The game was tied 30-30 with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter before Bell outscored the Trojanettes 10-2 the rest of the quarter and used a 22-11 outburst in the final period to put the game away. The Lady Bobcats have won two straight, having defeated North Laurel 53-49 on Thursday.
“Any time we can win one, we're tickled,” Bell County coach Richard Gambrel said. “We're trying to find ourselves, but we've come a long ways in the last couple of days.”
Bell County placed four starters in double figures. Katie Dixon powered the Lady Cats with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Kristen Baker and Jenna Lefevers followed with 13 points apiece. Tracy Laws contributed 11 points.
“I think we're playing hard, and they're realizing what it takes to step up and be a better basketball team,” said Gambrel.
The Trojanettes struggled from the field, hitting just 11 of 67 for 16 percent. Cawood hit seven 3-pointers but attempted 39 shots from long distance.
Cawood coach Bucky Burkhart said his Trojanettes were too dependent on the 3-point shot.
“For some reason we were. We weren't shooting good shots. We passed the ball once and shot it. We had no ball movement. None at all,” he said.
Junior guard Emily Boggs led Cawood with 13 points on 2-for-21 shooting.
“You've got to watch her. I started to meet them at the bus and guard her from there,” Gambrel joked. “If she gets hot, you're in trouble, and she's such a good kid.”
Dixon scored five points as Bell scored the game's first eight points. Cawood didn't score until Jennifer Hensley's basket at the 2:48 mark of the first quarter.
The Trojanettes missed 14 of 15 shots from the field in the opening as Bell County took a 14-5 advantage into the second period.
After the Lady Cats grabbed a 11-point lead early in the quarter, Cawood started to hit 3-pointers. A pair of treys by Boggs and one each by Jyssica Williams and Denna Burkhart allowed the Trojanettes to trim the deficit to 22-18 with 2:22 left in the first half.
Bogs hit two free throws as the Trojanettes pulled with two, but a layup by Kacy Denny and a free throw by Lefevers helped Bell take a 26-21 lead into the locker room.
A couple of baskets by Ashley Davenport and a 3-pointer from Chelsey Hensley tied the game at 30.
Baker completed a three-point play and Lefevers hit three of four free throws as Bell County took a 40-32 after the third quarter.
The Lady Cats dished out 12 assists as Lefevers added six.
“We're playing better together, and we're looking for each other,” said Gambrel. “I feel if we just play hard, everything else will take care of itself.”
The closest Cawood got in the fourth quarter was eight on two occasions. Bell County hit seven of 11 free throws in the period and added seven field goals.
Bell County (4-8) will play for third place in the tournament finals against Knox Central today at 6:30 p.m. at Middlesboro High School.
Cawood (4-6) meets Ryle at 3:30 p.m. North Laurel will face Middlesboro at 5 in the fifth-place game. Betsy Layne takes on Claiborne, Tenn., for the championship at 8.
Emily Boggs 2-21 7-9 13, Denna Burkhart 1-6 3-4 6, Jyssica Williams 1-6 0-2 3, Jennifer Hensley 1-3 0-2 2, Whitney Middleton 0-4 1-4 1, Ashley Davenport 3-5 3-4 9, Alex Martinez 1-7 0-0 3, Sam Brock 0-2 0-2 0, Amanda Helton 0-1 0-0 0, Chelsey Hensley 2-10 0-0 6, April Grubbs 0-2 0-0 0, Brittany Miniard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-67 14-27 43.
BELL COUNTY (4-8)
Kristen Baker 4-5 5-7 13, Jenna Lefevers 3-4 7-11 13, Tracy Laws 5-8 1-4 11, Katie Dixon 5-7 3-5 14, Melissa Partin 0-1 3-6 3, Kacy Denny 0-5 1-2 1, Jamie Shepherd 2-11 1-4 7, Mikala Robbins 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-43 21-39 62.
Cawood 5 16 11 11 - 43
Bell County 14 12 14 22 - 62
3-point goals: Cawood 7-39 (C. Hensley 2-7, Boggs 2-11, Burkhart 1-5, Martinez 1-5, Williams 1-6, Helton 0-1, Grubbs 0-2, Brock 0-2), Bell County 3-11 (Shepherd 2-7, Dixon 1-2, Baker 0-1, Denny 0-1). Rebounds: Cawood 35 (Middleton 9), Bell County 49 (Dixon 15). Assists: Cawood 6 (Williams 2), Bell County 12 (Lefevers 6). Turnovers: Cawood 19, Bell County 28. Fouled out: Cawood (J. Hensley, Burkhart).