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MONROE—Both Adams Central and Bellmont were feeling good entering the cross-county rivalry on Monday night as the Squaws were riding two straight wins and the Lady Jets were two days removed from their best shooting game of the season in a rout of Bluffton.
When it came time for the tip, however, it was Bellmont who kept their play at a high level, led by Audrey Schultz' double-double, topping the Jets in a lopsided 38-22 win on the road.
Schultz anchored the boards and the offense with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Squaws have now won three straight games after starting the season 1-7, while the Jets drop to 3-6 just a few days after ending a three-game losing streak.
The game started out like a game of barn-yard basketball with the Lady Jets scoring their first field goal with under thirty seconds to go off of a Briona Case put back. They had only one free throw up to that point in the game.
It was not rainbows and butterflies for the Squaws, either as they ended the quarter with just an 8-3 lead over the home team.
Bellmont put up another eight in the second quarter, while the Lady Jets were held to just four points for a 16-7 halftime lead for the Squaws.
Neither coach had much issue on the defensive side of the ball but Bellmont coach Andy Heim expected better on the offensive end.
"I felt like we executed better in the second half getting the ball inside," praised the BHS head coach.
Adams Central had struggles of their own with just three field goals in the first 16 minutes of the ball game.
"That's just not going to get it done," AC coach Sam Beer stated after the game. "We tell our girls after Saturday's win that if we keep shooting eventually they'll fall but today our shots just weren't close."
AC shot 75% from three-point land against Bluffton on Saturday and 43% from the field altogether but against Bellmont, the Jets were ice cold. AC shot 7-56 for the game (12.5%) but three of the seven was from three-point for a slightly better 21%.
"We had about eight to ten shots that were open today but our girls just did not shoot the ball right," noted Beer. "They sort of threw it at the basket. I don't know if it was the defensive pressure or if we were worried about getting blocked but we didn't shoot like we're capable of."