PORTLAND—Jay County jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after five Bellmont turnovers in the first two and a half minutes of the game and never looked back cruising to a 41-20 non-conference home win over the Squaws.
So dominant were the Patriots is evidenced by the fact they always led by a margin that was at least double what Bellmont had on the board.
It was 8-0 when Bellmont scored its only basket of the first period on an eight-foot jumper by Audrey Schultz with 3:59 to play and the score stayed that way for the rest of the stanza.
Any thoughts Bellmont had of trying to fashion a rally came to an abrupt halt in the second quarter when Alex Loy, a 5'4 junior guard, drilled in four consecutive three-point shots. Most of the Loy treys were wide open looks at the basket from the top of the key and her last two stretched a 19-9 Jay County lead to 25-9 at the half.
The Squaws had trouble getting started early in the game and coach Andy Heim shrugged his shoulders noting "we didn't have much concentration, especially early in the game. We didn't move real hard. Then you can't try to make passes inside from mid-court like we were doing. You don't do that in practice so I'm not sure why we tried it tonight."
Heim said he couldn't think of any real positive signs that came out of the 21-point loss adding "after watching Jay County play South Side the other night, I came in here thinking this was going to be a pretty equal game. We wanted to key on number 24 (Catherine Dunn) and I thought we did a pretty decent job on her after she got some early scores. The girl (Loy) who got the threes really hurt because she wasn't on the report we had. It was a different game after she hit those shots."
Loy took just five shots in the game--all in the second period--and finished with 12 points while Dunn lived up to Heim's billing leading the Patriots in scoring with 14. Bre McIntire tallied five second half points for Jay County while Abbi Dunlavy and Gabby Hart each cashed in four and Kelli Morningstar deposited one free throw.