Eldridge – North Scott scored just four points in two different quarters.
At one point in the second half, the Lancers went almost eight minutes without scoring.
They shot just 28 percent from the field.
And they won 38-19.
However, North Scott held on for a 33-31 Mississippi Athletic Conference victory over visiting Bettendorf Tuesday night at The Pit.
“They crushed it, that’s for sure,” North Scott head coach Devin Davis said. “It was just one of those games that had to be won ugly. A ‘W’ is a ‘W’ and we needed that win.”
After a couple of injuries led to a 3-5 start that dropped the Lancers out of the state rankings for the first time in seven years, they needed something to get them going heading into the holiday break.
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“Having this win on our shoulders is good for motivation and keeps us going,” said Lauren Gollinghorst, who scored a game-high 15 points for the Lancers.
North Scott (4-5, 4-3 MAC) scored just six points in the first 14-and-a-half minutes of the second half, allowing Bettendorf to rally from a nine-point halftime deficit to take the lead against Keith Scholl. layup with 1 minute, 23 seconds left.
Gollinghorst tripped at the other end and fell heavily to the floor, but got up and made a pair of free throws that gave the Lancers the lead for good.
“It hurt, but I knew I needed to make the free throws just to give us the lead and get us motivated,” Gollinghorst said.
The Bulldogs missed a poor shot at the other end and Gollinghorst scored to extend the lead to three. Bettendorf’s Lily Petersen drove inside, but the Lancers came up empty after a pair of free throws.
Faith Furness’ game-tying 3-pointer hung on the rim for a second before falling and Sydney Skarich made one of two free throws to extend North Scott’s lead to four.
Bettendorf quickly ran back and Furness hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left. Lexie Ward made the second of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left, but the Bulldogs’ final pass found itself in the hands of North Scott’s Cora O’Neill.
“We didn’t shoot free throws very well, and they got it all the way,” Davis said. “It was a bit nasty, but we got it done. That’s all that matters.”
Bettendorf (5-4, 4-3) shot just 20 percent (10-50) from the field and turned the ball over 24 times in the contest.
“I thought we played really good defense, man and zone, but we’ve got to make free throws and we’ve got to make layups. We didn’t do those two things and that was it,” Bettendorf head coach Brian Treat said. “Our sticks are taking shots right around the basket and they’re not going in. I thought we played really hard, but sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in.”
Petersen had 12 points and 16 rebounds. Scholl added eight points.
The Bulldogs collected 14 offensive rebounds in the first half, but went 4-for-27 from the field and trailed 21-12 at halftime. The Lancers went 7-10 from the field in the second quarter to build their lead.
“The shots were hitting them in the first half and we didn’t even get one out in the half,” Tritt said. “We’ll turn the page and hopefully in the second half of the year, when we see them in our place, we’ll deploy them.”