Playing what coach Andy Heim called "our best game of the year," the Bellmont Squaws led the entire way with the exception of a 10-10 tie, and easily knocked off Fort Wayne North Side 60-41 in non-conference girls varsity action at the Teepee.
"When we work to get good shots, we can be a successful team," Heim noted in reviewing the 50 percent shooting the Squaws had in the game while they held North Side to 12-47 or just over 25 percent.
Bellmont senior center Payton Schultz delivered a sterling performance at both ends of the floor for the Squaws hitting her first eight shots of the game before finally missing in the third period. At the charity stripe, Schultz missed her first effort but as she was fouled on numerous occasions she revisited the line four more times and ended up 9-10 for 29 points in the game. She finished with a double-double picking off a game-high 13 rebounds.
"That was by far the best Payton has played. I think earlier in the year she was still worried about her knee a little but has put that out of her mind. Tonight she was very aggressive, calling for the ball, and playing like we knew she is capable of. She moved in the lane and just buried her shots. I think this game will give her more confidence as the year goes on," Heim said.
In the reserve game, it wasn't a question if Bellmont was going to win but rather would North Side make it into twin figures.
Bellmont led 22-2 at the half but the Redskins hit a couple of late shots in the final period and Bellmont finished with a 45-11 victory.
Audrey Schultz and Devon Schultz paced the Squaws with 12 and 11 points respectively while Janaya Wilder had six, Olivia Fuelling, Courtney Scherer, and Amanda Hunter all had five, and Ivy Settlemyre tallied one.