ALLISON CUTS THROUGH â€” Bellmont guard Allison Gutierrez cuts through the lane looking for a shot or a pass during play Wednesday at BHS. (Jim Hopkins Photo)
Good things happen when a basketball team puts the ball in the basket and the Bellmont Squaws proved that Wednesday night at the Teepee with its best shooting performance of the season hitting 16-34 for 47 percent and adding nearly 70 percent from the foul line on 13-19 to post a 48-37 win over the visiting Woodlan Warriors in non-conference action.
"This team is pretty good, I just don't know how much the girls believe it," noted Bellmont coach Tory Fuelling following the game.
"We're 5-6 but we've lost two games in overtime, lost one by four points to a ranked Concordia team, and had the weird loss at New Haven last Saturday by three so we could conceivably be a much better team record-wise than we are right now," he added.
Woodlan went on a spree in the final three and a half minutes of the first period to take a 14-7 lead at the buzzer as they outscored Bellmont 9-2 in that time frame. During that period, the Squaws had considerable trouble getting the ball inside and "missed a lot of open looks from the outside as well as not playing very good defense," Fuelling analyzed.
The second period was a complete turnaround as after the teams traded traditional three-point plays by Bellmont's Sara Williamson and Woodlan's Grace Keller, Bellmont went on an 11-0 run over a three and a half minute period that saw them go from being down 17-10 to leading 21-17. The spark of that surge included Bellmont being able to get the ball inside to Payton Schultz as the junior forward muscled her way in for three easy lay-ups. Dana Kaczmarek and Allison Gutierrez added baskets while Williamson had a free throw in that run as well.
The Warriors rebounded in the final three minutes for a 5-2 edge with Madison Schultz getting the only BHS hoop and Bellmont led 23-22 at the half.
The lone Woodlan lead of the second half came at the beginning of round three as Lauren Ehle nailed a 6:30 three-pointer. The Schultz cousins hit back-to-back short shots for a lead and after the teams swapped two points, Williamson and Kaczmarek buried consecutive three-balls for a 35-27 advantage. Bellmont missed two easy bunnies late in the period while Woodlan scored two baskets for a 35-31 Squaw edge at the buzzer.
Woodlan's Haley Hostetler hit a shot with 4:33 to play in the final period for a 39-35 Bellmont lead but the Warriors could manage just two points for the rest of the game as despite six Bellmont turnovers in the period, the Squaws counted a 9-2 edge with seven of those points coming from the charity stripe.
Fuelling said he was pleased with the BHS shooting especially after the Squaws went 2-10 in the opening period. For the final three stanzas, Bellmont hit 14-24 for 58 percent. The Woodlan shooting woes continued in the final period and the Warriors were 14-49 for 29 percent.
The BHS coach said the Squaws defense did a nice job especially in holding 6'1 University of Toledo recruit Taylor Carver to just one point and four rebounds.
The top two scorers in the game were actually both from Woodlan as Keller hit for 14 and freshman Burgundy Price had 12 while double-figure shooters for Bellmont included Kaczmarek with 11 and Payton Schultz with 10. Additional balanced scoring for Bellmont found Madison Schultz with eight, Williamson at seven, Mikala Quinn with five, Taylor Kuhnle at four, and Gutierrez with three.
The reserve game found Bellmont losing a 14-point lead in the second half but then scored the final three points of the game to earn a 35-32 win over Woodlan.
Megan Schueler led the Squaws in scoring with 10 while Brooke Zimmerman, Courtney Scherer, and Audrey Schultz all tallied six, Alexa Singleton had four and Ivy Settlemeyer added three.
Bellmont 48, Woodlan 37
2PG 3PG FT TP
Yoder 0-6 0-1 0-0 0
Ehle 1-4 2-7 0-0 8
Hostetler 1-1 0-0 0-0 2
Keller 4-11 1-6 3-3 14
Knoblauch 0-0 0-1 0-0 0
Price 5-9 0-0 2-2 12
Carver 0-4 0-0 1-2 1
Totals 11-35 3-15 6-7 37
2PG 3PG FT TP
Kaczmarek 1-4 2-3 3-4 11
P.Schultz 5-6 0-0 0-0 10
Quinn 0-2 0-2 5-7 5
Gutierrez 1-3 0-1 1-3 3
Williamson 1-1 1-1 2-3 7
M.Schultz 4-8 0-0 0-0 8
Kuhnle 1-3 0-0 2-2 4
Totals 13-27 3-7 13-19 48
Score by Quarters
Woodlan 14 8 9 6 37
Bellmont 7 16 12 13 48
Officials: Robert Thomas, Lawrence Guynn, Alex Drummond
Rebounds: Woodlan 19 (Keller 6, Carver 4, Price 4), Bellmont 24 (M. Schultz 6, Gutierrez 4, Kaczmarek 4, P. Schultz 4)
Assists: Woodlan 9 (Price 2, Carver 2), Bellmont 13 (Quinn 4, Kaczmarek 3, Gutierrez 3, Williamson 2)
Steals: Woodlan 5 (Keller 2), Bellmont 6 (Kaczmarek 3)
Blocked Shots: Woodlan 2 (Carver 2), Bellmont 3 (M. Schultz 3)
Turnovers: Woodlan 17, Bellmont 18
Team Fouls: Woodlan 17, Bellmont 12
Bellmont 35, Woodlan 32 (JV)
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WOODLAN: Morgan Franklin 2-0-4, Jaryn Malfait 4-0-8, Celena Bejarano 3-2-8, Sarah Voors 1-0-2, Sidney Mumma 5-0-10. Totals: 15-2-32.
BELLMONT: Megan Schueler 3-4-10, Erin Engstrom 0-0-0, Brooke Zimmerman 3-0-6, Courtney Scherer 1-4-6, Ivy Settlemeyer 1-0-3, Audrey Schultz 2-2-6, Alexa Singleton 2-0-4. Totals: 12-10-35.