by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme girls basketball team headed to Algona Jan. 14 to face one of the top teams in the Top of Iowa - West.
The Algona Garrigan Golden Bears started with a 6-0 run. Haley Beminio was the first one to put B-K on the scoreboard. A pass by Annika Nelson to Molly Hartwig allowed another quick two points. But the Broncos had their work cut out for them in the second quarter, trailing 28-7.
In the second, Brooke Pralle layed in a shot off a pass by Addison McMurray, followed by a steal and drive by McMurray as B-K scored a quick four points. At the break, the Broncos trailed 46-11.
The second half would be what the Broncos have worked toward all season. Nelson’s pass to Madi Barrus started the quarter. The Broncos went on a 19-11 run to gain ground, but stilled trailed 60-30.
In the fourth quarter, Jennah Meyer’s lay-up was followed by McMurray hitting her third three-pointer of the game. The junior point guard had 13 points, three assists, and four rebounds as B-K took the tough loss, 76-39.
An exciting game took place Jan. 16 in the Luick Memorial Gymnasium as the Broncos hosted Lake Mills. The game was moved up one day because of blizzard warnings for the following day.
B-K started off strong with a two-pointer by Jennah Meyer, followed by a rebound and put back by Madi Barrus to put B-K up 4-2. The Broncos continued to roll, with Addison McMurray hitting her first three-pointer of the night. Barrus’s pass to McMurray under the basket put the Broncos up big, 11-2. As the quarter came to a close, Brooke Pralle and McMurray added four more points to take the biggest lead of the night, 21-8.
In the second period, McMurray and Meyer each continued to score, pushing the Bronco lead to 25-12. Great defensive rebounding by Barrus and Meyer helped the Broncos transition quickly, leading to more scoring.
At the break, McMurray had a game-high 15 points as the Broncos led 35-30.
In the second half, a steal by Annika Nelson and the layup pushed the Broncos lead a little further. Tough rebounding and great defense helped the Broncos stay on top. Pralle added another two points to her stats as Barrus hit a jumper before the buzzer rang out with B-K ahead, 51-47.
The Broncos continued to roll with a steal by McMurray, followed by two-pointer by Ashlynn Willms. Nelson headed to the free throw line twice, helping her team out by hitting 2-4 at the line. The Broncos held on, winning the big TIC matchup 65-56.