The North Belton Middle School Girls’ Basketball teams hosted Midway on Thursday, January 11. Here are the results:
7B started off the night. First half scoring by Mary Hayes, Loni Watson, and McKenzie Batey with two points each wasn’t enough before the break as Midway held the lead at the half. The second half proved to be a defensive battle with North only allowing eight points scored due to strong defense by Emily Evatt who also scored two points and rebounding by Haeven Holden. A lack of offense on the night resulted in a 8-28 loss for North Belton.
7A fell to Midway, 11-45. Despite North continuing to fight, Midway cemented their lead in the third quarter, scoring 14 points. Hannah Jensen sunk the most baskets during the third period, earning six points for North. Sydni Cartwright also came through with 3 points, one rebound and two blocks. Alina Tavernier was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up three rebounds and two blocks. North finished the game with 22 rebounds (11 offensive / 11 defensive), four blocks and 10 steals.
The 8B team came out fighting, after a loss to Midway earlier in the season. North started the game out strong putting up six points. North’s defense only allowed one basket from Midway in the first quarter, making the score 6-1. Linda Rojas, Ashland Reyes, and Kennedy Pratt each scored a basket to equal the six points in the first quarter. Midway answered back in the second quarter, putting up eight points; however, North continued to push along putting up another six points. Reyes added two baskets, and Rojas added another basket. The score going into the second half, North had a slight lead 12-9. In the third quarter, both teams struggled to find the basket. North was able to add three more points and only allowed one more point from Midway. Hannah Degen made a basket and Adriana Cabiness went 1-4 on free throws to add another point. North still had the lead going into the fourth quarter, 15-10. In the fourth quarter, Midway tried to make a comeback, by putting up eight points. North was able to score seven points to add to their total. A post shot from Degen gave North two more points. Cabiness made a steal and went in for a layup to add two more points to the total. Midway came within one point to almost tie the game. A late foul from Midway put Cabiness on the line for a one and one bonus shot. Cabiness sunk the first shot to give North a two point lead. Midway tried to tie the game up once again, but North stole the ball back. Deign added another post shot and gave North a four point lead, to win the game! The final score was 22-18.
Degen and Reyes (0-1 FT) led the team in points with six each. Cabiness (2-7 FT) and Rojas each added four points and Pratt added two points.
8A took to the court following 8B’s late game victory and looked to even the score, previously losing to Midway earlier in the season. First quarter was back and forth with Aniah Hall leading North in scoring with seven of her team high 14 points. Sterling Weadock found her rhythm on a sweet 15 foot jumper in the corner. North trailed after the first, 9-10. Second quarter found North in trouble. McKenna Maddux exited the game with an injury and that left North scrambling to regain their composure. Midway was able to push the lead to double digits until Keira Campbell and Hall combined for 10 points and MyKaela Johnston added a free throw. North cut the deficit down to six at halftime, trailing 20-26. Out of the half, Midway would push the lead back to 15 early in the quarter, but Weadock found more scoring in the corner, nailing a two point jumper and a three point basket. North trailed after three, 25-36. Fourth quarter was fast paced, with North trying to get any scoring opportunity they could find, but ultimately their efforts fell short with a final of 30-44. Leading scorer for North was Aniah Hall with 14 (4-7FT). Sterling Weadock followed with seven points and Keira Campbell added six points (2-4FT). MyKaela Johnston scored 3 points (1-5FT). The loss pushes North’s record to 8-3 overall (4-1 district).