Rambelles rally to secure big win

By Andy Atterbury
On February 3, 2011

  • Senior Camille Perkins advances Jan. 29 against Incarnate Word. Pam Belcher
  • Senior Camille Perkins advances Jan. 29 against Incarnate Word. Pam Belcher

Incarnate Word came into town to hoop it up Saturday, Jan. 29 and the ‘Belles (10-8) (3-3) took them down 65-58.

"It wasn't an easy win," Head Coach Sally Brooks said. "We had to work hard [tonight].  Every possession, defensively and offensively, was crucial. I just couldn't be more proud. It gives you a lot of confidence to that kind of game when you know you had to work for it."

Four ‘Belles posted double digits in the win with freshman guard Giselle Aguirre leading the way with 15 points, which all came from three-point shots. Sophomore forward Lindsey Youngblood led the team with nine rebounds and had 12 points.

"Our defense won us the game in my opinion," sophomore guard Ashley James said.  "We played good defense and we blocked out for the most part. We got some good rebounds that we needed to get and I think it fueled our offense a little bit more."

James dished out three assists, scored three points, and had three rebounds.

The ‘Belles jumped out to an early ten -point lead, but Incarnate Word (6-12) (2-4) rallied to get one point ahead with 3:47 remaining in the first half.  A three-pointer from freshman forward Karli Kellermeier sent the ‘Belles into halftime with a 33-27 advantage.

Sophomore forward Lindsey Mahone posted 14 points and seven boards for the ‘Belles and senior guard Camille Perkins contributed 12 points in the winning effort.

It was a back-and-forth second half and the teams exchanged leads six times. The ‘Belles scored eight unanswered points to take a 63-56 lead with 53 seconds remaining and held on to win the game.

James said the team's desire fueled the 8-0 run late in the second half.

"Emotion [led to the quick eight points]," James said.  "It was just an intensity and emotion on the floor. Basically, a will to win."

Saturday the ‘Belles play Abilene Christian University in a conference showdown.

"We've got ACU twice next week," James said.  "Both of those games are huge for us. This could be a good three game stretch or it could put us in a bad place going in to the next side of conference."


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