Bellaire Ends Dream Season with Loss to Fowler in Division 4 State Title Game

EAST LANSING – The Bellaire girls basketball team’s historic run to the Breslin Center ended with a 54-20 loss to Fowler in the MHSAA Division 4 state championship game Friday.

Making its first-ever state finals appearance after winning just the program’s second regional championship last week, Bellaire fell behind 11-3 after a quarter and trailed 29-7 at the half.

Mia and Emma Riley led the Fowler (16-4) attack with 18 and 16 points, respectively, as Fowler outscored Bellaire 26-8 in the paint and converted 18 turnovers into 17 points. Fowler also Bellaire 15-1 off the bench.

“Normally, we can bounce back when shots aren’t falling. We have confidence in each other. We can help each other and build each other up, and normally we can get them to go in, but I don’t know what was happening,” Bellaire senior Katie Decker said. “I guess maybe nerves and we never really settled in. I don’t know, but we did the best we could for sure.”

The state championship is Fowler’s second and first since winning the 1991 Class D title.

Decker and Jacey Somers led Bellaire (18-4) with six points apiece while Noel Mann tallied five.

“The score is what it is, but we know that’s not reflective of what this team has done and what this team is capable of,” Bellaire coach Brad Fischer said. “We have so many to thank. The community. The MHSAA’s been awesome. I don’t think any other organization could have got through a season like this.

“Eventually a season comes to an end. Couple special victories along the way, and we still made history. Obviously not the outcome that we wanted, but I don’t know that we could have done too much different when a team shoots like that and can defend like that. Props to them, but props to Bellaire ladies basketball, too.”

Bellaire’s dream season was highlighted by winning a share of Ski Valley Conference championship and postseason wins over North Bay (63-22), Leland (46-44 OT), Gaylord St. Mary (44-30), Frankfort (43-39), Saginaw Nouvel (43-42 OT) and Petersburg-Summerfield (48-29).

 

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