Squaws comeback on Blackhawk in fourth, 59-56
STEALING THE SHOWâ€”Squawsâ€™ guard Courtney Scherer earned a free bucket in the fourth quarter sparking a 7-0 Bellmont run that gave them the lead for good against Blackhawk on Tuesday night. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
It was a good night to root against the Braves at the Teepee Tuesday evening.
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The Bellmont girls basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth period by scoring five points in a span of seven seconds and the Squaws knocked off the Blackhawk Christian Braves by a final 59-56 count in non-conference action to pick up their second win of the season.
Blackhawk Christian had hit a three-pointer late in the third period to take a 42-39 edge going into the final eight minutes and two additional three-point plays sandwiched around an Amanda Hunter bucket for Bellmont made the score 48-41 with 6:51 to play, the largest lead either team would have in the game.
Courtney Scherer started the BHS comeback with a pair of free throws but the flurry of points came between the 5:35 to 5:28 point of the period. Trailing 48-43, Bellmont's Taylor Kuhnle stepped up to the foul line and cashed her first shot but missed the second. Brooke Zimmerman stepped in to grab the rebound and put it back in for a 48-46 tilt and then when Blackhawk carelessly tried to inbound the ball, Scherer alertly snared the pass and was right there for the lay-up and a tie game.
"That was obviously a big point in the game for us to come back like that," noted Bellmont coach Andy Heim, adding "we still had a lot of time and I wasn't worried at that point about being behind. We just needed to stay in the game."
The point explosion caused the Braves to call time out and they missed on the offensive end giving the Squaws a chance to take the lead and they did exactly that when Zimmerman dropped in a pair with 4:47 to play to make it 50-48.
As it turned out, Zimmerman's two-pointer gave the Squaws a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game, although at times it appeared they were in the gift-giving business to Blackhawk Christian turning over the ball multiple times. The Braves stayed in the hunt trailing 50-49, 52-51, and 55-53 with the latter score being with 2:14 left to go.