by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme basketball team traveled to Eagle Grove Jan. 21 for a TIC rematch. Triston Yoder was the first to score for the Broncos as the Eagles jumped to a 5-2 lead. Jaace Weidemann came down with a defensive rebound and comeback to score on the other end to pull B-K within one point. The Broncos took the lead as Jordan Meyer hit a three-pointer followed by Kaleb Carlson’s two-pointer under the basket that gave B-K an 11-10 lead. The Eagles re-took the lead, 12-11, with seconds left in the first quarter.

  Point guard Carson Lane had a steal and lay-up to start the second quarter. The battle for the lead went back and forth. Carlson and Weidemann each had baskets to keep B-K within reach, although the Broncos trailed 23-19 at the end of the first half.

  In the third quarter, Meyer hit another three-pointer. The Eagles went on a six-point run before the quarter ended and the Broncos trailed 38-24.

  B-K had a tough fourth quarter as the Eagles took a commanding 40-24 lead before Carlson went 1-2 at the free throw line. He hit a three-pointer, as well, but the Broncos lost 47-29.

  The Broncos hosted Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Jan. 24 for Winter Sports.

  The Broncos were the first to score as Triston Yoder drove to the basket for two. GHV claimed the lead, thanks to a 6-0 run before Yoder hit a jumper in the lane. Good defense and rebounding by Jaace Weidemann gave B-K second chances on the offensive side. Yoder hit one more jump shot in the first quarter. The Broncos trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

  The Cardinals went on a 13-0 run to start the second period before Carson Lane’s lay-up gave the Broncos the first points of the quarter. A fast break by Dylan Anderson allowed the senior to score as B-K trailed 28-17. As the half came to an end, the Broncos would have work to do in the second half as the home team trailed 30-19.

  Yoder hit a three-pointer to start the Broncos on the right path in the second half. Jordan Meyer hit his own three-pointer pulling B-K within ten.

  In the fourth quarter, the Bronco defense did not give up, collecting three steals. Alex Bartz hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Winter Sports crowd a jolt of energy, but it wouldn’t be enough to claim victory. The Broncos took the loss 51-43.