Edison downs Bellaire, 59-57

It was not meant to be for Bellaire’s Lady Big Reds.

Coach Marci Bonar’s team closed out its home schedule with a disappointing Thursday night loss to Edison when a final shot missed the mark and the Wildcats pulled off a 59-57 win.

The Wildcats hit the floor with their hair on fire, netting nearly100 percent of their early buckets and jumping out to a 17-7 lead midway through the opening frame.

Bellaire’s Bonar would call a time out and regroup her Big Reds who responded with a 10-0 run that closed out the stanza back at17-all.

The two teams traded blows through the second period with the Big Reds holding onto a narrow 30-27 lead at the break.

Edison would take advantage of Big Reds’ miscues in the third quarter to outscore Bellaire 19-9 and enter the final frame with a 46-39 advantage.

Bellaire’s lone senior Myleah Green made a push to salvage a final home court win as she netted 11 fourth quarter points to give the Lady Reds one more chance at a tie.

Cari Crozier inbounded the ball with 5.3 ticks left and got the pass back off of a screen. Crozier had already netted a pair of treys for the Big Reds but her shot at the buzzer would not find net and the Wildcats earned their third win of the season.

“We made some mental errors at some critical moments. We had unforced turnovers, fouled away from the ball and gave them one-and-one opportunities down the stretch,” Bonar lamented. “We missed some foul shots that we do not usually miss and I think mentally, we got into a hole early and never fully got our confidence back.”

Green paced the Lady Big Reds with a game high 21 points and 10 rebounds for a farewell double-double.

Sophomore Kierstyn Kidder also put together a double-double netting 16 points and pulling down 11 caroms.

Bellaire went 16 of 56 from two-point land and 4 of 22 from three-point range while converting13 of 21 free throws.

“It was an uncharacteristic shooting night for us,” countered Edison head coach Jason Ensinger. “We were hitting from the perimeter and missing lay-ups.

“If we make our free throws and don’t miss the easy ones they (Bellaire) are not in position to come back,” Ensinger added. “I have to give our girls all the credit, they have kept working hard all season and this win is a result of that work ethic.”

Edison had three players in double figures. Lynsey Morrison led the way with 18 points, Molly McCoy added 17 while Katelyn Pollock netted 13.

The Wildcats were 18 of 38 from close range and 5 of 14 on long range aerials while canning 18 of 27 from the penalty stripe. Edison pulled down 31 rebounds and committed 19 turnovers.

Bellaire, which wraps up regular season play Monday evening at Harrison Central, won Thursday’s jayvee contest 38-24.

BELLAIRE (57) Kidder 5, 4-8 16; Messenger 1, 0-0 2; Crozier 2, 0-0 6; Gillespie 1, 2-2 4; Ryan 2, 2-4 6; Cook 1, 0-0 2; Green 8, 5-7 21. Totals 20, 13-21, EDISON (59) Hunter 0, 3-4 3; Pollock 5, 3-4 13; McCoy 5, 5-10 17; Fonow 0, 1-2 1; Stewart 3. 1-2 7; Morrison 5, 5-518. Totals 18, 18-27.

Three Point Goals: Edison – Morrison (3), McCoy (2). Bellaire Kidder (2), Crozier (2).

Palmer can be reached at mpalmer@timesleader-online.com