Bellevue def. Dordt 78-76
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders came back from a double-digit second half deficit but couldn’t hold a lead late and fell to the Bellevue Bruins in non-conference basketball in Bellevue, Nebraska on Tuesday night.
The Defenders were slow in starting and got down 22-10 midway through the first quarter. Dordt was able to slow the momentum and were back to within three, 26-23, when the quarter ended as Faith Anderson got a putback to beat the buzzer.
Dordt took its first lead with an Annie Rhinesmith basket at the 8:32 mark for a 28-26 advantage. The lead grew to six with a Rachel Evavold basket with 4:17 left in the half for a 39-33 lead. Dordt couldn’t extend the lead and Bellevue came back to tie it 41-41 at the end of the half.
The teams went back and forth and were tied at 49-49 before the Bruins went on a 10-0 run. Dordt answered with an 8-0 run to finish the quarter and added another 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter and led 65-59 with a free throw by Erika Feenstra after a technical foul was assessed to Bellevue’s Elexis Martinez.
Dordt’s largest lead was 71-64 with 4:39 left but the Bruins scored six straight with a pair of three-point possessions.
The Defenders were up 75-72 after a pair of Rhinesmith free throws with 1:54 left in the game. Dordt had a chance to extend the lead but missed a three-point shot led to free throws by the hosts. Bellevue eventually led 77-76 with :13 left. Rhinesmith missed a shot but Feenstra grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with :04 left in the game. Feenstra was unable to convert and Bellevue was fouled and converted one of two free throws with :03 left in the game and Dordt didn’t get a shot of to tie or win the game as time expired.
Dordt had a 51-28 rebounding edge but committed 25 turnovers while forcing 15.
The Defenders were 26-65 from the field and 6-24 from the three-point line with 18-27 free throws converted.
Bellevue was 24-58 from the field and 6-24 from the arc and 24-28 from the free throw line.
Erika Feenstra had 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Annie Rhinesmith had 12 points and seven assists with two steals.
Kenzie Bousema had ten points and six rebounds.
Rachel Evavold added eight points as did Ebby Prewitt and both had five rebounds and three assists.
Morgan Cuffe had 16 points and six rebounds.
Jamie Winkler added 15 points.
Shayla Dean, Jamie Winkler and Laura Jurek all had 12 points.
Both teams are now 10-4.
COACH BILL HARMSEN SAID
“Credit Bellevue, they got loose balls and made plays when they needed to and they got stops when they needed to and we didn’t. It’s one of those games where it comes down to the end like this your bed is made earlier and I felt that way all night tonight. I didn’t think we had a lot of hop in our step. We started the game with three straight turnovers and then spent so much energy to get back in the game and it was one of those nights. We’re going to go back and learn from it and hopefully get better from it.”