No. 7 Bellevue smothers second-ranked Iowa City Regina in RVC girls' basketball opener

Rivalry Saturday: Without returning all-stater Mary Crompton, Regals shoot 20 percent from the field

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Jeff Wallace figured he had enough scorers to overcome the loss of one star player.

With returning Class 2A all-state honoree Mary Crompton sidelined with a knee injury, the second-year Iowa City Regina girls’ basketball coach put the game in the hands of his defense.

Neither were enough against a game Bellevue squad.

The second-ranked Regals converted just three of 29 3-point attempts and lost to No. 7 Bellevue, 39-29, in a River Valley Conference opener Saturday during Rivalry Saturday at Coe College’s Kohawk Arena.

“I was completely shocked,” Wallace said. “We’ve been shooting the ball so well in practice and I thought we were going to be shooting the ball fine. We’ve done really well in scrimmages against other teams. Offensively, I had no concerns coming into this game, which was a surprise.”

The loss snapped a 37-game conference win streak for the Regals (0-1). For Bellevue, it avenges a loss in last year’s regional final.

“We came ready to play,” said Bellevue junior guard Giana Michels, who posted seven points, four rebounds and three steals. “We wanted some revenge after losing to them last year. I definitely think a full team effort was the reason that we were able to pull out the win.”

Regina scored seven of the first eight points and held a 15-14 halftime lead after a 3-pointer from senior guard Lauren Gaarde. A basket by post Alex Wiese gave the Regals their final lead at 19-17 late in the third quarter. From there, a 21-5 Bellevue burst ended any suspense.

“I liked our grit,” Bellevue Coach Rick Reeg said. “We had a lot of help defense, so that did a lot of it. … It was a total defensive team effort. That is what I was most proud of.”

Gaarde — the starter in place of Crompton — led the Regals with 10 points, while Wiese was held to eight with seven rebounds.

Senior guard Camryn Reeg led the Comets with 11 points off the bench, while senior forward Rebecca Schroeder added seven with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Wallace had no timetable for Crompton’s return. Regina hosts Durant on Tuesday.

“I thought we competed really hard defensively,” Wallace said. “It was a struggle. When we started missing shots, I think it just made us a little tentative offensively and we started doing things we weren’t comfortable normally doing.”


At U.S. Cellular Center

Class 2A No. 7 Bellevue 39, No. 2 Iowa City Regina 29

Bellevue 3 11 12 13—39

I.C. Regina 7 8 7 7—29

BELLEVUE (39): Kailey Miller 0-1 0-2 0, Lindsey Banowetz 1-5 0-0 4, Teresa Paulsen 2-4 1-3 5, Rebecca Schroeder 2-6 3-4 7, Giana Michels 2-12 3-5 7, Alyssa Rubel 1-1 0-0 3, Camryn Reeg 3-5 2-2 11, Brianna Laughlin 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Kelchen 1-5 2-4 4, Totals 12-39 11-20 39.

I.C. REGINA (29): Alexa Lehman 2-5 1-2 5, Lauren Gaarde 3-8 2-2 10, Greyson Dumont 1-4 1-3 4, Kennedy Wallace 0-10 1-2 1, Alex Wiese 4-9 0-0 8, Annie Gahan 0-2 0-0 0, Maeve Dunne 0-3 0-2 0, Anna Martin 0-3 1-2 1, Elly Gahan 0-4 0-0 0, Katie Dunn 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 10-49 6-13 29.

Halftime — Regina, 15-14. Three-point goals — Bellevue 4-9 (Reeg 3-5, Rubel 1-1, Michels 0-1, Banowetz 0-2), Regina 3-29 (Gaarde 2-6, Dumont 1-3, Lehman 0-1, A. Gahan 0-1, E. Gahan 0-1, Wiese 0-2, Martin 0-2, Dunne 0-3, Wallace 0-10). Rebounds — Bellevue 40 (Schroeder 10), Regina 36 (Wiese 7). Assists — Bellevue 6 (Michels 2), Regina 6 (Gaarde 2, Dumont 2, Wallace 2). Total fouls — Bellevue 14, Regina 19.

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