurring theme throughout the game against the height-challenged Lady Jets.
"We knew that they were short. Payton in the post would be a tough match-up for them," Bellmont coach Andy Heim noted. "We switched the offense up a little bit and brought our bigs out top and let the guards roll off to the bucket and I thought that Payton and Taylor (Kuhnle) caught the passes well and finished."
Adams Central would keep pace in the first quarter by getting penetration from guards Alyssa Keller and Madison Carroll and after one frame it was Bellmont 17, AC 11. Keller won the battle of the guards in the first half keeping Bellmont's senior leader Allison Gutierrez from too many scoring opportunities.
The Jets better countered the inside play of the Squaws in the second, limiting Bellmont to just 11 points in the quarter but AC would not have another double-digit quarter scoring as the Squaws simply cut off the paint with their height and length and the halftime score read 28-19 in favor of the home team.
The Jets never led in the game but they did get the score within reach when the scoreboard read 21-19 with six minutes to play in the second after a nice drive by Carroll for two. The game took a turn for the worst for AC after that.
Coach Beer's Lady Jets, now 3-7 on the year, will get back to the drawing board after the loss, "We've got some time off. This is a tough one so I think we could use some time off mentally and then we can get back out there after Christmas time and get after it."
The Squaws move to 2-11 after the win and will also wait until after Christmas before their next game, which is December 29 at home against Van Wert. AC also plays that day at home against Muncie Southside at 7 p.m.