by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme girls started a busy week with a visit from the North Union Warriors Jan. 26.

  The Warriors were the first to score before Ashlynn Willms tied the game with a three-pointer. The Bronco defense was excellent to start the first quarter – great rebounding from Jennah Meyer and Madison Barrus to give the offense more opportunities. Both Broncos were fouled with Meyer making 1-1 after a two-point basket and Barrus going 2-2 after being fouled on an offensive rebound. The Broncos led 8-6 when Addison McMurray took a “step back” three-pointer to pull the Broncos further ahead. The Warriors came back and tied the game 13-13 as the quarter ended.

  The Warriors went on a 4-0 run before McMurray hit another three-pointer, followed by an Allie Barrus free throw line. Meyer closed out the quarter with a lay-up, an offensive rebound and two-point basket. In addition, she was fouled on an out of bounds play and made both her free throws to keep the Broncos within reach, 31-25.

  Meyer was the first to score in the second half as the Broncos played “lights out” in the final two quarters. Allie Barrus’ three-point basket pull the hosts within one point and a steal by Madison Barrus and lay-up put the Broncos ahead. Allie Barrus continued to find the basket with 11 total points in the quarter, including back-to-back-to-back shots to tie the game at 42.

  In the fourth quarter, the Broncos defense played great and McMurray showed off her great shooting. The point guard started the quarter with a lay-up, followed by an Allie Barrus steal and assist to McMurray to give the Broncos the lead 46-42. But, the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to overtake the Broncos late. McMurray added another three-pointer. With 0.11 seconds left and trailing by three, Allie Barrus tried one last three-pointer, but it was long. The Broncos took the tough loss 56-53.

  The Broncos hosted the AGWSR Cougars for a non-conference matchup Jan. 28. The Cougars, who have only lost four games all season, struggled to find a groove against the hometown team.

  A pass by Jennah Meyer to Madison Barrus for two points put the Broncos on the scoreboard first. The scoring went back and forth throughout the first quarter with Addison McMurray and Molly Hartwig each having baskets. The Cougars pulled ahead 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.

  In the second quarter, McMurray’s lay-up and foul made a three-point play to tie the game 11-11. The Cougars would struggle to maintain the “in the paint” play by the Broncos and post player Brooke Pralle had two points to put the Broncos ahead 13-11. The lead did not slip from the Broncos as McMurray and Meyer scored as the quarter was coming to an end. The Broncos maintained their lead, 18-13, heading into the locker room.

  To start the third quarter, Ashlynn Willms and Allie Barrus each hit on three-pointers to give the Broncos their biggest lead of the night, 24-16. The Cougars fought back to within four points, but the Broncos held them off to maintain a 27-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

  Two quick baskets by AGWSR tied the game before Hartwig and Willms each added points giving the Broncos the lead again. Great defense and rebounding made it possible for B-K to hold on to the lead. Allie Barrus hit another three-pointer to pull the Broncos further ahead, 37-31. With the Cougars in foul trouble, the Broncos found themselves at the free throw line throughout the fourth quarter. Meyer and Willms each made free throws late as the Broncos hold on for the victory, 42-37.

  The third game of the week took the Broncos to Buffalo Center Jan 29. The Bison, who lost to the Broncos earlier in the season, were ready for B-K.

  The Broncos took the early lead with three-pointers by Addison McMurray and Molly Hartwig. Despite the Bisons tough defense, the Broncos found a way to break down the zone and scored another four points to lead 10-0. The lone Bison basket came near the end of the first quarter as B-K stayed ahead 10-2.

  In the second period, Jennah Meyer and Madison Barrus each had steals that turned into points, as the Broncos took their largest lead of the night, 16-7. Great defense helped the Broncos maintain their lead, 20-10, as the half came to an end.

  In the second half, Madison Barrus’ assist to McMurray added another three points as the Broncos continued to dominate NI. The Broncos had nearly every player score in the game including Vanessa Naranjo whose first points of the season came on a two-point baseline jumper. The Broncos ended the quarter ahead 34-14.

  A three-pointer by Hartwig and free throw by Allie Barrus closed out the night as the Broncos claim another conference victory, 40-27.

  The week ended with a rescheduled game against the Eagle Grove Eagles Jan. 30.

  The Broncos took the early lead with a pass by Ashlynn Willms to Addison McMurray for the three-point basket. The Broncos defense had a great afternoon on the court with outstanding rebounding early by McMurray and Meyer, along with steals by Allie Barrus. The Bronco offense would continue to find the basket with fast breaks, lay-ups and free throws. McMurray added four more points, along with Allie Barrus’ three-pointer as the Broncos claimed a 17-9 lead.

  In the second quarter, McMurray continued to play “lights out,” hitting 6-8 free throws in the first half. The defense had nine steals in the first half as B-K was ahead 26-15 at the break.

  To start the second half, a full court pass from McMurray to Madison Barrus led to Barrus heading to the free throw line and going 1-2. McMurray followed up with a three-pointer, a steal and two-point basket. McMurray had one of the best games of her senior year, going 10-14 at the free throw line and scoring an additional 12 points.

  The Broncos finished the game with Meyer hitting a two-point basket and Allie Barrus making a jump shot as the Broncos win 39-31.