Middle School Basketball
Monday, 18 February 2013 by Tony Adams
The Belton Middle School Lady Tigers Basketball program had a banner night last Thursday evening at Belton Middle School. All three teams emerged victorious over the Bonham Middle School Lady Bulldogs.
Coach Leandra Hernandez' seventh grade B team edged Bonham's B squad 20-11. The Lady Tigers trailed 4-2 after the first quarter. An 8-3 second quarter gave Belton a 10-7 lead at the half. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-4 in the second half to secure the nine point victory.
Isabel Cesani scored eight points for Belton. Riley Vanecek and Annebelle Schneiders chipped in four points each for the 7B squad.
Coach Courtney Kerr's seventh grade A team had no problem with Bonham's seventh grade A squad 37-17. Belton led from the tip off and never looked back, as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 14-4 in the first quarter and led 24-6 at halftime. Bonham and Belton see sawed through the second half, but the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome the first half deluge.
Haley Popelka scored 14 points for the Lady Tigers. Madison Chitwood and Bethany Edwards each scored seven for Belton.
The eighth grade A game was a defensive clinic, as coach Pam Ernest's Lady Tigers crushed Bonham's A team. Belton held Bonham scoreless in the first quarter, leading 13-0 at the end of the quarter. The Lady Tigers stretched the lead to 19-0 before Bonham made their first basket at the 4:26 mark of the second quarter, an impressive 9:34 stretch where Belton's defense held the Lady Bulldogs off the scoreboard. The Lady Tigers led 25-4 at the half and cruised to a 19-point victory.
Cammie Moore scored 21 points, 11 of which came in first quarter. Meredith Lusby and Tori Dekay each scored four points for the Lady Tigers 8A squad.
Annual Pink & White Night
The fifth annual Pink and White Night will be on Feb. 14, at the Belton High School gym
for all middle school girls basketball players. The game is to raise money for cancer research
as part of the Kay Yow/Women's Basketball Coaching Association Cancer Fund. Funds raised by the middle school basketball girls for sponsor shirts for cancer survivors or in memory of a cancer victim and donations from businesses will go locally to the Robert S.
Love Foundation to support Scott & White cancer research programs.
If you would like to order a shirt from the event, they are $20 each.
Last year's event raised $10,000. Let's go for over $10,000 this year! Remember: This helps our friends and families in our community.
Robert Love was born in 1959 in Temple, attended Temple High School. In 1982, Robert married Cindy Duncan and together they raised four children. In 1994, Robert was diagnosed with liposarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer characterized by tumor growth and little response to traditional therapies. Robert underwent nine surgeries, each lasting six to ten hours. On August 27, 2002, Robert passed away.
His family formed the Robert S. Love Foundation and are active in the Love Cures events.
Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Fran Garmon, now who is a basketball coach at South Belton Middle School, is a personal friend of Coach Yow. Coach Garmon was a key player in the first Pink and White event held in 2009 in Belton, which raised over $5,000. Coach Yow was very excited about the efforts. Unfortunately, Coach Yow passed away a week later.
We encourage all former basketball players who wore a shirt to a previous Pink and White event to come and join us on the floor that evening. Either wear your shirt with the name you honored or wear a pink or purple shirt. You will stand along the perimeter.
Game play will begin at 4:15 pm, with the main presentation of honorees at 6:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Ernest at Belton Middle School, Sharon McCollister at Lake Belton Middle School or Angela Schroeder at South Belton Middle School.