by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme girls basketball team started the 2018-2019 season on the road against Algona Garrigan. The Broncos returned four of five starters from last year’s team and have high hopes for improving on their record from a season ago.
The veteran Golden Bears caused some trouble for the Broncos, but as the game went on, B-K improved on defense, rebounding and offensive strategies. At the end of the first quarter, Garrigan led 12-5. Haley Beminio led B-K with three blocks and three points. Freshmen post player Jennah Meyer led in rebounds with three.
In the second quarter, the threes dropped for the Golden Bears, causing B-K to fall behind even further, 26-11. Beminio finished the half with five points and six blocks.
The Broncos started the second half with good shooting as Addison McMurray hit two big three-pointers. Tough defense by the Broncos helped, as Madi Barrus had two steals coupled with three assists. The Broncos still trailed 37-25, but B-K showed big improvement compared to the first half.
In the fourth, Garrigan went on a run, stealing and scoring quickly, and the final score was 53-32.
Beminio led all scorers with 11 points, eight blocks, and six rebounds. McMurray scored 10 points. Barrus led the assist stats with four, and collected five steals. Meyer, McMurray and Allison Noland each had four rebounds.
The Broncos welcomed the Bulldogs of Lake Mills to Belmond Nov. 30.
LM jumped to a 11-0 lead as B-K struggled getting into their offense. The Broncos trailed 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. Beminio led the Broncos with three points and four rebounds.
As the second quarter got underway, the Bulldogs continued to find the basket in a big way, adding 14 more points. B-K wouldn’t score again, and headed to the locker room behind 26-4. Jennah Meyer had four rebounds, as Madi Barrus had three steals for the Broncos.
Addison McMurray had a great third quarter, scoring all 11 points. Four big offensive rebounds by Barrus helped keep the ball alive, but the Broncos still had a lot of work to do, and were behind 37-15 at the end of the period.
As the final quarter got underway, Allison Noland would help B-K’s effort with a three-pointer and a layup. The defense continued to work hard and had steals and big defensive rebounds, but the Bulldogs claimed the victory 50-22.
McMurray led the team with 16 points, as Bemino left the game with seven rebounds and three points. Other leaders included Barrus with four steals and six rebounds and Meyer with four rebounds.