Belle Tiger basketball sweeps Viburnum quadrupleheader

Swept days earlier in a Highway 28 tripleheader by Owensville, Belle’s Tigers and Lady Tigers returned to action Friday night at home hosting Viburnum in a Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) match up.

Playing a pair of two-quarter games in junior varsity action along with full varsity girl’s and boy’s games, Belle was able to erase the memories of last Monday’s losses at Owensville by sweeping the Friday quadrupleheader from the visiting Blue Jays.

Starting a long night of basketball from Belle High School Friday was the JV Lady Tigers.

Jumping out to an 11-4 lead after one quarter, Belle made it stand up in a 21-13 victory in two quarters.

Faith Gieck led the JV Lady Tigers with seven points followed by six markers from Erin Schalk.

Grace Busch fired in five points along with two from Gracelyn Scott and a Susie Moman free throw for one point.

Trailing 16-9 after one quarter of varsity action, Evin Farris’ Belle Lady Tigers outscored Viburnum 56-33 the rest of the game to post a 65-49 win over the visiting Lady Blue Jays.

Catching fire in the second half, freshman Halle Smith scored 16 of her game-high 22 points helping Belle pull away after nursing a 22-20 halftime lead.

Chloe Krause also reached double figures scoring 11 of her 14 points in the second half. Gracie Schultz made it three Lady Tigers in double digits putting in seven of her 10 points in the first half.

Baylie Cadwallader also added six second-quarter points for Belle.

Last night (Tuesday), Belle’s Lady Tigers were supposed to host Laquey’s Lady Hornets for parent night at Belle High School before winter weather canceled the game. A make-up date was unknown at press time.

Looking to move one step closer to a sweep, Jacob Walton’s Belle JV Tigers were next to take on the visiting Blue Jays from Viburnum.

Tripling Viburnum 27-9 after one quarter, Belle went on to defeat the Blue Jays, 44-13 in two quarters.

Doing all of his damage in the first quarter, Brett Stewart outscored Viburnum by himself with a game-high 14 points.

Carter Dunn added five points followed by the trio of Gentry Dunn, Eddy Paz and Jace Gieck with four points each. Lane Feeler added three points to go along with two each from Colten Robinson, Kolten Roberds, Jat Ridenhour, Brandon Ostertag and Levi Hinz.

In varsity action, it came down to the final seconds between the host Belle Tigers and visiting Viburnum Blue Jays.

Trailing 82-81 with :11 left, Belle’s Skylar Smith scored the game-winning bucket with :03 ticks left helping the Tigers complete the four-game sweep of the Blue Jays in a high-scoring affair, 83-82.

In a first-quarter that saw both teams combine for 43 points, Belle escaped the first eight minutes with a 22-21 lead.

Edging Viburnum in a high-scoring second quarter 21-19, the host Tigers took a 43-40 lead into halftime against the Blue Jays.

Smith led the Tigers with 13 first-half points. Brett Butler also reached double figures in the first half with 10 points for Belle.

Playing the third quarter to a 17-17 deadlock, the host Tigers went into the final eight minutes with a 60-57 lead over the visitors from Iron County.

Even though they were outscored 25-23 in the fourth quarter, Belle managed to hold on for the GVC victory at home Friday night.

Smith led the Tigers and all scorers with a game-high 34 points torching the nets for 21 markers in the second half. He also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double double.

Brett Butler added a double double of his own with 19 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Trent Stockton also pulled down 11 rebounds to go with his four points.

Tucker Cordsmeyer made it four Tigers with double digits in rebounds grabbing 10 caroms to go along with his seven first-half points.

Tracy Skiles just missed double figures scoring all nine of his points in the first quarter.

Mason Butler drilled a pair of second-half 3-pointers for six points while dishing out a team-high five assists.

Belle was supposed to face Steelville last night (Tuesday) on the road before winter weather canceled the game.

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