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.”