Slidell came to Bellevue with two winning streaks intact, a 37-game district run and nine years of wins against the home team. The Lady Eagles put an end to both, Tuesday night.
After a tenacious first half of run-and-gun basketball, the Lady Eagles slowed Slidell’s fast-paced offense to a trickle to claim a 51-20 win over the Lady ‘Hounds.
“Basically, we just slowed their offense down, and executed well,” said Bellevue Coach Matthew Baird. “We had good momentum, and it was at our pace.”
Baird said Slidell’s game plan was to make the game “track meet”, but Bellevue threw the effort with a solid passing game.
The two teams were evenly matched in the first half, going basket for basket. Bellevue fell behind 12-11 in the first, but evened the game going into halftime with a 13-12 second quarter. The Lady Eagles outscored Slidell 11-5 in the third and 16-11 in the fourth.
“That was our game plan and that was the key to the win,” said Baird.
Bellevue’s fourth quarter performance at the free throw line guaranteed the win. Bailey Terry scored five free throws on six attempts, while Emily Barnett and Samantha McWilliams scored three each from the charity line. Kimberley Morrow added another.
McWilliams and Terry finished the game in double digits, scoring 19 and 15 points, respectively. Barnett scored seven, while Morrow added four, Aleshia Lawrence scored three, Amber Bush scored two and Brittany Logan scored one point.
The last time Slidell lost a district game was to Midway three years ago, said Baird.
“It’s a monkey off My Back,” He said.
Despite the loss, Slidell remains in command of the district, followed by Saint Jo in Second and Prairie Valley, coached by Midway graduate Cash Miller, in third. Bellevue will finish district competition in fourth place.