Garrett—Almost everyone was looking at the scoreboard as Bellmont dropped a 48-32 to Garrett Tuesday in non-conference girls basketball action.
But Bellmont coach Andy Heim was quick to talk about his teams defense.
He explained when a team is shooting as hot as Garrett was in the first half, his troops had to stay focused.
Common sense says even with the Railroader team hitting close to 60 percent, by coach Heim’s estimation, it could only last so long.
“We didn't think they could keep it up,” Heim said.
Even if the shots were with no defensive pressure, it was only logical their good fortune wouldn't carry over into the second-half.
“At halftime we said, 'keep doing what we are doing.' Getting rebounds off shots, limiting our turnovers and getting shots and we'd see what happened,” Heim noted.
Garrett built a 22-point lead in the third quarter as Taylor Smith scored six straight points to take a 36-14 advantage with 5:44 play in the period.
Over the next eight minutes of regulation, however, the Squaws limited Garrett to just two points.
“We mixed between two-three and man when we got into foul trouble. I don't know if it threw them off or they cooled off. It worked we came out intense.”
Bellmont would pull no closer than 13 points with 5:02 to play in the game, however. That's when a Audrey Schultz pulled the Squaws close at 38-25. It also capped a 11-2 spurt extending into the fourth quarter.
Garrett's Brandi Dawson led all scorers with 23 points, including 19 points in the first quarter. Dawson hit 9-of-10 free-throw attempts. Picking up the scoring in the second half, Taylor Smith added 12 points, including 10 second-half points.
Dawson was nearly impossible to defend according to Heim.
“When she takes on three defenders and still scores, what are you going to do? I thought we played good defense on her, but she hit some good shots. We could have taken some more charges, but a big-body coming at you, its hard to step in front of her.”