by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme girls had a busy first week of the new year, playing three games. The basketball team started off the week against non-conference opponent Humboldt on Jan. 4.

  Humboldt jumped to an early 3-0 lead before a pass from Ashlynn Willms to Addison McMurray for a basket pulled the Broncos within one point. The Wildcats were ahead 7-2 before Jennah Meyer scored on an out of bounds play to make the score 7-4. Allie Barrus’ layup gave the Broncos their last points of the quarter as B-K trailed 14-6.

  In the second period, Madison Roberts was fouled and would make one free throw. McMurray had an early steal and layup to pull B-K within eight, 17-9. Both Madison Barrus and Roberts headed to the free throw line – going 3-4 overall – followed by a Willms free throw. As the quarter was coming to an end, Meyer added a layup. The Broncos trailed 34-15 heading into the locker room.

  In the second half, Meyer and McMurray each had jump shots, pulling the Broncos closer 35-19. McMurray continued to take advantage of her good shooting, adding two three-pointers as the quarter came to an end, 52-25.

  A steal by Allie Barrus started the final quarter, and a McMurray three-pointer pulled B-K closer, 56-30. The Broncos added points off a three-point play by Brooke Pralle who was fouled under the basket. The final score was Humboldt 64, B-K 33.

  On the following night, the Broncos faced ranked West Hancock.

  The Eagles jumped to a quick 11-0 lead. Jennah Meyer was fouled while attempting a layup, making 1-2 at the free throw line. Addison McMurray added four more points before the first quarter ended with the Eagles leading 14-5.

  In the second quarter, Madison Barrus had a jump shot to start the action, followed by McMurray’s two successful free throws off a technical foul by the WH coach. The Broncos trailed 14-9. However, the Eagles went on an 11-point run before numerous Broncos scored free throws, including Meyer, Allie Barrus, and Ashlynn Willms, as B-K trailed 43-19 as the half ended.

  In the second half, Madison Barrus started the quarter with a jump shot. The Broncos continued to play good defense, but the Eagles were just too powerful beyond the three-point line, pushing ahead 64-29.

  In the final quarter, the Broncos added eight points by Barrus, Mollie Hartwig and Willms, but the Eagles’ defense made it a challenge for more Broncos to score. B-K took the loss, 73-37.

  The final game of the week was against Wright County rival Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.

  The Broncos started on top as Molly Hartwig and Addison McMurray each scored, and B-K led 4-2. Hartwig added another three points and B-K took their biggest lead of the game, 7-2. But the Cowgirls went on a 20-2 run in the latter half of the first quarter to take the lead 22-11 after the first period.

  Ashlynn Willms started the second quarter with two three-pointers to pull B-K closer, 32-17. The tough Cowgirls’ defense allowed only two more Broncos points before the break, and B-K trailed 39-20.

  Hartwig played “lights out” for the Broncos in the second half. The junior hit a two-pointer to start the quarter, and that was followed by a Madison Barrus jump shot in the lane. Hartwig collected the first of many three-pointers in the half as B-K pulled closer 50-29. Allie Barrus had an offensive rebound and put-back as the third quarter came to an end. The Cowgirls were still leading 56-31.

  In the fourth quarter Hartwig shot back-to-back-to-back with three-pointers, but her efforts wouldn’t be enough as the Broncos lost 74-48.