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The Bellmont girls' basketball team started out Friday's home game against East Noble looking like it was on its way to its second victory of the season.
Bellmont began on an 8-0 run in the first quarter with four different scorers finding the basket.
"Everybody was pretty pumped up and shots were falling for us," Bellmont coach Andy Heim said. "Everybody was excited to be out there."
That shooting effort, coupled with a solid defensive effort that would last throughout the game, was a confidence booster for Bellmont.
But, the shooting success didn't continue, as Bellmont (1-7, 0-1 Northeast Hoosier Conferece) fell to East Noble, 41-26. East Noble improves to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the NHC.
"They hit a couple shots that were pretty big, and we missed a handful of shots here and there, and I think that sort of turned the tide a little bit," Heim said. "We talked about that at halftime and we came out pretty strong again, and our shots just weren't falling, again."
And again, and again. Bellmont shot 8-for-46 from the field - 17 percent. Shooting has been particularly frustrating for Bellmont all season, especially since the team knows it can shoot and shoot well - it did so in that first quarter.
Bellmont scored just three points in the second quarter, in part because of East Noble's full court press that forced six Bellmont turnovers. The upside was that Bellmont trailed by only four at the half. But, the third quarter saw more of the same - five more Bellmont turnovers and just two baskets.
Even with the poor shooting, Bellmont remained within striking distance at a six-point deficit going into the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by East Noble's Tiffani Wilson put the Knights up by 10 at the 3:01 mark in the fourth quarter, and Bellmont wasn't able to creep any closer.