After following 13 days off with a loss on Friday night, Bellevue East's win over Papillion-La Vista Saturday was considered a “much needed win” by coach Blake Anderson.
The Chieftains (12-6) held off a late rally by the Monarchs (12-6) to secure the 56-47 win at Papillion-La Vista.
Amaun Frazier made the big plays down the stretch to lead East to the victory. The Monarchs rallied from as much as 12 down to cut the lead to 46-43 with just over 3 minutes left in the game on a basket from Priscilla O`Dowd. Frazier responded with a 3-pointer on the other end to push the lead back to five and the Monarchs wouldn't get the difference within three the rest of the way.
“That was a huge bucket Amaun hit,” Anderson said. “And in free throw time down the stretch, she's the one we want on the line.”
Frazier capitalized on her trips to the line, making 7 of 8 shots from the charity stripe in the final two minutes while scoring the Chieftains final 10 points of the game.
Bellevue East started the game hot, with a 23-point first quarter, paced by eight points by Viktoreea Cox in the quarter. Papillion-La Vista shot well themselves to put up 17 and keep in striking range.
“They shot exceptional well to start the game,” Papio coach Dave Hubert said. “I'm proud of my girls for not laying down, and it ended up being a pretty good game.”
Bellevue East continued to score in the second but tightened up their defense to take a 35-23 lead into halftime. Papio cut three points out of the East lead in the third to set up its rally in the fourth.
Peyton Hagen hit a 3 for East to start the fourth, followed by nine straight Monarch points with O`Dowd netting seven of them. Two free throws from East's Haley Ourada and another bucket from O`Dowd set the stage for the Frazier takeover down the stretch.
“This was a nice bounce back game for us,” Anderson said. “Papio is so smart and fundamentally sound, that you have to play a complete game to beat them.”
For the Monarchs, this loss snapped an eight game winning streak.
“I would have been disappointed if we laid down and didn't fight back, but we didn't,” Hubert said. “We'll be fine after this loss, we're not going to let it get us down.”
Frazier finished with 16 points to lead East. Hagen pitched in with 11 and Cox 10.
Katie Oswald carried the offense early for Papillion-La Vista and finished with 20 points and O`Dowd netted 13.
• The Monarchs needed overtime to notch a 66-57 win over Millard South Friday.
The Patriots erased a 3 point Papio lead with about a minute left to force an extra period, where the Monarchs dominated with a 14-5 advantage.
Millard South led early with a 13-12 lead after one and a 26-24 lead at the half.
The Monarchs won the third quarter 14-9 to take a lead into the fourth.
Oswald poured in 17 points to lead the Monarchs with Alli Kalal and O`Dowd adding 10 apiece, with O`Dowd grabbing nine rebounds. Ashley Nelson handed out eight assists.
• Bellevue East's slow start cost them the game Friday against Omaha Northwest.
The Huskies built a 10-point lead at halftime on its way to topping East 58-52.
The Chieftains picked things up by outscoring Northwest in both the third and fourth quarters, but couldn't complete the comeback.
Hagen's 14 points led the Chieftains. Roshawn Hollie and Ourada each added a dozen with Hollie adding 11 rebounds.