With a dominating man-to-man defense in the first half Tuesday night, Bellevue’s varsity Lady Eagles claimed a 59-53 win over Henrietta.
The Lady Eagles effectively shut down Henrietta shooter Anni Scholl in the first quarter of the game, at one point in the first half, took a 20-point lead.
Bailey Terry led the Lady Eagles with 2o points before fouling out with only minutes remaining, while Kim Morrow’s seven steals drove Bellevue’s domineering defense. Terry, Morrow and Emily Barnett combined for 17 rebounds in the opponent’s paint.
Still, Scholl managed 19 points — mostly in the second half — to lead the Lady Cats in their attempt at a major comeback. The junior also had 11 rebounds.
Bellevue took a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, and increased its lead going into halftime with a 15-8 second quarter. Henrietta came out of the locker room a different team, and narrowed Bellevue’s lead to five with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Henrietta outscored Bellevue 20-16 in the third and 21-14 in the fourth.
Barnett followed Terry with nine points for the Lady Eagles. Destiny Watkins scored seven, while Barnett, Bailey Schroeder and Amber Bush added six points each. Cassidy York scored five points. Bellevue hit 16 of 30 free throw attempts.
Terry led the team in total rebounds with eight, while Barnett had six and Morrow finished with five.
Cheyenne Barry scored eight points for the Lady Cats, followed by Taylor Burch, Cassie Pickett and Katie Jo Blanscet with six points each. Blanscet came away with six rebounds, while Pickett had five steals.
In junior varsity action, Henrietta defeated Bellevue 18-15. Brooke Hoff led the Lady Cats with 18 points, followed by Jessica Mabry with 15 points.