After two tough games on the road to open their 2013-2014 campaign, the Bellmont girls basketball team entertained Jay County in a non-conference tilt at the Teepee Friday night but found offense hard to find enroute to a 39-20 setback.
After a close first four minutes of the game that found the Squaws trailing just 6-4, Jay County opened the floodgates with back-to-back treys and soared to a 17-5 edge at the end of the period.
Jay County freshman guard Taylor Homan, who found out earlier in the day at school that she would be starting instead of a regular Patriot who was ill, spearheaded the first half Jay attack with eight of her 11 points. It was Jay County junior Catherine Dunn, however, who probably was the deciding factor in the second half as after Bailey Christlieb opened for the Squaws with a bucket for a 19-11 contest, Dunn nailed two treys sandwiched around a hoop by Squaw Amberly Gutierrez and Jay County led in double figures for the rest of the game.
Patriot coach Chris Krieg called Dunn's treys "probably the turning point of the game. Bellmont kept battling and I give them a lot of credit but it gave us some breathing room." Bellmont coach Andy Heim agreed with Krieg's assessment of the treys noting "we knew Dunn could shoot the ball well. We talked about getting out on her and we had her covered on the first but didn't get out on the second."
Krieg said he thought the Patriots "played really hard" but was not pleased with their second period effort that saw the Squaws shut the Pats out over the last 7:09 of the period. "We occasionally go into a relax mode and we just can't do that. In the second period we did and that quarter turned out very ugly."
Despite the lack of Jay offense, Bellmont could muster just two buckets by Christlieb at the 4:51 and 4:26 mark of the period. Krieg had seen enough after the second basket and called a timeout to regroup. Neither team scored then in the final 4:25 of the stanza.
Bellmont had a similar lapse in the third period as after Gutierrez's basket at the 5:39 mark, the Squaws couldn't find the bucket for the rest of the period. To their advantage, however, Jay could only convert a 3:06 basket by sophomore Ava Kunkler to take a 27-13 lead into the fourth period.
A mini 5-1 run by Bellmont on an Amanda Hunter three and deuce by Ryann Velez chopped the score to 32-20 with 3:06 to play. Bellmont called a timeout right after the Velez hoop to set up some defenses but Jay County ran off the final seven points of the night enroute to their 39-20 decision.