by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme girls basketball team went on the road last week to finish off the regular season with two conference games.
Forest City was the first to score in the Feb. 8 game, but the Broncos answered back quickly with Jennah Meyer’s lay-up. The Broncos played tough defense in the first half, keeping the Indians close. At the end of the first quarter, B-K trailed 12-5.
In the second period, a steal by Meyer that was passed to Addison McMurray gave B-K two more points. Ashlynn Willms hit a three-pointer, followed by McMurray’s two-point jumper as the Broncos were within two points, 14-12. Great defense and outstanding shooting gave the Broncos the lead, as McMurray hit a three-pointer followed by a steal and lay-up by Madison Barrus. The Indians tried to make their way back into the lead, but B-K held them off. McMurray hit a two-point basket as the quarter came to an end with the Broncos ahead, 23-22.
FC went on a 17-2 run to start the second half. Madison Roberts headed to the free throw line, making 1-2, to get the Broncos back on the scoreboard. McMurray had a three-point basket as did Meyer underneath, and B-K trailed 44-33 at the end of the third quarter.
FC continued to increase the lead, pulling ahead 48-36, before McMurray hit her third three-pointer of the night. With time running down, a pass by McMurray to Barrus under the basket would give B-K the last points of the game, as the Broncos lost 56-43.
The Broncos finished off their regular season in Lake Mills Feb. 11.
The Broncos started off on top with a pass by Addison McMurray to Jennah Meyer under the basket. The Broncos continued to add points to the scoreboard as Meyer collected an offensive rebound and two-point basket, followed by Madison Barrus’ layup. The B-K defense was key to their success with four steals in the first quarter. McMurray hit her first three-pointer of the night, giving B-K their largest lead, 11-4. The Bulldogs fought back to within two, 11-9, before McMurray hit another three-pointer and a two-point basket as the quarter came to an end. B-K was on top 16-9.
In the second quarter, Molly Hartwig had a quick two-point basket before LM went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 20. With seconds left in the first half, Allison Barrus hit a two-point jumper as B-K led again.
In the second half, the Broncos maintained the lead with McMurray hitting a two-point jumper in the lane and Jennah Meyer making 1-2 at the free throw line. With time running down in the third quarter, the Bulldogs overtook the Broncos, 28-27.
B-K worked hard on defense in the final quarter, and it paid off. McMurray was fouled on a quick steal, sending the senior to the free throw line, and she gave B-K the lead once again. An offensive rebound by Meyer and pass to Allison Barrus on the three-point line extended the lead, 36-32. The Broncos took advantage of the Bulldogs’ foul trouble, making six of eight free throws late in the game. The Broncos claimed a conference win, 42-32.