At the MEC:
One team had to come away with their first victory of the season. It was a great rivalry game between two teams that are better than their records indicate. The Mohawks have the size and Bellevue has depth and good athleticism They play every minute like it’s their last and it payed off in a hard fought 56-55 win over Marquette. It was anyone’s game right to the last shot. The winner was up in the air until a last-second Mohawk attempt careened off the rim. The final seconds lasted forever.
The Mohawks were up 53-50 when Bellevue’s Paxton Felderman hit the first of his two big three’s to tie the game 53-53.
With 40 seconds left, the Mohawk’s Danny Koos hit a short jumper to regain the lead 55-53 for Marquette.
Down two-points the Comets needed a two for a tie or a three to win. With 28 seconds on the clock, sophomore Felderman drilled another three to get the Comes the lead 56-55. The Mohawks failed on their first scoring attempt but had another chance when Bellevue missed the front end of a one-and-one. They missed a short jumper and Bellevue picked up its first victory of the season 56-55.
It was a typical city rivalry game. The largest lead held by either team in the half was 6-points. It was 10-10 after one quarter and 29 23- at the half. Their were four lead changes in the second period.
The Comets built a 6-point lead early 33-27 in the third quarter. Ethan Pfiffner's 12-pts (21game) closed it to 39-36. The Mohawks fine comeback sent the game to final stanza down three points.
Marquette finally tied it at 43-43 on a Matt Brinker basket. The game was tied 45-45, 47-47 and 53-53 when Felderman hit his three for the final.
Daugherty had 18-points and Felderman 17 to lead Bellevue. Pfiffner led all scores with 21 points, Koos added 10, Ty Parker nine and Matt Brinker off the bench 8 including four big free throws in the final minute. The win moves the Comets to 1-3 and drops the Mohawks to 0-3.
Bellevue10 13 13 17 -56
Marquette 10 13 13 19-55
Trey Daugherty 18, Paxton Felderman 17, Andrew Swartz 5, Lucus Tennant 4, Riley Konrardy 2, Trevor Hager 4, Colby Sieverding 6. Totals 21 7-10 56
Danny Koos 10, Ethan Pfiffner 21, Ty Parker 9, Carson Michels 6, Matt Brinker 8, Tyler Kremer 1.
Totals 18 15-23 55
3-pt goals - BM Parker 2, Koos, Pfiffner
Michels and Banowetz
score 20-pts each
At the MEC:
A crosstown rivalry matchup between two unbeaten rated teams went to the Comets 52-49. It was match-up of size versus a veteran quick defensive minded team.
The Mohawks the states Class 1A 10th rated team were dominant on the glass while Bellevue ranked 10th in Class 2A used defense to narrow the size difference. There ability to force turnovers &contest every shot proved to be the difference in the end. Two late Mohawk mistakes cost them the game after they punished the Comets on the board to get a lead.
The Comets behind the slashing drives of Giana Michels (20-pts) and Lindsey Banowetz (20pts) kept the Comets in the lead at halftime. Michels 14- first half points sparked a 28-23 lead. Banowetz scored 8pts in the half, adding 12 of her 20-pts in the second half.
The defense blanked the Mohawks leading scorer Miranda Peters in the first half but Tori Michels and Teona Richman kept the game close with their scoring.
Peters came out and scored eight points to draw the Mohawks even at midway through the third quarter 32-32. The Comets defense tightened and Michels and Teresa Paulsen hit baskets to regain the lead and the quarter ended 42-38.
Richman hit back to back baskets to cut the lead 44-43. Seconds later a Peters putback gave Marquette it’s first lead 45-44.
Steals and fastbreak baskets from Michels & Banowetz gave the Comets a 48-45 lead. Tori Michel (14-pts) scored two putbacks, giving the Mohawks a 49-48 lead. It would be their final points as Banowetz hit a short jumper and Michels drove for a basket for a 52-49 lead.
The Mohawks missed contested shots in the final seconds after a missed Comet free throw, The Comets came way with another steal to end it 52-49.
The Comets move to 4-0, Marquette drops to 4-1.
Bellevue 16 12 14 10 -52
Marquette 10 13 15 11 -49
Bellevue (52)- Giana Michels 20, Lindsey Banowetz 20, Kailey Miller 2, Teresa Paulsen 4, Sally Paulsen 4, Alyssa Rubel 2. Totals 23 5-10 53
Tori Michel 14, Teona Richman 10, Ellie O'brien 9, Macey Kremer 6, Lizzy Parker 3. Totals 19 9-17 49
3-pt goals B-Michels 2, BM- Richman, Parker