Shelby Cansler scored 19 of her game high 21 points in the second half to help Bellevue break away in the fourth quarter and beat Lincoln 60-47.
“She wasn’t going to let us lose,” said Bellevue coach Leah Krautter of Cansler, who also had five steals.
For most of the game, Bellevue (23-3) and Lincoln (16-8) were in a deadlock. The lead changed five times, and at the end of the third quarter Bellevue lead just 37-33. But Bellevue’s defense made the difference in the fourth quarter, giving the Wolverines a 23-14 advantage to finish out the game.
“The girls really like to create our offense from defense,” said Krautter. “I think just getting the confidence and getting their hands on a few balls and capitalizing on those gave us enough drive to get over the hump.”
Forward Tatiana Streun added 16 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists, and Mackenzie Keeter chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.