Bell rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second quarter to win 54-45, defeating the Trojans for the second time this year and improving to 12-8 overall and 6-1 in the district.
"We've played some tough games in the past couple of weeks, and the kids needed to get back on the winning track," Bell County coach Lewis Morris said.
"Everybody's heads get down where you don't come out on top all the time. It was a good win for us tonight. It was a district win, and it helps us out in the district race and keeps us in contention."
Bell County freshman guard Ben Madon nailed a 3-pointer at the end of the first half as the momentum started to built for the Bobcats.
"That was big," Morris said of Madon's basket. "He's really improving. He's improved from night to day, and his attitude has got so much better. The shot he made tonight may have turned the game around."
Baskets by Bryan Robbins, Adam Overbay and Kyle Nelson to start the third quarter pulled Bell County within 25-24.
The game saw three ties in the period before George Wilson's jumper game the Bobcats the lead for good at the 3:24 mark.
A pair of free throws by Robbins and a 3-pointer from Mitchell Mays allowed Bell County to take a 38-33 advantage into the fourth quarter.
"We went from leading by seven at halftime to trailing by five. That's a 12-point swing," Cawood coach Anthony Nolan said. "They didn't do anything that we didn't expect them to do. We played not to lose instead of playing to win.
"I thought they got away with a lot of stuff tonight. but then again, our kids should've adjusted."
After T.J. Green completed a three-point play to pull the Trojans within two, Bell County scored nine unanswered points and led 47-36 with 5:51 remaining.
Adam Rhymer completed a three-point play at the 1:34 mark as Cawood pulled within 49-42, but Bell County hit five of 11 free throws in the final 82 seconds for the win.
"We've got to keep working," said Morris. "A lot of the younger kids are coming along and playing better, and it's going to give us a better bench down the road."
Wilson fired in 21 points to lead the Bobcats in scoring.
Bell County outrebounded the Trojans 33-21. Robbins paced the Bobcats with eight boards. Brandon McCoun had six for Cawood.
"This was a big district game, and we needed to be more physical," said Nolan. "In order to put ourselves in the opportunity to win, we've got to be able to play for four quarters, and tonight we didn't."
Rhymer paced the Trojans with 22 points on eight of 10 shooting from the field. Green contributed 10 points.
"They spread the floor out and just let Rhymer do his thing," said Morris. "We didn't do a good job of keeping him in front of us. Good players are hard to guard sometimes."
Wilson scored seven points as the Bobcats took a 10-9 lead after one quarter.
Adam Rhymer 8-10 5-6 22, Dillon Cain 0-1 2-2 2, T.J. Green 3-11 4-5 10, Brad Howard 1-3 1-4 3, Brandon McCoun 1-4 0-0 2, Tim McCoun 2-4 1-2 6, Josh Lemar 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Watkins 0-0 0-0 0, Mikey Hamlin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-33 13-19 45.
BELL COUNTY (12-8)
Shawnta Zachery 2-5 3-6 8, Adam Overbay 2-7 0-2 4, George Wilson 8-15 2-5 21, Kyle Nelson 2-3 2-9 6, Bryan Robbins 2-7 3-3 7, Mitchell Mays 2-4 0-0 5, Keith Lowe 0-2 0-0 0, Brad Slusher 0-1 0-0 0, Ben Madon 1-2 0-0 3. Totals: 19-46 10-25 54.
Cawood 9 16 8 12 - 45
Bell County 10 8 20 16 - 54
3-point goals: Cawood 2-7 (Rhymer 1-2, T. McCoun 1-3, Green 0-1, B. McCoun 0-1), Bell County 6-15 (Wilson 3-7, Zachery 1-1, Madon 1-1, Mays 1-2, Robbins 0-1, Lowe 0-1, Overbay 0-2). Rebounds: Cawood 21 (B. McCoun 6), Bell County 33 (Robbins 8). Assists: Cawood 3 (Green, B. McCoun, Lemar 1), Bell County 11 (Zachery, Overbay, Wilson 3). Turnovers: Cawood 18, Bell County 11. Fouled out: Cawood (B. McCoun).