The Belton Lady Tigers hit the road for the second time in the early non-district campaign on Saturday afternoon as they took on the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs.
Belton was able to stay ahead for most of the game, despite a ton of trips to the free throw line for Marble Falls. The Lady Tigers hung on for a 46-41 win over the Lady Mustangs.
The win improved Belton to 1-2. Marble Falls dropped to 0-2.
Karina Fisher grabbed the first point of the game on the front end of a two-shot foul 14 seconds into the contest. She then hit a layup in the paint off of a feed pass from Ayanna Jones to tie the score at 3-3 at the 6:45 mark of the first quarter.
Emma Bindsell hit a jumper in the paint to give the Lady Mustangs and Avie Nail gave Marble Falls their biggest lead of the contest with 4:09 left in the first quarter, 8-3.
Belton scored the final five points of the quarter, as Shelby Foster drilled a three-pointer with 2:31 and added two free throws at the 49.6 second mark to even the score at 8-8 at the end of the opening period.
Aemanie Jones scored three points to tie the game at 11-11 with 6:34 left in the first half.
The teams continually had answers for each other’s scores before a late basket by A’Naya Brown with 46.5 to play in the first half gave the Lady Tigers the lead at the break, 22-20.
After Gia Lemon scored on a drive in the lane, Belton went on a 7-0 run over the next three minutes, Nylah Modeste took an in-paint feed from Ayanna Jones for a field goal, Anna Beamesderfer had an offensive rebound put back for a field goal and took inbound pass from Fisher for a field goal in the paint, as Belton grabbed their biggest lead of the contest with 5:24 to play in the third quarter, 29-22.
Marble Falls closed the quarter 11-6 clip. However, Fisher’s steal and layup with 15 seconds to play in the quarter gave Belton a 35-33 advantage after three quarters.
A Marble Falls player’s layup attempt was stripped of the ball by Modeste and she accounted for Belton’s next six points. Modeste had three field goals in the paint in a 2:18 timeframe to give the Lady Tigers a 41-34 lead with 4:09 to play.
The Lady Mustangs were afforded several trips to the charity stripe over the final 3:49. However, they hit just 4-of-12 down the stretch and pulled no closer than four points of Belton.
Modeste took a pass in the lane from Campbell Burnett for a bucket and Foster had a field goal and free throw to account for the remainder of the game for the Lady Tigers.
Foster and Modeste each had 10 points for Belton. The Lady Tigers went 6-of-18 (33 percent) from the free three line.
Rodriguez led all scorers with 18 points and Nail added 12. Marble Falls was 17-of-41 (41.5 percent) from the free throw line.
Belton will host Gatesville on Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.