It was a classic Bellevue-Midway rivalry game to open District 17-A Div. II girls play Friday night, a game that was decided by a single free throw.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Eagles had taken an early lead in lead in district with a 48-47 win. Both teams have been weakened with injuries. For Midway, it was foreign exchange student Meska Danielikova sitting the bench. For Bellevue, it was junior Bailey Schroeder. Both are out with knee injuries.
Tied at 20 during halftime, Bellevue blazed ahead with a 15-11 third quarter, 35-31, but the Lady Falcons fired back in the fourth.
Lady Falcon Cassidy Mass was fouled on a layup for the three-point play, regaining the lead for Midway, 40-38. Bellevue followed with an Amber Bush jump shot to tie the game. It didn’t last long as Lady Falcon Erica Richardson stepped up to the free throw line, sinking both shots.
With less than two minutes remaining, Bellevue recovered with a jump shot from the top of the key. With Bellevue’s shooter fouled, teammate Bailey Terry took the missed free throw up for two points, 45-43.
Mass added two free throws to even the score, but Bellevue followed suit with two of its own, 47-45.
With less than 9 seconds remaining, sophomore Lady Falcon Marley Tate gave Midway its last opportunity to win the game, putting up a heroic shot from just inside the three-point arc to tie the game at 47-all.
With time winding down, the Lady Falcons put Bellevue’s Destiny Watkins on the free throw line and, with 4 second left, she landed one of two attempts.
Mass led the Lady Falcon offense – and all scorers – with 21 points. Mass opened the game with a three-pointer. Richardson followed with 12 points, while Kelly Forester scored seven, Tate had three points and Breanne Merkel added two.
Bellevue was balanced on the scoreboard. Terry led the Lady Eagles with 11 points, followed by Lawrence with nine, including a first quarter three-pointer. Kimberley Morrow and Destiny Watkins scored eight points each, while McWilliams and Bush scored six points each.