Belle Basketball maintains winning streak

Belles defeat TAMUK 72-61

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 25, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Madi Greenwood, senior, scans the court for teammates. Greenwood scored 20 points against Texas A&M Kingsville.

The Belles basketball team earned their fifth straight win on Tuesday night against the Texas A&M - Kingsville Javelinas 72-61 in the Junell Center.

The Belles are now 13-4 overall and 8-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

"I felt like it was one of those wins where not everybody was playing their best basketball, but we had kids that stepped up and did play their best basketball, and we needed it," Head Coach Renea Shippy said. "So that makes me feel like it was definitely a team win."

Four Belles finished in double-digit points includding senior Madi Greenwood with 20 points, junior Dezirae Hampton with 14, seniors Ekiya Gray with 12 and Keanna Kelly with 15.

Shippy said she told Kelly in the locker room "way to be a senior" because Kelly’s performance made her proud.

Greenwood was the team’s leading scorer and also had nine assists.

Shippy said she was proud of Greenwood.

"She’s been in a scoring slump," Shippy said. "She’s been doing great things for us but just hasn’t been scoring the ball like she can, and tonight was her breakout game, and we needed every point she scored."

Greenwood said they came together and ground out this win. She said it was tough, but it was good for them.

"I knew I had to step up for my team," Greenwood said.

Greenwood said their offense played well.

"It’s great that we have a lot of people that can score the ball, and I can get them the ball and know they can score the shot," Greenwood said.

Junior Mikayla Blount got her first start in this game against Kingsville. She got four rebounds and scored six points, a block and a steal.

Shippy said she was also proud of Blount, since this was her first game starting.

"I felt like she produced for us and did really great things when we needed it the most and especially rebounding the basketball," Shippy said.

The Belles ended the first half leading by seven points.

The Belles had the lead all throughout most of the second half, except when the Javelinas tied with the Belles in the first quarter.

Kelly scored several points to give the team the lead again, including two three-pointers.

Greenwood also made five free throws, ending the game with the Belles on top.

Shippy said they did a decent job but thought they could have done better.

Shippy said they didn’t get enough rest after their New Mexico, game and playing on a Tuesday rather than on a Thursday was difficult for the team.

"We were the most tired," Shippy said. "Defensively, I felt like that affected our energy."

The team will be back at home in the Junell Center at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 to take on Texas Woman’s.

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