'Belles deliver Kingsville 17 straight on-road loss

Basketball: Girls advance to second place in Lone Star Conference

By Andy Atterbury
On February 11, 2011

  • Senior Camille Perkins prepares to make a basket in the game against Kingsville Feb. 9. Pam Belcher
  • Senior Camille Perkins prepares to make a basket in the game against Kingsville Feb. 9. Pam Belcher
  • Senior Camille Perkins prepares to make a basket in the game against Kingsville Feb. 9. Pam Belcher

The Texas A&M Kingsville women's basketball team had lost 16 road games in a row dating back to last season and their luck didn't change on Feb. 9 after the ‘Belles defeated the Javelinas 73-54.

"You can never underestimate a team," senior guard Camille Perkins said. "Especially in the Lone Star Conference, every team is good."

Perkins led the ‘Belles with 20 points and four assists.

Less than three minutes in to the game the ‘Belles (13-8) (6-3) jumped out to a 7-0 lead. The Javelinas (7-14)(2-7) fought back to tie the game four different times in the first half but didn't capture a lead until there were 47 seconds left. A quick 3-pointer from sophomore forward Lindsey Youngblood sent the girls in to halftime with a 33-32 advantage.

Youngblood finished the game with 18 points. Sophomore forward Lindsey Mahone had 14 rebounds along with four points.

"I thought we played great defense," Head Coach Sally Brooks said. [Kingsville] shot the ball well from the three point line, but if they weren't making the three they were turning the ball over because we rotated so well."

Junior center Paige Weishuhn chipped in 10 points and freshman guard Giselle Aguirre contributed 11.

The ‘Belles built an 11-point lead with just over eight minutes left in the game and were ahead by 18 two minutes later. The Javelinas's never led in the second half, and their comeback attempt fell 19 points short.

"In the second half we picked up on the defensive end and pulled out a win," Perkins said. "We kind of changed our offense a little bit [in the second half]. We looked to get it inside more and work inside-out."

Coach Brooks said that even with the ‘Belles four-game winning streak they still aren't playing up to their full abilities.

"We're still reaching [our potential]," Brooks said. "We're getting better but there is still a lot more we're capable of. Offensively, this is the first time we've scored 70 in a long time. Hopefully we'll get there win it matters, these last few weeks and the conference tournament."

The ‘Belles are tied for second in the LSC with West Texas A&M, who they face Saturday, Feb. 12.

"It's very tough to play on the road and the game is at WTAMU," Perkins said. "They're a very good team, and very well coached. We just have to be ready to play mentally and physically."

 


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