The Sideline

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 This Week's Paper
Lady Lions use strong fourth quarter to top Auburn Riverside

By Justin Gimse

For three quarters the host Bellarmine Prep girls team was unable to shake a quick and determined squad from Auburn Riverside in the first-round of the West Central District III/Southwest District 4 4A Girls Basketball Tournament. The scoreboard read 29-29 at the start of the fourth-quarter and the flow of the game said it may go down to the wire.

At the first whistle to start the fourth quarter Bellarmine (16-2) came alive, stifling the Ravens (11-10) on defense and outscoring them 13-2 in the first 4:30 minutes. The Lions never let up until the final buzzer, pulling away with a 52-34 victory and momentum for their 2:45 p.m. district game Saturday against Kentwood at Rogers H.S.

Bellarmine’s Claire Martin led all scorers with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

“I thought it was going to be a close and intense game.” said Martin. “They’re a good team and really fast. We looked for each other in the fourth quarter and decided we needed to be communicating better on defense and it all starts on defense.”

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