Squaws fall 55-49 at Snider

Staff Writer

A Bellmont rally lost steam late as the Squaws dropped a 55-49 decision in girls basketball Thursday.
Trailing by as many as 13 points with 5:10 to play, the sixth-ranked Squaws twice cut it to four points in the final minute but couldn’t capitalize, snapping 16 game winning streak.
“We’ve lost two games. The only other frustrating game could be our loss to Concordia,” Bellmont coach Andy Heim said, keeping the set-back in perspective. “It’s frustrating. But this a team we’ll never see again. It doesn’t affect our conference or sectional. We will never see them again.”
He added if he had to settle for 17-2 record with wins over South Side, Jay County and Norwell there wasn’t any question.
He said the game had plenty of lessons.”
“We need to learn from this. It makes me nervous. But if we learn from it we become a better team.”
Bellmont (17-2) was led by Meghan Busick with 15 points and seven rebounds. The junior struggled hitting just 5-of-17 shots from the field, including 1-of-9 from three-point range.

Emma Keane and Morgan Shifferly chipped in 11 a piece. Snider (6-11) was led by Da'Leshia Davis with 23.
Heim wasn’t taken by surprise.
“She’s a good player. We knew that coming in. She came out hot.
Bellmont’s struggles followed those of senior Grace Hunter. She was limited to just four points, including one field goal.
Hunter picked up her fourth foul with 6:20 to play in the third quarter. With the senior out, Snider went on a 12-3 run.
The Panthers seized control with 2:41 to play the third period. Payton Gorman got free on the high left wing to knock down a 20 footer to go up by five points at 37-32. Snider reeled off seven more points over the next two minutes to go up 44-32 with just under a minute to play.
The Panthers saw there lead balloon to 50-37 with 5:14 to play in regular.
Hunter ultimately fouled out with about five minutes to play in the final quarter. The Squaws responded with a 9-0 rally over a four minute span to cut it to 50-46 with 1:54 to play and again at :29 when Keane banked a three-point shot from the top of the key.
Snider would never connect on a field goal again, but hit five of their final nine free-throws to hold off Bellmont.

The Squaws are back in action Saturday at Huntington North.

Bellmont 14 14 6 14 - 48
Snider 12 16 15 10 - 55

Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Shifferly 3-3 5-7 11, Hunter 1-8 1-3 4, Fuelling 0-0 0-0 0, Keane 5-8 0-2 11, McMahon 2-3 3-4 7, Busick 5-17 4-4 15, Totals 16-39 13-26 48

Hardy 3-8 2-3 8, Boone 1-4 0-0 2, Kepney 0-0 0-0 0, Gorman 5-10 2-4 15, Davis 8-17 4-5 23, Weeks-Bryant 1-2 1-2 2, Anderson 2-11 1-2 5, Totals 20-52 8-16 55.
Three-point goals: Bellmont 3-13 (Hunter 1-3, Keane 1-1, Busick 1-9). Snider 8-16 (Hardy 2-3, Gorman 3-5, Davis 3-5). Rebounds: Bellmont 26 (Busick 7), Snider 33 (Weeks-Bryant 12).
Steals: Bellmont 7 (Keane 3). Snider 7 (Gorman 2, Davis 2)
Fouled out: Hunter.