Belle Basketball goes pink

Belles score big and play for a cause

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 15, 2018

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Ekiya Gray, senior forward, receives the ball. Gray scored 11 points with nine rebounds.

The Rambelle basketball team won its tenth game in a row against Tarleton State 68-49 in the annual Pink Out game on Saturday night in the Junell Center.

The team now has an overall record of 18-4, with 13-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

Head Coach Renae Shippy said they had great performances from multiple players.

Three Belles finished in double figures. Sophomore De’Anira Moore scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Shippy said Moore was an inside presence in the paint.

"She was doing big things, either blocking shots or getting rebounds," Shippy said. "Also, her just scoring the ball like she does, it always brings a lot for our team."

Moore said the game felt good because they were at an all-time high because they were able to stop defensively.

"I feel like I played really efficiently tonight," Moore said. "I knew I had to be big and better."

Senior Marquita Daniels had 12 points and five assists, and senior Ekiya Gray had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Shippy said Daniels is a leader on the team.

"She handles the ball and makes so much happen for our team offensively and defensively," Shippy said. "I’m really proud of both of them and the rest of our team."

Shippy said junior Kynese Davis also did well pulling down seven rebounds after coming off of the bench.

"It was a team effort from our girls tonight," Shippy said.

Shippy shared the topic of her Pink-Out pre-game talk.

"To be honest, we talked about how wins and losses and real life, and how it doesn’t matter, especially when we’re dedicating our game to people who have survived cancer and battled from it or passed away from it," Shippy said.

Shippy said the team wrote the initials of their assistants coach’s mother, who passed away from breast cancer, on their wrists, dedicating the game to her.

Moore said she played the game for those who were prevented from playing by cancer.

"If they weren’t able to be out here, we were able to play for them," Moore said. "It was more than just a game: it wasn’t about us; it was about the patients that are going through something."

Shippy said it was a good game, especially for the defensive players.

"Anytime you hold an LSC team to 49 points, that’s just absolutely unreal," Shippy said.

The team will be back in the Junell Center on Feb. 22 to face Eastern New Mexico University at 5:30 p.m.

"I stay thinking that our best basketball is ahead of us," Shippy said. "I’m excited for them to continue to work hard."

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