The 7th grade A Team made their season debut in Salado this past weekend winning two out of their three games. Their first game of the season was a hard fought game against Academy. Academy started off strong outscoring NBMS 14-7 in the first half. The Lady Tigers settled in in the second half, fighting back from that seven-point deficit. The gym was electric the last two minutes with the Tigers coming back 21 to Academy’s 23. Academy’s pressure defense led them to victory and scored two quick game winning shots to end the game at 21-25.
After the tough loss, the NBMS girls pulled together winning by more than twenty points on Saturday. In their first game against Lake Belton, North’s defensive stops led to quick points in the first half, outscoring Lake 23-4. The second half, the Lady Tigers struggled to find the basket but managed scoring twelve points in total. Charlee Maddux led the Tigers with ten points followed by Macey Weber with nine.
Saturday’s second game against South Belton was another defensive game. The Lady Tigers’ press defense scored them twenty-four points while South remained scoreless. In the second half, the Tigers kept the same defensive intensity which led to eighteen offensive points to South’s six. North would take the commanding win, 32-6. Leading scorer for the Lady Tigers was Macey Weber scoring fourteen points followed by Charlee Maddux with eight.
8A also made their season debut against cross town rival South Belton on Friday night. The first quarter proved crucial for North as Sydni Cartwright, Elaina Herrera, Alina Tavernier and Madison Lux all chipped in to give North an early commanding 15-0 lead heading into the second. North would hold the lead into halftime at 20-6 with a quick three pointer from Cartwright and a post score from Tavernier. South made a valiant effort in the third to get back in the game and outscored North 13-9 in the quarter. Tavernier continued to find success in the third by dropping three post scores. Cartwright would add an and-one and a successful free throw. North led 29-19 after three quarters. Fourth quarter was about tempo as North would slow down and try to waste as much clock as possible. Tavernier and Lux scored a post score each as the only points scored for North in the fourth. North would keep South from coming back and ended the game with the win, 33-25. Tavernier led all scorers with 13 points. Cartwright was right behind with 12 points.
Saturday morning, North would face a competitive Academy team coming off of a blowout win the night before. North would quickly calm any momentum Academy brought with them to the court as North would take a quick 6-2 lead after the first quarter. Danica Bingham, two points, and Alina Tavernier, four points, provided the scoring for North. Academy would answer back to tie the game at halftime at 8-8. Cartwright provided the lone basket for North in the second. Knowing momentum out of the half is crucial, North answered the call and would outscore Academy 13-2 in the second half. Cartwright scored five points in the second half, Reagan Furney added four points. Tavernier and Lux both chipped in two points to give North the 21-15 win. Cartwright led all scorers with seven points and Tavernier followed close with six points.
After a couple hour wait, North would face another familiar rival in Lake Belton. North would jump ahead early with a 5-4 lead after the first. Cartwright, Layloni Watson and Tavernier all added baskets in the quarter. North would go cold offensively as Lux scored the only points for North. Lake would take advantage and the halftime lead at 8-7. Leaders step up and make plays when a team is trying to find its footing and Sydni Cartwright answered that call in the third quarter as she scored 10 points in the quarter to give North a 17-10 lead heading into the fourth. The lead would stay the same as both teams scored a pair of baskets and North would win the game 21-14. Leading scorer was Cartwright with 14 points. Paige Roehl, Watson and Lux all added two points. Tavernier added a free throw basket.
This was a great start to the season for both teams. Moving forward, the teams are already showing progress. Come out and support all four teams as we play Travis Science Academy at HOME this Thursday!