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North Belton girl’s basketball takes three of four from Lake Belton

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Rivalries. Distances define good rivalries. The distance from Duke to North Carolina, Belmont to Lipscomb along Curb Boulevard in Nashville or even from Belton High School to Temple High School conjures up some the best memories.

The Lake Belton Middle School girl’s basketball teams traveled 2.3 miles to North Belton Middle School on Thursday evening to play four games.

In a highly defensive 7th grade B game, both teams combined for 22 points. Lake Belton emerged victorious 16-6.

Lake led 2-0 after the first quarter and 10-3 at the half. LBMS shutout NBMS in the third quarter to lead 16-3 and North returned the favor in the fourth quarter, blanking Lake 3-0. In the end, Lake came away with the 10-point win.

Dymantina Caldera had five points for Lake, leading all scorers. Alyssa Vinning netted four points and Makenna Yurisich scored three.

Chesney Cota led North in scoring with three points and Seleilah Jackson had three points.

In the 7th grade A game, McKenna Maddux scored 10 points in the opening quarter to pace NBMS to a 42-13 win over LBMS.

Keira Campbell scored the other four points for North in the first quarter to open a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. NBMS turned around and blanked Lake 12-0 in the second to take a 27-4 lead into halftime.

Lake had four players score baskets in an 8-5 third quarter, but North outscored LBMS 10-1 in the final stanza for the 29-point win.

Maddux lead all scorers with 19 points and Campbell tallied 17 for North.

Six players scored two points each for Lake.

In the 8th grade B game, Hana Erskine’s 12 points paced NBMS over LBMS 28-7.

It was a defensive start to the game, as Erskine and Skylar Jarnagin scored the only baskets in the first quarter to give NBMS a 4-0 lead.

Erskine scored eight of North’s 12 points in the second quarter, with Anaya Brown sinking two free-throws for Lake’s only points of the quarter. NBMS led 16-2 at the half.

In the third quarter, four North players scored baskets in a 8-1 quarter to give NBMS a 24-3 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

Both teams went back on the defensive in the final quarter, with NBMS and LBMS each scoring four points.

Along with Erskine’s 12 points, Jarnagin had eight points for North. Brown led LBMS with four points.

In the 8th grade A game, Karina Fisher had eight of her game-high 11 points in the second quarter to give North Belton a 33-20 over Lake Belton.

North led after the first quarter, 8-4. Fisher led the charge out of the gate in the second quarter with a quartet of field goals in the paint. NBMS lead 23-12 at the half.

Both teams missed shots and played solid defense, with a total of four points combined in the third quarter. NBMS maintained a 13-point lead, 26-13. The teams each scored seven points in the fourth quarter, giving NBMS the 13-point win.

Campbell Burnett had eight points for North in the win.

McKayla Seeliger led Lake Belton with nine points in the loss.

North Belton will play in the Georgetown Tournament on Saturday. Lake Belton is off until January 5 when they travel to Bonham to take on the Lady Bulldogs.

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