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Multiple Teams · NBMS 8A finishes tournament champions; 7A wins consolation

North Belton’s girls basketball teams took to the courts in Salado over the weekend to open up their season. Both teams fought hard and resulted in some hardware.

For 7A, despite their best effort, NBMS lost to Lorena Middle School 32-8 in the opening round. Putting up a game-high four points during the first quarter, North quickly began to trail 17-4 by the half. Alina Tavernier led the charge for North’s offense, scoring six points, with four points during the first quarter. She also contributed three rebounds and two steals. Elaina Herrera also put up 2 points, two rebounds and two steals. Macee Bradford was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up one rebound, two steals and two blocks. North finished the game with 28 rebounds (11 offensive / 17 defensive), two blocks and 12 steals. The loss sent NBMS to face a familiar foe in Lake Belton on Saturday morning.

NBMS came out with the 17-16 victory over Lake Belton after a tough back and forth game. On a two-pointer from Elaina Herrera, NBMS sealed their victory in the fourth quarter. NBMS finished the first half with solid play, scoring a game-high six points during the second quarter. NBMS fell behind early, 12-10 by the half, but avenged their first half with solid second half play. Tavernier led the charge for North’s offense, scoring eight points, with four points during the third period. She also contributed three rebounds and one steal. Also chipping in for North were Sydni Cartwright (6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals) and Herrera (2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal).  Bradford was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up five rebounds, two steals and one block. NBMS finished the game with 19 rebounds (8 offensive / 11 defensive), one block and nine steals. The win against Lake sent North to face cross town foe South Belton for the consolation championship.

NBMS 7A were victorious against South Belton Middle School 24-19 to clinch the Consolation title. NBMS got ahead early with an 11-point first quarter, putting the score at 15-3 lead by halftime. A late surge from South brought them within a few baskets, but NBMS was able to finish strong and secure the win. Tavernier was the leader of NBMS’ offense with 10 points, including four during the fourth period. She also contributed five rebounds, two steals and one block. Also contributing for NBMS were Cartwright (7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block), Herrera (4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals), and Shelby Pusey (2 points, 1 rebound). NBMS finished the game with 34 rebounds (18 offensive / 16 defensive), two blocks and 13 steals.

North Belton’s 8A had a successful weekend as they came out ahead of the pack to finish tournament CHAMPIONS! They defeated Lorena in the opening round 30-13, defeated Jarrell in the semifinal 30-10, and defeated Travis in the championship 44-34. 

Opening round versus Lorena was all North from the tip off as McKenna Maddux drained a three pointer on the very first possession of the season to give North a 3-0 lead. On the ensuing possession, Maddux drained a second three pointer to extend the lead 6-0. Once Lorena started guarding the deep shots, North’s posts got into the mix with Sterling Weadock, Keira Campbell and Lily Small all finishing under the basket for two points a piece. Lorena was able to get a couple baskets off of offensive putbacks and North found themselves ahead after the first quarter, 13-4. North would run away with the game during the second quarter as they would outscore Lorena 11-2 in the quarter. Maddux found another scoring opportunity on a 10 foot jumper and Campbell found a couple great looks down low to add to her totals. MyKaela Johnston found her rhythm in the second quarter as she would complete an and-one and finish a another fast break score to give her five points in the quarter. North led at halftime, 24-6. The second half had North looking to control the pace and limit Lorena’s offense as Aniah Hall was the only Lady Tiger to find the basket with a post score and a free throw. North led after three quarters, 27-8. Fourth quarter was quick as the only scoring opportunity North found was a third Maddux three pointer. Lorena found a desperation three late, but the game was already out of reach by that point with North winning 30-13. The win sent North to the semi’s to face Jarrell. Leading scorer was Maddux with 11 points, Campbell and Johnston each added six points. Hall scored three points and Small and Weadock added two points. 

Saturday morning, North continued to find their shots as Keira Campbell dominated the first half, scoring eight of her team high 10 points in the first two quarters. Having the size advantage, Campbell and Lily Small combined to score the team’s 10 points on great post work down low. North led 10-4 after the first quarter. Second quarter was all defense as North shut out Jarrell, while Campbell and MyKaela Johnston each added a basket to extend North’s lead into halftime, 14-4. Coming out of the half, North was aggressive and pushed the pace, outscoring Jarrell 12-4 in the quarter. McKenna Maddux found her shot as she added four points on quality jump shots. Seleilah Jackson and Sterling Weadock joined in the scoring, adding two points a piece. Campbell and Small both added another basket to their totals. After three quarters, North held a comfortable 26-8 lead. Fourth quarter was all defense as North limited Jarrell to only one basket. North would capitalize on some quality play execution as Maddux added four points to her totals. The win sent North to the championship to face a competitive Travis team. Leading scorer for the game was Campbell with 10 points, Maddux followed close with eight points. Small added six points and Johnston, Jackson and Weadock each chipped in two points. 

The championship game was very competitive from the tip, but North was able to maintain their composure and find quality scoring opportunities throughout the game. First quarter was back and forth with both teams grabbing leads throughout. Four Lady Tigers found scoring opportunities and capitalized. Keira Campbell led the quarter with four points down in the paint. Maddux found her shot beyond the arc and added a three pointer. Jennie Bonnett found her first points of the season on a quality elbow jumper and MyKaela Johnston added a layup and a free throw to give North the first quarter lead, 12-9. North struggled to find the basket in the second quarter, only netting five points from a second Maddux three and an Aniah Hall post score. North was still able to hold Travis to two points, extending their lead heading into the half, 17-11. Coming out of the half, North would find their rhythm again, adding 14 points to their team total. Campbell led all scorers in the quarter, scoring seven of her team high 13 in the quarter. Small added an and-one on a physical layup and drained her ensuing free throw. Maddux found another three pointer in the left corner to add to her totals. Bonnett was able to complete one of two free throws to close out the quarter with North extending their lead, 31-19. The fourth quarter was a total team effort with seven different Lady Tigers finding the basket. Maddux led the scoring effort, adding four of her team high 13 points. Travis had a late game surge to try and get back into the game, but Campbell, Small, Seleilah Jackson and Sterling Weadock all added two points late in the quarter to seal the game and finish as TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS, 44-34.

Campbell and Maddux both led in scoring with 13 points each. Small added five points and Johnston added four points. Bonnett scored three points and Hall, Jackson and Weadock each added two points.