Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson sophomore Hannah Belt may have scored just five points against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, but those five happened to be the Yellow Jackets' biggest of the game — and maybe in almost a decade in the rivalry.
They were the last five Yellow Jacket points of the game and provided Jefferson with its first win over the Lynx since 2009.
Belt tied the game with under a minute left on a layup and then won it when she drained a 3-pointer as time expired as T.J. ended a string of 21 straight wins in the series by the Lynx with a 38-37 win at the Thomas Jefferson Activities Center.
Belt, playing in just her third varsity game, said she just wanted to contribute at the end of a game that was pretty ugly for most of it.
“I came out like not the best that I wanted to. Since we weren't scoring the most, I just wanted to step up and help my team out,” Belt said.
That she did.
“I was really, really nervous. Then again, we haven't beaten A.L. in so long. I was really shocked,” Belt said of her buzzer-beater.
“I kind of went sideways with it. I didn't expect it to go in,” she added.
Lateah Willie led the Jackets, who improved to 2-1, with 18 points while Kayla Schleifman paced Lincoln with 10.
The final minute provided as much as excitement as the first 32.
The Lynx led 5-4 after one quarter, and Jefferson had a 14-10 advantage at halftime.
Jefferson coach Devin Schoening said it was a struggle early for both offenses early.
“I don't know if it was a feeling out or if it was just a weird night. We just couldn't get going offensively.
“We didn't feel like they were doing anything defensively that we weren't ready for. We just weren't executing, and we weren't doing the things that we had planned on doing,” Schoening said.
The Lynx (2-2) wouldn't have been in the position they were at the end of the game if not for poor free-throw shooing,
Lincoln made just 3 of 12 from behind the line in the first half, but improved to 6 of 8 in the second.
A.L. coach Chad Schaa said that was the difference between a win and a loss.
“When it came down to us trying to make a free throw, we just didn't finish our free throws tonight, and that really cost us.
“We needed to step up and make free throws, especially when it's crunch time and early in the game as well,” Schaa said.
Schoening said that his team might have been lucky to be up 14-10 at halftime after A.L.'s performance from the charity stripe, but the Jackets weren't the only ones that should have felt that way.
“They should have felt a little fortunate too,” Schoening said of the Lynx.
“We didn't play very well in the first half. I told our girls that. It was kind of just an ugly, slow, slog of a game in that first half, but we weren't hitting anything either,” he added.
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (2-2)..............5 6 12 14—37
At Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (2-1)........4 10 13 11—38
CBAL: Brooke Wohlers 1, Jillian Shanks 4, Samantha Christiansen 5, Julia Wagoner 6, Lucy Turner 9, Baylie Girres 2, Kayla Schleifman 10.
CBTJ: Hannah Belt 5, Jasmine Ramos 3, Allisa Schubert 7, Allison Schubert 5, LaTeah Willie 18.
Abraham Lincoln boys 68, Thomas Jefferson 42
Josh Dix scored 19 points, and Hunter Hendrix added 14 more as Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln routed Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 68-42 at the Thomas Jefferson Activities Center.
Camerons Lukavsky paced the Yellow Jackets with 21 points while Beayha Gilo scored 10.
The Lynx led 34-20 at halftime and 50-33 to start the fourth quarter.
Lincoln improved to 1-1 while Jefferson fell to 0-3.
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (1-1)...............15 19 16 18—68
At Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (0-3)............9 11 13 9—42
CBAL: Jadin Johnson 3, Tyler Reiss 9, Josh Dix 19, Matthew Evans 5, Kaden Baxter 3, Hunter Hendrix 14, Kainalu Caldwell 3, Andrew Christensen 5, Lennx Brown 1, Noah Sandbothe 1, Ethan Brewer 5.
CBTJ: Reese Schlotfeld 2, Cameron Lukavsky 21, Beayha Gilo 10. Christian Contreras 2, Wimach Gilo 3, Jermaine Green 3, Auston Schubert 1.