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OSSIAN— Playing the number one team in 3A is never easy, but trying to do so on the road and without your starting point guard to facilitate the offense and anchor the defense, it seemed to be near-impossible for the Squaws on Saturday night as they fell to the top-ranked Lady Knights of Norwell, 78-25.
Allison Gutierrez, still out with an ankle issue, was sorely missed in a game that the Squaws turned the ball over 31 times compared to just six times for the home team Knights.
The first three minutes for Bellmont were the highlight of the game as they held Norwell defensively, down only one point, but after a 15-3 run to end the quarter, the Squaws found themselves down 20-7 after one quarter.
The Squaws did not manage to score in double-digits in any quarter with the third frame providing the most offense at eight points. At the end of that quarter the game was already well out of reach for Bellmont at 62-19.
Norwell shot the ball well on offense as well hitting seven three-point shots en route to a 51% mark from the field for the night. The Lady Knights had an even scoring attack getting 14 or more from three players including 17 from Jessica Rupright to lead all scores, Jami Reinhard with 16 points, and Taylor Wilson with 14.
The Squaws look to fare better against Homestead on Friday night as they welcome their tough conference foe to the Teepee. The JV and frosh matches will start at 6 p.m.