Squaws latest victims of tough Norwell squad, 62-27
WHATS MINE IS MINEâ€”Bellmontâ€™s Brooke Zimmerman (right) and Bailey Christlieb (left) grapple with a Norwell player for possession of the basketball during Saturday nightâ€™s contest, a Knightsâ€™ win, 62-27. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
The Norwell girls continued Saturday night where the Norwell boys left off Friday night and polished off the Bellmont Squaws 62-27 in Northeast Hoosier Conference action at the Teepee after the Knights had beaten the BHS boys by 45 a night earlier.
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The Norwell pressure caused immediate and constant woes for the Squaws during the game evidenced by the fact that even though Bellmont shot 83.3 percent from the field in the first period, they still trailed 18-10 at the buzzer.
That score came about as Bellmont was able to take just six shots in the period and although five different Squaws hit hoops, Bellmont also committed 12 turnovers (34 in all for the game) with many coming before they could fire the orange ball at the basket.
Norwell opened with a 7:54 fast break lay-up by Paige Frisch off the tip and although Bellmont responded with consecutive deuces from Audrey Schultz and Devon Schultz for a 4-2 edge and then kept the game tied at six and eight, it was the turnover bugaboo that started to open the game.
Taylor Wilson knocked in two free throws with 3:21 left to give the Knights a lead they would never lose at 10-8 and then swiped the inbounds pass. She was fouled going to the basket and added two more charity tosses. Norwell again stole the inbounds pass and after several cracks at the basket, Carlee Harnish made it 14-8 with her bucket.
A late Norwell two off a BHS miscue made it 18-10 to end the period and the Knights recorded an 11-2 run in the first five minutes of round two to go up 29-12 (three baskets coming off turnovers). Two more gifts to Norwell which brought the Bellmont turnover count in the first half to 23 gave the Knights three free throws in the final minute and the Wells County contingent entered the locker room with a comfy 34-15 advantage.
The two opposing coaches had various thoughts about the first half but it was the Norwell pressure that turned on the spigot for Norwell.
"We just have to be able to handle their pressure. We have to get some of our people to calm down and handle the ball a little better," analyzed Bellmont coach Andy Heim, adding "it all comes down to execution. When they trap like they did, it's easy math to figure out someone has to be open. We just need to be able to find that person."