by Tommy Wells
The Bethel Regional High School Lady Warriors rode a 13-point performance by Courtney Williams to a thrilling 51-37 victory over the Nome-Beltz Lady Nanooks in front of a large crowd in the WarriorDome on Friday.
With the victory, Bethel salvaged a split of its two-game series with Nome.
Ashley Mute provided the spark the Lady Warriors needed early on. The BRHS star pumped in five points in the first eight minutes of Game 1 and spearheaded a 14-9 first-quarter spree.
Williams added fuel to the Lady Warriors’ offensive fire in the opening frame by knocking down a three-pointer.
Katie Crow and Sabrina Crow added a pair of clutch shots, while Brittney Boney contributed a pair of free throws.
Leading by five at the start of the second, Bethel all but floored Nome-Beltz in the ensuing eight minutes. Williams pushed home six points in the second quarter and led the Lady Warriors on a 17-4 spree that sent Bethel into the half holding a commanding 31-13 cushion.
Deja Jackson also came up big for BRHS in the second-quarter run. She scored five of her seven points in the frame.
Nome-Beltz attempted to rally in the second half. The Lady Nanooks put together a 24-20 second-half run and pulled to within 14 at the final buzzer.
Sabrina Crow and Mute both finished the game with eight points for BRHS. Boney and Katie Crow added six apiece, while Marissa Crow and Amber Wade pushed in two.
Kerry Ahmasuk and Lisa Okboak led Nome with 10 points apiece.
Despite double-digit efforts from Williams and Mute on Saturday, the BRHS offense didn’t enjoy the same success in a 46-39 setback.
After rallying to take an 18-17 lead at the half. Bethel struggled to get going in the second half. Nome pieced together a 14-11 spree in the third and never looked back.
Williams finished the game as Bethel’s top scorer, netting 21, including 13 in a gallant second-half effort. Mute registered 14 points, including eight in the second half.
Marissa and Sabrina Crow added two each to round out the BRHS scoring attack.
Okboak and Kashtyn Lie led Nome with 14 and 11 points, respectively.