Herald Staff Report
Bellevue outscored Midland 26-9 in the fourth quarter Friday night to earn a 50-41 victory in Big East Conference girls basketball.
The win was the seventh straight for the Comets (7-2, 5-1 conference) but perhaps more importantly it marked the early return of junior guard Ali Reeg.
Reeg was eyeing a return in the middle of the month following knee surgery in the summer.
“I was practicing hard and it wasn’t swelling or anything,” Reeg said. “I felt good, so I talked to my doctor and he gave the OK.”
Bellevue coach Tim Roth sent Reeg into the game for her first action of the season early in the second quarter.
“I was just happy to go in again; I was relieved,” Reeg said. “Once I got out there, it was basketball mode. I was serious and played my game. I felt really good.”
Reeg scored one point in the second quarter and added seven, including a 3-pointer in the second half.
“In the first half, I was just getting back into the groove,” she said. “In the second half, I figured out the team again and got back into the flow. The team played really good.”
Kelsey Ernst led the way for Bellevue with 17 of her game-high 28 points in the second half.
Reeg said she was pleasantly surprised with her first time back on the court.
“It was not as hard as I expected it to be,” she said. “I thought I’d be really slow and out of shape, but practice helped a lot. It will take a little bit for me to be back to normal, but I think it went pretty darn well.”
Rebels knock off Marquette
GOOSE LAKE — Northeast used a 30-12 run during the second and third quarters to hand Marquette Catholic its first Big East Conference loss of the season 59-52 on Friday night.
Marquette (7-2, 6-1 conference) led 15-13 early in the second quarter when the Rebels started their run. Northeast (7-2, 5-1) lead 43-27 midway through the fourth quarter and then held on as the Mohawks closed the game on a 20-12 run.
Nicole Blum scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half for the Mohawks, ranked seventh in Class 1A. For Northeast, Addie Oberman scored 16 points to lead four Rebels in double figures.
PRESTON — Preston scored the first 12 points Friday night and led 41-7 in the third quarter on its way to a 60-20 Big East Conference girls basketball win over Calamus-Wheatland.
Cassie Aldis scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the first half for the Trojans (7-2, 5-2 conference). Brooke Krogman also reached double figures for Preston with 12 points. Calamus-Wheatland (0-9, 0-7) was led by McKenna Luepker’s 10 points, all in the second half.
Faith tops Unity
Unity Christian was outscored 12-1 in the second quarter to face a 12-point halftime deficit Friday as Faith grabbed a 49-29 victory.
Vanessa Frederick led Unity with 11 points and 10 rebounds. JoLynn Frederick also grabbed 10 rebounds and Erin Wessels chipped in eight points.
INDEPENDENCE — Independence outscored Maquoketa 21-4 over the final nine minutes of the first half and won 45-27 on Friday night.
Aubree Taylor scored nine points to lead the Cardinals, who trailed 29-11 at halftime and faced a 24-point deficit in the third quarter.