The Bellville Brahmanettes opened their district schedule to close last week of play and the Brahmas will do the same at the end of this week when the Navasota Rattlers come to town for a girl-boy district doubleheader Friday night.
Last week started with a five-point win for the Brahmanettes who traveled to Hallettsville to square off with the Sacred Heart Indians for their non-district finale.
Sophomore Taytum Poppe continued her offensive onslaught on the basket and led her team with 17 points scored to help Bellville come back from a 12-4 deficit after the opening frame. Senior Kathryn Ucci joined her in the double digits, contributing 12 points to the efforts that saw the Brahmanettes outscore the hosts 27-15 in the second half en route to a 39-34 victory.
Bellville, owning a 12-7 record in non-district play, played the first matchup within District 26-4A-D2 Friday night on the road against the La Grange Lady Leopards who finished just above the Brahmanettes last year and finished as area finalists.
This year, the Lady Leopards compiled a 20-3 record in pre-district play and held an eight-point lead after eight minutes of play before only adding onto it down the stretch, ultimately securing a 58-41 win to open their district schedule.
Ucci led all Bellville scorers this time around with 16 points, although Poppe was right behind with 15, and nearly willed the team back into contention by helping the visitors outscore the hosts 12-9 in the final quarter of play.
The Brahmanettes play at home for both games this week, hosting Smithville earlier in the week on Tuesday night before the Rattlers from Navasota make the trip for the boys’ first district contest Friday night.
The Brahmas entered this week of play owning an even 7-7 record with their non-district finale coming earlier this week at Madisonville before the district-opening game Friday night against Navasota.
Before then, Bellville split its last week of competition between Iola and Snook, both of which were on the road.
The contest on the Bulldogs’ court in Iola was a tale of two halves with the hosts building up a 14-point lead at halftime only for the Brahmas to outscore them, 26-17, in the final two quarters although it was not enough to come all the way back with the final score showing 58-53 in favor of Iola.
Senior classmates Connor Poppe and Austin Leuschner led the red and white in scoring with 16 and 13 points respectively, while another pair of senior classmates, Kase McKay and Kyler Froebel, cleaned up the boards with seven and six rebounds each.
From there, Bellville traveled to Snook to square off with the Blue Jays and raced out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter. Although the hosts outscored the visitors in the second quarter and tied in the third, the Brahmas turned it on at the end and earned the victory by a 66-50 final score.
Poppe again was at the top of the scorers’ sheet, registering a game-high 23 points ahead of a pair of 13-point performances from Froebel and Leuschner, the latter of whom added 12 rebounds for the double-double.
The win carried Bellville into its final non-district matchup of the year on the road against the Mustangs from Madisonville who most recently fell 54-50 to the Brahmas’ first district opponent in Navasota.