Rambelles roll over Zias

Basketball: 11 three-pointers boost girls’ confidence

By Andy Atterbury
On February 17, 2011

The ‘Belle basketball team donned their pink jerseys in the Pink Zone game on Wednesday, Feb. 16 and topped Eastern New Mexico 66-37. Pink Zone is a national fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research.

"Everybody has been affected by breast cancer so we're happy to be able to do something we love and raise money for a very good cause," Head Coach Sally Brooks said.

A trio of three-pointers got the game started for the ‘Belles (14-9) (7-4) as they went ahead 9-2 just under five minutes into the game. The girls maintained the lead the entire first half and went into the locker room ahead 29-13.

Senior guard Camille Perkins had a team best 19 points and six assists.

"This is a great game for us," sophomore forward Lindsey Mahone said. "Just to come out and have this win with conference tournament coming up [is big]. This puts us in a good spot for the rest of conference."

Eight minutes deep in the second half the ‘Belles increased their lead to 30 points after a three-pointer from Mahone. Downtown seemed to be the theme of the night as the girls hit 11 shots from beyond the arc, three more than in any other game this season.

Mahone posted a double-double with her 18 points and 10 rebounds.

"We knew Eastern New Mexico was going to come out in a zone against us," Mahone said. "That's one thing we have been working on this week, shooting from the perimeter."

The Zias (4-18)(2-8) never led or tied the game.

"I have very little room to complain," Brooks said. "I thought we played great defense and rebounded the ball well. That was the difference in the game."

The girls will travel to San Antonio Saturday, Feb. 19 to take on Incarnate Word.

"Incarnate Word is going to be another tough game," Mahone said. "We have to come strong again.

"They're going to use zone and man [defense], so we have to be ready for whatever they're going to throw at us."


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