Lucky for Coach McGettigan, the two went hand in hand as her Braves shrugged off some early shooting woes to rally for a 51–20 non-conference victory over the Fennimore Golden Eagles at BHS on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
The win kept the Braves unbeaten on the young season and also gave McGettigan a milestone achievement in just over seven years of coaching at the school.
“It feels impossible. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been coaching long enough because it’s been so much fun,” said McGettigan after earning her 100th varsity win at Belmont. “This program has really turned around. It’s enjoyable.”
It looked as if a win would be hard to come by early on after the Eagles (0–2 overall) bolted out to a quick 7–1 lead, but the Belmont defense held strong the rest of the night limiting the guests to just 13 more points over the final 28 minutes of the game.
“It was a slow start,” noted McGettigan. “It’s only the third game of the year, and we’re still trying to work some things out. Once we got going, we really put something together.”
The Braves (4–0) finished the first quarter shooting 1-of-13 from the field and 1-of-2 from the foul line; however those numbers went up significantly in the second quarter where they used a 14–0 scoring run to rally from a 7–4 deficit to an 18–7 lead.
“One of our biggest goals every game is to force turnovers and try and get some transition points, which creates some frustration in an opponent,” said McGettigan. “We did that tonight. Our hands were everywhere. It was fun to watch.”
Belmont led 22–10 at the half and opened the third quarter with a 17–1 run to build up a 39–11 advantage.
The Eagles got as close as 39–18 by the close of the third quarter, but they would only manage a pair of free throws in the final frame as the Braves rolled to a 51–20 decision.
Junior Alie Klein led a balanced attack with 13 points, while Paige Nolan came off the bench to provided 12 points for the Braves. Both players hit two 3-pointers in the game.
Senior point guard Katelyn Schobert added eight points and four steals, and senior Keegan Kamps chipped in with six points, three assists and three steals.
Senior Jannie deHaan tallied six points and six rebounds, while senior Brianna Riechers pulled down six boards as well.
Cheyanne Udelhoven and Danielle Whitish netted nine points apiece to lead Fennimore.
Monday at Monticello, the Braves hit the road for the first time all season and battled through adversity to rally past the host Ponies, 40–35, in an inter-Six Rivers clash.
Playing without Klein due to illness, Schobert and Kamps stepped up huge as the Braves erased a nine-point halftime deficit to pick up their fourth win of the season.
Schobert scored a double–double to lead the Braves’ comeback, sinking five 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to go along with three steals. Kamps netted 13 points and added seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Belmont went into the locker room trailing 24–15 at the half, but fought back to tie the game at 28 all by the end of the third quarter thanks to a 13–4 scoring run.
The Braves kept it up in the fourth quarter, outscoring the hosts by a 12–7 margin to remain unbeaten on the season.
Caitlyn Gilbertson scored four points, blocked three shots and pulled down five rebounds for Belmont.
Alyssah Kubly scored 12 points and Courtney Leuzinger added 10 to pace the Ponies (2–1).
Belmont opens Six Rivers West play at rival Potosi on Friday, and the Braves have a non-conference game at Albany on Tuesday.
Belmont 51, Fennimore 20
(from Tuesday, Nov. 25 @ Belmont)
Fenimore 7 3 8 2 — 20
Belmont 4 18 17 12 — 51
Fennimore (0–2) — Apsen Neisuis 2, Danielle Whitish 9, Cheyenne Udelhoven 9. Totals — 7 4-14 20.
Belmont (3–0) — Jannie DeHaan 6, Brianna Riechers 2, Katelyn Schobert 8, Keegan Kamps 6, Alie Klein 13, Caitlyn Gilbertson 4, Paige Nolan 12. Totals — 19 8-13 51.
3-point goals — F: 2 (Udelhoven 2); B: 5 (Klein 2, Nolan 2, Schobert 1). Team fouls — F: 18, F: 17. Fouled out — F: Udelhoven.
Belmont 40, Monticello 35
(from Monday, Dec. 1 @ Monticello)
Belmont 4 11 13 12 — 40
Monticello 10 14 4 7 — 35
Belmont (4–0) — Jannie deHaan 2, Katelyn Schobert 17, Keegan Kamps 13, Caitlyn Gilbertson 4, Brook Knebel 4. Totals — 12 10-16 40.
Monticello (2–1) — DeVoe 6, Briggs 1, Kubly 12, Zanow 6, Leuzinger 10. Totals — 11 12-17 35.
3-point goals — B: 6 (Schobert 5, Knebel 1); M: 1 (Kubly 1). Team fouls — B: 16, M: 18. Fouled out — B: deHaan; M: DeVoe.