Poppe sets new three-point record

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Bellville hosted Caldwell on the basketball court to close play last week where the Brahmanettes were wrapping up the first round of district play against the Lady Hornets who had not yet registered a win within District 26-4A-D2.

The hosts raced out to a 14-0 lead after the first frame although Caldwell bounced back with a 11-9 second quarter to make it an 11-point game at the halftime break. It was in the second half where the Lady Hornets outscored the Brahmanettes in both the third (14-10) and fourth quarters (20-10) to steal a 45-43 win on the road, although it was not easy.

Sophomore Taytum Poppe, who has been leading Bellville’s offensive attack all year, caught fire and poured in eight three-pointers to account for her team-leading 24 points on the night, setting a new program record.

Her efforts were supplemented by seven points from Kearstin Carter, five points from Bryanna Richardson, three from Sydney Howard and two apiece from Neelie Schiel and Kathryn Ucci Friday night.

It was her second double-digit performance of the week after scoring 11 in the 45-39 loss at Giddings to begin last week. Carter and Schiel weren’t far behind in that one, scoring eight and seven points respectively.

The Brahmanettes finished round one on a 1-4 clip and began round two at home against an undefeated La Grange team Tuesday evening.

On the boys’ side, Bellville picked up a pair of wins last week following its district-opening loss to put them right back in the mix of things in District 26. The Brahmas’ early-week matchup on the road in Giddings ended with a much bigger cushion (62-36) than Friday’s 53-51 win over Caldwell but it was another Poppe who was near the top of the final stat sheets.

Conner, Taytum’s brother, is a senior this year and added 20 points to the winning efforts last Tuesday before finishing with a team second-best 12 points in the close win last Friday night.

Poppe finished 8-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-2 from downtown, against Giddings where four of his teammates added eight-point performances. Seniors Austin Leuschner, Blake Bills and Kyler Froebel and junior Jack Richter supplemented the scoring efforts while Richter and classmate Logan Cruz led the way with six rebounds apiece.

Last Friday against Caldwell was a much closer contest down the stretch with the Hornets outscoring Bellville 20-14 in the final frame, but it would not be enough to secure the comeback win.

Three Brahmas finished in double digits with sophomore Robert Briggs (13) leading the way ahead of Poppe (12) and Leuschner (11) to grab a second win in a week’s time. Bills and Froebel weren’t far off, both adding 7 points.

That helped the red and white move to 2-1 entering play this week. The Brahmas sat alongside Caldwell and La Grange in trailing Navasota (3-0) while holding leads over Giddings (0-3) and Smithville (0-3). For more district standings, see Page 9.

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