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After a cat-and-mouse event for the first period that concluded with a 6-4 Wayne lead, the Generals took its defense out of the bag and handed the Bellmont Squaws a 47-35 non-conference girls basketball loss Tuesday night at the Teepee.
Bellmont led early in the game at 2-0 and 4-2 on hoops by Payton Schultz who again finished her night with a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. But Wayne started to show its domination with six blocked shots in the first stanza and throughout the course of the night forced 30 Bellmont turnovers (18 coming on steals).
In the end it was the pressure of the Wayne guards on the Bellmont offense that determined the outcome, with both coaches agreeing with that assessment.
"We talked about the Wayne pressure prior to the game and at time we executed like we wanted to and at times we didn't. With out schedule, we're not used to seeing this type of pressure and that's something that's hard to simulate in practice," noted Bellmont coach Andy Heim.
On the other side, Wayne mentor Mark Redding, whose pedigree includes coaching a state champion girls team at Elmhurst before it closed, said "our guard play frustrated them and created lots of turnovers but it wasn't until the third third that we started to score off those turnovers."
Wayne moved to 7-8 on the season with the win but has lost several games to ranked teams such as Penn and Snider on last second plays. Bellmont dropped to 2-15.