Belles basketball ready to redeem

Team scores most points in program history in regulation game

By Alana Edgin
On November 20, 2015

Photo by Summer Almaguer
Junior transfer from San Jacinto Junior College Nekeita Bailey lays up the ball. Bailey had three assists and three steals against Arlington Baptist.

Rambelle basketball is starting the season with a new coaching staff, 11 new players, three returning players and a new attitude after being knocked out of last year’s Lone Star Conference Tournament by West Texas A&M University with a 9-18 season record.

On Nov. 17, the Belles began their season with a home game against the Arlington Baptist College Patriots and managed to break a program history record when they won 108-67. The Belles scored the most points in a regulation game in program history.

“What we want to do is put a good product on the floor that represents the school, the community and these young ladies’ parents,” Head Coach Kevin Baker said. “We just want to put the best product on the floor that we can.”

Baker holds an impressive resume with multiple coaching awards and coaching experience at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels. He was an assistant coach for WTAMU for five years and was a head coach at University of Texas-Tyler. He also says his favorite part of coaching is watching an athlete reach a level they didn’t know they could reach before.

“I was at West Texas A&M for five years and I loved it there,” Baker said. “All the sports there were good, women’s basketball in particular. They are picked to win it again and thank goodness we have a lot of other opponents than them. They should be good year to year and by the time we get our program where we want it to be, hopefully people will be saying the same thing about us.”

Despite all the new people on the court, returning sophomore guard KeAnna Kelly said the coaching staff is doing well.

“I like the coaching staff this season,” Kelly said. “I feel like they all want us to succeed. Everything they do they are going to push us towards it.” Fans should expect new plays and some new starters to step up the Belles’ play.

“Christina Robinson, our point guard, is doing really well,” Baker said. “KeAnna Kelly, is stepping up and starting to play well for us, especially on the defensive end.”

Baker also bragged on his players Bria Mitchell, a transfer from New Mexico, Jasmine Prophet, a transfer from Tyler Junior College and returning post Diamalises Rivera.

“Bria has stepped up her game for us,” Baker said. “Jasmine was an all-regional player and I think she is going to be an all-conference here. Of course, you can’t look past Diamalises, she is a solid player and kind of a fan favorite.”

The new head coach is also expecting big things from Lexi Murphy and Natalie Quesnel, and for everyone on the team to do their best this season. Baker hopes the fans will get what they paid for.

“I hope that the fans walk out feeling good about the team they’ve seen play,” Baker said. “I just want people to come here and see what we are doing and be excited to come to the next one.”

Belle basketball is also ready to come out and start the new season.

“I feel so pumped, it’s going to be a good season,” Kelly said. “The whole team is ready to play.”

They will play at home again on Nov. 21 against the Western New Mexico Mustangs at 2 p.m.

 

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