Bellville boys win four in a row

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After dropping its district-opening contest to Navasota, the Bellville Brahmas’ basketball squad rattled off four straight wins to catapult themselves to the top of the District 26-4A standings, behind only the Rattlers they fell to on Jan. 17.

The red and white outscored district opponents by a combined 74 points over its four-win run although its most recent 70-30 decision over Smithville inflated that number a bit. It was in that 40-point victory that the Brahmas had three scorers in double-digits, all of whom are seniors this year.

Blake Bills (15 points), Conner Poppe (13) and Austin Leuschner (12) all led the charge by shooting at least 50% from the field and added one three-pointer each. Bills was the closest to a double-double by leading the team with nine rebounds, followed by Leuschner and classmate Kyler Froebel who pulled down six rebounds apiece.

In the early-week matchup with La Grange that Bellville won by a 61-55 margin, it was the same trio of seniors that finished atop the scoring sheet. This time, it was Leuschner who led the way with 20 points, followed by Bills (15) and Poppe (12). The three-point arc was their friend in this contest, with Leuschner nailing four from downtown and Bills and Poppe both hitting three treys to help the Brahmas continue their winning trend to close round two.

This week featured the rematch between Navasota and Bellville on Tuesday evening that will help determine the top seed from District 26 come playoff time. The Brahmas close the week by playing host to Giddings Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The girls’ basketball team from Bellville is on the opposite end of the spectrum, however, as a pair of losses last week made five in a row after a 41-40 win over Smithville at home on Jan. 14.

Last week began with the Brahmanettes’ penultimate home game where the La Grange Lady Leopards came to play Tuesday evening and notched a 51-35 win. Bellville took to the road for its contest last Friday, going to Smithville where the host Tigers took care of business, 44-34, to avenge the round-one loss.

Entering this week of play, the Brahmanettes had only three games remaining with a trip to Navasota to begin this week before Giddings travels to Bellville for the Brahmanettes’ home finale Friday at 6:30 p.m. Bellville’s final regular season game will be played on the road at Caldwell’s home gym on Feb. 11.

The Brahmanettes have five seniors on this year’s team; Emma Adams, Kaylin Krebs, Kearstin Carter, Bryanna Richardson and Kathryn Ucci.

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