The Bellville Brahmanettes started a winning streak on the basketball court in their final action in 2019 and picked right back up from where they left off in their 2020 debut, taking down Sweeny 37-30 on Jan. 3 to close the holiday break.
This week started with a Tuesday road trip to Hallettsville to face the Sacred Heart Indians before the district-opening contest against the La Grange Lady Leopards closes this week of play, also on the road. Before then, head coach Shane Walker took his team to the Weimar Christmas Tournament where they came away with a second-place finish and two representatives on the all-tournament team.
The Brahmanettes started the tournament against the hosting Lady Wildcats although that contest needed some extra time. A one-point game at the halftime break turned into a three-point Bellville lead heading into the final frame but Weimar was able to outscore the opponents and force an overtime period with the score tied at 26.
In that extra time, senior Taytum Poppe pushed her scoring total to 17 points to help the Brahmanettes take a 31-30 decision, avenging the 29-19 loss at the hands of the Lady Wildcats on Nov. 19.
Bellville’s second game was a similarly close contest but Poppe’s 18 points, supplemented by 11 points from senior Bryanna Richardson, helped earn a 45-41 victory over the Anderson-Shiro Fighting Owls to stay in the win column.
The Waelder Wildcats didn’t provide much resistance in the Brahmanettes’ third game of the tournament where it was sophomore Neelie Schiel that led the way with 12 points, followed closely by Richardson’s 10 points, en route to a 58-8 final score.
That set up a meeting with the Victoria West Warriors’ junior varsity squad from Class 5A for the final game with seedings on the line. Behind 14 points from senior Kearstin Carter, Bellville won by a 37-22 margin to secure second place overall.
For their efforts in leading the Brahmanettes with 45 and 28 points respectively over four games, seniors Poppe and Richardson garnered all-tournament team distinction running headlong into the homestretch of their high school careers.
Those good vibes were carried into the new year and after the seven-point win over Sweeny, which saw Poppe (19 points) and Richardson (8 points) lead the way again, that moved Bellville to 11-7 overall heading into this week of play.