The Port Arthur News
Neither coach seemed too pleased during and after the Nederland Lady Bulldogs defeated the Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians on Friday.
Even a ref was a little thrown off as he was heard saying, “I feel like we just got done with a triple overtime game,” as he left the court.
Then to top things off, a minor fight broke out as the teams were leaving the court. One witness said it was between a teenage Nederland fan and a PN-G player.
Nederland won the game 62-56 despite Taylor Brewer having a monster game for the Lady Indians. Brewer finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds.
It wasn’t enough though as PN-G could not overcome 37 turnovers.
The game, which lasted well over two hours, featured a combined 71 turnovers and 58 fouls. Both teams were in the double bonus to start the fourth quarter. It took 14 minutes to take three minutes off the clock to start the final frame.
There was a total of 73 free throws attempted in the game, 37 for PN-G and 36 for 36.
In a game like this, there was one word on Nederland coach Anna Bellfield’s mind.
“We stayed focused tonight,” Bellfield said. “That could have been hard to do considering all the distractions.”
One more distraction for the Lady Bulldogs was that it was Senior Night for Nederland and nine players participated in their final game at Bulldog Gym.
Justice Cormier led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and eight rebounds while Kinsey Miller finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Friday night’s second period proved to be the pivotal moments for the Lady Bulldogs.
PN-G was up 12-9 after the first period only to see Nederland pour in 24 points in the second.
The Lady Indians turned the ball over 14 times in the second and only scored 11 points as Nederland took a 33-23 lead into the break.
Nederland’s Christine Porterfield scored eight points in the quarter and converted to three-point plays.
Cormier then scored seven in the third and Miller added five as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Indians 18-15 in the third to take a 51-38 advantage to the fourth.
PN-G’s attempt to overcome the gap in the fourth was aided by 11 turnovers from Nederland.
The Lady Indians couldn’t get it done though after shooting 10-for-25 from the free throw line in the game’s final eight minutes.
PN-G outrebounded Nederland 48-34.
Kendra Coleman finished with nine points and five rebounds for PN-G while teammate Shelby Valentine added eight points and five boards.
Nederland finished 21-for-36 from the charity stripe while PN-G was 15-for-37 from the line.
Lauren Crenshaw had seven points for the Lady Bulldogs while Deloren Goudea and Arianna Stewart each finished with six points.
PN-G will finish its year Tuesday with a home game against Vidor while Nederland hits the road to face Beaumont Ozen.