Lady Trojans come back to beat Chapman 57-54
CHAPMAN – In a non-league contest in Chapman on Tuesday night, against the Fighting Irish, the Beloit Lady Trojans used a big fourth quarter to come back from 46-39 deficit to pick up their sixth win of the season.
Beloit got off to a nice start with an inside basket from Sydney Johnson followed up by a steal and contested lay-up for Jessica Meier who led the Lady Trojans with 15 points. Shea Larson put Beloit up 6-4 after the first four minutes of play. Sydney Barrett got in on the action with a rebound and put-back for a five-point advantage. Larson put Beloit up 10-6 and Breezy Schroeder drove to double up the Irish 12-6 with under a minute to play in the first. A pair of Meier free throws, before back-to-back Chapmen three pointers, gave the Lady Trojans a 16-12 lead going into the second quarter.
Larson hit again for her sixth point and it was 19-12 Beloit, two minutes into the second quarter. Minutes later, with the Lady Trojans leading 21-14, Meier executed a play to stretch the lead to nine. From that point, the Irish outscored Beloit 10-2 in the final 2:35 of the half and pulled within one to leave Beloit leading 25-24 at halftime.
Teams exchanged baskets in the first four minutes of the third quarter and Chapman had built a three-point lead at 37-34. The Lady Irish finished the final two minutes of the quarter with a 9-3 run to head into the fourth leading 46-39.
The Lady Trojans came alive in the fourth quarter. Larson started things off with a pair of charities to get within five and helped Beloit draw within three. Beloit traded baskets with the Irish for a pair of possessions and it was 48-45 Irish with five minutes to play.
Meier brought Beloit back within a point off another steal and runout lay-in by Jessica Meier. A three-point play put Chapman back up by four at 51-47.
Meier made it back-to-back baskets to nose Beloit within a deuce at 51-49. The Lady Trojans inforced a full court pressure for a turnover, and Johnson followed at the line for one free shot. Moments later, trailing by a point, Meier found Johnson in the lane for a basket to take their first lead since early in the third quarter.
Chapman’s Davis quickly drilled a three pointer to put her team back on top. Beloit tied the game at 54 when Larson put back a Meier miss with 1:40 to play.
The score stood until 32 seconds to play, when Meier gave Beloit the lead for good, driving the lane for a pass inside to Johnson for two. Beloit led 56-54. A technical foul on the Chapman put Barrett at the line for two. She hit one, got a steal on Chapman’s final possession, with three seconds remaining, and the game was over.
“I told them these are the games that you build on for games at sub-state and things like that. We picked at this lead a little bit at a time and were able to come away with the win,” said Beloit Head Coach Shauna Remus.
Chapman is a better team than their 3-5 record would suggest. They have lost five straight games by a combined 20 points against quality opponents including Wamego, Marysville, Abilene and Clay Center before falling to Beloit.
Meier led the way for the Lady Trojans with a career high 15 to go along with eight boards, five assists and a trio of steals. Larson poured in 14, and Beloit improved to 6-2 heading into Friday’s game versus Minneapolis. They will open the Sterling Tournament on Monday as the No. 2 seed to face No. 7 seed Lyons (2-6) at 5 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
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