Bell Co. cruises to 57-25 win

Published 10:40 am Thursday, November 30, 2017

Little went wrong for the Bell County girls basketball team on Tuesday. The Lady Cats raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter en route to a 57-25 win over an over-matched Oneida Baptist Institute team.

“It’s always good to start the season off with a win. Obviously, I thought we did a few good things tonight. There are things we’ve got to continue to get better at,” said Bell County coach David Teague following the game. “Either way it’s good. You’ve played one game and you’ve won one game. It’s a good start.”

Bell County was led by senior center Brittney Cupp and sophomore point guard Brittany Davis. Cupp registered a double-double on the night tallying a team-high 12 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field.

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Davis finished the game shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field on her way to 11 points. She also recorded six steals and three assists.

Karlee Cox turned in an impressive performance of her own. The senior guard added nine points to the scoreboard while tallying a team-high seven steals on the defensive end.

“I thought we did a good job early of sharing the basketball and got some people involved in the game,” said Teague. “I don’t think anybody is going to blow it up as far as how many points they had tonight, but we had several that was right there in that 10- to 12-point range. Some of them played some limited minutes tonight but did some good things while they were in there.”

Emilie Field led the Lady Mountaineers in scoring with 12 points. Darlene Mutesi ended the game with seven points with five coming in the second half.

The first quarter seemed to fly by with Bell County dominating throughout. A 17-0 start ended with the Lady Cats leading 19-2 heading into the second quarter.

OBI scored their second basket of the game when Mutesi hit a jumper to cut the lead to 19-4 early in the second. Back-to-back baskets by Brea Browning and Cupp increased that margin to 23-4.

Field hit a 3-pointer to bring the deficit back to 16 before Bell went on a 10-0 run to end the half. During that stint, Davis scored four points while Cox, Lindsay Bryant and Lakyn King tallied two points apiece to give the Lady Cats a 33-7 lead heading into halftime.

The Lady Mountaineers had their best quarters in the second half scoring nine points in both the third and fourth. Field played a big part in that scoring seven points in the second half.

Bell County outscored OBI 24-18 in the second half to secure the 32-point victory.

Up Next

Bell County (1-0) will host Pulaski County (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

OBI (0-1) traveled to Phelps on Thursday before hosting Wolfe County (1-0) on Friday.

Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN