by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme girls basketball team traveled to Eagle Grove Jan. 21 for the second match between the Eagles and Broncos.

  The Broncos scored first as Haley Beminio and Addison McMurray each had quick points under the basket. The defense had a steal early on, and Madi Barrus hit a three-pointer from beyond the arc to put B-K up 7-0. Post player Beminio had a career night with ten rebounds in the first quarter. As the buzzer rang out, Ashlynn Willms hit a jumper that put B-K up 13-5.

  To start the second quarter, Brooke Pralle hit one of two free throws that was followed by a block to keep the Broncos in the driver’s seat. Annika Nelson’s nice defense under the basket – great rebounding and two back-to-back blocks helped the Broncos. B-K stayed up 16-6 before Willms and Jennah Meyer each scored. The Broncos went to halftime with a big lead, 28-12.

  In the second half, McMurray was the first to score back-to-back jump shots, putting the Broncos up 34-17. Willms followed up by hitting a three-pointer. Excellent defense by the Broncos included rebounding and steals by Barrus and Meyer. Beminio hit a lay-up and pulled down four more rebounds, as the Broncos ended the quarter up 42-12.

  As the fourth period got underway, McMurray had a steal and lay-up as the Broncos continued to play tough. As the game came to an end, Molly Hartwig hit a two-pointer in the lane as the Broncos claimed the second win against the Eagles this season, 51-30.

  The Broncos had a rematch against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Jan. 24 for Winter Sports.

  B-K jumped to a 7-6 lead, thanks to points from Annika Nelson and Haley Beminio and a three-pointer by Molly Hartwig. The Cardinals hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull ahead 13-9. Madi Barrus hit a three-pointer to pull the Broncos within one point. A great night rebounding by Nelson and Addison McMurray gave the Broncos six rebounds in the first quarter. The Broncos trailed 19-14.

  As the second quarter got underway, Barrus hit a quick two-pointer. The Broncos closed to within two on a breakaway lay-up by Nelson. B-K took advantage of GHV’s foul trouble, hitting free throws late in the half. Jennah Meyer, Nelson and Beminio all had free throws to end the quarter, as the Broncos headed to the locker room trailing 29-26.

  The second half was all Broncos as Nelson cut backdoor to score, followed by McMurray hitting both free throws to give B-K the 32-30 lead. The Broncos continued to take advantage of GHV turnovers as McMurray hit a three-pointer and Barrus scored a basket as the Broncos stayed up 37-32. GHV made a run late in the quarter and tied the game 37-37 before Jennah Meyer headed to the line. She hit both free throws to give B-K the lead, 39-37.

  In the fourth, Barrus went 2-2 from the charity stripe, followed by Nelson hitting both of her free throws to keep B-K in the lead 43-40. Nelson continued to have a great quarter as she hit a three-pointer beyond the arc for B-K’s biggest lead of the night, 53-46. However, the Cardinals were not going to let the Broncos take the win easily, and back-to-back three-pointers tied the game at 59 as the buzzer sounded.

  In overtime, Barrus had a backdoor cut that led to a lay-up to give B-K the early advantage. Nelson and Barrus continued to hit free throws late as the Broncos did an excellent job on the line. With a minute left in the game, Barrus was fouled and hit both free throws, pulling B-K ahead 68-66. A turnover by GHV gave McMurray the ball, she was fouled and hit one free throw. The Broncos held on to take the 69-66 victory.