Girls battle Bellevue

Mark and Cindy Becker · Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Last Friday, Dec. 1, the West Liberty girls’ basketball team returned home after starting the season with two road games.

It was a battle of the Comets as the undefeated Class 2A #5 Bellevue visited West Liberty for an inter-conference matchup. Bellevue would be a come out on top with a 69-35 win.

“They could not miss tonight, they hit everything. We did the best we could to stop them,” explained Coach Fear when talking about the Bellevue Comets team.

“We really wanted to keep an eye on (Bellevue Center) Kelchen down low, so we had our hands full with that and then with outside shooters we wanted to do a box and one. We did that for a little bit, trying to shut them down,” he said.

“Overall our defense is doing very well; we just need to do a better job on the offensive side with rebounds and getting our shots when we’re tired,” stated Fear.

The West Liberty girls got off to a slow start. Bellevue ran out to a 10-0 start before Isabel Morrison hit a three point shot from the top of the key with a little over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Bellevue would tack on another seven points before the end of the quarter. Whereas the hometown Comets were unable to score and the quarter would end with Bellevue holding a 17-3 lead.

The second quarter was another uphill battle for West Liberty as the visiting Bellevue team showed why they were state ranked.

West Liberty could only master 9 points in the quarter with only two made shots, a three pointer by Janey Gingerich, and a layup from Haylee Lehman.

The other points in the quarter came from made free throws. At halftime, the West Liberty Comets were at a 37-12 deficit.

The West Liberty girls came out from halftime with a 4-0 run, with a steal and layup by Gingerich and a fast break basket by Lehman with an assist from Austyn Crees.

Bellevue would then flex their muscles and outscore the hometown Comets 16-8 for the rest of the frame. West Liberty was down 53-24 after three quarters.

As the fourth quarter started, the Bellevue Comets continued to roll by scoring the first points of the frame.

Gingerich was able to stop the West Liberty scoring drought by knocking down a big shot from behind the arc with 5:09 to go in the game.

She would score another basket for the Comets along with Macy Akers and Isabel Morrison in the quarter to bring the final score to 69-34.

Freshman Janey Gingerich would lead all West Liberty scorers with 12 points and Isabel Morrison would tally 8 for the game. Macy Akers put 6 points in and Lehman and Crees had 5 and 3 points respectively.

West Liberty hosted the Durant Wildcats on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and will travel to Iowa City Regina Regals this Friday, Dec. 8.
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