Brahmas drop district opener

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The Bellville boys’ basketball team opened district play at home to close the last week of play while the girls’ team split its district competitions last week.

The Brahmas closed non-district play with a 60-50 loss to Madisonville on the road although three athletes put up double-digit points; Robert Briggs (14), Conner Poppe (13) and Austin Leuschner (11). Kyler Froebel pulled down nine rebounds to lead the team as well, but it wouldn’t be quite enough.

That led Bellville to its district-opening tilt against the Navasota Rattlers who had a 54-50 win over Madisonville to close their non-district slate.

Although the Brahmas held a 10-8 lead after one quarter of play, Navasota closed the first half with a 26-18 lead and led, 40-33, heading into the final frame. By the final buzzer, the visiting Rattlers secured a 61-47 win to start their district portion of the schedule off on a positive note.

This week, Bellville has a Tuesday evening trip to Smithville and a home game Friday night against Giddings, both of whom also dropped its district openers. The Brahmas sat at 7-9 overall and 0-1 in district play entering play on Monday.

On the girls’ side, Bellville collected its first district win over Smithville, 41-40, Tuesday evening at home. Holding onto a 21-20 lead at halftime, it was the third quarter that made the difference for the Brahmanettes.

The hosts outscored the Lady Tigers, 8-4, in the third quarter to build up the lead that Smithville tried to claw back from by outscoring Bellville, 16-12, in the fourth quarter.

With 10-point efforts from both Taytum Poppe and Kearstin Carter, along with eight points from Kathryn Ucci and seven from Neelie Schiel, the Brahmanettes entered the win column within District 26-4A-D2 with a showdown with Navasota set to close the week.

Bellville once again served as the home team but couldn’t get much of anything going, ultimately falling by a 47-21 score to drop to 1-2 in district and 13-9 overall.

This week has the Brahmanettes squaring off with Giddings and Caldwell, who came up on the short end of its games to close last week as well. Entering play on Monday, La Grange sat atop the standings with a 3-0 mark, Smithville and Navasota followed at 2-1, Giddings and Bellville checked in behind them at 1-2 then it was Caldwell with an 0-3 record.

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