The Bellarmine Prep Lions caught fire in the fourth quarter to shift what had been a close game into a blowout against Puyallup on Jan. 11. The game was played at Bellarmine.
Puyallup’s Payton Worley nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 8. Callie Stevens responded with a three-pointer for Bellarmine as they got out to a 12-8 lead after one period.
Senior forward Ciara Gatpatan used her height advantage to good use in the second period, blocking two shots. Analesa Mason made a three-pointer and the Lions went into the locker room leading 23-17.
Mason hit two three-pointers in the third period to pace Bellarmine to a 33-28 lead.
Julia Bordeaux got the scoring started in the fourth when she was fouled attempting a lay-up. Her two free throws made it 35-28. Stevens followed that up with a three-pointer. Bellarmine utilized a full-court press that seemed to unsettle the Vikings.
Bordeaux made the play of the game when she stole an inbound pass, maneuvered toward the basket and made a skyhook shot. Stevens made two more treys in the period to boost the Bellarmine point production.
Stevens led Bellarmine with 24 points, followed by Reyelle Frazier with 17 points and Makiah Reed with 12. Bordeaux led the Lions with 13 rebounds, and also had four steals. The win improved Bellarmine’s record to 10-2 overall, 9-0 in conference. Puyallup fell to 5-9, 3-7 in conference.